Weekend Update

28 Feb

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For a Saturday a week into training camp, there is a lot to note, so here is a quick update on a few things:

·         Apparently the Kansas City Royals have added Juan Cruz to their bullpen by giving him a two year, $6 million contract with an option for a third year at $4 million. Wow!! With Cruz and Joakim Soria at the back end of the rotation, you have to like their chances if they can ever get a lead through seven!! For that price, I think even I would have been willing to get rid of a late first round pick! Remember when the Twins were allegedly considering a $3 million plus incentive deal for Eric Gagne? Great move for the Royals!

·         Corey Koskie apparently showed enough in the back fields in Ft. Myers that the Chicago Cubs offered him a minor league deal and an opportunity to make their roster as a reserve. That’s great news and I really hope that it works out well for him.

·         I missed this thanks to my overly hectic week, but on Monday, Adam Hope of MNSportsTalk.com posted a Q&A with Aaron Hicks that is excellent.

·         How cool is it that the Rochester Red Wings will be part of a 13 part PBS documentary (courtesy of Jim Mandelaro)?

·         Travis Talks has been busy again. He posted his Top 10 Twins Prospects and then posted his Opening Day Twins roster.

·         Pat Neshek continues to update his blog frequently, and even posted a Bad Letter today. Those are always fun!

·         The Twins beat the Yankees 7-3 today in Grapefruit League action.

o   Delmon Young continues to hit, with three more hits today, including a double off the wall in CF in the first inning.

o   Brian Buscher added two more hits.

o   Carlos Gomez hit a home run.

o   Wilson Ramos took over for Drew Butera and went 1-2. Listening to the Twins/Yankees game on Friday, I heard Ramos throw out two would-be base stealers. He certainly appears to be the total catching package!

o   Not a good day for Francisco Liriano, as if that matters. Three runs on four hits and a walk in two innings.

o   After homering in his only at bat on Friday, Jason Kubel went 1-1 with a  double and two walks on Saturday.

o   Jason Jones came in and threw two shutout innings despite allowing two hits and a walk.

o   Jesse Crain, Luis Ayala, RA Dickey, Bobby Keppel and Sean Henn each threw a scoreless inning.    

·         And again, be sure to scroll down to read all about My New Blog. Oh, and tomorrow, I may announce another such endeavor.

Any thoughts going on in your mind about the Twins, the roster, the games, the WBC, anything?  Send me an e-mail, or let’s talk about it in the Comments here.

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6 Responses to “Weekend Update”

  1. Alec February 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    Am I to understand that it took only three million per year for the Royals to land Juan Cruz?? The Twins wouldn’t do that?? I know they need to save money for the next two years (too many contracts coming up), but this is ridiculous. Cruz would have made them a potential favorite for the pennant this coming year. What am I missing? I only heard that Cruz refused the Twins’ contract offer – we never heard what that offer was. Must have been a low ball. Way to go guys, don’t sign the best reliever on the market for middling money.

  2. Mike March 1, 2009 at 6:22 am #

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  3. h2oface March 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    i can’t believe the mentality of the our GM. what an idiot for not signing cruz. complete idiocracy.

  4. Ryan March 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Sheesh, use enough exclamation points in that first paragraph… 😛

    And do you read Glen Perkins’ blog on MLBlogs yet? Surprisingly enough he’s pretty witty and well-spoken (I suppose he should be though as an almost-graduated U of M student!). Funny stuff though: http://glenperkins.mlblogs.com/

  5. gammie March 2, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Stay out of politics!

    It will ruin your voice. Keep on talking twins!

  6. mike wants wins March 2, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    It doesn’t matter that Liriano struggled, but I should be excited about some of the hitters hitting? I just don’t think ST mean all that much, for most players.

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