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KLAW on Berrios

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:34 AM
It is behind the pay wall .....but he now ranks Berrios number 25 overall for prospects.   "....good enough for him to pitch in the...
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.500 from here on out

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:24 AM
Twins are on pace for 97 wins now, but even if they go .500 (or let's round up, one game above .500 bc odd number of games left) they end...
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Seriously, what do we do with Plouffe once Sano gets call...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:24 AM
Plouffe has turned himself into a very good corner infielder, in both hitting and fielding, far past I think most people's...
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How Many Make Futures Game?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:28 AM
Based on the seasons our prospects are having:   How many Twins Top Prospects will make the Futures Game on Sunday, July 12th?...
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How Many Lookouts Have a MLB Future?

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:44 PM
How many Lookouts have a chance to play in the MLB?  Probability?       Example: Joe Mauer -  100%   D.J. B...
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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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