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Game Thread: Indians@Twins 8/19 7:10PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:55 AM
It'll be a comfortable... Willard Scott approves Night at the ball park. Light Winds with the exception of that Hurricane Force wind tunn...
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Article: Suddenly, Shortstops!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:54 AM
Finding a non-temporary answer at the shortstop position has been a long-standing issue for the Minnesota Twins, dating back about a deca...
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Article: Everyone's a Doctor: Joe Mauer, the Injury B...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:44 AM
This was contributed by a trevor.aufderheide on his Twins Daily blog (Tsuyoshi's Island) this week. If you would like to try your hand at...
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Trade Dozier, Now!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:04 AM
He'll never be worth more than he is right now.  With Santana, Escobar, Nunez, Florimon, Polanco & Rosario all able to step...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Stewart Pulled...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:44 AM
The big story of the night was star pitching prospect Kohl Stewart being pulled very early in his start by the Cedar Rapids training staf...
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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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