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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:40 AM
In the postgame presser, Gardenhire says that "things are going to get better in a hurry" and cites examples of the Twins battling back a...
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Article: Peterson Saga Brings Back Memories

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:32 AM
Since news broke last Friday, the Adrian Peterson situation has been at the forefront of national and local sports talk. Each day, there...
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External OF Options

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:40 AM
MLB Trade Rumors has a free agency writeup for Melky Cabrera, who would appear to be a good fit for the Twins. The article points out the...
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Florida Instructional League Roster

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:08 AM
Now that the regular season is complete, the Twins have announced their roster for the Florida Instructional League. A couple of weeks fr...
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Recommended Baseball Books?

More Baseball Today, 11:06 AM
Below are a couple of baseball-related books that I would recommend. Please comment on these and then recommend a few others for us for t...
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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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