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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:15 PM
I have heard snippets from Twins broadcasters in the past few days.  The season is winding down and the product on the field isn't m...
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Gardy rumors

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:58 PM
From the Boston Globe's Cafardo - http://www.bostonglo...BwQO/story.html   Not really a surprise to read this but "It looks more and...
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Ozzie Guillen, your thoughts?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:58 PM
Spanish speaking manager, was nemesis that always admired and respected the way the Twins played the game. Has World Series championship...
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Payroll: 2014 and moving forward. Time to examine.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:58 PM
Will Gardy be dismissed? Will he be kept for the final year on his contract? Will the Twins FO let him keep his staff intact if he stays?...
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External OF Options

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:58 PM
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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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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