It feels good to be a Twins fan today, right? Over .500. Guys playing well. It's not surprising that a winning team is more fun to watch, but the Twins have been interesting anyway through the first quarter of the season.
Here's a small list of items for your perusal this morning.
Told no extension talks yet on Kurt Suzuki -- probably is too early. But I imagine they'll come before the summer is over. #mntwins— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) May 18, 2014
Is this a conversation we really need to have? Give credit where credit is due: Suzuki has had an incredible start to the season, and he's a big part of why the Twins are running above expectations both in terms of wins and losses as well as runs scored. But .322/.388/.430 is a long way off his career line of .255/.313/.377.
So, two things. First, if the Twins really do want to offer Suzuki an extension, they need to offer the money with his career numbers in line, not his 2014 performance. Second, the money would also need to reflect the role that the team expects Josmil Pinto to take in the coming seasons.
I think it's still too early to think about an extension for Suzuki. He's been incredible so far this season and I don't want to take that away from him, but it's wise to let things play out a bit more before any kind of decision is made.
FA RHP Alex Burnett (@ABurnett31) will throw for teams in CA on Saturday in hopes of landing a deal.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 17, 2014
Burnett hasn't pitched in the Majors since early last season, when he bounced around between a number of teams as a number of organizations played "DFA Limbo." 2014 is just Burnett's age-26 season, so there's time for him to recover his career if he can make the adjustment. His minor league track record was promising early on, although less so across the board in Triple-A. Did he earn anyone's interest yesterday?
Texas has purchased the contract of Scott Baker, who will head to Arlington to help the Rangers out of the bullpen. In spite of the rash of injuries to the Ranger rotation, they've chosen to fill the open spots from elsewhere. But if he pitches well, the opportunity will be there for the once-Twin to step up. Here's hoping he gets his opportunity, because I don't think he's done yet.
#MNTwins were at Cuban FA OF Daniel Carbonell's most recent showcase. They're still monitoring. Rosenthal has NYY & Sea. among 5 finalists.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) May 17, 2014
Carbonell is a 22-year old switch-hitting, five-tool center fielder. The speed, power and the arm are the tools I've read the most about, and I know some folks consider him a definitive high-impact international prospect. How invested are the Twins? It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to see them stick their noses in.
That's all for now. We'll see you back here for the game this afternoon!