Monthly Archives: December 2011

Zulgad: What are Twins doing? That’s difficult to say at this point

Terry Ryan’s return as general manager of the Minnesota Twins in early November was met with unanimous approval from a fan base that had decided Bill Smith was the one responsible for the franchise’s problems.
Ryan had held the job for the 13…

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AL Central Notes: Cespedes, Darvish, Twins

The White Sox agreed to sign John Danks to a five-year, $65MM extension yesterday. MLBTR has you covered if you’re wondering what the deal means for similar pitchers, trade candidates and Danks himself. Here are more details from around the AL Central… The White Sox may be “in strong” on Yoenis Cespedes, reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. One White Sox person forcefully told Knobler "we are not rebuilding," despite Kenny Williams’ statements to the contrary. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski confirmed to James Schmehl of MLive.com that the team didn’t submit a bid on Yu Darvish. The Twins, who announced a…

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Twins sign veteran right-hander Jason Marquis to one-year, $3M deal

The Minnesota Twins have added a starting pitcher.
The team announced on Thursday afternoon that veteran right-hander Jason Marquis has agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract.
Marquis, 33, was 8-6 with a 4.43 earned-run average, 76 str…

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Twins To Sign Jason Marquis

The Twins announced that they have agreed to sign right-handed starter Jason Marquis to a one-year, $3MM contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported last night that the Twins were nearing a deal with the 33-year-old ACES client. Marquis made 23 starts for the Nationals and Diamondbacks this past season, finishing the year with a 4.43 ERA in 132 innings. His rate stats (5.2 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 55.1% ground ball rate) were right in line with his career averages (5.2 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 50.4% ground ball rate) and his average fastball checked in at 89.3 mph. Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano,…

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Mackey: Don’t laugh, but healthy Mauer, Morneau vault offense near top

OK, fine.
The headline of this column might be slightly misleading, as it’s almost impossible to pinpoint exactly what will happen offensively over the course of 162 games.
But by all indications, the Minnesota Twins have put the finishing touches on t…

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Reports: Twins in discussions with veteran starter Jason Marquis

The Minnesota Twins need a starting pitcher, and they don’t have much money to spend.
So it’s only fitting that 33-year-old right-hander Jason Marquis would be a candidate for the job.
Multiple reports Wednesday night indicated the Twins were in deep d…

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Twins, Jason Marquis Nearing Deal

The Twins are nearing a deal with free agent starter Jason Marquis, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). ACES represents the 33-year-old right-hander. Marquis made 23 starts for the Nationals and Diamondbacks this past season, finishing the year with a 4.43 ERA in 132 innings. His rate stats (5.2 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 55.1% ground ball rate) were right in line with his career averages (5.2 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 50.4% ground ball rate) and his average fastball checked in at 89.3 mph. Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Brian Duensing and Anthony Swarzak are options for…

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Many Teams In On Roy Oswalt; No Deal Close

Roy Oswalt is believed to have drawn some interest from the Red Sox, Nationals, Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rangers and Twins, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. However, Oswalt is waiting for trade candidates such as Gio Gonzalez to be dealt before agreeing to a contract. Interest in the 34-year-old right-hander spiked with yesterday’s news that he’s looking for a one-year deal. However, the Rangers won the bidding for Yu Darvish and already have a full rotation, so their interest in Oswalt may be fading. The Yankees seem to have prioritized others and the Twins may not be able to afford…

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Michael Cuddyer ‘just as much a part of that 99-loss team as anybody’

The Colorado Rockies officially introduced their new free-agent acquisition, Michael Cuddyer, on Tuesday afternoon.
But in order to tie up some loose ends and answer questions that still linger, Cuddyer, a member of the Minnesota Twins organization sin…

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Former Rock Cat, Ben Revere, Grabs Play of the Year Award

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