the end of the Duke Welker era

Sad to say, the Twins have traded Duke Welker back to the Pirates, from whence he came as a part of the Morneau trade, in exchange for the more prosaically named Kris Johnson. Not a trade I would have made; I think Welker’s a better pitcher and two years younger. Johnson’s a starter at AAA — and Lord, the Twins need starters — but he’s 29. His ERA was 2.39 at AAA, but 6.10 in four big league appearances.

Ahh well. Say it again. The Twins need starters. And perhaps Kris Johnson will earn himself a nickname this year.

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