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Hughes' Season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:59 AM
When Phil Hughes signed with the Twins, I thought he might do a good job in the middle of the rotation. He has long been known as a fly b...
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Today's Philosophical Question: Can we even recogniz...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:59 AM
It struck me as I was reading the "Wake Me Up When September Ends" thread that I have watched so much BAD baseball the last 3+ years, tha...
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Rusney Castillo

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:58 AM
https://twitter.com/...188831601700864Twins will be at Castillo's workout. Wolfson doesn't seem optimistic about our chances - i...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/21): Sam Gibbons Sa...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:00 AM
The Minnesota Twins resumed their winning ways and came up with a 4-1 victory against one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. The Twins...
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Tables in posts

Questions About MinnCentric Today, 09:55 AM
Is there a way to place a table in a post any more?  I can't seem to find that function anymore and since much of my analysis is dat...
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Top '13 Stories: #11 - Kubel Returns, Doumit Exits

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]Attached Image: Doumit.jpg In their efforts to repair the damage of three straight 90-loss seasons, the Twins front office acted decisively this offseason. And, sure, maybe part of this decisive plan was to steal an idea from the Blues Brothers and get the band back together, adding a name that (at the very least) will remind fans of happier times. [/FONT][/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]Following a two year hiatus of not [/FONT][/COLOR][PRBREAK][/PRBREAK][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]having a player named Jason Kubel on the roster, Terry Ryan rectified that by signing one to a minor league deal. [/FONT][/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]In his time away from the organization, Kubel had a solid 2012 with Arizona but a fall-off-the-face-of-the-earth 2013 season saw him get cut from the Diamondbacks and finish the year in Cleveland. The offensive slide stems from a lack of contact, [/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#1155CC][FONT=Arial]specifically when facing fastballs[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial], and injuries likely played a factor in that decline. The Twins are making the bet that Kubel can rebound from the atrocity he committed last season.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]While Kubel’s deal comes with no guarantee he will see time in Minnesota, the free agent told sources that he felt he had a better opportunity to play with the Twins than with another team which offered a major league deal. [/FONT][/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]Because Kubel will conceivably fill the role of left-handed outfielder/designated hitter in the lineup, Ryan Doumit’s role was marginalized. Doumit, who also had a solid 2012 but a far worse 2013 season, said that because of concussions and age, he was less interested in catching and wanted to spend more time in another position. The Twins now had a cheaper version of Doumit in Kubel.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]This redundancy on the roster allowed the Twins to pursue a trade of Doumit. The Braves, in need of a catcher/outfielder, [/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#1155CC][FONT=Arial]traded their system’s fourth-best prospect[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial], left-handed starter Sean Gilmartin. Furthermore, if projection systems are in any way reliable (they are not) Fangraphs.com’s Oliver projection suggests that Kubel (.724 OPS) will slightly outperform Doumit (.710) offensively. [/FONT][/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]In theory the swap gives Minnesota added depth at the high-end of the minor leagues, saves $500,000 in Doumit’s salary and gives the potential for greater production on the major league team.

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