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Tuesday Afternoon Minnesota: New Year, Same Twins

After a restful holiday break, the new year begins!

2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic - Practice Sessions & Family Skate Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Past Weeks on Twinkie Town:

  • We have reached Round 10 on the Twinkie Town Definitive List of the Greatest Minnesota Twins
  • With the new year, Zach Koenig takes a look back at the wildest Twins games of 2023.
  • John Foley evaluates whether young hitters can learn to improve their platoon splits.
  • Brandon Brooks brings us the holiday break version of the Rival Roundup - a lot of rumors and small trades, but as expected, nothing super substantial.

Elsewhere in Twins Territory:

In the World of Baseball:

  • The Dodgers decided that spending $700 million this offseason wasn’t cool enough, so they also went out and signed Japanese SP Yoshinobu Yamamoto to a 12-year, $325 million contract, which is the highest contract ever given out to a pitcher not named Shohei Ohtani. Yamamoto is only 25 years old, and has dominated the Nippon Professional Baseball league the past few seasons.
  • The Mariners signed old friend and playoff hero Mitch Garver, to a two-year, $24 million contract. Garver likely will continue in his primary DH role in Seattle, after slashing .270/.370/.500 last season.
  • The Blue Jays signed OF Kevin Kiermaier and UT Isiah Kiner-Falefa to contracts, Kiermaier for one year and $10.5 million, while Kiner-Falefa signed a two-year, $15 million deal.
  • The Red Sox signed SP Lucas Giolito to a two-year, $38.5 million contract that has an opt-out after the 2024 season. Giolito struggled last season, but at only 29, he still has a chance to return to his former ceiling.
  • Possibly in response to this signing, the Red Sox then traded oft-injured ace Chris Sale to Atlanta for infielder Vaughn Grissom. Sale is in the last year of his contract while Grissom still is under team control for six more years. The Red Sox are also sending $17 million to Atlanta as part of the deal.