1. Jim Thome Signs with the Twins and I'm Eating My Words

    Mmmm...Shoe . OK, so Jim Thome didn't sign for $400K, but the contract he did agree to (1 year, $1.5 million in base salary with $750,000 in incentives based on plate appearances) is pretty close, much closer than I thought he'd receive...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about over 4 years ago 874 reads 10 comments

  2. Jim Thome: A Log for the Hot Stove

    Most of the rumors that get tossed around don’t surprise me too much. Jarrod Washburn—veteran pitcher, from the area, isn’t going to cost a lot of money...yeah, makes sense...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about over 4 years ago 386 reads 5 comments

  3. A Log For The Hot Stove: Orlando Hudson

    22 Jan. 2009: Coming off a solid season in which he did not see much playing time in the second half, Orlando Hudson remained unsigned despite several teams needing help at second base, where he has established himself as a frontline player...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about over 4 years ago 549 reads 4 comments

  4. Navigating the MLB Fantasy Labyrinth: Francisco Liriano

    You know that reflex that makes you pull your hand away from a hot stove? Where fantasy is concerned, I must have missed that gene because I got burned twice on Francisco Liriano...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about over 4 years ago 252 reads 1 comments

  5. Navigating the Fantasy Labyrinth: Jose Reyes

    As if the fantasy labyrinth wasn’t hard enough to navigate on its own, every year there are minotaurs—players who seem bent on ruining your season as you work out the puzzle...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about over 4 years ago 1,662 reads 3 comments

  6. Target Field Won't Be Abnormally Cold, Quit Your Whining!

    Among the things that struck me with the arrival of 2010 last night (hmm...I start grad school in four days...) was a new found excitement for the opening of Target Field...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about over 4 years ago 751 reads 11 comments

  7. A Study in Patience: Francisco Liriano

    According to reports by FoxSports.com’s John Paul Morosi, the Twins are still looking for a middle infielder, which is hardly surprising considering just one member of Game 163 ’s ...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 600 reads 1 comments

  8. A Log for the Hot Stove: Kevin Kouzmanoff

    Even though Chone Figgins, Placido Polanco, and Pedro Feliz have been signed to play third base, the market is far from depleted...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 620 reads 2 comments

  9. Native Son: An Interview with Minnesota's Joe Mauer

    If you want to know why Minnesotans, myself included, get a little defensive when people talk about Joe Mauer leaving for, well, anywhere else, it comes from something beyond the "favorite son" notion...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 1,867 reads 1 comments

  10. A Log for the Hot Stove: Carl Pavano

    The Winter Meetings kicked off this morning, and while no blockbusters have been reported as of yet, the buzz has been quite good regarding players like Curtis Granderson, Brad Penny, Milton Bradley, and even Edwin Jackson...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 163 reads 5 comments

  11. A Log for the Hot Stove: Felipe Lopez

    The announcements of players offered arbitration made Twins fans happy last weekend as three names being bandied about—Placido Polanco, Orlando Hudson, and Felipe Lopez—were all set free by their respective teams...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 370 reads 0 comments

  12. Has Soccer Really Gained a Foothold in The United States?

    Yesterday was one of the most exciting days in recent memory for fans of international football. The World Cup Draw, in and of itself little more than the picking of names out of a bucket, has ...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 374 reads 44 comments

  13. Dan Uggla: A Log For The Hot Stove

    The free-agent market officially opened last week, ushered in by a flurry of important signings that could truly change the game. Or a general malaise, one of the two, I forget which...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 490 reads 1 comments

  14. Joe Mauer Wins American League Most Valuable Player in Landslide

    For years, the BBWAA picks for the Cy Young Awards and MVP were the subject of incredible scorn, especially among the sabermetric community...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 170 reads 4 comments

  15. A Log for the Hot Stove: Stay Away from Jarrod Washburn

    If it feels like we’ve been in this bunker before, we have. Almost every year for the last three or four years, either Jarrod Washburn, his agent, or the Twins’ front office makes ...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 297 reads 10 comments

  16. A Log for the Hot Stove: The Enigma That Is Rich Harden

    A good portion of this piece will call back to point two of my Off-Season Plan , please refer back if you missed it! With the Twins limping along behind the Tigers and the White Sox hot on their heels, with the Sept...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 435 reads 2 comments

  17. A Log for the Hot Stove: Minnesota Twins Add J.J. Hardy

    In both my 2009 postmortem and my 2010 offseason plan, I laid out two key points. First, the Twins need to accurately deduce what things actually hurt them this year and address them. Second, that thing they needed to address was infield defense...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 316 reads 0 comments

  18. A Log for the Hot Stove: Four Goals for the Minnesota Twins' Offseason

    I've never formally said it, but when Alex Rodriguez announced he was opting for free agency in the midst of the 2007 World Series, I was pretty much disgusted...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 386 reads 0 comments

  19. Swing and A Miss: Minnesota Twins Lose Out on Tampa Bay Rays' Akinori Iwamura

    Well, there goes one article from the offseason que. The Rays, finding themselves with a surfeit of infielders, seem to be on the verge of dealing second baseman Akinori Iwamura and another player to the Pirates for reliever Jesse Chavez...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 296 reads 2 comments

  20. NFL in London: A Great Idea if the Right Steps Are Taken

    Since the NFL played its first game in London's Wembly Stadium in 2007, it would be hard to call the event anything but a rousing success...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 133 reads 4 comments

  21. Minnesota Twins' Youth Corps: Venezuelan Winter League Edition

    Proving the theory that there is no off-season in baseball, the Arizona Fall, Venezuelan Winter, Mexican Winter, and Dominican Winter Leagues are already up and running, even before the World Series ends...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 285 reads 0 comments

  22. Know Thyself: Who the Minnesota Twins Really Are

    In honor of the recent birthday of one of the greatest men ever to be in any way affiliated with sports, John Wooden, it seems appropriate to use his words to start off a piece about myth and reality...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 258 reads 0 comments

  23. To Trade Or Not To Trade Joe Nathan: The Value Of Consistency

    Anyone who spent more than 15 minutes on a college campus pretty quickly came to the realization that there are many things that seem like a good idea until you try them. For some, it’s a case race or other manner of spontaneous intoxication...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 378 reads 12 comments

  24. The 2009 Minnesota Twins: An Autopsy of The Playoff Sweep

    With a slow grounder to to short, it was all over. The joy of game 163, the September magic, the 2009 season, baseball in the H.H.H. Metrodome, all of it...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 201 reads 3 comments

  25. Delmon Young Getting Hot at the Right Time for Minnesota Twins

    Before Brett Favre arrived in Minnesota, Delmon Young was the most controversial player to roam the Dome. Not controversial in the same way he was in Tampa, Young hasn't generated bad ...

    Dan Wade Written by Dan Wade about almost 5 years ago 254 reads 4 comments