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#1 Nick Nelson

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:48 AM

According to a report relayed by Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, Andrew Albers has signed with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea. Probably a good decision for the lefty, who had no shot at making the MN rotation and might have struggled to make Rochester's.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:51 AM

Does that open up a spot on the 40 man?
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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:56 AM

Does that open up a spot on the 40 man?


Yes, checked the Twins site, as of a few minutes ago Albers was listed on the 40-man roster.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:08 PM

Hmmm, pending move by the Twins? Hard to imagine they didn't know this was happening.

Maybe Albers has an ESL gig on the side, good money in Korea for that.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:11 PM

Just opening up a spot on the 40 man for Matt Garza. That sounds about right.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:14 PM

Not a done deal yet, per MLBTR.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:15 PM

Not a done deal yet. From here:

The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization have shown interest in Twins lefty Andrew Albers, but the two sides have yet to come to an agreement, MLBTR has learned. While a deal is possible, it's a ways off, if it comes to fruition at all.


I think it will be great if it works out, same with the failed Colabello deal.
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#8 Seth Stohs

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:10 PM

The Twins and Hanshin need to work out a deal for it to happen, but I would be shocked if it didn't happen. We know where Albers sits on the probably Starting Pitching depth chart. It would open up a 40 man spot. It's not going to take a ton of money from Hanshin to let Albers go make about a $1 million there. Good move for all involved.

When they signed him out of the Can-Am League, they could never have imagined how much they would be able to get out of and now probably get for him!

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

Hey Seth...

Is this move of a soft-tossing lefty who occupies a spot on the 40-man linked to the acquisition of another (presumably) soft-tossing lefty that you hinted at in another thread?

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:58 PM

Who saw this coming?
How many lefties do we have now- 1?
Great balance- way to go.
Are you referring to Kris Johnson?
Why does he get the benefit of the doubt?

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:10 PM

So Asian clubs have now gone after two of the Twins Independant Leaguers. I assume the Twins said "no" when asked about Theilbar?

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:15 PM

How many lefties do we have now- 1?
Great balance- way to go.


I'll take a staff with talent over one with balance any day.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:22 PM

Sounds like Albers has agreed, so it's just a matter of the Twins and Eagles working out compensation.

How quickly would the 40-man spot have to be filled?

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:24 PM

Good Berardino summary: http://www.twincitie...ers-south-korea

And sounds like Albers would get somewhat more than the ML minimum (even if he made the team) so financially a win-win for him and the Twins ... especially if he felt like his chances of making the big league club were minimal.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:57 PM

Very happy for him. Very good money. Great news for him, I believe.
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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:10 PM

Diamond, Gilmartin, Johnson is enough soft tossing lefties to satisfy me. Good for Albers turned a long shot into a nice pay day through a lot of hard work.
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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:11 PM

Who saw this coming?
How many lefties do we have now- 1?
Great balance- way to go.
Are you referring to Kris Johnson?
Why does he get the benefit of the doubt?








I'll take a staff with talent over one with balance any day.


I'm sure the Tigers wish they had more lefties....

Mr. Albers had his 15 minutes of fame, if he was realistically part of the plan in 2014, the Twins were in deeper than any of us could have imagined.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:17 PM

This sounds like a great opportunity for Mr. Albers. Good for him.

And thanks for the memorable first 2 starts!!

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:21 PM

Diamond, Gilmartin, Johnson is enough soft tossing lefties to satisfy me. Good for Albers turned a long shot into a nice pay day through a lot of hard work.


What classifies as soft-tossing because Johnson throws 92-93, touches 94 at times.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

Hey Seth...

Is this move of a soft-tossing lefty who occupies a spot on the 40-man linked to the acquisition of another (presumably) soft-tossing lefty that you hinted at in another thread?


First, I don't know anything about Johan (I assume that's who you mean) and his plan, but...

Second, I can't imagine him getting more than a minor league contract, so that wouldn't require a 40 man move.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 04:04 PM

I see Sean Gilmartin making the 40 man with Albers likely gone. Unfortunately, this also means we are likely going to see Kris Johnson makes starts at one point. Let's hope for minimal injuries this year.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 04:48 PM

That 40 man spot is Kubel's unless additional moves are made.
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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:18 PM

There is no reason to move Gilmartin to the 40-man unless he makes the 25-man roster, a real long shot to start the season.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:29 PM

There is no reason to move Gilmartin to the 40-man unless he makes the 25-man roster, a real long shot to start the season.


That 40 man spot is Kubel's unless additional moves are made.


Surely there's no hurry here to fill the spot from within? And surely, there are more (and better), "additional moves" to the roster coming between now and opening day? The Twins wouldn't go into the season with fewer offensive weaponry tools than last year- a year which produced one of the highest K-rates of all-time and the lowest Twins run total since 1968 (The "Year of the Pitcher")? Surely, they still covet acquiring an additional FA major league arm?

Surely?

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:50 PM

Surely there's no hurry here to fill the spot from within? And surely, there are more (and better), "additional moves" to the roster coming between now and opening day? The Twins wouldn't go into the season with fewer offensive weaponry tools than last year- a year which produced one of the highest K-rates of all-time and the lowest Twins run total since 1968 (The "Year of the Pitcher")? Surely, they still covet acquiring an additional FA major league arm?

Surely?



I think they are probably just signing Justin Turner, a bench bat, and a minor move.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 06:23 PM

Good for Albers if this is true. Also good for the Twins as Albers have very little chance of making the Twins rotation.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:33 PM

He did have a very small chance of making the roster. I was hoping to see more of him in AAA and the majors if injuries made it necessary. I suppose this is because he was a bright spot on an otherwise dim season.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

I like feel good stories, and Albers was one for last season. Sounds like a good deal for everyone involved. Here's hoping he enjoys the culture and experience. The Twins should have enough SP arms after our FAs that we can easily bare to lose him.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:28 PM

You can view the page at http://www.twinsdail...or-Albers-Korea

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:07 PM

Good for him. Now, whom to sign with the open spot? Garza?