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  1. shs_59's Avatar
    At least Welker throws hard.

    Want more?

    PJ Walters (K.C.) , Liam Hendriks, Andrew Albers, Pat Dean (in a small sample)

    What do those 4 pitchers all have in common? Their AAA #'s are all GREATER than Kris Johnson's. I hope i'm waaay wrong about Johnson, but Scott Diamond is a better pitcher and likely even Albers.
  2. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Seems 'schulb' is a little harsh.
    He is, at this point, a better ballplayer than at least 99% of the readers of Twins Daily, so you've kind of insulted all of us.

    And you did it in so few words!
    Efficiency rocks!
  3. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I don't think this is overly optimistic. The key, to me, is still starting pitching. The Twins need to figure out just where that is coming from. Morrow is an interesting name to throw out there.
  4. rikker49's Avatar
    Bruce Pugh--released last month
  5. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
    If there is anyway that Diamond is being considered for a starting spot we are still in major trouble.

    Meyer, Gibson, May all need to be in the starting rotation with two others that are likely not in our organization currently. I wouldnt be surprised if Ryan Pressley is stretched out to become a starter as well. Burton will be gone and Fien will fill in as the setup guy.

    I also wouldn't rule out Florimon still being here. Dozier isn't going to go back to SS, IMO.

    Mauer will still be the everday catcher in 2015, IMO as well. Pinto primary backup. Hermann will fill a backup catcher/4th OF role. Parmalee will be 1st base or bust by 2015.
  6. beckmt's Avatar
    Also might look at Linecum who will be an FA at the end of this year. Twins need to spent money on pitching, might as well start with possible top of rotation candidates.
  7. beckmt's Avatar
    Josh Johnson may be an FA this offseason, so that would be reasonable. Where is Kohl Steward as I would expect he would be to at least New Britain by 2015.
    Nice article and guess for that period. May have Bryon Buxton up here by 2015, expect Parmelee to be gone. Some of the minors may be gone by then, but all in all a nice guess.
  8. shs_59's Avatar
    thanks Seth, yeah i appreciate it ....definately another name to follow. I don't know if any Twins scouts are on to him or even like him,,,, but I'll definately be interested to see where he goes. (and when)
  9. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    I like it. This was very interesting... Now I have another name to follow through the draft next week!
  10. shs_59's Avatar
    Update* Niel Ramirez has faulterd...pretty poorly...so CROSS THAT one off.

    But Gregorious certianly is one that remains a Solid option (reds interest in span)

    But man Scott Diamond is not going anywhere, bad semi suggestion on my part when i did this.
  11. MWLFan's Avatar
    Thanks for the post. Always good to see ideas out there from people who have thought things out. I will say sorry but the words Torrii Hunter and discount do not fit together. If Torii signs for less money then anticiipated it is because nobody offered more. This from a person who loved Torii as a Twin. Don't over pay for a aging outfelder with a system of potential young stud outfielders. Also if Joe Benson is in the Majors, he should be playing everyday. Very creative ideas.
  12. mnfireman's Avatar
    Willingham is going NOWHERE! He is producing and signed for 2 more seasons to a team friendly contract. Liriano's value right now, today, is as high as its going to get. I don't know our minor league system very well and nothing about any other teams systems, but I would think we would need to find a team that needs 1.) Starting pitching today (Liriano), 2.) An OF who can lead-off and is under team control (Span) and 3.) Maybe a veteran utility IF (Carroll) or veteran RP (Duensing or Gray) and has 1.) An excess of SP that is 2 years or less away from MLB and 2.) A power bat to replace Willingham, Doumit or Morneau in 2 years and some other throw-in pieces. Find the this fit and make the deal.
  13. shs_59's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by glunn
    I see a lot of creative ideas, but what would be the benefit of bringing back Torii for $6 million per year? The Twins have no shortage of decent outfielders. And don't you think that the Angels or some other team might offer Hunter at least $9 million per year to get a solid right handed batter who is still a capable fielder?

    Great post, but I don't (yet) see the logic of bringing Torii back.

    Yeah, well Torii Might come to the Twins , and only the Twins, at a slight discount.... and his overall profile fits in as a decent middle of the order hitter that can come somewhat close to replacing Willingham's impact....obvious the HR's won't be near Joshs' ....but there arn't a whole lot of Corner OF options....

    and without Willingham AND Span the Twins are going to need at least 1 OFer to bring in.

    If theres a REAL option out there better than Hunter, I'm all ears.... Maybe there is and for not tooo much more cost.
  14. James Richter's Avatar
    I'd put the over/under on Hamels at 6/$130M. Definitely going to get $20M+ per, definitely going to get 6+ years guaranteed. The market loves lefty aces. $19.5M/year might land Greinke, but they'd probably have to go at least 5 years. With the injury, Marcum might not get $10M AAV, but I bet he gets more than 6.5M. Maybe a match of Pavano's deal? No need for Torii - Benson's gonna be able to at least match the old man's OPS, and with much fresher legs...
  15. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Interesting. A few things. I don't get the Torii thing either. There are probably going to be about 1/3 fewer prospects coming back than what you have here. Marcum is *definitely* someone the Twins should go after, but I would imagine it is going to be at $10 million per year.
  16. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by glunn
    I see a lot of creative ideas, but what would be the benefit of bringing back Torii for $6 million per year? The Twins have no shortage of decent outfielders. And don't you think that the Angels or some other team might offer Hunter at least $9 million per year to get a solid right handed batter who is still a capable fielder?

    Great post, but I don't (yet) see the logic of bringing Torii back.
    Also, the reason that the Twins signed Willingham is because he fits the profile of hitter that does well at Target Field. Hunter was more of a guy built for the Metrodome, which is something that Ryan realized this offseason when he started making moves for people that are more built for hitting at Target Field.
  17. glunn's Avatar
    I see a lot of creative ideas, but what would be the benefit of bringing back Torii for $6 million per year? The Twins have no shortage of decent outfielders. And don't you think that the Angels or some other team might offer Hunter at least $9 million per year to get a solid right handed batter who is still a capable fielder?

    Great post, but I don't (yet) see the logic of bringing Torii back.
  18. shs_59's Avatar
    Should say our off-season top prospect list would look something like:

    1. Sano
    1 B. Taillon / Heredia
    2. Buxton
    3. Hanson
    4. Rosario
    5. Arcia
    6. Hicks
    7. Harrison
    8. Berrios
    9. Rosenbaum
    10. Gibson
    11. McPherson
    12. Boyd
    13. Kepler
    14. Bard
    15. Wimmers
    16. Herrmann
    17. Goodrum
    18. Boar
    19. Melotakis
    20. Grossman/ Rhodes/ Salcedo/ Hauser/ Hermsen

  19. biggentleben's Avatar
    This hasn't been followed up on, but I will say that Ramirez is the only guy on here who's available and has a MLB future. Hechevarria is nowhere near available, and the other two are fringe guys at best.
  20. shs_59's Avatar
    Thank you. I agree they are all very intriguing possibilities. Its time the Twins do something to provide a spark....

    so far essentially Cletus Thomas for Luke Hughes..... That isn't going to cutt it.

    Neil Ramirez would be our 2nd or 3rd best pitcher tomorrow. There is little doubt in my mind about that.
    A big Ranger fan i follow told me Joe Benson straight up would be about right in his mind. It could take another player. But Just thinking about Texas' situation they may jump all over the chance to cash in their chip (Ramirez) for whatever they can get since he really doesn't have a future with that team IMO.
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