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Barry Bonds to the Twins?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:28 PM
Now, I'm not saying this is something that the Twins will do, but I think it's something they should consider. Think about it. He ne...
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Accounting for the Runs in Your Predicted 2017 Twins Wins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:28 PM
The Twins gave up 889 runs last season and scored 772 for a run differential of -167 runs. Knowing the Twins will improve about 2 games f...
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Article: Report From The Fort: Batting Order Time!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:23 PM
I’ve got good news for the batting order obsessed: it’s finally your time. With more regulars playing more games this week, it’s time to...
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Jonah Keri's 2017 Trade Value Player Rankings

Other Baseball Today, 03:23 PM
Jonah Keri started his annual Trade Value Player Rankings list on Sports Illustrated. The first column is the "Just Missed" and Honorable...
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2016/2017 NFL Off-Season Thread

Minnesota Vikings Talk Today, 03:03 PM
Here's a thread to track notable NFL signings, cuts, trades, etc. 
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Jamey Carroll Might Be Best Option

Terry Ryan says the Twins aren’t going to be able to buy themselves out of this funk they’re in. He’s absolutely right, especially when it comes to second base, where the Twins OPS ranks 29th in the majors. Because there is almost nothing to buy.Attached Image: carroll.jpg

The free agent market for middle infielders is often limited, but this year’s market for second basemen is especially sparse. I count one starter – Toronto’s Kelly Johnson. Johnson is 31 years old, has a 692 OPS and is slightly below average fielding (according to UZR). And he’s the class of this group.
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There are several who have found their way into a bench job, including Jeff Baker (DET), Adam Kennedy (LAD), Jeff Keppinger (TB), Maicer Izturis (LAA) and Ryan Theriot (SFG). I find Keppinger the most interesting, slightly above Izturis. With the Rays, the 33-year-old Keppinger has hit awfully well but has been slightly below average defensively. And for his career (over 2300 AB) he has a .336 OBP.

Everyone else has either been designated for assignment or hurt or both or retiring. It’s thin gruel.

With those options, ones thoughts can’t help but turn to Jamey Carroll, who only has a 626 OPS but at least is getting on base at a .334 clip. The bigger concern might be that if he reaches 401 at-bats next year, then 2014 becomes a player option, albeit one that only pays him $2M.

Frankly, that looks like a bargain and Carroll looks like a better option than anything Ryan is likely to find on the shelves this winter.


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