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Thomas Harding, the Rockies writer for MLB.com, notes this morning that the Twins and Rockies have agreed on a deal that will send Kevin Slowey to Colorado for a Player to be Named Later.
The move opens up a spot on the Twins 40 man roster which may allow them to either make a Rule 5 pick on Thursday or sign another free agent. I’ll let others speculate. My speculation is simply that the PTBNL will come from a list of players who are eligible for the Rule 5 draft and the teams will see who, if anyone from the Rockies, gets selected. Of course I could be wrong, but it does seem reasonable.
The Twins drafted Kevin Slowey in 2005 out of Winthrop University. He flew through the minor leagues, posting an ERA of 1.17 at Elizabethton, 2.24 at Beloit, 1.32 at Ft. Myers, 3.19 in New Britain and 2.29 in Rochester. He debuted with the Twins in Oakland on June 1, 2007, less than two years after being drafted. Coming into the 2011 season, he had a record of 39-21 in the big leagues yet for some reason last year, he was pushed to the bullpen and didn’t respond well. He went on the DL with arm and side injuries, and when he pitched out of the ‘pen, found it hard to get ready. Many criticized Slowey, which is really too bad. Bert Blyleven wasn’t afraid to bash him on FSN which tells me that he got that from somewhere in the management of the organization. It’s too bad. As many in the Twins media continued to bash him, Slowey never turned it the other way on the team. He’s a good pitcher. He should have been starting all along.
Slowey did his first Q&A at SethSpeaks.net following his first professional season and competed for years in the SethSpeaks.net NFL “Expert” Picks. He is incredibly smart and thought-filled. That definitely seems to rub a lot of people wrong in the Twins organization. I could go on and on, I’m sure.
For Kevin Slowey, this is a great thing. He is getting out of an organization who didn’t appreciate who he is and the type of pitcher that he is. The Rockies have been interested in Slowey for a long time. He should jump into their rotation and it would not be at all surprising to see him become very successful.
I certainly wish him the best of luck!
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