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Wetmore: Milone Confident He'll Make Rotation, If...

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Derek Wetmore wrote about Tommy Milone and his confidence that he will make the starting rotation... if he gets back to being "the pitche...
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Mason: Mauer hopes to reap rewards of healthy offseason

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:25 AM
FSN's Tyler Mason made his way to Ft. Myers and today wrote an article on Joe Mauer having a healthy offseason this year. Obviously, he i...
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Article: Hunter And Garnett: The Marketing Angle

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:26 AM
After a lengthy absence, Kevin Garnett made his triumphant return to Target Center on Wednesday night, helping lead the Timberwolves to a...
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Souhan: Perkins planning on front-office job after career

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Jim Souhan wrote an article on Glen Perkins' post-playing career. He would like a front-office job with the Twins, and I think it makes a...
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Article: Push Candidate: Brian Navarreto

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:14 AM
The first two entries in this series focused on players who are moving up in the system and the question was one of advancing to AA baseb...
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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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