Category Archives: AL Central

Minnesota Inks Twins-Killer Jim Thome, but is he the Best Fit?

Jim Thome is a member of the Minnesota Twins. Five years ago, those words would have me jumping up and down, screaming like a madman, and laying claim to the Twins’ inevitable American League pennant. The problem is that five … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Delmon Young, Free Agency, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome, Minnesota Twins, MLB | 2 Comments

Minnesota Twins: Five Free Agent Options at the Keystone Corner

The Minnesota Twins need to improve the infield. The club is set at first base and shortstop with Justin Morneau and J.J. Hardy, respectively. Second base and third base, however, are both wide-open. Nick Punto figures to be guaranteed a … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins: Offseason Options and Fans’ Optimism Dwindling Fast

Fans of the Minnesota Twins tend to be a nervous bunch. This is largely due to years of inactivity, false hope, and empty promises from the front office. It seems that every year we’re given a decry that implies “this … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Baseball, Ben Sheets, Bill Smith, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Felipe Lopez, Free Agency, Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Orlando Hudson, Ranting | 1 Comment

Minnesota Twins Debate: Johnny Damon vs Eric Byrnes

“The Minnesota Twins should sign Eric Byrnes.” That was the general thesis statement of the article I wrote yesterday. In reaction to that article, the fine folks at “Baseball Musings” posed a good question. “Why Byrnes if you could sign … Continue reading

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Is Eric Byrnes an Option for the Minnesota Twins?

Eric Byrnes is officially a free agent and might be exactly what the Twins are looking for this offseason. Byrnes, 33, was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks last Friday when the club signed first baseman Adam LaRoche and … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Eric Byrnes, Free Agency, Minnesota Twins, MLB | 1 Comment

Maybe It’s Just Me: The Bill Smith Inactivity Edition

Maybe it’s just me, but I might hate Bill Smith. I’m not much for hating, but come on, it’s mid-January and all Smith has accomplished this offseason is trading for J.J. Hardy. Now that move was—admittedly—an impressive exploit by Smith … Continue reading

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Joe Mauer Tops Minnesota Twins All-Decade Team

As the first decade of the 2000s comes to a close, it seems like a fine time for a little reflection. The Twins have arguably been one of baseball’s best franchises during the past decade. Largely under the watch of … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, All-Decade Team, American League, Awards, Baseball, Brad Radke, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Francisco Liriano, Jason Kubel, Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, Johan Santana, Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Scott Baker | Leave a comment

Juan Pierre Traded to the Chicago White Sox

Juan Pierre is a free man. After two long seasons, Pierre’s stint as baseball’s best fourth outfielder is presumably over. The Chicago White Sox have reportedly acquired the slap-hitting sensation from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for two minor … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins: Non-Tenders Provide New Free Agent Targets

Minnesota Twins general manager Bill Smith just got a reprieve. After sitting idly by and watching a number of the club’s offseason targets sign elsewhere in the past two weeks, Smith now has a second chance at making some major … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Baseball, Bill Smith, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Chien-Ming Wang, Free Agency, Garrett Atkins, Jonny Gomes, Kelly Johnson, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Ryan Church | Leave a comment

Curtis Granderson Heads to the Yankees in a Blockbuster Three-Team, Seven-Player Trade

The New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly completed a blockbuster trade that has seven players switching teams. All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson goes from the Tigers to the Yankees. Pitcher Edwin Jackson goes from the Tigers … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, AL East, American League, Arizona Diamondbacks, Austin Jackson, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Schlereth, Detroit Tigers, Edwin Jackson, Ian Kennedy, Max Scherzer, MLB, MLB Trades, New York Yankees, NL West, Phil Coke, Trade Rumors | 2 Comments

Miguel Sano Officially Signs with the Minnesota Twins

It’s official…finally. More than two months after initially agreeing on a deal with a $3.15 million bonus, Miguel Sano is officially a member of the Minnesota Twins organization. Sano’s application for a work visa was approved Friday by the U.S. Consulate in … Continue reading

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Minnesota’s Free Agent Targets Become Clearer Following Arbitration Deadline

Twins general manager Bill Smith had better have the Pohlad’s checkbook ready. As Tuesday night’s 11 p.m. deadline for teams to offer arbitration came and went, it officially sounded the real opening bell on free agency. Don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Erik Bedard, Felipe Lopez, Free Agency, Miguel Tejada, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Orlando Hudson, Rich Harden | Leave a comment

Carl Pavano Receives Arbitration Offer from Minnesota

The Twins have reportedly offered Carl Pavano arbitration. Minnesota had until Tuesday’s 11 p.m. deadline to offer the right hander arbitration for next season, but chose to do so early. The decision makes sense as Pavano qualifies as a Type … Continue reading

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Dustin Pedroia May Play Shortstop for Red Sox

  The Red Sox may no longer need a shortstop.   Just one day after I went on a lengthy diatribe regarding Boston’s inability to find a suitable shortstop, the club has reportedly found a solution.   The solution is … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins Gave Plenty to be Thankful for in 2009

Thanksgiving is upon us once again. We all know that Thanksgiving is supposed to be about families and turkeys and a rapidly-depleting supply of shopping days until Christmas. In the minds of baseball fans, Thanksgiving is just a pit stop … Continue reading

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