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Thesier Out-Brains Her Readership

If you thought Kelly Thesier was bad, I have news for you. Her readers are worse. From today’s mailbag:

With no center fielder ready, traded for or signed, why aren’t the Twins talking about moving Nick Punto there? He seems to have the natural ability to catch the ball and he’s got more experience in the big leagues than a guy like Denard Span or Jason Pridie. – Andy S., Cincinnati, Ohio

Punto has the ability to play the outfield, including center field, but the Twins have more experienced options to use there if necessary. Craig Monroe has played a total of 77 career games in center field, Delmon Young is an option and manager Ron Gardenhire has even mentioned Michael Cuddyer as a possibility for seeing time there. The team also is willing to give Span and Pridie a chance to earn the starting spot. Punto will spend the spring competing for the second base spot and if Brendan Harris earns the job, as expected, then Punto will be back to filling in the utility infield role.

Fortunately for all involved, Kelly’s response warms the heart. I was worried there for a moment. A bigger question is: Who is Andy S, from Cincinnati? Why does he think Punto would be a good option in CF? Why does he want Punto to get his 600 ABs? And can we trade him to the Reds?

The disheartening part of the response is that none of the options are particularly good ones. Of the players with MLB experience, Monroe is probably the best option … and he’s not a good one. (Though he’s been insisting that he’ll be trying to win the starting spot in CF this spring.) Other than Monroe, we’ve got Pridie. Great. I don’t expect big things out of him. However, he’ll be a lot better than Punto.

None of this probably needed to be said … but people like Andy S from Cincinnati keep doing things like this that might encourage Gardy’s addiction.


5 Comments so far

  1. Karen Halls January 28th, 2008 5:00 pm

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  2. FunBobby January 28th, 2008 6:53 pm

    With the Twins having so many questions in the starting rotation, why not give Matt Guerrier a shot at the rotation? He has been solid as a reliever and when he made his few spot starts he showed flashes off consistency and effectiveness. – Erik F., Marshall, Minn.

    Flashes of consistency? Does that even make sense?

  3. sirsean January 28th, 2008 7:08 pm

    Haha, agreed.

    Also, why don’t people realize that it’s a bad idea to take a solid reliever out of a shallow bullpen?

    At this point it seems pretty clear that Neshek can’t throw 100 innings, so we need another 7th-8th inning guy like Guerrier. Honestly. Erik from Marshall is as dopey as Andy from Cincinnati.

  4. FunBobby January 28th, 2008 7:34 pm

    I would think Blackburn and Perkins will have a better shot at cracking the rotation than Guerrier. Its hard to predict things at this point with this Santana trade still up in the air.

  5. sirsean January 28th, 2008 7:56 pm

    They’ve told Perkins to prepare as if he’s going to be a starter — which ends up being meaningless, because they went on to say that they did that because it’s easier to switch from the rotation to the bullpen than the other way around.

    I think there’s nothing wrong with putting both of them in the bullpen. It gets guys innings and experience without forcing them to throw too many innings at a young age. That’s how Johan started.

    And I wouldn’t worry too much about trying to “predict” while the Santana situation hangs in the air. Either way, we want as many guys as ready as possible. And we’ll need Guerrier helping to anchor the bullpen whether we have Santana or not.

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