Found November 09, 2011 on
Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com polled 28 general managers, assistant GMs, scouts and player personnel people by phone and email, 13 of whom feel Joe Nathan is more likely to regain his former glory, while 12 chose Francisco Rodriguez. The other three voters were undecided.
Jon Heyman of SI.com recently said Nathan is looking to sign a new contract as a closer and not as a setup guy. Meanwhile, in a report for Newsday, Greg Logan said Nathan will consider joining the Mets as their closer this winter.
The Twins declined the $12.5 million option in Nathan’s contract for 2012, electing to pay his $2 million buyout instead. He had 14 saves in 17 opportunities with a 4.84 ERA this past season after missing the entire 2010 season due to Tommy John Surgery.
Michael Baron (Posted on Oct. 30, 2011): He’s local guy, who has made it clear he would play for the Mets; and so I could definitely see him with this team next season (though the Twins could still try to re-sign him, despite declining his ...
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What the holy heck? Sure, Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere may delight us with his slick fielding skills, as evidenced on more than one occasion during last season, and the feats of athleticism he displayed out in the field don’t even take into account his hilarious somersaulting triple, either. But even with those impressive skills [...]
Although interim general manager Terry Ryan indicated payroll is likely to drop about $15 million to around $100 million next season, the Twins remain interested in re-signing free agent Michael Cuddyer.
Marty Cordova was a baseball player. He wasn’t really a distinguished baseball player, but he did win the 1995 AL Rookie of the Year award when he was with the Minnesota Twins.
Other than that, he was injured a lot. Fortunately, Cordova either had some mob money or lived way beyond his means because he bought a goddamn castle just outside of his hometown of Vegas, in Henderson...
MINNEAPOLIS When Terry Ryan took over for Bill Smith as the Minnesota Twins' interim general manager Monday, he knew he had his work cut out for him. The Twins finished the 2011 season with their worst record since 1982 and were last in the American League Central for the first time since 2000.
Injuries doomed Minnesota in 2011, and now the Twins are faced with several big...
For weeks now I’ve been saying Michael Cuddyer would be a great addition to the Philadelphia Phillies if they were able to sign him. Well today, Cuddyer was in Philadelphia touring Citizens Bank Park and meeting with team officials. The Phillies even flew in Charlie Manuel from his Florida home to talk with the outfielder.
According to sources, Cuddyer toured Citizens Bank...
The Twins GM's return was similar to a Vikings move in 1985, when they needed Grant after a horrible season.
The Twins fired Bill Smith over rebuilding issues, among other things:
The interpretation from here is that Smith was the key decision-maker feeling as if the Twins could fix their problems with minor changes in the operation. And that the Pohlads, while not officially signing on to rebuilding, were convinced that significant problems had to be addressed in player evaluation, in...
In a post to his blog for the Daily News, Andy Martino says the Mets will be looking for an “affordable” closer this winter, and lists Jonathan Broxton, Brad Lidge, and Joe Nathan as possibilities.
According to Martino, Broxton’s agent, BB Abbot, says his client would be agreeable to a one-year, incentive laden contract as he’s looking to re-establish himself as a closer...