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Here's the crucial question on the Brian Buchanan situation: Are the Twins better off sticking with a player who, at his best, is an average defender who consistently fails to make contact at the plate when the game is on the line? Or, would they be bette

I understand the Twins have made an investment in Buchanan, and want to get some return out of it. That's normal.

But when you wait this long, it's also stupid. When a person buys a well-established mutual fund that consistently underperforms in the stock market for two or three years, is it a good idea to hang onto it?

No. You sell it, take your losses and look to something that will make your portfolio better.

The Twins are a good team. They've got some great players on their roster. It's time to jettison the weak links and give the young guys a chance to make an impact. Michael Cuddyer and Michael Restovich are ready. Buchanan has had his shot.

Twins, it's time to accept your losses and invest in the future.

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Eric Atherton

eatherton@postbulletin.com

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