Posted by: gravessack | January 17, 2011

2010-11 Twins Offseason

During this off-season, the Twins have been relatively quiet, which is what they are known to be. But there are a few notable transactions that Minnesota has made during the 2010-11 MLB off-season.

  • On December 9, the Twins traded shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Jim Hoey. Hoey, who will likely be a reliever with the Twins, is 3-5 in his career with an 8.13 ERA.
  • On December 17, the Twins signed Tsuyoshi Nishioka (you can call him whatever name you want!) to a three-year, $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. Nishioka is the first Japanese player ever to play for the Twins. He can either play second base or shortstop, but I think he will play second base.
  • On January 14, the Twins and 40-year-old DH Jim Thome agreed on a one-year, $3 million contract. Thome hit .283 with 25 homers last year in his first season with the Twins, so re-signing him was a good idea. He currently has 589 career home runs and is in eighth place on the career home run list!
  • The Twins avoided arbitration with Alexi Casilla on January 16, agreeing on a one-year, $865,000 contract. He will likely play shortstop next season.

The Twins are reportedly moving closer to re-signing pitcher Carl Pavano. It is important for the Twins to re-sign Pavano, who was 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA as a starter for Minnesota last year. Key players who have left the Twins this offseason include Hardy, second baseman Orlando Hudson, and pitchers Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier and Brian Fuentes.

Written by: Sam Graves



  1. Once Pavano signs we will be basically where we left off last year only a little thin in MI depth and proven Relievers. It would be nice to sign a veteran reliever and maybe even Punto for the veteran influence since both Casilla and Sushi could have problems next year. Then again we have Hughes and Plouffe who need to come up at some point.

  2. Sam and Michael,

    Great blog! I would like some help with the pronunciation of Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Can you give me a phonetic approximation?

    Sam did your brother ever go to St Petersburg? If so did he see any spring training games?

    Jim Thomas

  3. His name is something like su-yo-she nish-e-oka. I am not sure so you should probably think of a nickname!! My brother went to St. Petersburg, Russia, not Florida!


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