Um, I like our bench more this year.
If I didn't believe this was a rebuilding year I would be terribly disappointed.
Should be interesting to see to what extent Hicks, Plouffe, Parmelee and Dozier can secure a position going forward.
Also we will probably see Worley, De Vries, Gibson, Hendriks, Deduno and others given enough time to see who might seriously contribute next year.
That's how I am looking at the season.
For me, any other approach would just be depressing.
It's good to see that Hendriks is working on making himself a better pitcher. He has the skills to be a #3-#4 type guy; he just needs to realize his full potential against MLB hitters like he has against AAA hitters.
This is a great read. I actually ran into Hrbek at Target Field in 2010! He smelled like smoke and looked like he was about 280 lbs. My kinda guy. I said, "Hey Kent!" He was not happy to be recognized because there were a ton of people around. So i just kept walkin.
I think delmon hit 21 HR's in 2010
Line-up construction. Can others besides Mauer get on base consistently at the top of the order. Is Morneau around for the long haul. Will Parmelee and Plouffe follow him and strike fear in the hearts of pitchers everywhere?
Might be time to "sell high" on Willingham as well. It is pretty obvious that we won't be seeing the Twins contend for at least a couple of years.
That means our focus should be younger pitching. No pitcher should be signed who is over 30 and should be younger. If this means trades and getting younger, so be it. It would be hard to less competitive than last year. Stockpile arms, that is how you make good trades for very good players.
Twins need to move their young arms forward, faster than slower. Get as many of these types as possible.
Coming into this off-season, Terry Ryan said multiple times that everyone was on the table. He's now hedging his bets on next season in an interview with Phil Mackey - in other words 'don't expect much, I'm not spending a lot of money'. As long as we're throwing away 2013, let's build for 2014 and 2015. I liked Span, I like Revere, but I'd be willing to trade him away as well as Morneau and/or Willingham, if we could get some good starters who could be here by mid-2014. If Avisail Garcia can be playing regularly for the Tigers (a contender), Hicks and Arcia should be able to play just fine on a team building for the future. It might even draw more fans. Let the clock start ticking now, because down the road we can have Buxton and Kepler. If you could move all three for pitching, I'd be willing to take our lumps with an outfield of Hicks, Arcia and Benson, with Parmelee at first. It would actually be a much stronger defensive outfield than our current option (Willingham, Revere, Parmelee). As Ryan said, everyone should be on the table.
I love these break downs, the picture and .gif breakdowns of mechanics and positioning and all that are the most interesting articles in all of the sports world to me. Great and very interesting work.
You made a good case for Marcum, but you omitted the last sentence of the interview with him...
"The Kansas City, Mo., native added that he has no preference with the geographic location of a franchise or if it's an American League or National League squad, but wherever he ends up signing, he wants there to be a realistic chance at making the playoffs."
Which pretty much rules out the Twins. On the other hand, rationalization can be a powerful force when fueled by greed.
But if Marcum rules out the Twins for being non-competitors in 2013, we'll have another high water mark of Twins futility, since Marcum apparently sees an 89 loss team that's gone 20 years without a postseason appearance as having a better shot at the playoffs.
You must be Youking !
adding Youkilis means we are going to give up on Plouffe. That is not the way to make long term improvements to the Twins.
What if Plouffe had not hurt his hand ? What kind of hitter would he be ? That is what the Twins must find out. You propose to spend a lot of money on an iffy proposition, without giving Plouffe the chance to prove his value. Are you related to Bill Smith ?
Any chance this is was a reaction to Target Field, to try to pull the ball and maybe more power?
If he is going to keep stranding runners, they had better get someone behind the dish who can actually catch those pitches.
If he needs a rest....go for it. But it would be nice if he is on the field in someway during the homestands.
This is an excellent article. It seems like this has been such a common, recurring question since the 90s. I have no answer, but I tend to think that the answer is not currently on the roster.
If Escobar is as good with his glove as I have heard, I might just be willing to completely sacrifice offense to watch a good defender every day. Is that what it has come to?
... it is obvious that the players cannot be counted on to do this kind of determination. They have machismo and often millions at stake.
I get the machismo part, but aren't their contracts guaranteed? Surely there's no financial hit taken by going on the DL, is there?
Rockies acquired LHP Jonathan Sanchez from the Royals for RHP Jeremy Guthrie.
It's a swap of bad contracts that makes sense for both sides. The Rockies receive $1.1 million of salary relief, while the Royals might actually be upgrading their sorry rotation with the addition of Guthrie. It's not clear if the Rockies plan to put Sanchez in the rotation or in long relief.
Joe Christensen reported today that Blackburn's turn around in the minors (and recall to the show) is from reviewing tape from '09. I wonder if he meant reading this article? http://www.startribune.com/sports/163042356.html
Great write-up - I don't see a downside for the Twins picking him up - Sounds like a "typical" TR deal -
Agreed - Mitch Williams was an idiot when he played, and not much has changed.
Only one I can't listen to more is Tim McCarver. - (Did that sentence make sense?? If it did, then you would do very well as an interpreter in today's world!)