The Past Week on Twinkie Town:
- John Foley analyzes what made Willi Castro so special last season.
- The Kansas City Royals are making up for the lack of action in the AL Central, but pretty much every other team besides the Twins made a move last week. Check out all the moves in this week’s Rival Roundup from Brandon Brooks.
- In his second installment of looking at players who are also awesome human beings, Zach Koenig takes a look at the career of Jim Abbott.
Elsewhere in Twins Territory:
- Per Brandon Warne at Access Twins and Darren Wolfson at KSTP, Twins exec Rob Antony will not be returning to the team next year. Antony has worked in baseball operations since 1996.
- Nick Nelson at Twins Daily evaluates whether a Royce Lewis contract extension makes sense for both the player and the team.
- CJ Baumgartner at Zone Coverage explains why now is not the time to trade Christian Vásquez.
- Former Twins pitchers Dylan Floro and Tyler Mahle have found new teams. Floro will be joining the Washington Nationals, while Mahle will be heading down to the Texas Rangers.
In the World of Baseball:
- The All-MLB teams were announced on December 16th. The only Twin selected was now-Cardinal Sonny Gray, who was named to the 2nd team.
- In case they needed more hardware, Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuña Jr. were named the 2023 Hank Aaron Award winners, given to the best offensive performer in each league.
- KBO MVP Jung Ho Lee signed a six-year, $113 million deal with the San Francisco Giants
- Former Padres pitchers Michael Wacha and Seth Lugo signed with the Kansas City Royals, Wacha for two years and $32 million, while Lugo received a three-year, $45 million deal.
- Outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is returning to the Diamondbacks on a three-year, $42 million deal.
- The Tigers continue to bolster their rotation by signing oft-injured pitcher Jack Flaherty to a one-year, $14 million contract.