By Joe Christensen
I thought Game 1 of the Red Sox/Angels series was terrific, and I look forward to sampling all three games today.
Anyway, as we shift gears in our coverage, studying how the roster begins to shape up for the 2009 Twins, I just wanted to check in with a few quick items:
(*) The Twins have until two weeks after the World Series to decide whether to pick up the option on catcher Mike Redmond’s contract, but it’s all but assured they’ll do it. The option is for $950,000.
(*) The Twins won’t get any compensation for letting shortstop Adam Everett walk via free agency, but there’s a chance Dennys Reyes and Eddie Guardado will qualify as Type B free agents. A team that loses a Type B free agent receives a supplemental draft pick between the first and second rounds of the June amateur draft.
(*) Angels catcher Mike Napoli hunched over in pain after taking a foul tip off his knee Wednesday night, and TBS commentator Buck Martinez, a former catcher himself, said it’s moments like that which reinforce how amazing it is that Joe Mauer has won two batting titles as a catcher by age 25.