Touch Em' All is a weekly discussion about the Minnesota Twins, hosted by 1500 ESPN Twin Cities' Phil Mackey and Twins beat writer Derek Wetmore. On this show, you'll find a strong mix of analytics, bad analogies and pleading for robot umpires.
The Twins have added wins to their roster this offseason without giving up significant assets in terms of prospects. Does that mean they'll trade for their version of Justin Verlander at this year's trade deadline?
Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore of 1500ESPN discuss the Twins and all things surrounding that topic on this episode of the Touch 'Em All podcast.
Plus, Pat Reusse torched us.
And Anthony Swarzak torched the Twins' old development system.
The Twins signed Lance Lynn to a one-year deal and cut ties with Anibal Sanchez.
1500ESPN's Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore are here to break down the Lynn signing (and say goodbye to Sanchez). What does it mean for the rotation? What does it do for Minnesota's postseason chances? How good is Lance Lynn? Are you worried about the Tommy John surgery? A stat to watch out for, and our Stat of the Week pays homage to a former Twins Innings Eater.
Derek Wetmore joins the Mackey & Judd show from Fort Myers to talk about the hypothetical contract extensions for Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton.
Would it make sense to offer one or both of those guys right now? Would either of those guys want the deal? That discussion continues on the Touch 'Em All podcast, from 1500ESPN.
Jake Depue joins Derek Wetmore from Twins spring training in Fort Myers to talk about the Twins' minor leagues. Who is the opening day starter for Triple-A Rochester and what does that rotation look like to start the year?
Will we see Nick Gordon this year? What kind of impact can he have when he does get up to the big leagues?
Which relief prospect are you most excited to see? And which prospect do you want people to know about that doesn't get enough attention?
Derek Wetmore and Derek Wetmore are both at MLB spring training -- Wetmore in Florida with the Twins, Mackey in Arizona ... with beer. On this episode, Wetmore delivers five thoughts on the Twins' first couple weeks of spring games, including info and opinions on Jake Odorizzi, Anibal Sanchez, the two different chessboards the Twins must be aware of, and much more!
Derek Wetmore calls in from Twins spring training in Fort Myers to talk with Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad about one injury in camp and whether or not it will affect the team. Also: Should the Twins be looking to extend contracts for their young pre-free agency players?
And Zulgad unveils the next market inefficiency -- the new 'Moneyball' -- the Wetmore Plan for your Pitchers.
What will the remaining free agents do? Is it panic time to sign? And Derek Wetmore had a chat with new Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi about how the Rays approached the pitching chess match. He shares some details about that conversation and what you should watch for with his pitch mix now that he's with the Twins.
If you love baseball, hang around!
Judd Zulgad, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore on 1500ESPN.
Patrick Reusse -- No. 9 on the BBWAA member list -- joins Derek Wetmore to talk about the Twins. Phil Mackey will be back next time.
Logan Morrison gets us talking about launch angle. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have taken over the Twins. What's Pat's opinion on the new front office and their data-driven approach? Pat talks about some of the original analytical thinkers -- before Bill James and Billy Beane (and Brad Pitt) made us more aware of the movement.
All that and more covered on this fun episode of Touch 'Em All, with Patrick Reusse and Derek Wetmore.
The Twins offense just added a big bat to a group that was already really good down the stretch last year.
Derek Wetmore joins Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad on 1500ESPN from Fort Myers, Florida, to deliver the hot take of the spring so far.
Logan Morrison should be getting to Fort Myers soon. When will we see him in games? When will Miguel Sano play? And what's the plan for him this year?
Also, are there any camp battles that you still have your eye on?
Derek Wetmore joins Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad from Fort Myers to talk all things Twins spring training.
What does Jake Odorizzi do when he's at his best? Is it a concern that he gave up so many home runs last year with the Rays? What do we know about his 'stuff' -- his fastball, splitter and his ability to put hitters away?
Logan Morrison hit a lot of home runs and he came at an inexpensive price tag. Should we buy into Morrison as a big-time power hitter? Should Twins fans be excited about the power potential?
And will Chris Archer get traded?
Analyst R.J. Anderson follows the Rays very closely, and he helps us out by sharing his insight into the former Tampa Bay Rays, Odorizzi and Morrison.