Twins sign lefty Perez, who bedeviled their lineup while with Indians

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Rafael Perez, who is coming off an injury, will attempt to make the team after years in the Cleveland bullpen.

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rogermarisFeb. 14, 13 9:21 PM

Makes me want to go out and buy season tickets.

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sane09Feb. 15, 1312:08 AM

Our REAL team will take shape as the other teams make their final roster cuts at the end of Spring Training....Our REAL payroll will also take shape.

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gunflintmamaFeb. 15, 13 1:22 AM

Has Gardy been fired yet?

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crockrockFeb. 15, 13 3:16 AM

The rich just keep getting richer!

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swmnguyFeb. 15, 13 6:28 AM

I wouldn't say the Twins are at the point where a LOOGY is all they're missing for a World Series run, but it's nice to see they aren't sitting on their hands. Now all we need to sort out is 2B, SS, 3B, CF, RF, and the rotation.

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aphlolFeb. 15, 13 8:31 AM

"Bedeviling" the Twins lineup.....there's a stretch...every first time MLB starter has had the same results.

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commonsens4uFeb. 15, 13 8:58 AM

Another guy "coming off an injury". This Twins team is seriously just like the movie Major League.

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quilamollyFeb. 15, 13 9:00 AM

Wow. Lot's of negativity in the comments. Is this a big deal? No and it may not pan out but it sure seems to be one that was worth trying. At least they are still trying to improve the team.

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commonsens4uFeb. 15, 13 9:37 AM

quilamolly - It's more realistic than negative. The pitchers we've signed this off season were #4 caliber pitchers BEFORE they had TJ surgery. (Pelfry, Worley and Correa) And management is simply hoping they can return to that level. If all goes great with our new additions, we will have a pitching staff consisting of a #2 and 4 #4 pitchers. And that's taking the purely optimistic approach that everyone of these guys will have breakout, better than their average years. To count on that is unrealistic. Add to that, last season Mauer had an MVP year, Morneau exceeded all expectations and Willingham had a career year AND nobody missed significant time due to injury (a best case scenario) - yet we still finished w/ 96 losses. Can we expect all 3 of those guys to repeat that and to have no injuries again? A more realistic approach tells that our pitching will struggle mightily, offense will be close to last year, and the Twins will finish around 94 losses once again. I simply don't see how you can realistically see things as any better for the 2013 Twins.

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moretaxesnowFeb. 15, 13 9:48 AM

commonsens4u is right. Last year offensively nearly everything went perfect for the Twins and I don't think anyone believes the re-tread pitchers they've signed are improvements over last year. We still don't have a viable 2B, 3B or SS aside from Carroll. I think Perkins will do fine as closer, but to expect substantially better results than last season doesn't really make sense at this point. Losses should be in the 90's again.

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