First off, for you Minnesota Twins fans out there, Tom Mix and Troy Becker of The Forum combined to put together aÂ cool-looking spring training preview in today’s sports section. Here’s the link to it online, but you miss out on what Becker did for an illustration if you don’t see the print product.
Good sign for his recovery and the fact that the Twins really need him in what is a depleted bullpen compared to a year ago. Last year, there was enough depth to cover for him not being able to pitch. This year, there simply isn’t. This will be a big year for Nathan, Matt Capps and Jose Mijares.
The big test for Nathan obviously is facing hitters in spring training and regular-season games. His arm looks to be on the right path to becoming fully healed. But does he have the confidence in it to pitch the way he used to before Tommy John surgery? That’s the big question.
I’m really looking forward to baseball season. Helps take my mind off the fact that even with recent melting, there’s still a ton of snow outside my house. Kind of tired of looking at it.
Big year for the Twins too. Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel are free agents after this season. Nathan could – and likely will – become a free agent after this season if the team doesn’t pick up his 2012 option. Could be the last time together for a few Twins mainstays. That will free up some big bucks to use next offseason, especially since Nathan and Cuddyer production-wise didn’t live up to their hefty paychecks last season, and Kubel had a down year too, albeit coming a lot cheaper than Nathan/Cuddyer.