The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 19, 2013

Thoma column: Let it Sano: A TV tease tonight of a bit of the future


General manager Terry Ryan last week didn’t slam the door on the notion of Sano getting a September call-up, but came really close to it.

The wisdom of not bringing Sano up is evident to those familiar with baseball’s often complex roster rules. The Twins, as matters stand, don’t have to put Sano on the 40-man roster this winter, and there is value in those spots.

As I see it, the only way the Twins will bring Sano to the majors this year is if they are certain they want him to be the starting third baseman in April. I don’t believe they’re at that point quite yet.

On the other hand, Trevor Plouffe was hitting .230/.292/.383 this weekend. That kind of “production” may help hasten the decision.

Edward Thoma (344-6377; maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

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