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Article: Game Thread Tigers@Twins 4/27 7:10PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:32 PM
It's almost like Groundhog Day... We are going back in time to the beginning of the season and facing David Price in the series opener on...
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Which Move Happens First?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:24 PM
The Twins are still less than 20 games into the season, but very soon the team will have to consider transactions. So, which of these wil...
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia DFA'd

Other Baseball Today, 06:59 PM
I wonder what will happen next:   http://www.mlbtrader...assignment.html
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Article: Gardenhire's Possible Landing Spots

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:52 PM
This is the first time in Ron Gardenhire's life that he hasn't been actively involved in baseball since his youth. However, it doesn't me...
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Joe Mauer's new approach

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:24 PM
I'm too lazy to look up his first pitch swing percentage but my eyes tell me he's swinging more often in first pitch situations, includin...
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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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