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  1. Requires a roster move

    One minor complication to calling up Albers - he's not on the 40-man roster (which is currently full), so they'd have to waive someone to do it. At this point, though, I don't really see any reason...
  2. Maybe this doesn't count because it wasn't a...

    Maybe this doesn't count because it wasn't a particularly big contract or particularly good prospects, but the Twins have thrown salary relief into a trade before - they picked up most of Brendan...
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    One thing that makes me skittish about trading...

    One thing that makes me skittish about trading Span:



    If you're going to trade an asset as valuable as Span, you need to make sure you're getting proper value in return for him. If they're...
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    Is this actually true? I was under the...

    Is this actually true? I was under the impression that WAR calculations are scaled based on the percentage of a players' appearances at that position - for example, if Mauer gets 200 PA as a...
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    It's essential that they get someone called up...

    It's essential that they get someone called up tomorrow, so they can put him on the playoff roster!
  6. This only applies to salary arbitration, not to...

    This only applies to salary arbitration, not to contracts that are created outside that process. If Morneau agreed to it, the Twins could legally extend him for the league minimum; they would just...
  7. I don't think you can even consider giving...

    I don't think you can even consider giving Morneau a contract extension before next season (if even then). If Chris Parmelee is for real, Morneau's a man without a position, much like Parmelee is...
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    Seth, you can't mention "independent league...

    Seth, you can't mention "independent league Kansas City" and not point out that they're called the "T-Bones", which George Costanza will agree is an excellent nickname.
  9. Not a big fan of the "no personal attacks" rule,...

    Not a big fan of the "no personal attacks" rule, just because it seems unnecessarily restrictive. Yeah, I get that "Jeff Gray is pitching poorly, as evidenced by his horrible xFIP" is much nicer to...
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    That doesn't necessarily mean no one wants them -...

    The fact they have been outrighted means they must have cleared waivers, so you're probably right.[/QUOTE]

    That doesn't necessarily mean no one wants them - it means no one wants them at their...
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    Thought experiment: Would the folks who are...

    Thought experiment: Would the folks who are complaining about Mauer's approach be making the same complaints if Span took a walk in that situation? If not, why not?
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    I'd guess either of those reasons is behind it. ...

    I'd guess either of those reasons is behind it. Generally, if a player doesn't have enough seniority to decline a minor league assignment (which neither Nishi or Blackburn do), teams will go ahead...
  13. If the strike zone varied side-to-side, that...

    If the strike zone varied side-to-side, that implies that home plate no longer defines the zone... that seems like a pretty huge change.
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    Mauer NEVER had a swing like Morneau's or...

    Mauer NEVER had a swing like Morneau's or Willingham's, even in 2009 - almost all his homers that year were line shots to the opposite field, most of which barely cleared the wall. He probably...
  15. Valencia is pretty clearly not as valuable a...

    Valencia is pretty clearly not as valuable a player as Span. Yeah, he's a better fit for a team that needs a third baseman, but a team that's in contention (and likely to be the other end of a...
  16. I'm not entirely willing to concede this. ...

    I'm not entirely willing to concede this. Obviously, the offense isn't there, but there's a decent chance that Revere could be a league-average left fielder even with replacement-level offense - he...
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    Is there really a big problem in the Twins...

    Is there really a big problem in the Twins blogosphere with unaccountable bloggers? It's not like you guys are throwing rumors around or anything - about the biggest issue I can remember along those...
  18. I think the thing that interests me the most...

    I think the thing that interests me the most about Nishi's demotion is the fact that it came so early - there are still a lot of pretty-certain cuts on the roster. It strikes me as a sign that...
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    I think a few people are misunderstanding what...

    I think a few people are misunderstanding what John's saying. Signing Zumaya to a low-risk deal wasn't, in itself, foolish. What was foolish was going into the season with one of the most...
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    I'm looking forward to seeing Revere do push ups...

    I'm looking forward to seeing Revere do push ups on the field after hitting an infield popup.
  21. Well, he's superior to both those guys in every...

    Well, he's superior to both those guys in every single stat except wins and innings pitched, putting up a better WHIP and ERA in a better hitters' era while striking out far more and walking fewer. ...
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    Nicely done.

    Nicely done.
  23. While technically true, I would say that their...

    While technically true, I would say that their actual on-field accomplishments do make one more deserving than the other.
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    Why won't Casilla be around next year? If he...

    Why won't Casilla be around next year? If he sucks this year, then sure, you nontender him, but he's got another year of arbitration left, so if he has a breakout year (or even if he's just...
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    I believe Ryan (or someone in the front office)...

    I believe Ryan (or someone in the front office) has been quoted as saying that the team no longer views Plouffe as an infielder.
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