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Article: What's A Realistic Timeline For Byron Buxton?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:31 PM
I made my first trip of the year to Target Field last Friday, and had a fantastic time. It was a beautiful evening and the Twins played a...
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Article: Eddie Rosario Promoted To Twins; Arcia Placed On DL

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:30 PM
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Nuñez to DL--Bernier Recalled

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:24 PM
As much as I was in favor of the 23-year old Eddie Rosario being promoted, I am disappointed in hearing that Bernier was added to the 40-...
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Eduardo Nunez to DL, Doug Bernier recalled

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:22 PM
For the third straight season, Doug Bernier will be coming north. This time, it's much earlier than the past years. His 40 man roster spo...
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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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