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  1. nicksaviking's Avatar
    Hughes, Arroyo, and Vargas

    Maybe, No, No.

    This team does not need more contact heavy pitchers. I'm not a big Hughes fan, but Arroyo and Vargas should not be considered under any scenario. This team puts the questionable infield defense to work enough as it is. Get league average strikeout pitchers or better, there are plenty of them this offseason. Otherwise turn to internal options.
  2. Anorthagen's Avatar
    Arroyo is going to turn 37 in January, so I set his age for when the season. Sorry I should have mentioned that. And Hughes had a 6+ ERA in '12.
  3. Brandon's Avatar
    I thought Hughes had a 6+ era last year and Arroyo is 36. MLB traderumors has Hughes down for a 1 year 8 million. The Twins won't overpay much for Vargas. they are throwing all kinds of names down letting pitchers know that they are interested. The Twins are waiting to see what the market will be for each pitcher before they start signing more than likely. MLB Traderumors has that Arroyo has mutual interest in signing with the Twins. Which makes this a realistic possibility as 1 of the 2 or 3 starters they sign this offseason.
  4. Mayhem25's Avatar
    If Vargas had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, I don't think it should scare off the Twins. If the issue helps bring his price down, then even better. I had the blood clot and had zero problems throwing since then.
  5. gil4's Avatar
    Here is my list of who should go from the 40-man (roughly in order of priority):


    Definitely off the 40 man:
    1. Fryer
    2. Martis
    3. Hermsen
    4. Ramirez, Wilkin
    5. Roenicke
    6. Thomas, Clete
    7. Roenicke
    8. DeVries
    9. Mastroianni
    10. Bernier
    11. Hernandez, Pedro


    Maybe / next in line:
    12. Pelfrey (FA - maybe re-sign if price is right, #4-5 starter money)
    13/14. Parmelee and/or Colabello - Neither has shown anything at tthe MLB level. Parmelee has had extended opportunities and will be 26 in Feb. Colabello is a nice story, hasn't had much of an opportunity yet, and really hit AAA, but he's too old to be a real prospect and I will be surprised if that funky stance can produce long-term MLB success. I guesss we need someone to play 1B next year (assuming Mauer is still a catcher), but I would not count on either of these two to be an acceptable answer.

    This doesn't include guys who might be elligible for arbitration who might not be worth offering, mainly because I haven't checked who that might be. (Duensing? Swarzak?) This list is just guys whose value is less than the value of the roster spot.
  6. clutterheart's Avatar
    Could be Baltimore too. They have DH issues.
    Hope Ryan can get someone good!
  7. darin617's Avatar
    Come on really? Hit a 100mph fast ball or Sabathia's Curveball. If you know heat is coming or a nasty curve almost any professional hitter can get the timing down and connect. Don't get me wrong Mr. Mauer is a great athlete, but he is not the greatest or will never make the top 100 of all time.
    If Mr. Mauer chose football over baseball his career would have ended after 3-4 with his durability. We should all be thankful that the Pohlad's are such great people to give him 35-40% of the payroll a year because he is such a great hometown player.
  8. Anorthagen's Avatar
    I think I finally got the link to work.
  9. Twins Daily Admin's Avatar
    Thanks for the submission. Next time, when you add your blog, could you include a link, too? I can't find any blog with that URL for some reason.
    Thanks,
  10. jun's Avatar
    I believe the Twins need a manager who could take the team to the next level. We all know it's not Gardenhire.
  11. Twins Daily Admin's Avatar
    Thanks for posting. Make sure you include a link to your blog as well as the URL.

    I'll agree - I think the defense, particularly in the middle infield, is a lot better this year. It's nice to have that much in place.
  12. Rosterman's Avatar
    Right now, Plouffe is a keeper. He is a keeper as he goes thru arbitration. He can play a multitude of positions, DH....his bat, if consistent, is worthwhile to have. There is no immediate replacement that can do what he does (Janey carroll, Escobar...think not).
  13. Ozziedavisfan's Avatar
    I think that Baseball America did a analysis saying it was possible for them to take buxton and mcCullers. I should say that since last night I've come to realize that this is what the astro's wanted to do so while we should critize them for it and i do. We should also reconize they got a good player/s not the best player and they were trying to fill holes. I have to say that I think that I feel like the Astro's draft last is a little like the Rays draft in 2010 or the twins draft in 2004 were their trying to get multiple hole fillers, not going after the best player they could. A maybe it works maybe it doesn't. We will have to see in a couple of years. I do think buxton will make the astro's lose sleep for years to come.
  14. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ozziedavisfan
    The Astros did just fine by themselves. It would be patently unfair to criticise their decision. I can criticize their decision more this year. first off the non of those players are as good as buxton, period. secondly, they could of drafted buxton and all those players, if they wanted to they had the most money. third, on every mock draft I can remember I cant remember correa being the number one player overall yes he was in the top five, but it was always buxton or appel. fourth, yes baseball is a team sport but wouldn't you want to have buxton and berrios over correa and mucullers? I would.
    1. That is true but the Astros have many holes
    2. Buxton signed for 6 mil while Correa for 4.8 so that is incorrect they could not have signed those other players.
    3. True but they wanted an under slot which means that they couldn't take Appel.
    4. The choice is Buxton vs. Correa and Mcullers, Berrios was a comp pick. I would still take Buxton though.
  15. Ozziedavisfan's Avatar
    The Astros did just fine by themselves. It would be patently unfair to criticise their decision. I can criticize their decision more this year. first off the non of those players are as good as buxton, period. secondly, they could of drafted buxton and all those players, if they wanted to they had the most money. third, on every mock draft I can remember I cant remember correa being the number one player overall yes he was in the top five, but it was always buxton or appel. fourth, yes baseball is a team sport but wouldn't you want to have buxton and berrios over correa and mucullers? I would.
  16. birdwatcher's Avatar
    The Astros did just fine by themselves. It would be patently unfair to criticise their decision.
  17. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
    Pretty sure Correa was injured for a length of time and he was definitely never considered a 2nd rounder. He was a perfectly acceptable #1 pick. That the 'Stros didn't predict Buxton's massive success is not surprising and if they had picked Buxton, we probably would have taken Correa ourselves and been happy about it.
  18. howieramone's Avatar
    Those weren't 3 second round picks at best. Take another hard look at those 3.
  19. Anorthagen's Avatar
    With the recent release of the MLB Futures game roster, it came to no ones surprise that Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton were on that list. Sano who was making a mockery of high-A ball and is now starting to catch fire in Double A. And Buxton who was also destroying low A ball in Cedar Rapids now finds himself in high-A and has yet to make a strong impact there (having only played 4 games there).




