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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, May 14, 2007
Twins - DFAed Gallant Sir Sidney
Minnesota Twins - Designated P Sidney Ponson for assignment.
Good move by the Twins. They can now go back to the serious task of trying to win games of baseball and let Hooibergen Calhøun go back to eating deep-fried hippos or drunk-driving while eating 4 dozen sliders from Wit Kasteel or whatever else he normally does with his life.
The move leaves the Twins with a question as to which young starter to bring up to fill Ponson’s spot in the rotation. The Twins still like Kevin Slowey and he’s been utterly dominating at AAA, so you have to like his odds the best. There’s the concern about service time, but the Twins are quickly becoming the 4th team in a 3-team race and don’t have time to diddle around and avoid any chance at having to pay Slowey super-two money (which really isn’t usually all that impressive) down the road. Scott Baker doesn’t seem to be in the Twins plans, so he’s unlikely and while Matt Garza’s also a tremendous talent, the Twins want him to iron out some control issues before promoting him.
Of course, considering the Twins spent the offseason ignoring their ordinary offense to figure out the best way to block all 3 of their top prospects simultaneously, I half expect them to call up Dave Gassner or say #### it and sign Scott Erickson or Mike Smithson or someone.
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