One That May Have Gotten Away

Korecky.jpgI was very surprised to learn yesterday that the Twins lost right-handed reliever Bobby Korecky to the Arizona Diamondbacks via wavers.  Besides his exciting extra-inning base hit in that crazy game last season, I was very impressed with his poise on the mound.  Give him another year, and he could become a major-league reliever, with closer status not far behind (he was the primary closer for the Twins’ Triple-A team the past two seasons).

I think what’s even more bitter is that we lost him to fill a spot for Luis Ayala.  Personally, I think Ayala will be one of those guys who will stick around for a few months (probably a month too long, if the Livan Hernandez experiment showed us anything last season) and then be gone due to just plain old bad pitching.  Thus, I think letting Korecky go for Ayala is a mistake that, although it may not be season-breaking, is one that may haunt the Twins a bit when/if Korecky makes it big somewhere else.

Notes:

-In other Twins news, Gardy mentioned the other day that he would love to have Dennys Reyes (who is still a free agent) back in his pen.  While I can see the rationale (Reyes did have his moments against lefty batters), there were just too many times last season where the Big Sweat would come in and walk the only batter he was asked to face, or throw one in the dirt and allow a baserunner to advance.  Craig Breslow can do just as good of a job against lefties and throw less wildly in the process.

-Tomorrow night, I will give my thoughts on the signing of Joe Crede to a one year contract.

1 Comment

I was sad to see Korecky go, too. I don’t think he had much of a chance to make the active roster this year, though, even without the signing of Ayala. Bonser and Humber are both out of options so they will have to come up, and I think Mijares would probably get the final roster spot since he’s a lefty. It sounds like Gardy’s planning on carrying only 11 pitchers in favor of more bench players (in case Crede re-injures his back, I assume), which makes it even less likely that Korecky would earn a spot. I wish him the best, though.

And I agree, no on Reyes. The Twins don’t need to spend a ton of money on a FA lefty specialist when they already have two cheaper ones.
-Erin
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