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Fangraphs: Dozier's Slump

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:15 AM
Interesting little piece on Fangraphs about Dozier's decline in July:   http://www.fangraphs...o-brian-dozier/     [P]itch...
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Article: Kurt Suzuki Signs Extension With Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:27 PM
Up against the trade deadline and facing limited interest from other teams, the Minnesota Twins signed a last minute contract extension w...
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Article: Minor League Report (7/31): Minor Leagues With A...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:05 PM
The Twins had a busy day, but not as busy as some fans had hoped. They moved Sam Fuld back to Oakland in return for the soft-tossing left...
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Aaron Hicks quietly posting good numbers in New Britain

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:38 PM
Given his flirtation with giving up switch-hitting (and baffling return to it a few weeks later), I wanted to dig a bit further into his...
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Article: Twins Acquire Tommy Milone

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:57 PM
Welcome to the Twins. Not a bad pickup for Fuld!
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Butera, Waldrop, Holliman Out, Burroughs Likely In for Opening Day Roster Spot

(Editors note: Updated at 10:30 with additional information from Joe Christensen's blog.)

The Twins announced via Twitter this morning that they had optioned backup catcher to Rochester, reassigned utility infielder Mike Hollimon and placed relief pitcher Kyle Waldrop on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26th. Furthermore, Butera told Star-Tribune beat reporter Joe Christensen that the Twins told him they were only taking two catchers north, leading Joe to believe that Sean Burroughs has won the last spot on the Twins bench.Attached Image: drewbutera.jpg
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Butera has served as the primary backup catcher for the Twins the last two years, relying on stellar defensive skills, but struggling offensively to a historical degree. His demotion means that JR Towles, a minor league free agent who came to the Twins from Houston, is the lone remaining option who could be added as a 3rd catcher. However, it appears now the Twins are at least leaning toward carrying only Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit as catchers.

If so (and provided Alexi Casilla's knee is ready in time), it appears that Sean Burroughs would win the last spot on the Twins roster. Burroughs was a top prospect with the Padres who fell out of the major league, struggled with substance abuse issues and returned to the majors last year with the Diamondbacks. He is a left-handed hitting 3rd baseman who would likely primarily be used as a pinch-hitting option. He was signed as a minor league free agent, so he would need to be added to the 40-man roster, but that doesn't appear to be a serious limitation.

Hollimon was also a minor league free agent with little chance to come north with the team, but a tremendous spring performance kept him in the running for a utility infielder spot until this last weekend. Waldrop was in the race to make the Twins bullpen but has been out several days with elbow discomfort.


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