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Anthony Varriano
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Gonzo Waiver Trades for Terry Ryan and the Minnesota Twins

08/17/2014 7:30pm
last edited:08/18/2014 1:01am

With the waiver trade deadline just two weeks away, Terry Ryan and the Minnesota Twins' front office still have some work to do despite unloading Josh Willingham and Kevin Correia for marginal returns and a few dollars they won't use. However, the veteran jettison has created roster spots for Trevor May and Tommy Milone, but the big problem in Minnesota now is a throng of young, capable bu

     
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Anthony Varriano
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The Wildest MLB Trade Deadline Day I've Ever Seen

08/01/2014 1:20am
last edited:08/01/2014 2:51pm

In a wild MLB Trade Deadline Day that saw David Price to Detroit, Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes, John Lackey to St. Louis for Joe Kelly, and even Stephen Drew from Boston to the Yankees, Terry Ryan and the Minnesota Twins' front office can hold their heads relatively high. They locked up All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki for two more years at $12 million with a slick vest

     
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Anthony Varriano
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Twins’ Trade Bait and Why the Twins SHOULD Sell

06/20/2014 12:24am
last edited:07/09/2014 12:42pm

After a devastating 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday — their fifth straight — the Minnesota Twins, despite being just 6.5 games back, should start selling…and should be happy about it.

For the first time in years the Twins have players that will be of interest to almost any contender and a general manager who won’t fuck it up. They have a right- and left-handed bat,

     
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Anthony Varriano
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Moneyball Working for Patient Twins

04/24/2014 11:46pm
last edited:04/26/2014 2:49pm

If you told me at the beginning of spring training that the Minnesota Twins would be above .500 and have a chance to move into first place in the AL Central after 21 games, I would have laughed in your face. I'm still laughing.

The Twins are second in all of baseball when it comes to Billy Beane's bread and butter — getting on base. In 21 games, they've taken 103 free passes, seven more t

     
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Anthony Varriano
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04/25/2014 7:06pm
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When you strike out nearly nine times a game as a team, I think it goes without saying that you're swinging at a lot of pitches that aren't strikes. That was the problem in 2013, and it seems the coaching staff has addressed the issue. Although they're still striking out more than nine times per game, they're 11th in the league in overall Ks. They were second last year. I've never seen a Twins team this patient, but I love seeing starters throwing 50 pitches in 3 innings. It's something they should've adopted years ago. I don't know if the organization was unwilling to accept the work of Bill James or if Paul Molitor has had more of an effect on the club than originally let on, but it's working, and I love it.

No doubt the some in the lineup are over-performing, but I'd be hesitant to include Plouffe, Colabello, Dozier, Pinto, or Kubel in that discussion.

Plouffe looks miles better at the plate than he did in 2013, perhaps because he knew he'd have Sano breathing down his neck over the offseason, so he learned to go to the opposite field. Well, Sano is out, and Plouffe may be the most comfortable guy on the roster. He's letting the ball get deeper and using his hands effectively to go to right field. That's an improvement that will continue to work for him, although his HR numbers will go down.

As Gardy said, "Kubel knows how to hit," and I think his return to form is no fluke. He won't hit 30 HRs ever again, but if he can hit .275 and 20 HR, that's an adequate DH for this team. I'd almost rather he play left field than Willingham when he comes back, and I suspect he will.

Dozier is hitting about what I expected. He's crushing balls inside and walking a ton. That's what he does. If he hits .260 with 15 HR and an OBP of .350, you have to be happy with that.

Pinto is a hitter. He might smash 25 HR this year. I don't think he's over-performing. He's got great plate discipline for a rookie and even takes some walks. I'd just like to see him play more at catcher. I suspect Suzuki will be trade bait come July.

Now, Colabello is the real question. Is he a season-long MVP candidate? My gut says no, but his approach says yes. He looks dialed in right now, but his limited at-bats at the majors means few pitchers know how to get him out. If you can paint the black on the inside part of the plate, you can get him, but if you pitch away...good luck. He covers the outside well and goes to the opposite field with power. The thing is Colabello doesn't have to be an MVP candidate for this team to win. When Mauer turns it on, the pitching doesn't have to be that good for the Twins to win.

Wade Geraci
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04/25/2014 12:24am
Great piece Anthony. Where did this new found patience come from? Unless I'm mistaken, this is a group of players acquired and developed by an organization that hasn't placed much importance on plate discipline.

Quick and dirty look at current performance vs. expected:
-Hitting above expected level: Dozier (way above), Collabello (way above), Plouffe (way above), Suzuki (way above), Pinto, Kubel
-Hitting below expected level: Mauer, Hicks, Florimon

Looks like quite a few guys playing way above their head. But at the same time, as you pointed out, they've suffered from some bad luck with men on base. And Willingham's been out.

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