• Oswaldo Arcia To Be Called Up On Monday

    According to Phil Miller, the Star-Tribune's Minnesota Twins beat reporter, Oswaldo Arcia will be called up on Monday to fill-in for Wilkin Ramirez, who will go on paternity leave. Twins Daily ranks Arcia as the #4 prospect in the Twins system, is only 21 years old and is currently hitting .414 with a .793(!) slugging percentage in Rochester. According to Miller, he will be the youngest player to debut for the Twins since Joe Mauer.

    How much playing time he'll have remains to be seen. Ramirez is a bench bat, but the Twins are unlikely to be calling up Arcia to sit on the bench. He has played mostly right field for the last two years, but Chris Parmelee is relatively young and healthy and also hits left-handed, like Arcia. The other corner outfield, Josh Willingham is a veteran who hit 35 home runs last year. It seems most likely Arcia will serve in one of those spots or as designated hitter, and the positions will rotate, giving Parmelee, Willingham, Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit or Justin Morneau some time off.

    It's also unclear how long he will remain with the team. Ramirez should only be gone for a few games. For Arcia to remain much longer would require an injury, some serious roster re-shuffling or a change in position.

    Last year in AA-New Britain, Arcia did play 10 games in center field and played their full time in rookie league. His move to a corner spot supposedly had more to do with the organization's depth than his inability to play the position. So the Twins could try for a game in center field.

    If he can handle the position defensively, it might make things interesting for the Twins. Current center fielder Aaron Hicks has struggled from the left side of the plate in the past and has just two hits and two walks versus 17 strikeouts from that side this year. The Twins could platoon the two as they learn the ropes their rookie years.
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    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      You can't be afraid to make moves because I guy might get hurt. That's just not a way to run an organization. why would you do that?
      Sounds a lot like the third catcher arguement. They finally put aside that safty blanket.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oxtung View Post
      I have tried to write this response a couple of times now and each time it comes out wordy and clunky not really getting at my point very well. So please try your best to understand my underlying points.
      Welcome to the club. Every time I've tried to write out service time related posts they sound great in my head, but stream out of my keyboard like crap.


      I thought I had read somewhere, probably during the Hicks service time debate on a website I can no longer find, that you could only accrue one season of partial service time.
      Nope, doesn't work that way. The only thing that really matters with service time is total days. It takes 1,032 days of service time for a player to become a free agent, and a player can accrue, at most, 172 days of service in any single season. Once a player hits 172 days in a season, the clock stops for that year (typical season is like 184 days).

      (172 x 6 = 1032, for the non-mathletes among us)

      There are no limits to the amount of partial seasons. You could accrue 10 days in year one, 172 in year two, 20 in three, 60 in four, etc, and still be well short of qualifying for free agency even after all those seasons of appearing on the major league roster.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Welcome to the club. Every time I've tried to write out service time related posts they sound great in my head, but stream out of my keyboard like crap.




      Nope, doesn't work that way. The only thing that really matters with service time is total days. It takes 1,032 days of service time for a player to become a free agent, and a player can accrue, at most, 172 days of service in any single season. Once a player hits 172 days in a season, the clock stops for that year (typical season is like 184 days).

      (172 x 6 = 1032, for the non-mathletes among us)

      There are no limits to the amount of partial seasons. You could accrue 10 days in year one, 172 in year two, 20 in three, 60 in four, etc, and still be well short of qualifying for free agency even after all those seasons of appearing on the major league roster.
      Have to factor in the amount of options a player has too...
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      Have to factor in the amount of options a player has too...
      Well yeah, that, and the player's right to refuse assignment that they gain (after 5 years of service), but those were unnecessary complications for my hypothetical.

      There's also the option for a player to opt for immediate free agency if they've been outrighted previously in their career, or if they have a certain amount of service time (3 years?)
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      Have to factor in the amount of options a player has too...
      Options are simply the number of years a player can get sent to the minors without a say in it. Every player has 3 options when they first hit the 40 man. Arcia burned an option this year by starting in AAA. If/when he gets sent back down, he will not burn a second. If he starts next year in AAA again, he uses his second option.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Options are simply the number of years a player can get sent to the minors without a say in it. Every player has 3 options when they first hit the 40 man. Arcia burned an option this year by starting in AAA. If/when he gets sent back down, he will not burn a second. If he starts next year in AAA again, he uses his second option.
      I know what options are...and how they work. Thanks for the refresher though.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Options won't be an issue with Arcia since he just burned his first option this year. he will be up to stay before that 4th year. Easily.
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