Minnesota Twins Morning News: More Farewells

Aug 16, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brian Duensing (52) pitches in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brian Duensing (52) pitches in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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– Here at Puckett’s Pond, we’ve been counting down our list of the Top 20 Minnesota Twins Prospects. So far we’ve profiled the Honorable Mentions, #20: Travis Blankenhorn, #19: Wander Javier, #18: Stuart Turner, #17: Jermaine Palacios, #16: Mason Melotakis, #15: Jake Reed, #14: Taylor Rogers, #13: Lewis Thorpe, #12: J.T. Chargois, #11: Adam Brett Walker, #10: Alex Meyer, #9: Nick Burdi, #8: Kohl Stewart, #7: Stephen Gonsalves, #6: Nick Gordon and #5 Jorge Polanco. Look for #4 later today

– Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, you should read our own Jordan Wickstrom’s seasonally appropriate article on love—love for the Twins to be specific. As be sure to read his piece on Torii Hunter’s Hall of Fame chances, coming out later today.

– We said farewell to Doug Bernier last week, this week it’s time to bid an official farewell to Brian Duensing. He signed a minor league deal with the Royals yesterday. He’ll make a $2 million base salary if in the Majors and could earn an additional 600 K in incentives. Though a solid bullpen piece for the Twins, management has been clear all offseason that they’d be going in a different direction and would part ways.

– Former Twins’ infielder, Nick Punto has retired. Punto played 7 seasons with Minnesota from 2004 to 2010. In that span he amassed 10.3 WAR. Punto last suited up in a MLB game in 2014 with the Oakland Athletics.

– Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press had an in-depth interview with Joe Mauer at Mauer’s home. When asked about his unwieldy contract and if it felt like a burden: “No, to be honest. I’m not a person that really thinks about that…that contract gets mentioned all the time. But people that know what I’m about know that’s not my concern or what I’m really all about.”

– In Darren Wolfson’s podcast, rumors of a potential trade for Will Smith was brought up again. The scenario and the Twins’ interest has been reported for a number of weeks now. Nothing more has materialized yet.

Next: Top 20 Prospects: #17 Jermaine Palacios

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