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Twins demote Nick Blackburn and his 8.10 ERA to Triple-A

Jul 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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Nick Blackburn has one-and-half seasons and $8 million remaining on the contract extension the Twins misguidedly gave him in March of 2010, but today Minnesota sent the 30-year-old veteran and his 131 career starts to Triple-A.

Blackburn was never a particularly good bet to sustain long-term success because of his miniscule strikeout rate, but injuries have eliminated whatever thin margin for error he already had and basically turned him into a batting practice pitcher.

Since signing the contract extension he’s started 65 games with a 5.51 ERA and 4.2 strikeouts per nine innings while allowing opponents to hit .309 with a .500 slugging percentage.

Career minor leaguer Casey Fien has replaced Blackburn on the roster, but the Twins haven’t said yet who’ll take over his rotation spot.

  1. pmcenroe - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Gleeman what was the bet you had about him again? Whether he’d reach 45 career wins or something?

  2. 7ransponder - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    MN sports news just gets better and better today. Parise/Suter signing and now this. Only thing that can make this day better now is a Capps trade, announcing they are making Perkins their full time closer.

  3. mikeincmn - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Another brilliant Bill Smith move. Bill probably was/is a pretty good guy, but he was just a flat out awful GM.

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