Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:51 PM
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:10 PM
Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:49 PM
I wanted the Twins to keep Casilla, but dollars and sense made it nearly impossible for Lexi to remain a Twin. If Casilla is the ninth regular, who provides premium speed and defense at second base, it is a fine situation. The Twins surely are not in that place. I always thought there was a breakout possible for Casilla, but it never happened since '08, when his surprise performance helped lift the team to game 163.
I can't say that I wanted to keep Casilla, but I expected the Twins to at least wait until the deadline to decide whether to go to arbitration. At best he provide cheap insurance in case they can't find another infielder this off season. At worst he wasn't going to get much of a raise, and they could cut him before opening day for 20% of that contract if one of the other options makes him expendable And if another team wanted Casilla for his arbitration salary, the Twins aren't likely to get anything better than him for anything cheaper.