And so the 2013 season has come to this with less than 60 games to go: On Saturday night, the starting lineup included three minor-league veterans who weren't on the 40-man roster in spring training, one of whom was so lightly regarded he wasn't even invited to major league camp.
That lineup included just two players (Joe Mauer and the up-and-down Oswaldo Arcia) who are good bets to be part of the next good Twins team. Everybody else is just filling a space until somebody better comes along.
This isn't progress. It's regression.
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