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As you know, I am currently working on the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook. A couple of days ago, I finished up most of my content. I submitted over 10,400 words on several topics. Again, I wrote up the 40 man roster decisions and an organizational depth chart. I did some player report cards (I wonder if I’m a tough or fair grader?). I wrote up some profiles on many free agent catchers and a ton of relief pitchers. I also wrote up a few trade options. Now I am working on my Offseason Blueprint. In other words, what would I do (or want to do) if I were the GM. That’s really the purpose of the electronic book which will be available later this month, coinciding with the end of the World Series. We (The TwinsCentric guys) will provide the reader with a bunch of information and let you think for yourself. What would YOU do? How would you build, rebuild, tear apart or bring together the 2012 Twins roster? The Twins have a lot of decisions on their own free agents and arbitration-eligible players. There are a lot of free agents available again this offseason to consider. It is a huge offseason for the Twins, and frankly, for some in the Twins front office.
On that front:
- Nick Nelson’s new blog puts some priority to the Twins offseason needs.
- Apparently Bill Smith and Dave St. Peter held a conference call with Twins season-ticket holders last night and discussed several topics on the 2011 season and the upcoming Hot Stove League.
- 1500espn’s Phil Mackey wrote a three-part story on How to Fix the Twins. In Part 1, he looked at the key issues for the Twins. In Part 2, he looked at some realistic free agent and trade options. In the third part, he gave his blueprint for how the Twins can return to relevancy in 2012.
- Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes have taken over the Twins podcast world with Gleeman and the Geek. Last night’s show was very entertaining. They were very contentious! They argue a lot. Good listen! I literally had to ask them if they had to get security to take them to their vehicles following the show, and if they exchanged in fisticuffs.
- Steve Adams at Twinkie Town asked the question, Should the Twins Target CJ Wilson?
- Granny Baseball discusses philosophy on Free Agents.
- The North Dakota Twins Fan says that Denard Span is ready for a leadership role.
Quick Minor League Notes
- In World Cup action on Tuesday, only two current Twins minor leaguers played. Max Kepler went 1-3 with an RBI for Germany. James Beresford went 1-4.
- In the opener in the Arizona Fall League, the Mesa Solar Sox lost 12-8 in a game that included seven home runs. Brian Dozier batted second and played shortstop. He went 1-5 with a double. He struck out twice and had a throwing error. Chris Herrmann went 2-4 with an RBI double. He batted eighth and caught. The starting pitcher for the Solar Sox was Twins prospect and former Gopher and Eden Prairie pitcher Cole DeVries. He gave up three runs on five hits (including a two-run homer in the 1st inning) in 2.2 innings. He walked and struck out none. Dakota Watts came in and got the final out of the 3rd inning. He came back out for the 4th inning. He walked the first batter, struck out the second batter, and then walked the next two hitters (8th and 9th hitter) to load the bases. He then gave up a two-run double, followed by a three-run home run. That ended his day.
- Over the next couple of weeks, many Twins minor leaguers will be playing winter ball in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and in the Australian Baseball League.
Feel free to comment or ask questions.