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  1. Twins best friend's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by darin617
    Why not Kelly Johnson at 2B instead of Freddy Sanchez?
    And Brett Myers over both SP.
    I'm not sure if I would go after Johnson. Kelly Johnson's range factor is very similar to Jamey Carroll's and they shared roughly the same fielding percentage. Johnson has the pop in his bat whereas Carroll is better at getting on base and Rogers Centre and Target Field are seperated by .001 in the home run factor so Johnson should be able to match his numbers from last year. I just don't see him as enough of an upgrade to chase after. Brett Myers I would enjoy seeing in a Twins uniform
  2. lee_the_twins_fan's Avatar
    Carroll and Florimon are lined up as the Twins middle infielders. I don't see that changing. Could we use a better SS who hits better and fields better? Sure – but you can say that about every non-pitching position. I agree with you on Jurrgens. Mastorianni will be the Twins' CF to start the year; come June 1, we'll see Hicks or Arcia or Benson or – as a long shot – Nate Roberts ready for the Big Show. We have a lot of OF talent in the minors, almost ready. Buxton won't be up this year, but he just adds to our OF strength.*
  3. darin617's Avatar
    Why not Kelly Johnson at 2B instead of Freddy Sanchez?
    And Brett Myers over both SP.
  4. Twins best friend's Avatar
    That was the last prediction he made. Still don't know WHERE that guy pulled that conclusion out of.
  5. raindog's Avatar
    Was the analyst seriously saying that Buxton could make it to the majors this year? Bizarre.
  6. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Who would the Twins trade him for? Derek Holland? Not exactly the star starter they are looking for, but I guess better than Correia.
  7. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
    Is there room for Morneau in Texas? They would have to give up either Andrus or Olt just to make room for him as a 1B/DH (I hear that they might move Kinsler to 1B just to make room for Profar at SS). Mind you I wouldn't mind having either...
  8. wavedog's Avatar
    Always a possibility. I live down here in Arlington so I hear all the Ranger news. Latest discussions are of bringing Profar up to play 2B and moving Kinsler to 1B so that may pre-empt that trade from occuring. But they have also talked of moving Kinsler to the OF depending on if they don't sign Hamilton which could re-open the Morneau possibility. Given our current state, I would prefer us to keep Morneau until mid-season and then evaluate trade possibilities.
  9. beckmt's Avatar
    Think he may be moved, more at the trade deadline, Arcia should be ready by then and Parmalee can move to first. Still wish they would extend him, but doubt they will.
  10. Top Gun's Avatar
    You can't live on hopes and dreams. You have to field a team to please the public or you will not have a job.
  11. beckmt's Avatar
    Do not mind an optomist, though you may be excessive. May need more of a half time catcher by that point, still lacking a ace in the pitching staff. Also feel like Hendriks does not get it and maybe never will, same with Benson. Can see Mauer being more of a first baseman by this time, so that moves Arcia into DH or outfield.
    That may work.
    Also expect the one of the middle infielders will be an FA, along with one of the ptiching staff. or as said TBD.
    My recommendation would by Marcum and Stephen Drew, but others could fill the bill.
    Baseball is becoming more like business. A few high priced stars, some upper mid level and a bunch of low level on most teams. The mid - lower level will be mainly FAs the move from team to team every few years (Jamie Carroll types) read contractors.
  12. Twins Twerp's Avatar
    I hope we have something coming up better than Dozier. Michael or the kid we got for Liriano or Floriman should all be better options. Dozier is average defensively and below average offensively not to mention slow. Florimon can steal some bases. I feel like Florimon is Casilla w/o the constant brain farts.
  13. Twins best friend's Avatar
    To all - I am indeed being quite optimistic with ETAs. What can I say, I like to dream. The thought of Buxton being a Mike Trout makes me giddy, however unlikely it may be.

    YourHouse and Jim - I put Diamond at the top of the rotation because of how I likened him to a Twins Mark Buerhle. Buerhle isn't truly an ace pitcher himself, yet on a weak staff he was a rock and started numerous Opening Day games (9). If he can live up to my expectations that is where he'll pitch. The rest of the staff is a guessing game and I took my best guess.

