Despite this development, we expect the Mets and Johan Santana to eventually agree on a contract and end this mess.
Just emptying the notebook today….
Carlos Gomez has 141 days of service time, which means he’ll reach super-2 arbitration status if he’s on the major league roster for all of 2008 and 2009.
To qualify as a Super 2, a player must have accumulated at least 86 days of service in the previous year. (A year of service is 172 days. The historical cutoff point for Super 2 status is 2 years, 128 days of service, though the requirement has been as high as 2 years, 140 days.) (This was blatantly stolen from another website!)
Jesse Crain said during TwinsFest that his shoulder felt great and planned to start throwing breaking balls this week. Crain had surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff last year but stressed that he didn’t have complete tears and expects to be ready by Opening Day. Still it will be interesting to monitor his velo in camp.
The Twins intentionally paired Delmon Young and Michael Cuddyer for some TwinsFest appearances. Let the mentoring begin….
Dmitri Young, by the way, was in town last weekend (I don’t know why) and took his little brother out.
Corey Koskie stopped by TwinsFest and said he was going to start working out this week. This is an important time for Koskie, who hasn’t played since July 2006 because of postconcussion syndrome suffered while chasing a fly ball.
He said if he’s not in a position to join a club by midseason, he’ll retire.
The Twins are kicking around signing a veteran starter for the back end of the rotation. Josh Fogg and John Thomson are possibilities. They may just hand the keys to the kids.
Guess who Carlos Gomez’s agent is? Scott Boras.
One more thing…The Twins have 39 spots filled on their 40-man. Santana will come off to make it 38. Only Gomez and Humber have to go on this year, so the Twins have space.
Another thing…uniform numbers! Place your orders now!!!
Delmon Young – 21
Brendan Harris – 23
Adam Everett – 12
Mike Lamb – 24
Craig Monroe – 27
Humber wore 49 for the Mets last year, which I think is available if he makes the team. Gomez wore 27, so he might have to change if he and Monore make the team….