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Author: Ryan Henning

Minnesota fills out the middle infield

By: Ryan Henning | December 8, 2018 The Twins made another couple of moves ahead of the Winter Meetings, which start tomorrow. They signed a pair of middle infielders, one to start in Jonathan Schoop and another to compete with Ehire Adrianza in Ronald Torreyes. They were both recently cut free by their former organizations, but they both might be really good fits for the Twins. Let’s start with the big news. Jonathan Schoop had a down year last year, especially when considering how good he had been in 2017. Schoop is 5 years younger than Brian Dozier, and...

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Twins make interesting waiver acquisition in CJ Cron

By: Ryan Henning | December 5, 2018 The early part of the offseason sees players squeezed out of 40 man rosters because a team might find a prospect more important to protect for the long term health of an organization, or because a player is scheduled to make too much money via arbitration in the following season. Players who don’t necessarily fit into a team’s plans suddenly become available for a discount. Many of the players that come available aren’t necessarily bad, but at the point they come available they’re skill sets are being realized, and more often than...

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The Joe Mauer Hall of Fame debate is not terribly scintillating

By: Ryan Henning | December 5, 2018 I don’t know that there has been a more curious argument than the nascent one brewing regarding Joe Mauer and his Hall of Fame candidacy. Typically, home town fans are more vociferous in their support for their players, and the national press throws cold water on their arguments. With Mauer, it’s the opposite. The national media seems to think that, at worst, Mauer is a borderline candidate for entry in the Hall, whereas many local fans wonder why there is speculation at all, and expect Mauer to be left out. The cae...

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