    Now lets say you just became a hugely dedicated Twins fan and had no idea when or who the Twins had drafted last season. And because you just became this hugely dedicated Twins you wanted to know who the Twins drafted last year and how they were doing. When you find that they drafted a kid named Buxton out of high school you now want to know what his stats are for this year. When you find these stats you are happy to learn that he hit .341, 55 RBIs, and 8 Home Runs, in Low-A ball. Later learning that he is now in High-A ball. But if you were to focus only on Buxton's Low-A stats alone, he looked pretty amazing and Major league ready. Even though it is highly unlikely he is Major League ready and will most certainly not be called up this year. Which if you do look only at his Low-A numbers you would be thinking that he was a former first round pick. This is where you would be wrong, only to be some what surprised that he was the second over all pick in the 2012 draft. So then you have to thinking to yourself that "if he was taken 2ed overall, then the 1st overall pick must way better then Buxton.....right?" This is where you would be wrong again.




    Carlos Correa, who was taken one spot ahead of Byron Buxton, went to the Houston Astros in last years First year player draft. To most people this was a surprise pick, thinking the Astros would go a different route with the 1st overall pick. But by choosing Correa over Buxton, Appel and Zuino they ended up saving millions of dollars that they would use on later picks in the draft. A "Quantity over Quality" type of drafting.




    Anyway going back to the Futures game roster, When I finally took a second to examine it, I noticed that Carlos Correa isn't on that roster, yet Bryon Buxton is. I then went and looked up Correa's numbers and what level he has currently been playing at. To my surprise he is still at Low-A ball. Where he is hitting .324 with 47 RBIs and 5 Home Runs through 64 games with the Quad Cities River Bandits. His numbers really aren't that bad, but being a former first overall pick you would expect better and maybe even being at a higher level then Low-A ball.




    Now I want you to put those numbers of Correa's minor league career and compare them with a certain Byron Buxton who has a .341 AVG, with 55 RBIs, and 8 Home Runs. The simplicity of it is that Buxton is much better in all there of those categories. Which ranks him as the 10th best prospect in all of baseball, according to baseballamerica.com. While ranking Correa as the 13th best prospect in all of baseball. With that said it is almost certain these rankings will change by the end of the season.


    In a recent article from Baseball America, about Buxton, they interviewed Major League scouts on what many on are calling the next Mike Trout. “I was expecting to see a raw tools guy who flashes brilliance. That’s what a normal 19-year-old from a small town does in the Midwest League. That’s not him,” an NL scout said. In fact In this article there was a lot of high praise going around for Mr.Buxton, “I am positive he’s the best prospect I’ve seen in (more than a decade) of full-time scouting,” a pro scout for a National League club said. “It’s not even close. Tools, athleticism, feel and vision. Time will tell what kind of major league player he becomes, but the sky is the limit.” Even though many scouts and executives agree that Buxton is worthy of that first overall pick, some felt differently, saying “Especially because you might be getting another stud premium position player in Correa, who is still a little bit younger than Buxton. If this deal was on the table, I honestly don’t know who would say no first. Any way you slice it, the fact that we’re talking about trading three guys, one of whom went 1-1 last year, for a 19-year old in low-A ball is pretty insane.”




    In conclusion it would seem quite logical to take Buxton 1st overall, instead of taking three 2nd round players at best. Because with the skills and tools that Buxton has, he shows that he can be the difference in a game and a possible future MVP.




    *All quotes, that are italicizes, are from BaseballAmerica.com. From a article called "Deja Vu?: Byron Buxton Stirs Echoes Of Mike Trout In Cedar Rapids" by J.J Cooper. You can view the article by clicking here http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...-cedar-rapids/
  20. Top Gun's Avatar
    Rangers claimed OF Joe Benson off waivers from the Twins
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