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“I like our infield situation,” says manager Ron Gardenhire.
“We’ve got some pretty talented people here: Esobar and Lexi, Jamey Carroll’s solid, Flori and we can put Doze in the mix and I think we can figure out two that can play together.”
Eduardo Escobar came over in the Liriano trade and can play third and short. He’s young, 23, but also small (5’10”, 160).
Casilla debuted for the Twins in 2006, and at age 28, has shown ups and downs in his career. He can make athletic plays in the field, but is inconsistent with his bat.
Jamey Carroll is not going to be with the team for very long. He’s 38, but is a good mentor for the younger players.
Florimon has been a pleasant surprise this season. Since being called up, the former Baltimore Oriole has been solid defensively and even shown a little life at the plate. He’ll get a long look at spring training.
Dozier came up as a shortstop this season and had his fair share of highs and lows. He’s got range, but has to cut down on errors and increase his batting average. There is some talk of him moving to second.
Minnesota leads the league in double plays despite all the changes in the infield.
Defensively, at least, this team should be good down the middle.