Via Aaron Gleeman, a Twins fan and one of my favorite bloggers, I note this nugget about our old friend Juan Castro:

On a slightly less important note, it sounds as if there is a little more chance of not having to watch Juan Castro “hit” 500 times this year than I initially figured. Ron Gardenhire and the coaching staff are continuing to talk up the openness of the shortstop competition, so even if it isn’t true you’ve got to admire their consistency. I’ve been campaigning for Jason Bartlett to get the job for a while and I still think that would be the best move to start the season. With that said, I still put the odds of someone other than Castro starting at shortstop on Opening Day at about 10-to-1.

I’m glad I’m not a Twins fan.

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