Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes talk about that baseball team in Minnesota over a beer at this week's favorite watering hole. Many THANKS to James Richter for his music and technical support & Kirsten Brown of kbrobaseball.com for our logo.
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins falling out of first place, Rocco Baldelli's ejection, releasing Tyler Duffey but not Emilio Pagan, the need for Carlos Correa and veteran pitchers to produce, Alex Kirilloff's wrist surgery, and Byron Buxton's knee injury.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins' deadline day trades for Tyler Mahle, Jorge Lopez, and Michael Fulmer, why giving Emilio Pagan and Tyler Duffey more chances to blow leads is a bad idea, the likely end of the Miguel Sano Era, and ever-ending outfield injuries.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins' obvious need for pitching help at the trade deadline, the difference between good value and good players, how many current pitchers can be trusted in the playoffs, never-ending injuries knocking out Josh Winder, Bailey Ober and Jorge Alcala, and why no one actually wants to live in a $60,000 house.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins ending the first half on a low note, the need for pitching help before the trade deadline, Ryan Jeffers' thumb surgery, Miguel Sano's ticking clock, and why Brooks Lee and Connor Prielipp were a best-case scenario on draft day.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins' eight upcoming games vs. the Guardians, Royce Lewis' torn ACL and the future at shortstop, when Alex Kirilloff will return from crushing Triple-A, the domino effect of the rotation getting healthier, and how ready the world is to see more of John Bonnes dancing.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins-Yankees series, Byron Buxton breaking out of his slump in a huge way, the state of the bullpen, how close the rotation is to getting healthy, why the lineup is showing good signs against high-end pitchers, and Josh Donaldson's return to Minnesota.
Aaron and John talk about Chris Paddack's elbow problem, Yennier Cano's debut, the Twins getting swept by the Astros, the roster having a Triple-A feel because of so many injuries, the odds of Royce Lewis sticking around, and Alex Kirilloff's struggles.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins' streak of one-run wins, Carlos Correa's injury and Royce Lewis' debut, Jose Miranda stepping in for Miguel Sano, Gilberto Celestino swimming instead of sinking, and Josh Winder and Jhoan Duran remaking the pitching staff on the fly.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins' rise to first place in the AL Central, Aaron's return from the injured list, Jose Miranda's big-league debut, Miguel Sano's knee injury, Jhoan Duran's first chance in the closer role, and how this team is starting to resemble the early 2000s version.
Aaron and John (from Dublin!) recap a wild week of Twins moves, including trading away Josh Donaldson, Mitch Garver, and Chase Petty, and look ahead to the remaining moves that could/should be coming, from Trevor Story and Frankie Montas to uncertain pivot plans.
Aaron and John (from Scotland!) talk about MLB canceling Opening Day, how the lockout puts Royce Lewis and the Twins in a tough spot, why the Rule 5 draft could be in jeopardy, and whether the Twins or the Timberwolves are ready to do more winning.
Aaron and John revert back to their normal roles while evaluating the potential delay of the MLB season, weigh options for an extended postseason, and discuss the Twins' prospects who are getting extra attention this year in spring training.
Aaron and John discuss David Ortiz's election into MLB's Hall of Fame, what offseason starting pitching trades look like, the rhetoric surrounding a nerd being named the Vikings new GM, and why Aaron is once again excited about an in-person event.
Aaron and John discuss the additions of Cesar Tovar, Ron Gardenhire and Dan Gladden to the Twins Hall of Fame, along with where "prospects plus" rank in the prospect hierarchy and the disturbing lack of absolutes present in following a career path.
Aaron and John discuss the hiring of recently dismissed San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler as the Twins' bench coach, the departure of Alex Colome, the waiver claim pickup of reliever Jharel Cotton, and which prospects the Twins should protect to guard against the Akil Baddoo snafu.
Aaron and John break down the free agent starting pitcher market into four tiers, discuss the Twins hiring 31-year-old David Popkins as their new hitting coach, welcome Parker Hageman for a cameo about Joe Ryan, and talk about the McDonald's dollar menu for some reason.
Aaron and John set the stage for the offseason with a 360-degree discussion of the Twins' payroll: how high their budget should be, the arbitration and contract decisions they need to make, trade candidates that could free up more money, and how much fans can expect them to spend this offseason.
Aaron and John talk about the final week of the Twins' disappointing season, avoiding 90 losses, Byron Buxton's amazing present and uncertain future, Derek Falvey's comments about the offseason plans, and coaching changes on the horizon.
Aaron and John talk about Joe Ryan avoiding a serious injury, Andrelton Simmons not being allowed into Canada, how this year's team compares to 1990 and 1986, Ryan Jeffers vs. Mitch Garver at catcher, and the 100th version of the same conversation about Miguel Sano.
Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's return, Kenta Maeda's elbow surgery and where it leaves the 2022 rotation, Joe Ryan's odds of being a September call-up, Josh Donaldson's impossible task, and Miguel Sanó doing it again.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins' winning ways predictably coming to an end vs. the Yankees, Trevor Larnach's demotion, Kenta Maeda's latest injury, Byron Buxton's impending return, the end of Bonnes' month-long road trip, and Joe Ryan's post-trade debut.