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Twins finally come to their senses
2008-08-01 16:00
by Bob Timmermann

The Minnesota Twins have recalled pitcher Francisco Liriano and designated for assignment pitcher Livan Hernandez. In an accompanying move, the Twins also recalled first baseman Randy Ruiz and sent outfielder Craig Monroe packing.

Hernandez had given up 199 hits in 139 2/3 IP this season and had struck out all of 54 batters. Hernandez's second to last game for the Twins was typical: a 12-hit complete game!

Liriano was rocked in three starts early in the year for the Twins (11.32 ERA), but he's gone 10-2 with a 3.28 ERA at AAA Rochester.

2008-08-01 16:32:09
1.   Shaun P
Twins: "we can't afford to keep Johan Santana!"

Santana salary under old deal, for 2008: $13.25M
Livan Hernandez 2008 salary: $5M
Craig Monroe 2008 salary: $3.82M
Total: $22.07M

Santana's average annual salary under new deal with Mets: $22.9M

Did Bill Smith flunk math?

2008-08-01 16:38:45
2.   Shaun P
Has any franchise that can (allegedly) ill-afford to waste money wasted more money over the last few years than the Twins? Ramon Ortiz, Ponson, Livan, Castro, Batista, Monroe, Rondell White, Jason Tyner, Shannon Stewart . . . the list goes on and on!
2008-08-01 16:39:26
3.   Bob Timmermann
Don't forget Nick Punto!
2008-08-01 16:46:22
4.   DodgerBakers
1 Maybe he was referring to not being able to afford the extra $830K?
2008-08-01 17:10:09
5.   Eric Stephen
The Twins didn't pay Johan anything this season, so I don't know why you're including it.

The comparison should be the $13.25m they would have paid Johan with the $8.82m they paid to Livan and Monroe.

I agree with your premise though that they should have kept Johan. This was/is a winnable division, and any playoff money received would be a huge win for the club.

Plus, the players they received weren't all that great, and they might have been better off with the 2 draft picks in 2009.

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