Found October 23, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The Twins are at a crossroads.  They just finished their second straight season of having a nine-digit payroll and 96 or more losses.  That isn't something you brag about.  It now leaves them having to make the tough choice of spending more money to try and claw their way back to respectability in a very winnable division or admitting to their deficiencies and starting a legitimate rebuilding project. Needs When you lose 96 games, you have a lot of needs.  That's just science... or something.  The biggest area of need is the rotation.  And I do mean an area because the Twins need an entirely new rotation.  The only guarnateed holdover they have is Scott Diamond.  They have some young arms that can fill in a slot or two, but if Minnesota wants to get back to respectability, they need some reliable arms, preferably of the power variety.  As for the lineup, the Twins return most of their starters, which isn't entirely a bad thing.  The only area of real need is the mi...

Twins decline option on closer Capps

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins announced a handful of roster moves Wednesday, outrighting six players off the 40-man roster. Pitchers Jeff Manship, Luis Perdomo, Esmerling Vasquez, Kyle Waldrop and P.J. Walters and outfielder Matt Carson were all outrighted from the Twins' major league roster. The Twins also announced that they will not pick up the 6 million option on reliever...

Retiring Rantz looks back on time with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS Jim Rantz, the Minnesota Twins' senior director of minor league operations, announced last week that he will be retiring at the end of the year. The 75-year-old Rantz joined the Twins' front office in 1965 as an assistant public relations director and later moved into the minor league and scouting department before earning his current title in 1986. Below is...

Twins add Brunansky, Cuellar, Steinbach to staff

The Minnesota Twins have hired Tom Brunansky as their hitting coach, Bobby Cuellar to be the bullpen coach and Terry Steinbach as a bench coach and catching instructor. The staff changes were finalized on Monday. Brunansky, the right fielder on Minnesota's 1987 World Series championship team, was the hitting coach for Triple-A Rochester this year, and Cuellar was the pitching...

The Twins set their staff

Ah yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Twins cleaned house (and by cleaned house, I mean wheeled the garbage cans to the curb, because the trash was already in them) and had to make some replacements at first and third base, and replace the bench, bullpen and hitting coaches. Well, they took the obvious first step of making the bench and hitting coaches...

Twins Rumors: Minnesota Hope to Re-Sign Scott Baker

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Twins Decline $6 Million Option on Matt Capps And The Phillies Need Bullpen Help

This afternoon, the Minnesota Twins declined the $6 million club-option for right-handed relief pitcher Matt Capps (2012: 1-4, 3.68 ERA).  Capps spent time on the DL twice this season due to right shoulder inflammation while recording 14 saves in 15 opportunities in 30 games in 2012. Over his eight-year career, Capps has recorded 138 career saves. His career best season was in...

Should The Mets Target Trevor Plouffe?

The versatile Trevor Plouffe would be a nice cost effective addition. Oh, yeah and he can bring along those 24 jacks too! Would you consider Trevor Plouffe as an option at second base or in the outfield? An article by Steve Adams on MLBTradeRumors discussed the Twins need for starting pitching, and mentioned that infielder Trevor Plouffe might be a possibility to be on the move....

Twins Decline Matt Capps’ 2013 Option

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Twins make additions, shuffle coaching staff

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins added three coaches to their major league staff on Monday. The team announced that Tom Brunansky will take over as hitting coach, Bobby Cuellar will be the new bullpen coach and Terry Steinbach will serve as the bench coach and catching instructor. In addition, former bench coach Scott Ullger will now be the first base coach while former hitting...

Links of the Day 10/24/12

Remember… Rhino and Compass Radio today at 4! The Twins are working on a new deal with Scott Baker. Interesting, not altogether unexpected. Was Hunter Pence’s triple hit legal? There is a long history of goat related sports delays Ha, probably not. SCOREBOARD Nuthin’
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