There is a baseball adage among scouts and evaluators that you get fooled in spring training and in September.
In both cases, teams are giving opportunity to evaluate younger, inexperienced players to often face other younger, inexperienced players. Have a big Grapefruit League performance, like outfielder Aaron Hicks, and suddenly you may find yourself with a starting position in April. Similarly, have a big September call-up performance, as Chris Parmelee
Yesterday, the Minnesota Twins and catcher Drew Butera avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract, an almost assured sign that Butera will be on the roster as the teamís third backstop.
Why, you ask, might the Twins invest almost a million dollars in a player who is completely expendable as the epitome of a replacement level player?
Consider this: Over the past three years Buteraís OPS (.497 OPS) has been the worst in the