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Willingham May Be Hot Deadline Commodity

It remains to be seen if he will be made available, but Twins outfielder Josh Willingham would be a nice addition to contending teams at midseason.

There is a shortage of run-producing outfielders this year.

One general manager told Nick Cafardo, "Of all the guys out there, he's one who can significantly impact your offense immediately."

Via Boston Globe


Twins Giving Liriano Another Shot At Rotation

The Twins are giving Francisco Liriano another shot at making their middling starting rotation.

The left-hander will start on Wednesday against the Athletics. He was demoted to the bullpen May 9 after going 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts.

Liriano says he feels good mentally and physically and is eager to be a starter again.

Via Associated Press


Mets Have No Interest In Marquis

The Mets have no interest in adding Jason Marquis to their pitching staff, according to a report.

The right-hander was released by the Twins earlier this week after a rough start to the season.

Via Mike Puma/New York Post (via Twitter)


Twins Release Jason Marquis

The Twins have released struggling right-hander Jason Marquis.

Marquis made just seven starts with Minnesota, which will soon use their ninth starting pitcher of 2012.

The team is trying to trade Marquis and he is unlikely to be sent to Triple-A Rochester, an assignment the 13-year veteran has the right to refuse.

If no deal is reached in 10 days, Marquis would be released. The Twins signed him for $3 million this season.

Via Associated Press


RealGM's MLB Team Rankings Through 5/18

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA).

In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number.

Below are the rankings through the Thursday, May 17th games:

The rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (1) Texas Rangers - 5.01

2. (2) St. Louis Cardinals - 4.72

3. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers - 4.25

4. (5) Baltimore Orioles - 4.16

5. (4) Washington Nationals - 4.05

6. (7) Tampa Bay Rays - 3.72

7. (6) New York Yankees - 3.68

8. (11) Toronto Blue Jays - 3.58

9. (8) San Francisco Giants - 3.56

10. (13) Philadelphia Phillies - 3.50

11. (12) Atlanta Braves - 3.48

12. (T9) Cincinnati Reds - 3.47

13. (T9) Miami Marlins - 3.39

14. (15) Houston Astros - 3.33

15. (19) Boston Red Sox - 3.26

16. (26) Cleveland Indians - 3.14

17. (14) Chicago White Sox - 3.12

18. (T24) Los Angeles Angels - 3.00

19. (17) San Diego Padres - 2.94

20. (16) Pittsburgh Pirates - 2.91

T21. (22) Oakland Athletics - 2.90

-- (23) Arizona Diamondbacks - 2.90

23. (T20) Detroit Tigers - 2.88

24. (18) New York Mets - 2.85

25. (T20) Chicago Cubs - 2.74

26. (27) Kansas City Royals - 2.70

27. (28) Milwaukee Brewers - 2.55

28. (29) Colorado Rockies - 2.53

29. (T24) Seattle Mariners - 2.38

30. (30) Minnesota Twins - 1.53

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM


Twins May 2012 Archive