Akinori Iwamura (pictured) has been designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are going to use the roster space for primo prospect Pedro Alvarez.
Iwamura is the Pirates' highest paid player, but he's lost his second base job to Neil Walker and is blocked at third base by Alvarez.
Theoretically, Iwamura would be a good option for the Twins at third base. But I'm wary of him right now:
- As poorly as Nick Punto has hit this year (.241/.314/.307), his numbers are better than Iwamura has (.182/.292/.262).
- Iwamura had significant knee surgery last season, and his defensive range is said to have been lacking this year.
This probably isn't the time to grab him. (But if the Pirates will swap him for Brendan Harris, that's fine by me.)
Let's see ... noon game after a night game, both teams jetting out of town after the game, and a power pitcher matchup of Ubaldo Jimenez (1.19 ERA, 57 hits in 93.1 innings) versus Francisco Liriano.
Runs should be really scarce today at Target Field. (Now watch; it'll be a 9-7 final with neither starter making it out of the fourth inning.)
I don't know what's gone haywire with the poll. I do know I'm not unique.
Jamie Moyer, age 47, after beating the Yankees on Wednesday:
I don't think that I'm old. So I don't believe it. Regardless of what people think or say, I still feel like I can go out and compete, and that's my ultimate job.