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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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