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Article: Twins Add Three Players To 40 Man Roster

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:45 AM
On Monday night, the Minnesota Twins (and teams around MLB) needed to add players to their 40-man roster. By adding these players, they w...
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Article: Thome, Santana Get First Shot At The Hall

Other Baseball Today, 07:34 AM
The 2018 Baseball Writers’ Association of America released their Hall of Fame ballot on Monday. Returning names like relief pitcher Trevo...
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2018 HOF ballot

Other Baseball Today, 07:00 AM
https://baseballhall...18-bbwaa-ballot   The important new names are Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Hideki Matsui, Jim Thome, Joh...
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40 Man Roster prior to Rule 5 Draft Deadline

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:13 AM
Here's my take on the 40-man roster, blueprint, rankings or whatever you want to call it   This leaves room for a Rule 5 pickup if t...
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Article: Miguel Sano And The Dread Of 'What If'

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:26 PM
It can be hard not to get caught up in 'what ifs,' especially if you're a Minnesota Twins fan.What if Joe Mauer didn't shred up his knee...
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What in the Hell is a Pedro Florimon?

"What in the hell is a Pedro Florimon?" -- professional baseball writer, doing research on projected starting lineups

— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) January 25, 2013


The above tweet from the wise-cracking and hilarious SB Nation scribe Grant Brisbee was undoubtedly written after he glanced over projected starting lineups across the majors and did a triple-take when he came to Minnesota's shortstop position.

He's hardly the first. I've had multiple national baseball writers contact me this offseason asking some variation of, "The Twins aren't really going to give this guy a starting job, are they?"
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All I can do is shrug. Florimon's career numbers suggest he is not a major-league caliber player, and he certainly didn't look the part last year, but Terry Ryan has treated shortstop as a non-concern this winter. Possibly the GM is open to trying Brian Dozier there again, or considers Jamey Carroll an acceptable fallback, but Ryan hasn't even openly pondered bringing in someone to compete at the position. He's repeatedly talked about doing so with Trevor Plouffe at third.

It's not clear what Florimon has done to earn this billing. He was waived by a 93-loss Orioles team after the 2011 season, and then passed on by 29 organizations when the Twins claimed him and outrighted him from their 40-man roster. He went on to up sub par numbers between Double-A and Triple-A, striking out at a Gomez-esque 25 percent rate, and then came up and played poorly with the Twins for a couple months.

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At TwinsFest over the weekend, Ryan told a media luncheon that Florimon is "the athlete you look for" at shortstop. That may very well be true, and ostensibly the hope is that he'll develop as he ages into his prime and become a useful long-term cog on this rebuilding roster.

But with Florimon, that really is a stretch. He's 26 and he's totaled over 3,000 professional plate appearances. He has established himself very firmly at the plate as a strikeout machine with minimal power and in the field as a flashy, skillful defender who makes a ton of mistakes.

In order to provide meaningful value, he'll need to offer enough on defense to make up for all the outs he's likely to give away on offense. That's a tall order. He might be the biggest long shot the Twins have taken at the position since Cristian Guzman's departure, and that's saying something.


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