11:30 PM EST, Fri December 26, 2014

Twinsights: Terry Ryan on defensive metrics and why the Twins ignore them

In late July, the Twins ignored Kurt Suzuki’s brutal pitch-framing statistics and gave their fiery catcher a two-year contract extension with a vesting option that could keep him in the Twin Cities through 2017. With this week’s signing of Torii Hunter, the Twins again are placing a much higher value on traditional scouting methods than advanced metrics, especially when it comes to defense. “I saw him, I think, maybe seven games or so (in 2014),” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday. “His defense for me was more than adequate. He’s not the type of guy that you’re...

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