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The Rhino and Compass:
“Baseball is a business” we often hear. “You can’t take it personally,” is a common utterance among players who hear their names in rumors and reports. The fierce loyalty the Twins show to their players, staff and management can either be interpreted as an organizational rejection of these precepts, or at the very least an extraordinarily conservative approach to the business.
Terry Ryan’s history is filled with major trades that have helped sustain the Twins through the 2000′s and built them from nothing in the late 90s, but they generally come after the season was over, and the pressure of a trade deadline wasn’t on the horizon. The only major in season deal that immediately comes to mind was the acquisition of Shannon Stewart. Aside from that, most of the moves have been after the season was over.
Right now, there is a lot of talk surrounding Justin Morneau, but interest likely isn’t high in the first baseman, and the team will likely be reluctant to to move him for the dearth of available return. He still may be moved this month, but I can’t imagine any move will lead to a major shift in the organizational prospects.
To me, all of the reasons that people give for Glen Perkins not to be traded are great reasons for the closer to be moved. He is under a team friendly contract and anchors the back end of a strong bullpen. The Twins still don’t have good starters and likely won’t next year either, so there is no need for a strong bullpen, frankly. A team friendly contract would be enticing for another organization as well, and for that reason, Perkins would command a greater return. Again, however, this doesn’t seem like the type of maneuver that the Twins would make. There is too much at stake when making a trade that could pay so many dividends down the road. I suspect that the Twins are open to trading Perkins, but want to take their time in coming to a decision. If he is moved, it will be in December.
The Twins are having another rough season, despite some promise at the beginning of the year. There is probably interest in the Twins roster for teams looking to get the extra boost down the stretch, but I find it hard to believe that there will be much roster action in Minnesota this month.
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The Minnesota Twins had two representatives in this year's All-Star Game. Only one got the chance to see the field.
Catcher Joe Mauer was a starter for the American League team that won 3-0 in Tuesday's game. He was the AL's No. 8 hitter and had two at-bats before he was pulled. Closer Glen Perkins, meanwhile, did not enter Tuesday's game -- his first All-Star Game...
On Wednesday, July 15, we at MLB Injury News explained that the Twins postponed contract talks with first baseman Justin Morneau until after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. We have learned today that Morneau has now become a potential trade candidate according to MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams.
Adams cites ESPN Insider Jim Bowden as saying that the Twins have put Morneau...
The Minnesota Twins last saw Cole De Vries in the Majors last year. However, a return this season is not out of the question if he can get healthy. The 28-year old pitcher is battling elbow inflammation. He is no stranger to injuries. He made the Opening Day roster this year, but he landed on the DL just a few days in with forearm tightness. He has not yet returned to...
Jim Bowden of ESPN has some trade buzz from the All-Star week, and has the Pittsburgh Pirates included in a rumor. Unlike Bowden’s trade ideas, these are actual rumors based on what Bowden has heard. He says the Minnesota Twins are prepared to trade Justin Morneau, and has the Pirates as one of the teams rumored as a possible destination. He also lists the Yankees and Rays as possibilities...
Twins longtime slugger Justin Morneau is available in trade and likely to be dealt somewhere, but a canvassing of a few possible landing sports suggests a soft market so far.
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With the second half of the 2013 Major League Baseball season about to begin, I took some time to answer questions from Twins fans about their team. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions at FOXSportsNorth.com. Here's the inaugural edition of the Twins Mailbag as we take a look at the rest of the 2013 season and beyond.
Q: Any chance Miguel Sano gets a call up in September...
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The Twins will be appearing on NFL AM, KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles and E!'s Fashion Police today also.
- MVP reportedly has an eye injury. He showed up this past weekend at Booker T's independent wrestling show in South Texas, wearing an eye patch and being unable to wrestle.
- WWE Money in the Bank from...
There's been a lot of speculation lately about whether longtime Twins manager Ron Gardenhire might be fired, some of it fueled by the club's recent slide to 39-53, some more of it fueled by esteemed Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse's recent suggestion that maybe it's time to "put him out of his misery.''
Folks are figuring that if Reusse...
- The Bella Twins were at ESPN’s ESPYS awards last night:The Twins will be appearing on NFL AM, KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles and E!’s Fashion Police today also.- MVP reportedly has an eye injury. He showed up this past weekend at Booker T’s independent wrestling show in South Texas, wearing an eye patch and being unable to wrestle.- WWE Money in the Bank from Philadelphia...
- The Bella Twins were at ESPN’s ESPYS awards last night:
The Twins will be appearing on NFL AM, KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles and E!’s Fashion Police today also.
- MVP reportedly has an eye injury. He showed up this past weekend at Booker T’s independent wrestling show in South Texas, wearing an eye patch and being unable to wrestle.
- WWE Money in the Bank from Philadelphia...
Good morning readers. I hope you are well.
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