BREAKFAST LINKS: Viola, Wimberley, Slowey, Cowboy Junkies

Lotta bands outta England now are so tired, really more into the Japanese psych-rock scene. Might not be your bag, though, it's pretty out there. - USA TODAY Sports

"For chrissakes, Carole, do you even listen to yourself when you talk? DO YOU?"

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  • If you're going to Las Vegas this year, and you want ex-Twins to be a big part of it, you no longer have to hide in Ron Coomer's suitcase and deal with all the lawsuits and share space with all that honey ham. The Las Vegas 51s, already helmed by former Twin Wally Backman, have hired Frankie "Sweet Music" Viola as their pitching coach for 2014. Caveat emptor: everything about the stadium is terrible and it's 1000 degrees all the time.
  • Fresh-faced whippersnapper Chris Cotillo reports that the Twins have signed Corey Wimberley to a minor league deal. Who the hell is Corey Wimberley, you ask? Per Steve Adams, he's a 30-year-old OF/2B who spent last season in the Cincinnati and Atlanta organizations. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW.
  • The Marlins snapped up former Twins Joe Benson and Kevin Slowey, per Baseball America's Matt Eddy. Both are minor league deals, with Slowey's being a real obscure one that you've probably never heard of because that's my go-to joke for Kevin Slowey.
  • If you're outraged about Jack Morris being snubbed on his 15th and final chance at getting into the HOF (prior to his eventual enshrinement by the Veterans' Committee (this is my opinion, not a fact, so take that for what it's worth (which isn't much))), also mourn the three other former Twins who fell off the ballot this year: Jacque Jones, Kenny Rogers and Todd Jones. (h/t Mike Berardino)

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