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Just a little FA SP options homework

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:13 PM
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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Article: Left Field In Need Of Upgrade

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:05 PM
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: Let's Just Roll With What We Have

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:02 PM
It may mean a bunch of losses in 2015, but the Twins need to use their next season to evaluate what they have. Next off-season, they can...
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Berardino: Colabello played injured

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:11 PM
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes that Chris Colabello played with an injurythrough most of 2014. He has nerve damage in his rig...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (AFL Week 2): The Rosa...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:07 PM
The second week of the Arizona Fall League season included a tie for the Salt River Rafters as their game on Friday went 11 innings, and...
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Twins Must Erase Memories of Nishioka

Attached Image: nishioka3.jpg Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was optioned to the minors today to make room for Trevor Plouffe, has probably played his last game in a Twins uniform. His memory will endure, however – probably for longer than the team would like.

In a sense, you can't help but feel bad for the guy. He worked hard and tried his best, but in the end he couldn't cut it, and his demotion in the wake of an audition so horrendous it needed to be cut short after three games serves as a reminder of the most misguided decision in a blunder-filled Bill Smith era.
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The signing of Nishioka and the corresponding roster maneuvering – namely, trading J.J. Hardy for what amounted to nothing – were puzzling at the time and far worse in hindsight.

It's not that the moves themselves have set the organization back irreversibly, as Nishioka's $3 million salary is hardly a massive burden and Hardy has come hurdling back to earth in year one of his new contract (though I'd argue he's still a decent value at $7 million). It's more that the thought process behind the decisions – the misplaced priorities, the awful player evaluation, the lack of long-term foresight – represented everything wrong with the front office under Smith. These weaknesses were also on display in moves like the Nick Blackburn extension, the Carl Pavano re-signing and the Matt Capps trade.

Mixed in with a good hint of bad luck, this shaky leadership sent a thriving and annually competitive franchise to the very bottom. The Twins lost 99 games last year and they're on pace to lose 92 this year. If it pans out that way, it will be the worst two-year stretch for the club since the early '80s.

The middle infield positions, which have been constant problem spots over the past decade, continue to be filled by stopgaps and marginal big-leaguers. And as long as that continues to be the case, people will remember Nishioka.

Terry Ryan's job is to make them forget.


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