    Jim - yeah, Sano at third is kind of a continuation of my optimism, hence the 3B?. I threw Doumit in there because he's hitting well this year and I thought he had a 3 year deal at the time when he actually has a 2 year deal. My bad. Once Plouffe rediscovers his stroke I would be ok with Plouffe manning third but I'd rather find a way to get Sano on the field. First would seem likely though with Parmelee and Mauer it might be congested.

    to all - Dozier is the counterbalance to my optimism, also I don't know much about Twins minor league middle infielders besides Rosario.
  14. Jim Crikket's Avatar
    Buxton in 2015 might be too early, but then again, I'm not so sure. It would take a Mike Trout-like ascension whereby he covers both levels of A ball in 2013 and AA-AAA in 2014. More aggressive than the Twins typically are with a young player, but the Twins haven't had a lot of top-of-the-draft players like Buxton to compare to lately.

    I don't see Diamond as a rotation topper, at least not for a competitive team. I also can't imagine Sano being a MLB 3B at this point, but I'd love to be wrong. I think Doumit will be long gone by 2015, so maybe Sano is your DH and Plouffe can stick at 3B?

    I don't know who will be the SS in 2015, but I have trouble envisioning it being Dozier. Rosario may never be a great glove at 2B, but if he can be passable, the Twins should have enough offense to afford to sacrifice some offense at SS and plug in the best defensive SS they can find, regardless of his ability to use a bat. Maybe it's Florimon, Escobar or Beresford. Also shouldn't rule out Michael for a 2015 arrival, I guess.
  15. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    I like the outfield idea, but Buxton in 2015 might be too early. Having Joe Benson to play right field in the interim would be pretty nice though. A future outfield of Hicks, Benson and Buxton actually makes me drool. Each has a cannon and tons of speed/range. That might not happen until 2016/17, if at all though. Arcia might eventually be a 1B/DH anyway, so adding Benson back to the mix could make some sense.
  16. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
    You're pretty optimistic in terms of ETAs. Diamond isn't really a rotation anchor and that rotation looks suspect. My biggest gripe is Dozier at SS. In his brief stint, I feel he's presented a ceiling as a below average shortstop. I think Daniel Santana is a better future option. He's got tools, but just needs to walk more. Jorge Polanco is also a reasonable, better choice.
  17. Twins best friend's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by beckmt
    Which type of pitcher? I do not see the Twins spending 15 -20 mil on a starting pitcher(not sure if any are worth it). 10 -12 mil a year are still gambles, but would be OK with that. Do not want to see recycled pitchers on the cheap(though Ben Sheets looks to be working out for Atlanta). Best guess would be Span to the Nats or Reds for some pitching prospects, or maybe to the Reds or Nats for a major league ready middle infieder and some pitching prospects, need to clear room for the next round of outfiilders.
    Well one name in my mind is Ervin Santana. If the Angels choose to buyout his contract, which they might considering they already have Weaver, Greinke, Wilson, and Haren I would love to see the Twins go after him. He's shown that he can be very, very good in the past and he would be an exciting addition for the Twins. He'd probably be within that 15-20 mark you suggested since he's already making 11 million but considering the down year he's having and the plethora of big name starters which could possibly hit the market the Twins have a chance to get him on the cheaper side. This all tends to hinge however on whether the Angels choose to drop some big money on keeping Greinke and/or Haren.

    I remember hearing around the trade deadline that the Reds and Twins were talking about Denard Span but couldn't come to an agreement on how truly valuable he is. Maybe a poor playoff performance from current Reds leadoff hitters and resulting elimination therefrom would give them the kick they need to loosen up their grip on top prospects. In any case I'd rather see pitching than a middle infielder.

    Good questions! Sorry if my response was inadequate, as i'm not the most informed person but I do try. Thanks for reading and reacting.
  18. beckmt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan
    Not sure that the pitcher that the Twins should be looking for this offseason will be cheap, but they should be an impact player.
    Which type of pitcher? I do not see the Twins spending 15 -20 mil on a starting pitcher(not sure if any are worth it). 10 -12 mil a year are still gambles, but would be OK with that. Do not want to see recycled pitchers on the cheap(though Ben Sheets looks to be working out for Atlanta). Best guess would be Span to the Nats or Reds for some pitching prospects, or maybe to the Reds or Nats for a major league ready middle infieder and some pitching prospects, need to clear room for the next round of outfiilders.
  19. Twins best friend's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan
    Not sure that the pitcher that the Twins should be looking for this offseason will be cheap, but they should be an impact player.
    No, I suppose you're right. With all the payroll they're (hopefully) freeing there should be money that they SHOULD want to invest in a long term, impact pitcher. The amount of "should" in that sentence make me uneasy
  20. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Not sure that the pitcher that the Twins should be looking for this offseason will be cheap, but they should be an impact player.
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