That didn't take long.
Minutes after I blog about everything the Twins have to do in the coning weeks, they do something.
The club this morning officially announced that they have hired Thad Levine as their senior Vice President, General Manager. Levine joins the Twins after 11 years with Texas, where he worked with John Daniels.
“I’m thrilled to add Thad Levine to the Twins baseball operations leadership team,” Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said in a statement. “I couldn't’t envision a better partner to help return championship-caliber baseball to Minnesota. Thad’s leadership and management experiences across all facets of baseball operations make him the perfect fit for the role, and I’m looking forward to executing our vision together.”
Levine helped Daniels in all areas of baseball operations, so his background will serve Falvey well. And, yes, you're wondering the same thing I'm wondering. With Levine, 44, being so experienced and Falvey, 33, coming out of nowhere to land in the big chair, shouldn't this be the other way around?
But this is the way the Twins want to shape their baseball department. Levine is from Virginia and attended Haverford College. He then earned a masters in business administration from UCLA. In fact, Levine has worked for Coca-Cola, The Rockport Company and Reebok.
“As I embark on what I hope to be the most impactful phase of my career, I would like to thank the Pohlad family, Derek Falvey, Dave St. Peter and the Minnesota Twins fans for giving me the opportunity to join the Minnesota Twins family,” Levine said in a statement. “I am inspired to work for the Twins franchise, known as being one of the best organizations in all of professional sports due to the stalwart leadership of the Pohlad family, commitment of its loyal workforce, talent of its players and unflagging loyalty of its fans.”
With the baseball season officially over, the hot stove league will swing into action pretty soon. And your Minnesota Twins will be playing one major game of catch-up. Levine's announcement is just a warm-up act.
The long-awaited press conference to unveil Falvey as the new Chief Baseball Officer will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday at Target Field. Falvey is coming over from the Indians, and was not allowed to switch sides until Cleveland was done with its playoff run. That run ended last night as they left everything on the field in a Game 7 loss to the Cubs.
By the way, how many teams clinch a World Series title while committing three errors? Wow.
Once Falvey is announced as the new CBO, it will kick off two to three weeks of transaction fury from your local squad.
The Twins, you see, have had to pretty much delay their offseason while Falvey finished up with Cleveland. By now, the Twins have usually had their organizational meetings in Florida. That was put on hold as they searched for a new leader.
By now, the Twins usually have ranked every player in their minor league system, have had discussions on available free agents, talked about players they would like to trade for. By now, the Twins normally have put together their offseason shopping list. Not this year, as they had to wait for Falvey to complete his season with the Indians.
Why did they have to hire someone from such a successful organization?
The Twins, two weeks ago, outrighted five players off their 40-man roster, a procedure every team goes through at the end of a season. But I was told they will have to move five or more players off their 40-man to make room for all the prospects they need to add to the roster in the next week or so.
Once Falvey officially takes over, hold on to your seats and keep an eye on the transaction wire.
The Twins are expected, in the coming weeks, to announce a slew of moves. Decisions on the coaching staff will be made. There definitely will be some changes, as manager Paul Molitor has had some discussions with Falvey.
Falvey's re-shaping of the front office will take place. Rob Antony, who has filled in as interim General Manager when Terry Ryan was fired, will definitely have a role in the organization. That role will be announced fairly soon. Other front office roles will be defined. The futures of Mike Radcliff, VP of player personnel; Wayne Krivsky, special assistant to the GM, scouting director Deron Johnson and minor league director Brad Steil and others will be determined. That also includes Ron Gardenhire, who returned to the Twins as a special assistant during the season.
Minor league coaches and scouts - the Twins quietly let go of one scout several weeks ago and another more recently - will be announced.
Many announcements are expected to occur over the next few weeks.
Falvey will have his introductory press conference then leave town immediately for the GM meetings in Arizona, where he will begin to re-shape a roster that is sorely in need of help.
Look for the Twins to be in the news a lot between now and Thanksgiving.