Three arbitration-eligible Twins are offered contracts

  • Article by: Phil Miller , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 6:42 AM

Potential free agents Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak and Trevor Plouffe were deemed too valuable to let go.

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buccaneer44Dec. 3, 1310:22 AM

2 million a year for a guy who can't pitch and 2 million for a guy who can't catch and rarely gets a big hit??? Sounds smart to me!

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boneyardDec. 3, 1310:32 AM

I'm not sure the words "too valuable" should have been used in a sentence with the names "Plouffe" and Duensing" in it, but I understand the point of the article. My hope is that Ryan indeed does some maneuvering at the winter meetings with the $20 million or so he has in his pocket. I'm not holding my breath, but then again, I didn't think there was any way he'd actually go out and sign 2 FA pitchers who cost more than $5 million per.

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kindaliberalDec. 3, 1310:52 AM

I still think Mauer should be at 3rd and Morneau return to 1B. Plouffe can't sustain anything and is injury prone. Duensing is OK at relief, leave him there.

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nshoreDec. 3, 1311:00 AM

I agree with kindaliberal. I understand the appeal of Plouffe to the Twins because he has just enough tools to always look like he's going to turn into a better player, but he never seems to get there. He doesn't seem to have the fire in his belly. If Mauer plays third and Sano emerges, Morneau can DH.

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boneyardDec. 3, 13 2:44 PM

I'm not completely opposed(as if that matters) to Mauer playing 3B. But there IS a steeper learning curve and Mauer is already decent defensively at 1B. Also, moving Mauer to 3B requires an additional offseason move to acquire a 1B or the Twins would have to take their chances with Parmalee et al. at 1B. I'd rather take my chances with Plouffe for one more year. Finally, the Twins hope a guy named Sano will be playing 3B next year. If Mauer is there, Sano will have to undergo a second position change. In other words, shifting Mauer to 3B requires a lot more moving parts in the machine than moving him to 1B. The more moving parts, the more things that can go wrong.

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freebeerDec. 5, 1311:22 PM

Sano? Hes not ready. He hit .236 at AA and struck out 37% of the time. That won't get better as he goes up the ladder. Quit drinking the cool-aid. He is not ready yet.

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