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  • Orioles Claim Alexi Casilla

    Alexi Casilla's era with the Minnesota Twins is over.Mark it down somewhere. Friday, November 2nd. It is the end of the Alexi Casilla Era as a Minnesota Twins player.

    According to MLB Trade Rumors, the athletic infielder who just never quite met his perceived potential has been claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.

    Casilla came to the Twins in a December 2005 deal with the Angels in which the Twins send then-talented JC Romero to the west coast. Casilla debuted in September of 2006 and was primarily used as a pinch-runner down the stretch for the Twins. In his 515 career games with the Twins, Casilla hit .250/.305/.334 with 72 doubles, 14 triples and 11 homer runs in 515 games. He also stole 71 based in 80 attempts.
    He was given every opportunity to be the Twins starting shortstop and second baseman, but he never took to it. He appeared much more comfortable in a utility role. With the Twins acquiring so many similar middle infield types, letting go of Casilla makes sense as he would likely make nearly $2 million in arbitration.

    Best wishes to a class act!
    This article was originally published in blog: Orioles Claim Alexi Casilla started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. lingrass's Avatar
      lingrass -
      Mistaken comparison.....Hardy jacks 20X/yr.....Alexandra Casi-wuss hits it out of infield 20X/yr........Goodbye and good riddance......
    1. lingrass's Avatar
      lingrass -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Alexi is another Hardy.
      Hardy hits 20+ jacks/yr.....Alexandra Casi-wuss hits it out of the infield 20X/yr.......think about it.........
    1. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
      one_eyed_jack -
      Not seeing the basis for all of the angst about this. The guy was given every opportunity to cement himself in a starting role here, and he consistently failed to do so.

      He had a few good spurts, but they were always followed by longer, awful spurts.

      Too many lackadaisical moments from him to convince me that he brought it every night.

      This was his year to prove that he was part of the solution and not part of the problem, and I don't think he did it.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      The Orioles: Hardy, Casilla, Ford, Thome, Tolleson, Pearce, and Ayala. More? Clearly they like Twins players, so maybe they should be a target for the trade Span crowd.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Why are people upset with this? I thought the general consensus is he wasn't worth the money that we would have owed him in arbitration.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I would take Casilla over all the other futile INF options (besides Carroll). He is a great fielder and has plus speed. That alone is worth it. I'm not extremely upset over the deal, but just think the Twins have decided to move on from him. That happens. Hopefully he can excel with the O's and help them compete again next season.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      first off, the move was inevitable....esp after the Escobar trade but.....
      Find it funny that we are claiming players (Roenicke) that teams worse than us dont want, BUT one of baseball's best teams this yr finds use in someone that we cannot find time/use for.
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      Casilla needed to go. He wasn't getting the job done here. His value is easily replaced for cheaper,
    1. iastfan112's Avatar
      iastfan112 -
      Wish we would've kept him, generally solid on defense and showed flashes of hitting. Think he's better than Florimon.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      The Orioles: Hardy, Casilla, Ford, Thome, Tolleson, Pearce, and Ayala. More? Clearly they like Twins players, so maybe they should be a target for the trade Span crowd.
      Don't forget the DFA Butera crowd
      (and can anyone believe that the Twins have 4 Cs on the 40-man, including Drew?)
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      I hope all of us remember this thread in 20 something years when Casilla is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Shame on the Minnesota Twins!
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Casilla is ... replaceable. Think Rivas, even Guzman. No upside. He had his chances.

      Former Twins with the O's ... well, Thome was a no-brainer, but went a couple of places in-between. Ayala is a headcase. Pearce was a draftee who didn't sign and a spring training invite who didn't get the cut. Ford got lucky. Etc. Etc.

      I liked Alexi, but it is time to move on. Wish we were replacing him with, say, Hardy though.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Alexi is another Hardy.
      Ha!

      Oh sorry, was that a joke?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Good-field/no-hit infielders and good-field/no-power outfielders should rarely cost more than a waiver-wire pickup,, or a sketchy minor-league prospect in trade if he's really solid, and should not be paid more than $1M or so unless you're a deep-pockets team.

      I wish Casilla nothing but good luck in the rest of his career but his time with the Twins was clearly up.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      The Orioles: Hardy, Casilla, Ford, Thome, Tolleson, Pearce, and Ayala. More? Clearly they like Twins players, so maybe they should be a target for the trade Span crowd.
      Adam Jones and Denard Span are also best friends. It's looking pretty good...
    1. Curt's Avatar
      Curt -
      The only reason for Baltimore to do this is they intend to offer him arbitration, right?
    1. Chris in Osaka's Avatar
      Chris in Osaka -
      The Twins waited about five years too long. He has no appreciable skills.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      oka
    1. ThejacKmp's Avatar
      ThejacKmp -
      Quote Originally Posted by AM. View Post
      By the end of today, I would like to see Baker and Haren in pinstripes. Is that too much to ask? (Rumors the Twins were in it heavily on Ervin Santana, so Haren would be comparable.)
      You realize that when you say "in pinstripes" everyone thinks you're referring to the Yankees right?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Why are people upset with this? I thought the general consensus is he wasn't worth the money that we would have owed him in arbitration.
      There are some that will be upset no matter what the Twins do. I think we all say Alexi's potential. Unfortunately, he never reached it.
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