Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Friday, October 31, 2008

Addition and Subtraction

Adam Everett unsurprisingly filed for free agency today, briefly dropping the Twins 40-man roster down to 30 players. That spot was filled rather quickly, however, by the addition of Armando Gabino to the 40-man, as reported by LaVelle Neal. I was caught a bit back on my heels by the Twins addition of Gabino today -- I thought I'd have a few more days before the club started adding players to the roster for Rule 5 protection purposes. It'll force me to rush a bit, but I hope to get an article up by Sunday discussing who else I think should make the roster.

As for Gabino, his addition probably makes sense considering his performance over the last two years. He spent 2008 in AA New Britain and was pretty solid (81.1 innings, 3.10 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 61-31 K-BB, 49 appearances) but not amazing -- and his low K/IP number marks him out as something less than overpowering on the mound (although the K-BB ratio itself is fine). That followed a 2007 season which saw Gabino dominant over 12 games in Beloit before getting promoted to Ft. Myers and pitching well there for most of the rest of the season. Considering how depleted the Red Wings bullpen seems to be, he's a virtual lock to be in a Red Wings uniform next year. Obviously, the Twins got a little worried that someone would see Gabino was on the fast track and be willing to stash him deep in their bullpen by taking him in the Rule 5.

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  • At Fri Oct 31, 08:32:00 PM , Anonymous SethSpeaks said...

    I have no problem with Gabino getting on the roster. THought he was more deserving last year. But honestly, I had never thought of him as an option.

  • At Sat Nov 01, 09:15:00 AM , Anonymous TT said...

    Apparently the Twins took Gabino several years ago in the minor league portion of the rule 5 draft. I think Gabino would have been eligible as a six-year minor league free agent this year if he wasn't added to the roster.

  • At Sat Nov 01, 02:03:00 PM , Anonymous SethSpeaks said...

    Probably true. They took him from Cleveland, where he was a 3B. Because he's only been pitching for 4-5 years, there is still room for growth.


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