I just wanted to post here to try and bring this thread to the front a little more. It is interesting to see the questions of the previous season, how the fans feel about it, how it's turned out (so far), and how we feel it about it now.
Personally, I don't feel too bad about resigning him. I'm looking forward to seeing how he pitches in ST. The guy seems like a Glue Guy in the dugout and a very hard worker. One can only hope that his work ethic motivates some other players and it translates to the field for the enjoyment of the fans. Plus, he wants to be here. He's proud to be here. Maybe he fosters some team spirit.
The problem with Gagne as a comp is age and established performance. At 24 he was a major-league regular with a .700 OPS, and it was no anomaly since his minor league numbers were good when taking account of age and league level. Florimon isn't in his early twenties any longer, and the chances for further growth at the plate aren't good. Nothing's impossible in baseball, but I don't think the smart money is on Florimon to now become a .700 OPS contributor.
I'm perfectly good with Florimon at short for the next couple of years. Love the defense. And, if the rest of the offense steps up, his bat is just fine for the 9 spot.
Leave him in AA but bump him up to AAA if they need an extra player for the pennant race. Same for anyone else in AA at this point in the season (Rosario, Meyer, May, Santana, Ortiz, etc). There is less than a month left in the minor league season.
The only player on the 40 man roster who hasn't been with the Twins yet that merits a Sept callup is Josmil Pinto. Gardy would love having four catchers on the roster.
Let Sano finish in AA. Then start him next year in AAA and see how he does. That will determine when he comes up. Rosario about the same, though he has been consistant in AA and may have a chance to start next year in the major leagues. Dozier is doing better so he will probably start in AAA next year.
Yeah, Deibinson Romero is playing well for Rochester at this point, so you wouldn't want to mess that up. I agree with those above that point out the adjustment period, and for him to go through that in the AAA playoffs isn't fair to him or his teammates. Of course, he could come up and mash, but no need. Now, Rosario, it might make more sense, though James Beresford has done a very nice job for the Red Wings too.
Let him stay in AA for the rest of the year. Allow adjustments to happen and try to finish the season strong. Depending on how Plouffe finishes the season, I could see him pushing (not actually making) for the 3b spot in 2014. If Plouffe fails he could be up as soon as May, if Plouffe performs the Twins will have a nice problem of a MLB star that is ready and a competent starter blocking him. He's still going to be getting to the MLB very quickly so allowing a nice adjustment period while advancing is perfectly acceptable.
I think it would be better to leave him in AA, have some success, and build up his confidence for next year. He struggled intially in AA and would probably do the same in AAA, better to finish the year on a strong note in AA.
I probably should have added Rosario to that question too as he has been consistent all year.
as for extending he's a boras client so boras will probably declare he's the sandy kofax coming of a injury and want 3y/50 Im only sort of kidding.
I agree the twins should try and extend Pelfrey for two-three years. We need a couple of these type of signings. Pelfrey has stated a few times how much he enjoys the smaller media market as opposed to New York. Sign him up.
I have said for a while that Pelfrey has me interested because he does have good velocity. The immediate future for starting pitchers for the Twins (2013-2014) is filled with question marks. If the Twins can ink Pelf for decent money, they should do it. He isn't an ace, but he seems to project in the middle of a competitive rotation.
I would like the Twins to look at Braden on a minor league contract. Sanchez would be a huge upgrade if healthy, hope the Twins look at him. Also would like the Twins to sign Marcum, but probably wants a three year contract and the Twins do not want to give him that.
I certainly would like the Twins to look at Sanchez. If healthy, a big if, he would really add to the Twins offense and cover a position of need. I like Ryan Sweeney too. Slightlly better then average bat and a decent enough fielder. Braden would be ok on a minor league contract. But two surgeries in the last two years make him a longshot at best.
how about Dallas Braden?? I know he is a huge injury risk but the talent is there. I saw him pitch a couple of times and was very impressed. I do like Marcum also.
So on offense we replaced Span with Parmelee, which is a step back in my opinion...and a huge step back defensively.
Pitching is improved, but not sure you could get Hanson for Willingham, let alone Span. He's young, under team control til 16, almost a K/inning...he's their #1 pitcher.
Inge - I would love that idea IF he hit left-handed. That's a really good thought.
I saw the Buerhle rumor and think that Parmalee would be at the center of that trade as Florida could use an inexpensive productive 1B.
I don't see the Twins putting Parmelee in RF. It decreases their defense even more when Willingham is in left, and he didn't play a single game in RF down in AAA this year. I also see the Twins trading Morneau if they can get a good deal for him, especially with how weak the FA 1B market is this offseason.
A few things with this blog:
1. If you are ranking the SP's in your list by performance this year, Diamond should be first, then probably Liriano, DeVries, Walters, Duensing, Swarzak, with all the other pitchers behind them.
2. The listed stat line is are the same for Parms & Danny V.
3. While the Twins have next to no chance of winning the division this year, they have a solid shot of doing so next year if they can figure out one really good or two above-average free agent starters on the market this offseason. Their lineup and bullpen is good enough (as long as they don't burn the bullpen out this year waiting for better starting pitching) that they could seriously compete if they could just figure out what to do with their starting 5.