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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Wings, Looks,...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:20 AM
Saturday night we had a walk-off single, a walk-off double and a walk-off hit batsman. Wait, what? Brent Rooker also hit his first profes...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Albanese, Kend...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:17 AM
How many hits for Zack Granite on Friday? Lefties Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe made starts. How did they do? Elizabethton finally s...
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Is Gibson back?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:12 AM
After seeing Saturday's game, I'm as convinced as ever that Kyle Gibson has the stuff to be a dominant ace in the major leagues. What's m...
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Zach Granite

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:09 AM
Would it make sense for Zach to be the call up when the twins go back to 12 pitchers? He would give the Twins a real base stealing threa...
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Article: Twins 4, Cleveland 2: Skeleton Crew Beats Kluber...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:46 AM
Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario were unavailable to start and the Twins were facing arguably the best pitcher in the American L...
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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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