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Friday, January 22nd, 2010

First, Howard Sinker moved over.

Then, Joe Christensen converted.

I held out as long as I could. But no longer. The vicissitudes of technology have led us down another path.

Sometime on Monday, I will join my baseball blogging buddies on a new server. It will be a different look with a different way to comment and read posts.

I liked the old way. But change was inevitable. The new server will better serve our needs. I’m sure all of you will get used to the new presentation. As Lovie Smith said about 1,000,000 times last season, “we’ll move on and go from there.”

So be prepared on Monday for the big move.

Repeat after me:

Change is good.

I do not fear change.

Change is my friend.

Change is good….

Change is good….

 Update: Below is the link to the RSS feed, if you need it:

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Morales needs surgery and could miss up to eight weeks

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Twins catcher Jose Morales needs surgery to repair a strained tendon in his right wrist and will miss six to eight weeks. The wrist had been bothering him for some time, so the Twins decided to have him checked out.

We’ve had him (examined) twice, confirming everything,’’ Smith said

The Twins are scheduling a time and location for the surgery to take place. If Morales needs the full two months to recover, he’ll be out until mid-March.That could make it tough for him to get ready in time for the Apr. 5 opener at Los Angeles.

Expect to see a lot of Drew Butera and Wilson Ramos in camp this year. I’m also guessing that the Twins will let Mauer take it easy during camp too.

Catchers Danny Lehman, Danny Rams and Jair Fernandez will be in camp as spring training invites. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Twins bring over another cather to help with bullpen duties in place of Morales.

The switch-hitting Morales batted .311 in 54 games with the Twins and ..336 in 58 games with Class AAA Rochester last season. He’s in line to back up Joe Mauer this year, as the Twins allowed Mike Redmond to depart via free agency.

Redmond signed with Cleveland on Friday.

Other notes

Free agent righthander Ben Sheets will throw for teams next week, but the Twins won’t attend the workout. They are more interested in observing future workouts and have been in touch with Sheets’ agent to find out his schedule.

Joe Crede, coming off his third back surgery in three years, has begun swinging off a tee. The Twins will monitor his progress. Crede could be an option for the Twins as stopgap until prospect Danny Valencia is ready.

Francisco Liriano, who has given up just one unearned run in 22 innings during the winter ball postseason, will probably make one more start before shutting it down and getting ready for Camp Gardy.

Aribitration season is upon us. Liriano, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Pat Neshek, Carl Pavano, Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris all filed by today’s deadline. Players and clubs will exchange salary requests and offers on Tuesday. Arbitration hearings begin on Feb.1.

Twins announce spring training invites

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Former major leaguer Mike Maroth leads a list of players the Twins will invite to spring training this year.

Maroth, 32, was 50-67 in sixth major league seasons, including a 2003 season in which he was 9-21. He missed all of 2008 because of shoulder surgery and had knee surgery in 2009.

The Twins watched him pitch this winter for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican league, where he went 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA. In 28 innings he gave up 26 hits and 13 walks while striking out 10.

The rest of the group consists of Twins prospects, including a few I’m sure many of you are interested in seeing.

Pitchers

Lefthanders Maroth and Jose Lugo

Righthanders

Anthony Slama (2008 Twins minor league POY)

Kyle Waldrop (2004 first round pick)

Catchers

Jair Fernandez

Dan Lehman

Danny “Bam-Bam” Rams

Infielders

Chris Parmelee (2006 first-round pick

Brock Peterson

Steve Singleton

Outfielders

Brian Dinkleman (guess he’s been moved from the infield)

Juan Portes

Ben Revere (2008 and 2009 Twins minor league POY)

Rene Tosoni (MVP of 2009 futures game)

These players will join the rest of the team (40-man roster guys) in camp. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 21.

Twins add a pitcher (but it’s not who you think)

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The Twins have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Clay Condrey to a one-year major league contract. Condrey, 34, posted a 3.00 ERA in 45 games for the Phillies.

For more info, check out his bio here. 

Twins GM Bill Smith said he likes that Condrey has pitched fairly well for a team that’s gone deep into the playoffs the past two seasons.

Condrey replaces Bobby Keppel on the Twins’ 40-man roster. Keppel asked for his release so he could sign with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League. The guess here is that Keppel got a pretty nice offer and decided to go for it.

The odd thing is that Keppel leaves the Twins after getting his first major league win – in game 163.

Washburn: I know there was a report yesterday that the Twins have offered a contract to lefthander Jarrod Washburn. I have spoken with several people in the organization and received NO indications that an offer has been made. (Smith declined to comment).  The Twins have had interest in Washburn but, again, there’s no evidence that an offer has been made.

If that changes, I will let you know and I will give props to the CBSSportsline report. The responsible thing in these cases is to verify facts on my end before hitting the publish button.

And, as one person with the club told me, Brian Duensing might be better than Washburn right now.

Look for the Twins to release their long-awaited list of spring training invites soon. Indications are that Robb Quinlan won’t be one of them.

Twins trade Bonser to Red Sox

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Larry Reynolds, the agent for Boof Bonser, has just tweeted that Boof Bonser has been dealt to Boston. The Twins designated Bonser for assignment on Tuesday to make room for Carl Pavano.

 Twins GM Bill Smith acknowledged that a few clubs had called about Bonser. Stay tuned here for updates after we’re done with the Rule 5 draft.

UPDATE: The Twins will receive a minor league player to be named later in exchange for Bonser. In most cases, teams get to pick from a list of minor leaguers. And, in most cases, it is NOT a top prospect. The Twins got nibbles on Bonser soon after he was designated for assignment, giving Smith hope that he could swing a deal.

Still, Bonser would be with the Twins right now if he had accepted their offer earlier in the offseason.

Rule 5: As expected, the Twins didn’t select anyone in the Rule 5 draft this morning. They did lose two pitchers, Angelo Sanchez and Winston Marquez.

Sanchez, a righthander, was 5-1 with a 5.52 ERA at rookie league Elizabethton. Marquez, a lefthander, was 1-0, 3.27 in seven games at E-Town and 0-2, 5.21 at Beloit. Both had good strikeout rates.