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New York, I love you but you’re browsing our mound

Yankees allegedly were kicking the tires on at least one Twins pitcher before acquiring J.A. Happ, plus other Twins/MLB news

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Despite all the chatter, the Twins haven’t moved any beloved veterans in the prime of selling season. But there’s been a lot of chatter.

Besides the constant thrum across the border of Brian Dozier/Eduardo Escobar acquisition, Fancred (I know, I laughed too)’s Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the New York Yankees spoke with the Twins about Ervin Santana and unnamed others before landing Toronto’s J.A. Happ. Given that it’s the Yankees, one can only assume that, should they pick up a Twin, he will turn into an All-Star and/or knock Minnesota out in next 2021’s Wild Card round. That’s just how this toxic relationship works.


  • Former Twin Tommy Milone started Thursday night’s game for Washington. Really. They needed someone to take the place of the injured Stephen Strasburg who also had a legendary spoonerism. And with Chuck Finley retired...
  • Mike Berardino caught up to Fernando Rodney after last night’s Guardado-esque save. It is safe to say he was caught up in the moment:
  • If you subscribe to The Athletic, they have a couple hundred thousand words on an oral history of Game 7. I liked that game! Mark Lemke can go to hell, though.
  • Two bits from the Strib’s Phil Miller: Rochester will activate Byron Buxton tomorrow, and Addison Reed has been sent there for a rehab gig. Miller did not mention what freak injury Buxton will sustain when he’s activated, but the smart money is on one of those viruses that we thought only sailors in the 1700s came down with and it has a name like “Bachelor’s Welts”.
  • The big baseball story from late Thursday: Aaron Judge’s wrist got all broke by a pitch, and he’ll be out at minimum three weeks. Greg from Pinstripe Alley analyzed the injury’s impact on the Yankees for us:

Thanks Greg.

  • Just one more thing on Kyle Gibson, who locked down one of the best teams in baseball last night, courtesy Rhett Bollinger:

Gibby’s good. I think I sort of want him to stay being good for the Twins, unless the trade is for 17 prospects and Mike Trout.