Also agree that Miller just didn't choose his words wisely. There's no reason for the team to give Bartlet a 25 man spot now and there's absolutely no reason for them to tell that to Phil Miller.
Gotta love stepping backwards. No idea why we should "hand" either of the two jobs out of spring training.
I would rather have Colabello as an outfielder than Kubel and Florimon/Escobar over Bartlett. I would say its safer to see one of them on the DL ending ST a la Cole DeVries than coming with for the opening series in the Regular Season.
Retreads are the Twins MOS though........
+1 to SpitefulRabbit
And there is little basis for the attacking of the messenger.....while allowing for a mistake here and there, for the most part, Phil Miller has been a repertorially refreshing breath of beat-coverage-fresh air who hasn't been prone to a lot of sensationalistic or journalistic faux pas. His words are pretty unequivocally stated in reporting that both Kubel and Barlett appear to stand excellent chances on being on the opening day 25-man rosters with a decent shot to be starters.
Spiteful, you answered you're own query quite distinctly, with both your opening and closing thoughts. It appears that the bargain-rate recycling of currently down-on-their-luck former Twins (with Santana still waiting in the wings) is the second prong in their two-pronged offseason marketing plan to stabilize attendance with:
1) an upgraded rotation, and,
2) throwing out some familiar names from the recent and more successful past,
which Nicksaviking, is why
they might whisper tidbits like this to Phil Miller. ( I wonder if Corey Koskie is being contemplated at One Twins Way as the platoon partner for Plouffe? /sarc). It actually might
work out both marketing-wise and in on-the-field performance, but it's a much longer shot than actually getting better players to add to the Rotation upgrade prong in their apparent offseason Master Plan.
Edited by jokin, 10 January 2014 - 04:25 PM.