Now that the Twins' season is over and the mystery behind their undoing is well-known, they must consider how to turn it around for next year. As the Pioneer Press' Tom Powers put it:
"Minnesota Twins need more useful players, not stars."
Quite so, Tom. The Twins need several useful players if they want to have a winning season in 2013. Pitching is on everyone's mind as an obvious area in need of an overhaul. However, the Twins must also consider the 2B-3B-SS platoon.
The 10 players who have filled in at the infield merry go-round combined for a .241/.295/.345 slash line, along with 74 doubles, eight triples, 30 homers, 188 RBI and 208 runs scored. Subtract Jamey Carroll, and the other nine players (The Nine) combined for a .231 BA and a .277 OBP.
Defensively, the platoon was not very impressive either. Twins second basemen combined for 18 errors (third worst in AL); third basemen combined for 25 errors (fourth worst); and shortstops combined for 25 errors (second worst in AL). Subtract Jamey Carroll's 12 errors and formulated one error per 11 games, and The Nine combined for 54 errors and one error per seven games.
The article examines potentially "useful" 2B-3B-SS to help Jamey Carroll on the Twins' infield in 2013.
Notes: 1) GP/E = Games Played per E. Based on how many games played and errors committed at a specific position. An approximation to calculate how frequently a player commits an error. 2) Career totals such as HR, RBI and R are based on 162 games. 3) All players were listed as Free Agents when this article was written, via BaseballReference.com and MLBTradeRumors.com.