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the home run power
with the Twins that
he did in Milwaukee.
Jim Hoey was essentially rehabbing an injured shoulder; he's a hard-thrower with 34-plus major league innings on his resume in 2006 and '07; he missed 2008 with shoulder surgery; he has been in Double- and Triple-A throwing 100 innings and striking out 117. Brett Jacobson is another hard-thrower, age 24, who hasn't gotten out of high A ball yet; he's a project.
Couple this trade with the Rule 5 selection of left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond from the Braves system and the Twins are coming home from the Winter Meetings with
- Two candidates in Hoey and Diamond to restock their 2011 bullpen;
- An apparently nearly complete deal with Japansese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka;
- A commitment to a faster middle infield in Alexi Casilla and Nishioka;
- A slimmer payroll (by roughly $7 million or so)
We don't know what the Twins will do with their savings. If, as LeVelle Neal suggests, it's re-signing Carl Pavano, I'll be rather dissatisfied with this activity. Pavano is a declining stock.