Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip: Twins Make Two Trades

25 Feb 1998: Shane Mack
25 Feb 1998: Shane Mack /

Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, December 7th, 2017

Welcome to the December 7th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!

Minnesota Twins Organizational Scores

Australian Baseball League Update
Australian Baseball League was off until Thursday.

Dominican Winter League Update
Kennys Vargas is trying to show that he deserves the chance to be the power hitter the Minnesota Twins are shopping for in the market this winter. On Tuesday in the DWL, he took a step that way, going 1-4 with Aguilas Cibaenas with a 3-run home run, striking out once as his 3-run home run was the difference in a 5-2 win.

On Wednesday, Vargas went 1-4 with a double and a strikeout as the DH as Aguilas won in extra innings.

Venezuelan Winter League Update
Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Anderson Munoz threw 2 innings for Aguilas del Zulia in a blowout loss on Thursday, but he was the one pitcher who threw well on the night for his squad. He threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one as well.

Minnesota Twins news and notes

Twins trade pool money for 2 prospects
In 2 separate deals, the Minnesota Twins sent international money to the Seattle Mariners for catcher Daniel Banuelos and to the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder Jacob Pearson. More to come on Puckett’s Pond on the deals!

Twins plan to extend netting in 2018
The Minnesota Twins led the league again, extending what is already some of the most-extended netting in the game further down the lines at Target Field in 2018.

Carew to receive award
Rod Carew will add to the lengthy list of career accomplishments and honors. He will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Minnesota Sports Awards on December 13th.

Twins seeking pitching at winter meetings

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One Last Thing

One of the most underrated players in all of Twins history celebrates his birthday today.

Shane Mack was initially a San Diego Padre, drafted in the first round, 11th overall, in 1984. The Twins drafted Shane Mack in the Rule 5 draft in December 1989. He then took over a starting job by the end of the 1990 season, something rare for a Rule 5 pick, by hitting .326/.392/.460.

Over the next 4 seasons, Mack was dominant for the team, quite literally leading the team in bWAR by a hitter on the championship 1991 team, hitting a combined .306/.372/.483 with 59 home runs and 58 stolen bases. However, after 1994, Mack was disenfranchised by the owner lock out, and he chose to go to Japan to continue playing. He didn’t get a chance to return to the major leagues until 1997, and by then he was already 33 and wasn’t the same athletic hitter he was with the Twins.

Happy birthday, Shane!