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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Stewart Pulled...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:23 PM
The big story of the night was star pitching prospect Kohl Stewart being pulled very early in his start by the Cedar Rapids training staf...
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Article: Suddenly, Shortstops!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:08 PM
Finding a non-temporary answer at the shortstop position has been a long-standing issue for the Minnesota Twins, dating back about a deca...
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Trade Dozier, Now!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:08 PM
He'll never be worth more than he is right now.  With Santana, Escobar, Nunez, Florimon, Polanco & Rosario all able to step...
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Game Thread: Indians@Twins 8/19 7:10PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:26 PM
It'll be a comfortable... Willard Scott approves Night at the ball park. Light Winds with the exception of that Hurricane Force wind tunn...
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Promote Josmil Pinto?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:18 PM
In case people haven't noticed, Josmil Pinto has been raking in AAA.  In 43 games, he's hitting .300/.405/.525 (.930 OPS).  Mor...
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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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