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Monday Morning Minnesota: The “We Didn’t Get Shohei” Edition

As expected, Shohei Ohtani did not take a flight to MSP

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Los Angeles Angels v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

The Past Week on Twinkie Town:

  • Round 6 on the Greatest Minnesota Twins finally sees Joe Mauer off the board.
  • Ben Beecken evaluates another pitching revamp from the Twins.
  • Turns out there was some other news in the majors. Check out the latest Rival Roundup from Brandon Brooks. Our bitter rivals, the Cleveland Guardians, ended up getting lucky and finishing 1st in the draft lottery. The Twins, meanwhile, will be rewarded with the 21st pick in the first round.
  • Zach Koenig kicks off the holiday season looking at players that embody the holiday spirit - starting with Zack Greinke.


Elsewhere in Twins Territory:

In the World of Baseball:

  • In case you missed it, Shohei Ohtani signed a record deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, that will pay him $700 million. The contract is for 10 years, however, there is a significant amount of money that will be deferred, allowing for a lower competitive tax balance hit for the Dodgers.
  • The Boston Red Sox traded with the Cardinals for outfielder Tyler O’Neill, sending right-handed pitchers Nick Robertson and Victor Santos to St. Louis.
  • Jeimer Candelario signed with the Cincinnati Reds for three years and $45 million. He’s likely to man first base in Cincinnati’s crowded infield and replace Reds’ legend Joey Votto.
  • The Yankees traded for three outfielders - first, they completed a trade with their bitter rivals in Boston, receiving Alex Verdugo for three prospect pitchers. Then they decided to flex their muscles as the evil empire and trade for All-World hitter Juan Soto and Trent Grisham, sending RHP Michael King, C Kyle Higashioka and touted prospect RHP Drew Thorpe, along with three other pitchers to the San Diego Padres. The Bronx outfield next season will consist of Aaron Judge, Soto, and Verdugo, along with prospect Jasson Domínguez, who just underwent Tommy John surgery.
  • Other notable free agent signings: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez joins the Arizona Diamondbacks for four years, $80 million; RHP Craig Kimbrel joins the Baltimore Orioles on a one-year, $13 million deal; LHP Will Smith signs with the Kansas City Royals for one year, $5 million; LHP Wade Miley re-signs with the Milwaukee Brewers for one year, $7 million, with additional buyouts and incentives; RHP Erick Fedde returns from the KBO to sign with the Chicago White Sox for two years, $15 million, Fedde was the 2023 KBO MVP.