Taylor's Twins Talk

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

Friday, December 26, 2008

Dickey Redux

I wasn't paying any attention to the Twins on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, so I missed until this morning the fact that the Twins have agreed to terms with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Last year, of course, the Twins signed Dickey before the Rule 5 Draft only to see the Mariners select him (in what to me was one of the most unusual Rule 5 selections ever -- I'm not saying it was a bad move, but Dickey doesn't exactly fit the profile of the standard Rule 5 pick).

It's not immediately clear what role Dickey is expected to play in the bullpen next year, but I don't think it necessarily has to be clear at this point. It's never a bad thing to go into Spring Training with more Major League caliber pitchers than there are available roster spots, and the 'pen that the Twins looked to be ready to go with wasn't exactly filled with 7 All Stars anyway. There's room for a guy to get pushed out by Dickey if it looks like he's better. If he's not, then the Twins can get rid of him instead. I can't imagine the money is going to be much of a deterrent.

This was a quirky little Christmas present from the Twins to those fans who were excited by the Dickey signing last year only to see him snatched away by the Mariners. We'll see how he does when the season rolls around.



  • At Fri Dec 26, 11:03:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually he wasn't really snatched away last year. We did receive a promising young catcher Jair Fernandez back from Seattle. Unfortunately Jair was hurt last year so we were not able to see his full potential. Hopefully he will bounce back this year and move up the ladder.

  • At Fri Dec 26, 11:11:00 AM , Blogger JST said...

    Anon -- you're right of course that the Twins worked out a deal that allowed the Mariners to keep Dickey despite not leaving him on the active roster last year; all I was referring to when I said Dickey was "snatched away" was that the Mariners took him in the Rule 5 Draft (snatching him away from the Twins fans -- and there were some -- who were looking forward to seeing him pitch for the Twins).


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