November 2010

Arbitration Deadline looms

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

UPDATE 10:55 p.m. CT: The MLBPA release has come out and only two free agents accepted arbitration — none of those were the three Twins who were offered. So it’s official – Pavano, Crain and Hudson all declined the Twins’ offer of arbitration.

UPDATE: Carl Pavano has declined the Twins offer of arbitration, as expected. Still waiting for official word on Jesse Crain and Orlando Hudson.

There likely won’t be an official announcement until 10:59 p.m. CT tonight whether or not Carl Pavano, Jesse Crain and Orlando Hudson will accept the Twins’ offer of arbitration.

The expectation has been that the three players would decline the offer of arbitration and all indications on Tuesday were that nothing had changed.

If all three players decline, as expected, then the Twins could receive a total of four draft picks for the 2011 First Year Player Draft. Pavano is a Type A free agent so if he signs with another club then the Twins would receive a first or second-round 2011 draft pick from the signing team, plus a supplemental round pick between the first and second round. Crain and Hudson are both Type B free agents and the Twins will receive a supplemental pick for each one if they leave.

The Twins can still try to re-sign those three players even if they decline arbitration.

Playoff bonus and a week lookahead

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog in the past few weeks. I spent most of that time using up vacation from this year but now I’m back on the beat and getting ready like the rest of the baseball world for next week’s Winter Meetings.

Before everyone gathers in Orlando, there will be plenty to look out for this week. Tuesday night at 10:59 p.m. CT is the deadline for free agents that were offered arbitration by their clubs to accept or decline it. Carl Pavano, Jesse Crain and Orlando Hudson are all expected to decline the Twins’ offer of arbitration, which means the Twins could get a total of four draft picks if all three sign with other clubs.

Thursday is the non-tender deadline, which is the date that clubs must tender 2011 contracts to all of their unsigned players that are still under team control. Shortstop J.J. Hardy has been mentioned as a possible non-tender candidate, although it seems more likely that the team will tender him and leave open the possibility of trading him.

One last thing, Major League Baseball announced the postseason shares this morning and the Twins got a nice reward for their playoff appearance.

The total share of players’ pool for the Twins was $1,647,064.93. That leaves the value of each
full share at $30,883.43. The Twins awarded 42 full shares, 10.17
partial shares and 16 cash awards.

From MLB, here is the full club-by-club breakdown:

WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’
Pool: $19,764,779.19; value of each full share: $317,631.29) – The
Giants awarded 50 full shares, 9.89 partial shares and 5 cash awards.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool:
$13,176,519.46; value of each full share: $246,279.55) – The Rangers
awarded 44 full shares, 8 partial shares and 12 cash awards.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RUNNERS-UP

Philadelphia Phillies (Share
of Players’ Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of each full share: $123,140.50)
– The Phillies awarded 43 full shares, 10.42 partial shares and 1 cash
award.

New York Yankees (Share of Players’ Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of
each full share: $110,302.97) – The Yankees awarded 43 full shares,
15.75 partial shares and 1 cash award.

DIVISION SERIES RUNNERS-UP

Minnesota Twins (Share of Players’
Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $30,883.43) – The Twins
awarded 42 full shares, 10.17 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

Atlanta Braves (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each
full share: $29,510.57) – The Braves awarded 48 full shares, 7.03
partial shares and 35 cash awards.

Tampa Bay Rays (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each
full share: $28,141.51) – The Rays awarded 45 full shares, 10.48 partial
shares and 20 cash awards.

Cincinnati Reds (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each
full share: $26,910.27) – The Reds awarded 48 full shares, 10.01
partial shares and 20 cash awards.

SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS (NON-WILD CARD CLUBS)

Chicago White Sox
(Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share:
$10,885.57) – The White Sox awarded 43 full shares, 6.33 partial shares
and 9 cash awards.

San Diego Padres (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each
full share: $10,118.84) – The Padres awarded 47 full shares, 6.75
partial shares and 1 cash award.

Oakland Athletics (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each
full share: $9,832.05) – The A’s awarded 43 full shares, 12.5 partial
shares and 3 cash awards.

St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of
each full share: $9,679.42) – The Cardinals awarded 44 full shares,
12.05 partial shares and 4 cash awards.

Morneau update

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

In yesterday’s Twins Inbox, one of the questions I had received was about the health status of Justin Morneau and how he was progressing. I responded with what I had heard from Twins general manager Bill Smith this week in that Morneau was feeling better but hadn’t started to work out yet.

I got an email back today from Justin updating his status as well and wanted to share. Here is what he had to say:

“For the people that want to know how I’m doing, there is nothing really new to report. I’m feeling a lot better but I haven’t really done much so it’s still hard to tell. There’s no reason to start working out yet. Normally I would start my workouts between Nov. 1 and 15th so I’m not behind schedule at all. I expect to be ready and 100 percent well before Spring Training.”

It sounded like a positive update from Justin, just like I had received from Bill Smith, so I wanted to pass that along to everyone.

Twins sign three to Minor League deals for 2011 season

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

The Twins have signed three of their Minor League free agents to contracts for the 2011 season.

Right-hander Kyle Waldrop and catcher Jair Fernandez were signed to Triple-A contracts while outfielder Juan Portes was signed to a Double-A contract for next season.

Although the three players are signed to Minor League deals, they would be eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. So it’s possible that Waldrop could still be added to the 40-man roster before rosters have to be set on Nov. 19.

Twins general manager Bill Smith wrote in an email that the club did not anticipate signing any more of their Minor League free agents prior to Saturday’s 4 p.m. CT deadline and therefore the rest will officially become free agents and sign with any other team.

Among the team’s Minor League free agents are OF Jacque Jones, 1B Brock Peterson, RHP Tim Lahey, LHP Jose Lugo, INF Matt Macri, LHP Mike Maroth, INF D’Angelo Jimenez, SS Yancarlos Ortiz, RHP Matt Williams and RHP Charlie Zink.

Twins announce 2010 Diamond Award Winners

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

The Twins announced the recipients of the 2010 Diamond Awards, which are
voted upon by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers
Association of America.

Here are the winners:

  • Most Valuable Twin — Joe Mauer
  • Pitcher of the Year — Carl Pavano
  • Most Improved Twin — Delmon Young
  • Rookie of the Year — Danny Valencia
  • Midwest Player of the Year — Mauer
  • Media Good Guy Award — Michael Cuddyer
  • Bob Allison Leadership Award — Cuddyer

The Twins also selected a few winners of their own:

  • Sherry Robertson Award for Minor League Player of the Year: Joe Benson
  • Jim Rantz Award for Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Gibson
  • Carl R. Pohlad Award for Community Service: Jesse Crain
  • Kirby Puckett Award for Alumni Community Service: Bert Blyleven

The awards will be given out at the Sixth Annual Diamond Awards Dinner,
which will take place on Jan. 27, 2011, at Target Field. The
event will benefit brain, nerve and muscle disorders research at the
University of Minnesota

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