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  1. Twins Utility Infielders

    I have been thinking about the job Eduardo Escobar has done this year. He has been cast as a three-position utility guy--someone who could fill in for a while at second, short or third, but someone who couldn't hold down a regular job.Since the Kelly era the Twins have employed at least one guy on the roster who has the ability to play second, short and third. The guys who have come to mind are Al Newman, Denny Hocking, Jeff Reboulet, Nick Punto, Jamie Carroll, and the previously mentioned Eduardo ...
  2. Thoughts on 10 Position Players

    Unless the Twins make a waiver claim, their roster is set for the start of the 2014 season. Several players have been hot topics here on Twins Daily. I will offer my takes on 10 players and hope that they stimulate some conversation.

    1) Joe Mauer--Now the Twins regular first baseman and unquestioned best player. Mauer is the biggest certainty on the team. He will hit and he won't say anything controversial. Joe still needs to learn a little about first base, he has struggled ...
  3. So Gardy wants Flexibility... How about the Platoon?

    Recently we have heard beloved leader Ron Gardenhire extol the virtues of "flexibility" when constructing a roster. I agree. In fact, I will go one step further: I think the roster should be constructed to allow for the flexibility of platooning several positions within the lineup.*

    Although the Twins have had fewer financial restrictions since the opening of Target Field (at least theoretically) the talent within the system just is not there yet. Besides, let's face facts ...
  4. Character vs. Production

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ID:	2699In their blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays earlier this week, the Marlins acquired a player who has been discussed in some circles as a potential target for the Twins: Yunel Escobar.

    The 30-year-old shortstop is coming off a rather tumultuous year in Toronto, but there's no denying that he's got some legitimate talent, which has been in short supply at the shortstop position here in Minnesota.

    Interestingly, the Marlins won't be using Escobar ...
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