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#1 jokin

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:24 AM

Opted out in Boston. This seems like one former Twin who would make an excellent candidate for a return to the club on a minor league deal. The LHP pitched in some bad luck last year- leading to a poor ERA, but he still had a FIP around 3.0 and a K/9 at nearly 10.0, with a low BB/9, which is a marked improvement from his last time in Minnesota.

Why not sign him to a minor league deal with an opt-out date of June 1? This would give the club time to sort out what they intend to do with their current left-handed arms like Diamond, Duensing, etc. Probably at least as good a shot as signing Guerrier, as Mijares is still only 29.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:38 AM

I like the idea.
His stats (FIP, etc.) are better than those of many.

It seems a better option than some of the long shots the Twins have taken over the last couple of years.
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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:46 PM

As long as he was on the 2010 team, I say he deserves a shot.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:05 PM

My guess would be he opted out in Boston thinking he'll get a major league contract somewhere. I would also guess that will have to be proven false before he accepts a minor league deal here, or anywhere for that matter.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:06 PM

My guess would be he opted out in Boston thinking he'll get a major league contract somewhere. I would also guess that will have to be proven false before he accepts a minor league deal here, or anywhere for that matter.


I think you are right. But he has been simply horrible this spring, and I would hypothesize that he might not have come into camp in good shape, given his, ahem, "body type". If nobody rings his phone in the next 5 days while all of the marginal guys are glutting the market, he might be more amenable to a chance to get his stuff together "back home" with the Twins on an incentive-laden split contract with opt-out.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:53 AM

Bad idea, He had weight issues the whole time he was in a Twins uniform, weather he had a spot on the roster or not. He has no motivation to keep weight off, why bother with him, when there are capable options in house, plus he pitched in the NL West which for the past decade or better, has been the worst offensive division in baseball, even with the current Dodger line-up!

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:03 AM

I really dont see why we need him. We hwve Thiebar and Tonkin who might not make the big league roster already.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 12:33 PM

I really dont see why we need him. We hwve Thiebar and Tonkin who might not make the big league roster already.


To quote Terry Ryan:

"Jesus Christ, John. You can never have too much pitching."

Probably my favorite JR quote ever, even funnier that he said it to Bonnes.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 01:25 PM

I really dont see why we need him. We hwve Thiebar and Tonkin who might not make the big league roster already.


Mijares is in the exact same situation as Guerrier, ie, having to work his way back on a minor league deal, except Mijares is only 29 and has been an excellent LOOGY in the recent past (K/9 of 13.13 vs. LHB in 2013, even in a down year).

As Brock quoted TR, you can never have enough pitching. And veteran relief pitchers are a funny lot, when they strike lightning, they can do well or even dominate for a certain period of time, and then, poof- they break down physically or just lose it, for whatever the reason. And then they have to regain their health or add a new pitch or refine their mechanics- just to stay in baseball- and all of sudden, voila, many regain the magic. You don't want to get stuck with too many sunken cost 7-figure contracts with RPs that have suddenly gone "poof", without cheaper veteran arms at the ready to complement your younger, inexperienced prospect arms. Mijares, like Guerrier, is in his "poof" phase right now, so it costs nothing on a minor league deal to see if he can get in better shape and get his arm strengthened and then catch some more of that LOOGY magic.

Edited by jokin, 25 March 2014 - 01:27 PM.


#10 jctwins

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:26 PM

Would we even be talking about Mijares if he hadn't been on this roster in the past?

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:56 PM

To quote Terry Ryan:

"Jesus Christ, John. You can never have too much pitching."

Probably my favorite JR quote ever, even funnier that he said it to Bonnes.


That quotation should come with an asterisk that reads:

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:04 PM

To quote Terry Ryan:

"Jesus Christ, John. You can never have too much pitching."

Probably my favorite JR quote ever, even funnier that he said it to Bonnes.


...and I would say that Mijares is both a figurative and literal counter-example.

#13 jokin

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 10:03 PM

Would we even be talking about Mijares if he hadn't been on this roster in the past?


Since I brought up the topic, FWIW, yes, Mijares was brought up as an example of ex-Twins and the FO appreciation for the familiarity factor with their culture, as someone who could possibly return to the Twins on the cheap, with a fighting chance to be able to re-find his mojo.

But actually, I keep a close eye on the AL East, particularly the Red Sox, Rays and Blue Jays, who either have an eye for pitching talent and/or love to stockpile surplus arms. It's why I was disappointed that the Twins didn't more aggresively pursue Chris Capuano, who signed with the Red Sox for a relative bargain. And I also previously suggested the Twins consider Brayan Villareal on a no-risk minor league deal, when the Sox put him on waivers a month or so ago, he's one year removed from a dominant year, is only 26, and throws up to 100 MPH. The Sox also have another guy I hope they're keeping an eye on in LHP, Tommy Layne, who likely will become the odd man out with the Sox. He's had a great ST, coming in on a minor-league deal, but even with Craig Breslow going on the DL, it looks like LHP Drake Britton will get the final BP spot for the Sox.