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Minor League Report...January 31, 2009

The Aragua Tigres beat Caracas last night, 7-3, to win the 2008-2009 Venezuelan Winter League championship.  Aragua took charge with a 4 run second inning led by third baseman Matt Tolbert who hit...

More from Joe C.

Be sure to stop back to Christensen's blog as the night progresses, as he'll have more in tonight's first editions. * With the Eric Gagne talks ceasing, the Twins are still looking for bullpen help. Luis Ayala came up. He had a bad 2008, and could be an inexpensive alternative. * In regards to Joe Crede, the Twins would want to see him a bit more before thinking about leveling an offer. Which, really, is about as sound of an organizational decision as you can make in this situation.

Can Boof Bonser Bounce Back In 2009?

Boof Bonser has been a frustrating pitcher to watch for Twins fans, as there seems to be a fairly large gap between "what he's capable of" and "what he does". Is there hope for a Bonser Bounce Back in 2009? Let's take a stroll through his 2008 peripherals for clues.

Crede Looks Good In Workouts, Twins Don't Offer Contract

This is courtesy of Joe C. over at his Strib blog. Apparently, in spite of the fact that Joe Crede wants MORE than the $5.1 million dollar base salary he made in 2008 (plus incentives), he still receives offers. Yes, plural: offers. And if the running rate is what Christensen says it is, I'm more than happy to pass.

A person close to Gagne said the former Cy Young Award winner was willing to sign a one-year, $3...

A person close to Gagne said the former Cy Young Award winner was willing to sign a one-year, $3 million deal with about $500,000 in incentives for innings pitched but was told the Twins were moving in a different direction.

Remaining Free Agents of Note

A short list of 14 remaining free agents who could fit some sort of bill for the Twins. Most of them wouldn't be good decisions, but are there any who could be good fits? Decide for yourself.

Fangraphs: Twins Team Win Values

Over at Fangraphs, Dave Cameron (co-founder of USSMariner.com) talks about the success of the '08 Twins in producing runs. It's nothing new to us, but it shows us exactly where Minnesota sat in situational hitting versus the league average.

Twins Sign Kubel

In their biggest move of the off-season, and their first since re-signing Nick Punto at the Winter Meetings, the Minnesota Twins sign Jason Kubel to a multi-year deal. Details and long-term philosophy discussed inside.

Souhan's argument for moving Cuddyer to third

I suppose if the Twins don't sign Crede, this makes some sense. He should at least get some reps over there in spring training. I'm skeptical he'll be able to play over there after not playing there since 2005. But he's supposed to be a good athlete, so it's worth it to work him into the rotation over there if he demonstrates some ability in practice, if not in games. It's not like he'd be supplanting a much better fielder. And it's not like he'd be leaving a hole in the outfield. Your thoughts?

TwinsFest 2009: You going?

This year's edition of TwinsFest begins tonight at 5:30, running for four hours tonight, 9-6 on Saturday, and 9-4 on Saturday.  Tonight might be the marquee night, in terms of players scheduled to...

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