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  1. Remember – This type of MLB contract can be voided early with only partial pay, so the Twins aren’t making as big a gamble as one thinks. Unless they have some sort of high upside talent at risk for Rule 5, I just don’t see the problem.

    What I do find odd is their continuing to go for the same type of pitcher, even after moving out of the Homerdome and off the artificial turf.

    Comment by Alireza — November 10, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  2. I don’t really get how the throw-strikes and get ground balls philosophy was a match for the metrodome. With the weirdness of the turf and roof, I’d think a high-balls-in-play strategy wouldn’t be wise.

    Comment by Luke in MN — November 10, 2010 @ 10:00 am

  3. I’m not sure what the hubbub over this move was. Hacker was a slightly better than league avg pitcher in the hitting friendly PCL last year. The Twins AAA pitchers were horrific last year and they need starting depth. Hacker probably slots in as the 9th starter (Liriano, Baker, Blackburn, Slowey, Duensing, Gibson, Manship, Swarzak) and a possible long relief arm but more likely a AAA starter all season to give a little stability to Rochester. The Twins have done a pretty good job of managing their roster over the last decade and have consistently won. They seem to have an idea of what they want to do and it seems to work. Why all the second guessing and strawmen arguments?

    Comment by Ian — November 10, 2010 @ 10:03 am

  4. The second guessing is b/c it is extremely unlikely that another team would have offered Hacker a major league contract. It is extremely likely that they could have signed him to a minor league contract and kept him off the 40 man roster, saving space for possibly protecting another player from the Rule V draft. If he makes the team out of ST, make a roster move at that point.

    It just seems unnecessary.

    You are right, they probably deserve the benefit of the doubt, and in the long run, it’s probably next to meaningless, just seemed like a rare misstep for such a well-run organization. That’s why it was noteworthy.

    Comment by Steve — November 10, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  5. Little reward, but almost no risk.

    One of the things I think the Twins do as well as any org, if not better than everyone else, is get a lot of marginal value for the few dollars over minimum they spend to shore up the back end of the roster. I don’t have a great amount of data for this, but you know how the Twins have come on strong in the second half of the last what, like 8 years? I don’t believe that is coincidence.

    It’s anecdotal, but the Twins seem to be playing on fresher arms and fresher legs in August and September than the competition does. And this is the kind of move that feeds into that philosophy.

    Do I think it’s a great move, or one that is going to push us past the White Sox again? Absolutely not. But with the incoming DisasterPen ’11 situation brewing, low-cost low-leverage arms are going to be needed when everyone in the pen has to promote a role tier or two because of guys not being resigned.

    Comment by adam — November 10, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

  6. Racking up 16 wins in Fresno. He ain’t no slouch.

    Comment by Scout Finch — November 10, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  7. how does him still having options figure in?
    i thought these 6-year FA types if they make the MLB club you can’t send them down to AAA because the 6-year FA dude refuses assignment and is DFA’d – isn’t that how it usually works?

    Comment by Al Bumbry — November 10, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

  8. I assume they offered him a major league deal just because it’s cheap and they expect to play him at least once (which would turn a minor league contract into a major one anyways). It seems like an easy way to lock him in, with the only downside being if he gets injured between now and the season start. While no one else might offer him a major league deal, somebody might offer him a more convenient/attractive minor league deal.

    Comment by B N — November 11, 2010 @ 12:53 am

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