The Past Week on Twinkie Town:
- We’re down to number 5 on the Greatest Minnesota Twins list!
- Zach Koenig bids a fond farewell to a few former Twins.
- Brandon Brooks checks out the AL Central hot stove in the Rival Roundup.
- Is Joe Mauer a first ballot Hall of Famer? Hayden Audette evaluates the local kid’s resume.
- Kirby’s Ferret awards the most “Nick Punto”-like player on the 2023 Twins.
- John Foley looks at one of the more intriguing questions this offseason - should Louie Varland be a starter or a reliever?
Elsewhere in Twins Territory:
- Sonny Gray has officially signed with the St. Louis Cardinals for a three-year, $75 million deal. Emilio Pagan has also signed with the Cincinnati Reds, receiving a two-year, $16 million contract.
- Cory Provus has officially been announced as the TV play-by-play announcer for the Twins. In more interesting news, Provus also announced that there will be no blackouts next season in the Twins’ not-yet-determined TV deal. Kris Atteberry will take over for Provus on the radio play-by-play call.
- Cody Schoenmann at Twins Daily takes a look at whether the Twins should go after Marcus Stroman.
- Theo Tollefson at Zone Coverage tries to find a few arms to shore up the Twins bullpen.
- In advance of the Winter Meetings, Do-Hyoung Park at MLB.com gives a primer on what to expect from the Twins over the next two days.
In the World of Baseball:
- The Seattle Mariners continue to shed salary, trading away Jarred Kelenic, Marco Gonzales, and Eric White for Cole Phillips and Jackson Kowar. This looked like a move for the Mariners to position themselves to sign a big free-agent, especially in concert with their recent trade shipping off Eugenio Suárez.
- In one of the most interesting free-agent sweepstakes that we’ve had in a while, reports are that Shohei Ohtani has received multiple offers over $500 million, according to Jon Heyman at the New York Post. Teams in the hunt include the Dodgers, the Cubs, the Blue Jays, the Giants, and the Angels. Unfortunately, the Twins do not seem to be in the mix this time around.
- Jim Leyland has been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Contemporary Baseball Era Non-Players Committee (now that’s a mouthful). The long-time Detroit Tigers manager racked up 1,769 regular season wins, led the Tigers to two AL pennants, and also won a World Series with the Florida Marlins.
- The Brewers signed yet-to-debut prospect Jackson Chourio to an 8-year, $82 million deal, with incentives and options to push it to $142.5 million. This is the biggest deal in terms of guarantees given to any player before his major league debut.