Twins finally call up dominant Triple-A reliever Anthony Slama

2 Comments

Last night the Twins finally called up right-hander Anthony Slama, who has been so dominant in the minors and deserving of a chance for so long now that various Twins blogs have been running “Free Anthony Slama” campaigns.
Clearly the front office doesn’t believe in the former 39th-round pick, keeping Slama in the minors until five months before his 27th birthday despite a 1.80 ERA in 235 career innings and Ron Gardenhire making it pretty clear that he wanted to give him a look since spring training.
However, his amazing minor-league track record screams out for an opportunity. I don’t expect Slama to be an elite reliever and he’s no sure thing to even develop into a quality setup man, but he might and when someone holds opponents to a .170 batting average while racking up 83 strikeouts and a 2.11 ERA in 68.1 innings at Triple-A there’s no reason not to give him a shot.

The deadline is 8 PM ET Monday for Shohei Ohtani situation to be resolved

Masterpress/Getty Images
2 Comments

Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.

Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.

Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.