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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:08 PM

FORT MYERS, FL - The Minnesota Twins announced that they have acquired a minor-league pitcher, Xavier Moore, and cash from the Texas Rangers in exchange for outfielder, Zack Granite.The Twins made the decision to waive Granite after signing Marwin Gonzalez.

Drafted in the 13th round in 2013 out of Seton Hall, the speedy Granite played six seasons in the organization, including 40 games with the Twins in 2017, where he hit .237/.321/.290 in 107 plate appearances.

A shoulder contusion in spring training limited Granite's play to just 73 games in 2018. An MRI in July revealed a tear in his rotator cuff that ended his season prematurely.

A few hours later the Twins made another trade, sending Moore to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for $750,000 in international bonus money.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:18 PM

I think he’s got a shot at sticking to the Rangers roster. He was stuck behind Wade, Reed, and Cave for 4th OF in Minnesota.
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:01 PM

Happy for him; and the Twins!

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:15 PM

I would like to see him do well.I liked the tools he brought to the team and it was sad to see him hit by injuries.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:18 PM

Another Twins prospect bites the dust...

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:37 PM

 

Another Twins prospect bites the dust...

13th round 3 tooler

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:41 PM

I’m not sure bites the dust is an entirely correct analogy. IMHO, Granite is almost a victim of the numbers game. I still really like him as a player and the skills he can bring to the game. I just don’t think he was really going to get a good opportunity here. It sucks to see him go, but in the end I’m happy for him and I wish him nothing but the best in his next chapter.
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:43 PM

Does this really qualify as breaking news? Granite had become an afterthought. He was redundant as another LH outfielder behind Rosario, Kepler, Cave, and Wade.

I would put this in the category of "Other Minor League Notes".
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 01:50 PM

Injuries last season prevented him from making a name for himself, bringing his speed and defense to the majors. Instead it was Jake Cave who got the call. And LaMonte Wade passed him on the depth chart and other outfield candidates are further in the wings.

 

Glad the Twins were able to at least get a low level pitching prospect for him, rather than just letting him walk.

 

But Granite is the perfect example of the numbers game. You get one chance when you are a player of a certain caliber. You may be decent depth in an organization, but if you can't make good on being that "call-up" when needed, you will be hop-scotching thru other organizations. Yes, he is a decent fourth outfielder, if you can afford to carry that extra bench base player. The Twins haven't in the past.

 

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:05 PM

Granite was a good guy who is getting a better opportunity

Twins got something of value in return - e.g. better than if Granite passed through unclaimed

I agree with calling this Breaking News

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:11 PM

In case you missed the article update: 

 

 

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:32 PM

Update: Now we're talking! More creativity from this front office. That 700k would just about cover 5 Brusdar Graterols! That money is more appealing than the prospect imo.
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#13 Joe A. Preusser

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:42 PM

Love all of this. Granite will hopefully get a good chance, and bonus pool cash for us. Does anyone know where that puts our total pool now?
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:52 PM

Looks like the fringes if the 40 have some value to other teams. It is a positive sign when players aren’t easily passed through waivers.

Granite’s defense in CF was second to Buxton. Kepler and Cave are adequate in CF so the need for Granite wasn’t there. I am not sure Reed will be around after they get to 25 and I hope they don’t need to go 4 deep in CF.
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 02:54 PM

 

In case you missed the article update: 

 

I'm going to be asking the Twins for a refund on my Xavier Moore jersey I just bought

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 03:21 PM

I'm going to be asking the Twins for a refund on my Xavier Moore jersey I just bought

"What was your favorite Xavier Moore moment?"™

 

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 03:39 PM

Good luck Zack. We all hope you will be anotherAaron Hicks.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 04:02 PM

Nice flipping a guy that we were going to have to let go for international spending. Really like our new front office. Making smart moves at most corners. 

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#19 Joe A. Preusser

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 04:08 PM

I'm going to be asking the Twins for a refund on my Xavier Moore jersey I just bought


All sales final. Its a big world, chances are another guy named Moore will play for us at some point. Probably several. In this context you actually got a steal.
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 04:15 PM

Of course this is breaking news. This trade was only a few letters away from involving Zack Greinke!
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