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    Pirates Reacquire Duke Welker from Twins

    Tweet from Jeff Passan:

    Reliever Duke Welker, acquired by Minnesota in Justin Morneau deal, headed back to Pittsburgh in a trade. Unclear who Twins are getting.

    Tweet from Darren Wolfson:

    MNTwin official when asked via text about Welker trade back to pirates: "Consummating previous pirates deal."

    Link to mlbtraderumors post:
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/1...rom-twins.html

    Apparently my auto correct changed Welker to Seller.... Can an admin change the title of the thread? Please and thank you.
    Last edited by Nick Nelson; 11-19-2013 at 04:54 PM. Reason: fixed

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    Gentleman's agreement based on Morneau's production? Shoot.

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    Twins get LHP Kris Johnson.
    If Twins can't re-sign Hunter, plans are to trade, sign a FA or go in-house to find a replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
    Tweet from Jeff Passan:

    Reliever Duke Welker, acquired by Minnesota in Justin Morneau deal, headed back to Pittsburgh in a trade. Unclear who Twins are getting.

    Tweet from Darren Wolfson:

    MNTwin official when asked via text about Welker trade back to pirates: "Consummating previous pirates deal."

    Link to mlbtraderumors post:
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/1...rom-twins.html

    Apparently my auto correct changed Welker to Seller.... Can an admin change the title of the thread? Please and thank you.
    I always reread everything before clicking submit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musk21 View Post
    Twins get LHP Kris Johnson.
    29 year old 6'4 lefty who is a former first round pick (40th overall). Hits low 90s. Has mediocre SO/BB ratio. Made one start for the Pirates vs the Cards and got lit up. Could be LH specialist in the pen.

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    Gotta get rid of those strikeout arms.

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    My favorite Welker moment was when we all knew he was the PTBNL before he was named.

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    I just yelled "Bucs acquire Welker!" across the office, rattling many football fans who had believed Wes Welker had been dealt to the Buccaneers momentarily despite NFL's trade deadline long being over.

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    That should about wrap things up for TR this winter. He should move right into the rotation.

    This off season, so far, has nearly been as bad as the season was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
    That should about wrap things up for TR this winter. He should move right into the rotation.

    This off season, so far, has nearly been as bad as the season was.
    I know. Between this and global warming...I mean, what's the point? (kicks a rock)

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    Terry Ryan confirms the Twins plan to keep Kris Johnson as a starter. Not sure how that will work out. Only has two pitches. Low 90s fastball and a change. He does have some deception to his delivery.

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    Kind of an awkward situation to change the return, but I think this guy fills a more needed role. This team is thin on lefties that can start close to the majors but has plenty of bullpen help coming. Hopefully this kid works out his AAA line from last year is promising.

    w-l 10-4 ip 135 2/3 era 2.39 h 116 k/bb 94/43 opp avg .234
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    I would imagine that the Twins thought about removing Welker from the 40-man and this gives Pittsburgh a reason to reclaim him, possibly giving the Twins an aging arm they didn't want to 40-man at the moment...the Twns wanted a starter, didn't need another Slama. Who knows. Strange but true. Welker one of those "almost a Twin" guys like Chuck Shilling.
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    HEADLINE SHOULD READ: Terry Ryan gets Lefty Starter! Big Hot Stove Move of week!

    First Eric Fryer (instead of Samamamamatoochi or Pierrrzynski. Now Johnson instead of anyone. Terry just spent a million bucks!
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    It's odd to me that we prefer a 30ish, journeyman starter over a young reliever. Putting aside talent or profiles, that element of this is a bit perplexing to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    It's odd to me that we prefer a 30ish, journeyman starter over a young reliever. Putting aside talent or profiles, that element of this is a bit perplexing to me.
    Welker is 27 while Johnson is 29. Not too much of an age difference. Both players only made their mlb debuts this year. When all is said and done I do prefer Welker.

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    Reminds me of Bullock for Diamond.

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    There's got to be more to this story.

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    And yet another indy league veteran. Huh.

    When Johnson was drafted in 2006, he was the 40th overall pick. He was with the Red Sox into 2011, but never really had any success, topping out at a 4.88 ERA in 2010.

    This last year in AAA he had a 2.39 ERA, but it looks largely BABIP driven. He had only 6.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9. The good news is that since the independent league, his hit rate is just 8 H/9 and he's been pretty good at not giving up home runs, so maybe he's developed into a groundball guy?

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    Weird deal, though strictly out of any context of what this might mean for the rotation, a Johnson for Welker swap is a win for the Twins.

    Hoping Johnson is the not the second best addition to this rotation, though. Or third best.

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