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Game Thread: Twins v Tigers, 4/23 @1:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:45 PM
Welcome one and all to the inaugural Twins Daily Game Thread live broadcast!   We're closing in on one hour to first pitch. I'll be...
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Twins option Mejia to AAA, put Haley on DL

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:45 PM
https://mobile.twitt...916165142589442 http://www.cbssports...-biceps-injury/ Let the corresponding roster move speculation begin
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Trade Deadline

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:31 PM
What are some possible trades by the deadline?
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Mauer at 1B nearly every day

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:27 PM
We have Mauer at 1B nearly every game. I truly hope that was never the plan.   At this point I wouldn't mind if they called up Hague...
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Zack Granite - 2017

Adopt A Prospect 2017 Today, 11:38 AM
The Twins selected Staten Island native Zack Granite in the 13th round of the 2013 draft out of Seton Hall University. Born Sept 17, 1992...
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We Lost Jeff Francis! (Yawn.)

I saw several tweets yesterday bemoaning the fact that the Twins didn't get Jeff Francis considering he signed a minor league deal with the Reds. I've certainly cast a skeptical eye towards the Twins aggressive stance early in this offseason, especially in the bullpen. But the Francis signing, IMHO, points out the risk/reward of waiting out the musical chairs game that is the free agent market:

Attached Image: 1804757-bin.jpg Reward - when the music stops, there can be an awful lot of players anxious to take a seat in your remaining chair
Risk - all of those players might kinda suck.

(This is not Jeff Francis. But it might be soon.)==>

When I look at Francis, I wonder why anyone would bemoan missing out on him. MLB GMs seem to agree - he just signed a minor league deal with a team in which there is no guarantee of a rotation spot. All by itself, that's revealing. But there is plenty of other evidence:

1. His fastball lost a couple of mph and tops out at about 84 according to rotowire.com
2. His k rate was down in the mid 4s last year.
3. He was hit like a pinata at a ADHD kids birthday party last year.

I expect that last point is why so many analysts kind of like him - it's almost unfathomable that a guy can give up 220+ hits in 180 innings without some bad luck being involved. That may be true, but there is another explanation - a pitcher can just kinda suck. Those guys get weeded out in a hurry and thus don't impact Voros McCracken's correlation coefficient much, but there is no question they exist. I suspect yesterday's deal reflects MLB's organic weeding process more than it reflects the Twins cluelessness.


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