1. The Twins were winners at the trade deadline by acquiring Tommy Milone from Oakland
You hate to see Sam Fuld go. He's a good player and a good guy. He plays the game hard and correctly. He just does everything right. But on this particular Twins team, they need starting pitching -- especially a left-handed starter. This guy Tommy Milone has proven he can get people out in the big leagues. I think that's a very nice deal for the Twins.
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2. Minnesota could still make some moves in August after the non-waiver deadline
I think there will be a lot of names thrown out by all teams, and the Twins I'm sure will have some people inquired about. I'm sure they'll throw some guys out on the waiver wire just to gauge interest, most likely. I think it'll be very active behind the scenes. We'll see how it goes with not only the Twins, but other teams. Based on the pre-waiver trade deadline a few days ago, I would say the waiver process is going to be pretty active.
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3. Kennys Vargas has been impressive early in his big league career
He's much more controlled as a hitter than I thought he might be. You just hear stories about a big, strong guy hitting the ball nine miles. I think that although he's raw, he's a bit more polished from both sides of the plate than I thought he might be. I've been very impressed. Defensively, I think he's done pretty well. The first night, he missed a tough throw from Brian Dozier, a bullet from close range that any number of things could have happened. He might have lost it in the left field seats or whatever but just fanned on it. Other than that, ground balls he's shown some soft hands. He's got a real strong arm for a first baseman. He works hard at it. I think he's going to be just fine over there.
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4. Kurt Suzuki's contract extension is good news for Twins pitchers
It's very, very important when you think about the potential starting rotation that the Twins are going to have in the next two years with Kyle Gibson and potentially Alex Meyer, Trevor May and Tommy Milone vying for spots in the rotation along with Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco. Those young kids will greatly benefit from somebody like Suzuki when they get to the big leagues. He knows how to call a game. He knows how to get his pitchers into that strategy. He's just really, really great at it. All pitchers will benefit from it, but especially the young guys.
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5. Even though Minnesota is out of contention, there are plenty of storylines to follow
You think about the guys that are going to be mainstays projecting forward. I'd love to see Danny Santana continue to have good at-bats. Kyle Gibson has been either phenomenal or terrible in his starts. You'd like to see him string together three, four, five great starts in a row where he has his command or he figures out how to give the team a chance to win when he doesn't have his best stuff. I'd love to see how Kennys Vargas reacts down the stretch, because it's not going to be just a September tryout. They're going to be playing teams that are in the race, and he's going to be in big ballgames, as far as other teams are concerned. You look at the guys that are going to be real parts of the future and you'd like to see them finish it off strong.