The Twins have also spent the week looking for deals on the open market. Ryan Doumit officially signed with the Twins, Joe Nathan left the Twins for the Texas Rangers, and the organization offered arbitration to Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel. A busy week in the world of the Twins.
Here are some of the best stories from the week that was in Twins news:
- Seth Stohs discussed the tragic events surrounding the murder of Greg Halman and how it connects to the Twins minor league system.
- Terry Ryan told reporters that Glen Perkins will not be the closer. This means the Twins are in the market for a closer.
- Over at Knuckleballs, Jim Crikket looks at the topic of "Closer? We don't need no stinkin' closer!"
- Nick Nelson from the TwinsCentric gang came up with the ways the Twins can find Nathan's replacement.
- The Twins offered arbitration to Cuddyer and Kubel but not Capps. The key is that the Twins can still get draft picks for any of these players if they sign with another team.
- The Twins Spring Training Schedule was released which means baseball is getting closer!!!
- A trade by the Philadelphia for Ty Wigginton won't keep them from going after Cuddyer.
- Here's everything you ever wanted to know about ERA+ and ERA-.
- Here are the Top 15 Prospects for the Twins according to FanGraphs.
- The new Muppets movie came out this weekend and the folks over at Baseball Prospectus cast MLB players as Muppet characters.
- MLB continues to try and get smokeless tobacco out of the game of baseball
- The new CBA is tough on amateur players and for teams looking to spend money in the draft.
- A former Twins starter is on the market and the Twins could be looking to add some pitching.
- Justin Verlander won the AL MVP Award but he didn't finish on top of my ballot.
- The NL MVP came down to Ryan Braun versus Matt Kemp and here's my ballot.
- Big League Stew from Yahoo Sports thinks the Rangers rolled the dice on Nathan.
- Mr. Hageman from Over the Baggy did a great job of breaking down Doumit's offensive production.
- Classic Minnesota Twins added a new page called "Lost Met Stadium" with some cool pictures.
- Twinkie Town put together their annual list of the All Ex-Twins Team, 2011 edition.
- FanGraphs asks the question, "Is Ryan Doumit the new Mike Napoli?" Hopefully the answer is yes.
My posts from this week:
- Monday: Hot Stove Report: Doumit, Cuddyer, Kubel, Nathan
- Nathan signs two-year deal with Rangers
- Tuesday: Did Santana deserve the MVP Award?
- Wednesday: New CBA changes free agent compensation
Video of the Week: Keeping with the Muppets theme from earlier, here is a clip featuring the Muppets on Sesame Street in a baseball skit.