- Since you all love Tawny’s “Old-timey player” featurette, here is the tale of a player who ate insects, was stabbed in a bar fight, and dumped beer on his teammates. Only problem — he isn’t really an old-timey player. Here is a fun profile, courtesy of Baseball Prospectus, of Mike Maksudian, who actually appeared with the 1993 Twins.
- Grant Brisbee listed the top 50 MLB free agents, and there are a half-dozen old friends on the list (at least if you stretch the definition.) Who rates highest? Where is Brian Dozier on the list? Would you rather have Lance Lynn or Ervin Santana? So many burning questions can be answered just by clicking the link (but probably not the last question.)
- Speaking of free agents, the Twins only have three players under contract for next season. FSN gives us a quick run down of they are, as well as a list of the arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration players on the roster.
- But hey, the Twins did make a baseball-related move, claiming outfielder Michael Reed from the Braves. If you’re counting, that makes three guys named Reed in Triple-A or the MLB for the Twins organization. You’ll be begging for news like this in January.
- Jim Souhan somehow managed to be a cranky old man, and still suggest some interesting changes to “improve” baseball at the same time. It’s mostly old, rehashed ideas like robot umps, but his idea for roster construction is actually rather interesting.
Thursday Twins: The outfielder who ate bugs
Plus free agency, waiver claims, and endless ways to “improve” baseball.