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Berardino: Analytics will assist Twins in June draft

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:09 AM
Mike Berardino wrote a terrific article, with several quotes from Twins scouting director Sean Johnson, on how the Twins will use analyti...
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So is Danny Santana competing at Short Stop or Extra Outf...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:06 AM
So is the coaching staff giving Santana a chance to compete at the Short Stop position or is he strictly a utility player. Would like to...
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2017 MLB draft thread

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:58 AM
Baring some sort of scenario where the Twins manage to win the next 8, the Braves lose the next 8, and win the tie breaker, we'll be pick...
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2016-2017 Wolves season

Minnesota Timberwolves Talk Today, 05:09 AM
For the first time in many years there is a lot of optimism surrounding the Wolves. Several of the ESPN podcasters that I listen are pump...
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Hammond Happenin

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:35 AM
Feb 6 Make no doubt about it, there are Twins players and prospects starting their respective seasons. Didn’t see a bullpen session, but...
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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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