The Past Week on Twinkie Town:
- It’s Round 4 of the Greatest Minnesota Twins list!
- Kirby’s Ferret muses on who should have been the 2023 Twins captain.
- Zach Koenig reminiscences of life before streaming services in a tribute to baseball physical media.
Elsewhere in Twins Territory:
- Kenta Maeda has agreed to a 2-year, $24 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, officially ending his 4-year stint with the Twins. Since coming over via trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maeda had a 4.02 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 10.1 K/9. However, he only managed 277.1 innings - granted his first season here was the shortened 2020 season, and then he missed most of 2022 due to Tommy John surgery.
- Ted Schwerzler at Twins Daily evaluates the Twins’ options to add some right-handed power via the trade market.
- Aaron Gleeman and Dan Hayes at The Athletic take a first look at the Twins roster projection ($).
- The 2024 Hall of Fame ballot is out with Joe Mauer as a first-time candidate. All eligible Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters have to submit their ballots by the end of the year, and results will be announced on Jan. 23, 2024. All players who receive 75% of the vote will be enshrined in the hall. Torii Hunter is the only other former Twin on the ballot.
- The Twins announced that Dick Bremer is the 2023 winner of the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award - congrats to the legend and a left-handed toast to you, Mr. Bremer!
In the World of Baseball:
- Old friends Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn signed with the Cardinals for one-year deals. Gibson signed for $12 million with a club option for 2025, and Lynn signed for $10 million, also with a club option for 2025.
- Paul DeJong and the White Sox have agreed on a one-year deal, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. DeJong looks to be the short-term replacement for Tim Anderson.
- The Padres have announced that former Cardinals manager, Mike Shildt, will be their new manager after they let Bob Melvin walk to become the new manager of the Giants.
- Reliever Reynaldo Lopez has signed with Atlanta for a three-year, $30 million contract, which includes a club option for 2027.
- The Diamondbacks traded for third baseman Eugenio Suárez, sending reliever Carlos Vargas and catcher Seby Zavala to the Mariners. Suárez has had high strikeout rates for the last few years, which likely was a major reason the Mariners traded him, but he also has plenty of power potential, as in the last 6 seasons, he hit over 30+ homers in four of those seasons. However, for three of those seasons, he played his home games at Great American “Small” Park.