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Duffey deserves to be demoted

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:55 AM
How come guys like Duffey are not expected to perform I order to keep their spots. He has been beyond awful in his last 100+ innings. He...
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Article: For The Love Of Joe

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:41 AM
There is no doubt in any Twins fan’s mind that Rod Carew is one of, if not the greatest players in team history. He is beloved by Twins f...
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Article: Arms Race: The Search For Young Starters

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:57 PM
On Tuesday night, the Tigers and Twins kicked off a series at Target Field. On the hill for Detroit was Matt Boyd, a 25-year-old lefty wh...
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Article: Byungho Park To Have Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:18 PM
Paul Molitor told assembled reporters at Target Field before Wednesday night's game that 1B/DH Byungho Park will have season-ending wrist...
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Mitch Garver - 2016

Adopt A Prospect 2016 Yesterday, 09:45 PM
Mitch Garver DOB: 1-15-91, in Albuquerque, NM Height: 6'1" Weight: 220 Position: C Bats: Right Throws: Right Shane's 2016 Prospect Rank:...
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Character vs. Production

Attached Image: yunelescobar.jpg In their blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays earlier this week, the Marlins acquired a player who has been discussed in some circles as a potential target for the Twins: Yunel Escobar.

The 30-year-old shortstop is coming off a rather tumultuous year in Toronto, but there's no denying that he's got some legitimate talent, which has been in short supply at the shortstop position here in Minnesota.
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Interestingly, the Marlins won't be using Escobar at short; instead they'll plug in young Adeiny Hechavarria, also acquired in the deal. The plan for now is to shift Escobar over to third, but Miami is reportedly open to flipping him and his $5 million salary.

If he's available at a reasonable price, the Twins would have to at least consider. With a .282/.353/.390 career hitting line and very solid defense, he would represent a clear upgrade at a very problematic position, and he's under team control at a reasonable price through 2015. However, acquiring him also might require the Twins to go against their long-standing philosophy of focusing on character and clubhouse chemistry. I haven't met Yunel Escobar personally so I can't say with certainty that he's a bad dude, but he has a reputation as a malcontent and it didn't help that this season he was suspended for having hateful, homophobic language painted on his face during a game.

Perhaps the Twins should welcome an opportunity to shake up their standards. By all accounts, the teams of the last two seasons have been filled with nice guys, but nevertheless the results were lousy. Maybe it's time for this front office to start focusing solely on production and on-field value, while dealing with auxiliary issues as they come up.

Does Escobar provide enough on-field value to make pursuing him worthwhile? That's a very fair question in light of his performance this year. But as Terry Ryan and Co. make their evaluations, I hope they won't rule him out simply because of attitude problems. It's time to start prioritizing the quality of the product on the field over the climate in the locker room.


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