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Who Can Replace Joe Nathan?

March 19, 2010 4 comments

Nobody can replace Joe Nathan. Absolutely nobody. That being said, somebody has to fill that role.  The issue of who can be the next closer has most fans split on who that should be.

The Twins new closer should have a low ERA. He should have a low WHIP. A closer should strike out a good number of his batters. He should be able to make it through 3 outs with a low number of pitches, so he can be ready for the next game, and he should have had a similar workload as Nathan in the past.

There are a few options. I will rank them in order of which I think is most likely, but first I will give Nathan’s values in these statistics.

For those who may not know, Out/GR is the number of outs recorded per games in relief, and P/GR is the number of pitches per game in relief. ERA+ is ERA adjusted to incorporate the pitcher’s ballpark and the league average ERA. 100 is the league average. Anything above 100 is higher than average, anything below it is lower than average.

ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 Out/GR P/GR P/Year IP
2009 2.10 209 .932 11.7 2.9 16 1148 68.2
Last 3 Years 1.77 241 .952 10.4 3 16 1118 69

1. Jon Rauch
Jon Rauch is the most likely candidate to close for 1 reason. He has the expierience. He was the closer for the Nationals after Chad Cordero got injured and before he got traded to the Diamondbacks. He has 26 career saves. That will more than likely be significant to Gardy and Rick Anderson.

At 6’11” he is the tallest player ever to play in the majors. That gives him the intimidation factor. Would you want to mess with this?

That's pure intimidation right there.

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The Images of Spring (Including the Elusive Beard of Mauer)

February 22, 2010 4 comments

One of my favorite things about the beginning of Spring Training is the images we get along with. Between seeing favorite players back in action or getting that exciting first look at offseason additions, this is something to look forward to. The time has arrived.

We’ve all heard that Mauer had grown a beard, but we didn’t get to see it until yesterday.

More pictures have come today showing Mauer having shaved his beard. It’s sad. I think it fit him.

We have pictures of 2 of the newcomers, Hudson and Hardy, as they have reported early.

We have pictures of Liriano, Nathan, and Neshek, and a picture of Perkins, Slowey and Mike Maroth, a pitcher the Twins signed to a minor league deal this offseason.

Twins Players Avoid Arbitration

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

*Update-Francisco Liriano has signed for $1.6 million, and Jesse Crain has signed for $2 million.


*Update-Pat Neshek has signed a contract worth $625,000 guarenteed and $75,000 in incentives.


*Update-The Twins have signed Brendan Harris on a 2 year salary worth $3.2 million guanteed and $650,000 in incetives. He gets $1.45 million in 2010 & $1.75 million in 2011.


*Update-The Twins have signed Matt Guerrier for $3.15 million.


Several Twins players have avoided arbitration today by signing one year deals.

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the Twins have signed J.J. Hardy for $5.1 million. Delmon Young signed for $2.6 million, with $50,000 in performance incentives. Carl Pavano has signed for $7 million.

In my opinion the Young and Hardy deals are fairly priced deals. I think, given Pavano’s injury history, he should have been given a performance incentive-laden deal.

Christensen hears that all of the Twins arbitration eligibles have signed and looking to confirm it.