Twins tell Dozier: Earn your way back

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 17, 2012 - 2:40 PM

Assistant general manager Rob Antony said shortstop Brian Dozier "would have a great game, then all of a sudden you wonder what he was doing the next three games."

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BallFourAug. 16, 1211:26 PM

Greg Gagnes are hard to come by. If you had a Wayback Machine and could change history the Twins would still be looking for their SS today, and be swallowing hard over what appears to now be a gamble of a contract. Jason Bartlett would not have been a long-term solution. He went to Tampa in 2008 and had an 83 OPS+, 1 HR, 37 RBI in 494 PA and played 128 games. The Tampa Bay sports writers inexplicably named him the team MVP over Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton. I guess they would have voted Alexi Casilla into the HOF, based on his 91 OPS, 7 HR, 50 RBI in 437 PA that same year. Bartlett's fielding was sub-par in each of his three seasons in Tampa, and '08 was the worst of it. Had the Twins kept Bartlett, they would have had a SS who contributed less than Casilla did in '08, and then gotten a decent '09 from him in his only good offensive season at age 29. Take that fork out of Morneau and put it in Bartlett, who is now done. J.J. Hardy can still field, and his offense in 2011 would have been welcome in Minnesota. But even though he's upped his output a little this month, for this season his OPS+ is worse than it was in '09, when Milwaukee demoted him. Whether Baltimore gets its return on the next two years of that three-year, $7 million per contract remains to be seen. To keep Hardy, Minnesota would have needed to invest as Baltimore did, meaning they would have paid Hardy $18 million over three season to this point for basically a great 2011, and be on the hook for another $14 over the next two years. Sure, Hardy didn't answer the bell much in 2010, yet trading him was a mistake. But if he were a Twin today, this team would still be looking for the next Gagne.

lindy_frank123Aug. 17, 1212:30 AM

I think Zoilo or Leo were the best shortstops. Didn't mention the guy that went to Washington. What was his name? He dropped out of sight too, along with Dougie boy at first and Luis Rivas at second. I know there's a lot of guys on here that hate Jeter...but my goodness the Yankees haven't had to worry for a long time whose playing short. They are hard to come by. And they have a second baseman who/barring injury will be around for a long time too in Cano.

nodon7Aug. 17, 12 2:05 AM

Pretty sad when you have to go back to Greg Gange for your last good shortstop. He was solid, but that was a long time ago. Organizational fail at that position for years.

meegwichAug. 17, 12 5:35 AM

This is what happens when a team repeatedly just puts band-aids on a terminal illness. It's been a steady diet of round-trip tickets with the Twins for a while now in dealing with roster issues and Gardo has treated the regular season as just an extended spring training. Shuffle in..shuffle out.. the teams that behave this way are the ones we used to laugh at..well, the jokes now on the Twins and looks like they'll be starring on comedy central until new management can sort this debacle out and bring some fresh enthusiasm and eye for talent.

drock918Aug. 17, 12 7:09 AM

Cristian Guzman was no slouch!

drock918Aug. 17, 12 7:09 AM

Letting Hardy go was idiotic!

bolock54Aug. 17, 12 7:35 AM

I agree wholehardly, Drock.....let go an All Star shortstop???? The position was filled for the next 5-7 years....don't care if he was a little slow,,, twenty five times better than what they have now.....Lets admit that, right????

fwallenAug. 17, 12 7:38 AM

JJ Hardy. Wow, what a stupid move, almost as bad as Big Poppy. Thes brain trust is neither.

notsidAug. 17, 12 8:14 AM

Good challenge for the young man as he just wasn't getting it done consistently at the major league level and may well never be able to do so so as to play on a regular basis. Not quite as bad as Valencia and especially, the Nikster but...

gobbledyAug. 17, 12 8:26 AM

Gardenhire said. "You have to show some improvement....." the twins record this year is worse than last years at this time and they haven't won a playoff game since 2004, does this statement apply to you, your coaches and the management gardy?


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