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When it becomes apparent a Rule 5er won’t make the club, you hear this annually from clubs not wanting to say the draftee was a bust: “Maybe we’ll try to make a deal to keep him.”
In the case of Diamond, the Twins actually did so — trading hard-throwing reliever Billy Bullock to the Braves after Diamond cleared waivers.
The Twins’ desire to keep Diamond was driven as much by a dearth of left-handed starters in the organization as by any certainty he could make it in the big leagues as a prototypical crafty lefty.
Diamond was the only reliable arm in the Twins’ 12-starter mess of 2012 — and the fact it’s a left arm makes it even more important to have him big-league ready in early April.
“He’s the only lefty in the starting picture, correct?” someone said to Anderson.
The pitching coach’s confirmation was a roll of his eyes.
Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • email@example.com
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|Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto||4|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||0||FINAL|
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|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel||0||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka||3|
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|Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta||5|
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|Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister||3||FINAL|
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|Washington - WP: D. Storen||6||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||3|
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|Boston - WP: C. Capuano||6||FINAL|
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