Ten Twins become free agents

Ten Twins become free agents

There are 6 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 2, 2010, titled Ten Twins become free agents. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Ten Twins officially became free agents late Monday when the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in the World Series: pitchers Jesse Crain, Randy Flores, Brian Fuentes, Matt Guerrier, Ron Mahay, Carl Pavano and Jon Rauch; infielders Orlando Hudson and Nick Punto; and designated hitter Jim Thome.

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Edge

Duluth, MN

#1 Nov 3, 2010
Please, no more punto. Sick of hm!
Charlie Hustle

Gorham, ME

#2 Nov 3, 2010
Edge - you beat me to the punch!!!

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT bring Punto back!!!!
brachiosaurus

Warwick, RI

#3 Nov 3, 2010
The toughest choices to make will be between the relievers and whether to bring back Thome. Flores, Mahay, and Fuentes are all lefties, leaving the Twins with Mijares as the lefty specialist if the Twins let all three go. Flores isn't worth keeping. Mahay is aging and was injured last season. Fuentes is the best of the group, but he's the most expensive and wants to be a closer again. It's going to be interesting to follow and to see what the Twins decide.
WALGAG TOKYO

Saitama, Japan

#4 Nov 3, 2010
Im sorry to have to say this, but rather than deciding which free agensts to keep, the Twins brain trust should be deciding Ron Gardenhires future. Ive never advocated getting rid of him in the past, however after twelve consecutive playoff losses, enough is enough. Somebody else, perhaps a Bobby Valentine type manager, should be given a chance to see what they can do with this team. Otherwise its just going to be more of the same old same old. Next year the Twins cant expect to attract the same soldout crowds, revenue will decline and we will lose out on signing a front line starter. The time to change is now, not in the middle of next season.
Scott in Orlando

Orlando, FL

#5 Nov 4, 2010
We will learn a lot about the Twins 2011 roster after this exclusive bargaining period. It will reveal not only who the team wants back but which players put staying in Minnesota a priority. Some guys will price themselves out of town. I do hope that the team can keep either Crain or Gurrier for the bull pen. Also, I would love to see Thome come back. His poer production is still very, very good. Hudson is a wild-card to me. He is easily replaced defensively, but the team seems to lack a legit #2 hitter (not to mention Span had fairly poor lead-off numbers too). Again, Hudson will likely demand too high of a salary.
Go Twins

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Nov 4, 2010
Only bring back players who performed well during the playoffs. I really can't think of many to be honest but we need to shuffle the deck and come up with some attitude. The ones that are locked up are more of a problem to me. Morneau? How about Konerko? Span? Bring back Hunter. Hardy? Not an improvement from Punto. I did like Hudson and Thome though. Kubel needs to work in the off season on his hitting. Too inconsistent.

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