The Twins are thinking of sending Miguel Sano down

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The Twins are reportedly considering sending Miguel Sano down. Why? He’s slumping lately and his defense has been poor. Which, well, his defense is always going to be poor. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however talks about it as a big picture issue:

“I think it goes along the lines with young players who get to the big leagues and they either subconsciously, or their agents, someone’s telling them they’ve got everything figured out and go enjoy the life,” Molitor said. “It’s contrary to what’s real in terms of you don’t want to ever get too comfortable. And there are other guys we’ve had discussions with as young players to keep their focus on how they got here, why they’re here and [doing] what they need to do to stay here.”

Given how much the Twins have jerked Sano around I think it’s a bit much to put all of this on his maturity or complacency or whatever it is Molitor is not so subtly implying here. He’s basically a natural DH but the Twins moved him to right field, which seemed doomed before he even played there, and are now trying him at third base. That’s not likely to work either. Sano has a great arm, but his glove and defensive instincts are just not cut out for anyplace but maybe first base and the Twins already have a third baseman.

His recent slump aside, Sano has been a decent hitter this year and he certainly showed last year that he’s capable of doing damage at the big league level. While he won’t be playing first base as long as Joe Mauer is around, just putting him at DH and letting him do the one thing we know he can be good at seems like a good idea. I realize it’s hard for a lot of people to get their mind around a 23-year-old becoming a full-time DH, but it has happened.

Indeed, if the Twins had gotten their heads around that concept in the early 2000s, the past several years may have looked very different for the organization.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.