Twins Ramblings and Vikings Prediction

15 Jan

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If you would like to read some Twins ramblings, be sure to check out my first blog at the Star Tribune Your Voices pages in months. In this article, I really just talk a little about the Twins Winter Caravan and Twins Fest. Have you seen the list of minor league players that are scheduled to attend? I am officially 1.) impressed and 2.) expecting some long lines!  I mean, the lines were huge last year for Ben Revere. This year, Revere will be back, but he’ll be joined by the likes of Aaron Hicks, Kyle Gibson and David Bromberg. I also talk about the Twins offseason and potential moves, and how I think that I’m ready for Twins Fest and spring training because I’m at that point where I just want it to get going. I’ve read certain names too often and expressed my opinion on the same topics too many times. We need some baseball games! And finally, I did give my Vikings prediction, so check that out.

Don’t be surprised to see a weekend update or two. I haven’t been able to blog as much this week for various excuses reasons, so I’ll have to at least come up with another set of links for you! Any thoughts?


5 Responses to “Twins Ramblings and Vikings Prediction”

  1. MRC January 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    there is talk about Doug Davis possibly being an option for the 5th starter. I know his wife is from Eau Claire, WI just like me.(about 1 hr away from Minneapolis) Could there be a possiblity he lowers his salary demands a little bit just based on connections to the area. We all know how wifes end up being the end all decision makers anyways 🙂 Wasnt it Mark Texeira that said he chose NYY based on what his wife wanted.

  2. Dave January 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    That and a gabillion dollars. I honestly think the Twins are clearing the decks to sign Joe. We want him back desperately and have persuaded ourselves that he won’t want the moon. My guess is he will, or close to it. That doesn’t leave a lot for acquiring additional players. Even trades will bring in players making more than the guys we’d likely trade. Besides, the Twins talk a great game about developing players but often dramatically underestimate their abilities.

  3. Funkytown January 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    LEN says Jose Morales needs wrist surgery and is out 6-8 weeks. Dru Bu and Ramos get good long looks in Spring Training..

    HERE is the blog. Makes it sound like they will watch Ben Sheets at some point…IF he isn’t signed by someone else

    Twins catcher Jose Morales needs surgery to repair a strained tendon in his right wrist and will miss six to eight weeks. The wrist had been bothering him for some time, so the Twins decided to have him checked out.

    We’ve had him (examined) twice, confirming everything,’’ Smith said

    The Twins are scheduling a time and location for the surgery to take place. If Morales needs the full two months to recover, he’ll be out until mid-March.That could make it tough for him to get ready in time for the Apr. 5 opener at Los Angeles.

    Expect to see a lot of Drew Butera and Wilson Ramos in camp this year. I’m also guessing that the Twins will let Mauer take it easy during camp too.

    Catchers Danny Lehman, Danny Rams and Jair Fernandez will be in camp as spring training invites. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Twins bring over another cather to help with bullpen duties in place of Morales.

    The switch-hitting Morales batted .311 in 54 games with the Twins and ..336 in 58 games with Class AAA Rochester last season. He’s in line to back up Joe Mauer this year, as the Twins allowed Mike Redmond to depart via free agency.

    Redmond signed with Cleveland on Friday.

    Other notes

    Free agent righthander Ben Sheets will throw for teams next week, but the Twins won’t attend the workout. They are more interested in observing future workouts and have been in touch with Sheets’ agent to find out his schedule.

    Joe Crede, coming off his third back surgery in three years, has begun swinging off a tee. The Twins will monitor his progress. Crede could be an option for the Twins as stopgap until prospect Danny Valencia is ready.

    Francisco Liriano, who has given up just one unearned run in 22 innings during the winter ball postseason, will probably make one more start before shutting it down and getting ready for Camp Gardy.

    Aribitration season is upon us. Liriano, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Pat Neshek, Carl Pavano, Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris all filed by today’s deadline. Players and clubs will exchange salary requests and offers on Tuesday. Arbitration hearings begin on Feb.1.

  4. scot January 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Vikes ROLL over the Cowgirls and will face the Saints in New Orleans next Sunday. GO VIKINGS!!

  5. tmils January 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    I thought your Vikes prediction was a joke when I read it. Good call. No one else predicted anything close to that.

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