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Just a little FA SP options homework

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:36 AM
So I did a little homework for my own information on FA SP options that may be of interest to the Twins. While doing so, FWIW, I thought...
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Pet Peeves

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:26 AM
Maybe I'm cranky because I have to be to work early this morning, maybe it's because the coffee isn't the right temperature, maybe it's b...
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Wolfson: Kris Johnson sold to Hiroshima

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:18 AM
Darren Wolfson over at 1500espn reports that the Minnesota Twins have sold the contract of LHP Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp of the...
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Article: Left Field In Need Of Upgrade

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:39 AM
If there is one position that will be different for the Minnesota Twins in 2015, it appears that it will be left field. And if the team w...
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Article: Twins GM Terry Ryan Talks About The Search For A...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:17 AM
The Minnesota Twins’ search for a new manager remains a fluid situation however, the hunt has seemingly narrowed to three final candidate...
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Top '13 Stories: #12 - Drew Butera traded

Attached Image: drew-butera-twins.jpg It’s possible that Minnesota Twins fans, and Twins Daily fans in particular, got a little too worked up about Drew Butera’s Twins career. I’ll grant you that. Nevertheless, it was big news when the Twins lone “trade deadline” move was trading Butera to the Dodgers. The immediate announcement was for a “player to be named later” who ended up being Miguel Subran, an A-ball pitching prospect.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
Certainly Butera hadn’t impacted the Twins much in 2013 – he had only three at-bats. (By the way, he had a similar impact with the Dodgers, totaling only seven at-bats with them.) And his usage in his three-and-a-half years with the major league club was relatively sparse. He totaled just 541 AB in his tenure.

But it sure seemed more significant than that for anyone who lived through the 2011 season. That was the year Joe Mauer, with his career .323 batting average, was laid up for long spans with bi-lateral leg weakness. Butera ended up with the lion’s share of Mauer’s at-bats, posting a .167 batting average, even as the organization raved about his defense.

It’s possible Butera's fans overrated that aspect of his game, while it’s also possible that Butera's critics underrated it, preferring to concentrate on his .181 career batting average. But both camps were encouraged by the return the Twins got from the Dodgers in the trade. The 19-year-old Sulbaran finished the year with a 2.96 ERA in Low A and 101K in 120 IP. He’s not a top prospect, but he’s the type to keep an eye on, as we wait to see if he can continue to develop as he matures.

However, the excitement about this trade was mostly driven by the perception that the Twins were turning the page on an unhealthy infatuation with a player with limited upside. In a year with a quiet trade deadline, the organization seemed to recognize the right way to go and took a small step in that direction. Regardless of the return, that ended up being a big story in Twins Territory.


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