The Twins have released reliever Joe Smith, per Betsy Halfand of the Pioneer Press (via Twitter). The 38-year-old side-slinger appeared in 34 games for the Twins this season, pitching to a palatable 4.61 ERA. His usage was fairly protected, however, compiling only 27 1/3 total innings in that time, and his peripheral numbers suggest a performance that doesn’t exactly fall in line with his prolific career. Smith’s 6.29 FIP was the worst such mark of his career, and his hard hit percentage rose to 42.1 percent, well-above the league average mark of 35.7 percent.
Still, it’s certainly possible that, by pedigree alone, Smith catches on somewhere to finish out the season. Smith has appeared in every season since 2007 (except for 2020, for which he opted out), taking turns with the Guardians, Mets, Angels, Blue Jays, Astros, Cubs, and Mariners before suiting up for the Twins. His most stable function came as a setup man for the Guardians from 2009 to 2013, but particularly the final three seasons of that stretch in which he averaged 71 appearances and just under 66 frames with a 2.42 ERA/3.33 FIP and almost 21 holds per campaign.
In addition, right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Jharel Cotton have both cleared waivers and accepted assignments to Triple-A St. Paul, per The Athletic’s Dan Hayes (via Twitter). The pair could serve as depth for the rest of the season as the Twins make a push for the playoffs.
Cotton, 30, made 25 appearances covering 30 innings for the Twins this season, posting a disjointed 2.83 ERA/5.48 FIP, 21.5 percent strikeout rate, 11.1 percent walk rate, and 29.5 percent groundball rate. Sanchez, 30, made one start for the Twins and previously made seven starts for the Nationals. In total, the veteran has registered a 7.68 ERA/4.93 FIP over 36 1/3 innings for the two clubs combined.
Frankly, the Twins have enough pitching depth in Triple-A right now with players like Devin Smeltzer, Josh Winder, and Jovani Moran – all of whom remain on the 40-man roster – that the greater possibility is that Sanchez and Cotton simply help cover the innings load in St. Paul for the rest of the season. Not to mention, Minnesota has a number of arms on the injured list that could still return to bolster the Major League crew.
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Well, at least the Twins did not release Lopez last night after his blown save.
INDIANS. He played for the Indians. Quit trying to avoid dead-naming the Guardians, good grief.
The Indians don’t exist
If the Indians don’t exist, which team did Ricky Vaughn and Willie Mays Hayes play for in “Major League”?
“Cy Young played for the Guardians even though the team wouldn’t be called that for over a century. I am very smart.”
we don’t call the Southern states the Confederacy since it was in the past and very un PC. Indians is a slur and better off in the past.
False equivalency. The issue isn’t the legitimacy of their current name or whether to refer to the team as the Guardians. Rxbrgr’s comment was about whether past teams should be referred to as the Guardians, given that Smith never played for Cleveland while they were called the Guardians. The fact that you referred to certain Southern states as the Confederacy actually strengthens the OP’s argument because you acknowledge that, at a certain point in the past, the region had a different name that is now used in reference to that time period.
As for your “Indians is a slur” statement, I suggest you take a look at some of the language used in this commercial from this year, maybe it will provide some context about which you can reconsider your opinion:
Who am I kidding though, your opinion won’t change because the only thing left in the past was your common sense
Good answer, good answer!
A little surprised there’s no mention of them DFAing Duffey yet…?
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There actually was an article on here about it. Always a great guy and fan favorite. Very sad he couldn’t get it back together. Another reminder of the extreme volatility of pitchers, especially relievers.
Ah, I didn’t realize that it had happened way back (ha) yesterday afternoon so the article was well below the fold by this point. Thanks.