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March 13, 2010 Leave a comment

I haven’t had the chance to put together a decent post in a while, but I am working on a fairly in-depth report on possible closer candidates. Here are some of the biggest stories lately.

  • The Twins have signed Nick Blackburn to a 4 year, $14 million contract. There is also a $8 million team option for 2014.
  • On that same day the Twins also signed the rest of the players on the 4o man roster to contracts.
  • The Official Hot Dog of the Twins that will be served at Target Field is Schweigert meats. There will be four different Schweigert hot dogs served throughout the ballpark.
  • Single game tickets went on sale today. Interestingly enough, you cannot purchase tickets to the home opener without a season ticket plan. Tickets are expected to sell out for the entire season sometime today. Last I checked, there were still seats available. (I checked for 2 tickets to the Friday night, July 30th game against the Mariners, and I could get 2 tickets in row 28 of section 110, which are seats looking right down the 1st base line, in the lower level.)
  • Joe Nathan has torn his Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) and is likely to require Tommy John surgery. Nathan and the Twins plan to wait 2 weeks and see how he feels. This injury is not a wait-and-see injury, so I am clueless to what advantage this will create.
  • Denard Span has signed a 5 year, $16.5 million contract with a $9 million option for 2015.

Lastly, I will be joining Jack Steal of fanaticjacktalkstwins.blogspot.com on Wednesday on his podcast.

    Twins Players Avoid Arbitration

    January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

    *Update-Francisco Liriano has signed for $1.6 million, and Jesse Crain has signed for $2 million.


    *Update-Pat Neshek has signed a contract worth $625,000 guarenteed and $75,000 in incentives.


    *Update-The Twins have signed Brendan Harris on a 2 year salary worth $3.2 million guanteed and $650,000 in incetives. He gets $1.45 million in 2010 & $1.75 million in 2011.


    *Update-The Twins have signed Matt Guerrier for $3.15 million.


    Several Twins players have avoided arbitration today by signing one year deals.

    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the Twins have signed J.J. Hardy for $5.1 million. Delmon Young signed for $2.6 million, with $50,000 in performance incentives. Carl Pavano has signed for $7 million.

    In my opinion the Young and Hardy deals are fairly priced deals. I think, given Pavano’s injury history, he should have been given a performance incentive-laden deal.

    Christensen hears that all of the Twins arbitration eligibles have signed and looking to confirm it.