Pop has made an excellent point. We have paid Morneau quite a bit of money to be hurt (not his fault) and produce far less then has been expected. Morneau is rich, richer than Eskimos as Homer Simpson would put it. If I were him I might accept a much lower multi-year deal because 1) I want to be a MN Twin. 2) I don't need the money. 3) I just got paid a bunch to sit out a lot (again, not his fault). Somewhere in the ballpark of 3 years/7-8 mil per sounds about right. Maybe this is wishful thinking, but Morney strikes me as the kind of guy who would think along these lines.
Nice summation, I would agree with most or all of your conclusions. Parm and Doz have been nice surprises in the field, but I did expect more by now from both of their bats. Floriman has shown he could be a starting SS option for a playoff team.
Parmelee is no sure thing, but between him, Arcia, and Colabello, one of them could step over to first and do the job okay next year.
However, I believe Morneau has the highest upside on this team and he likely has little trade value. I still think he has some dominance left in his tank. I'd offer to extend him- 2 years @ $7mil/year. Twins have paid a premium to help him recover from injuries. I'd like to see them get some over-production at a reasonable price in return.
It's pretty simple right now. No one is going to want him unless he starts to get his slug% up.
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)
I like it. This was very interesting... Now I have another name to follow through the draft next week!
It looks to me like Plouffe is on pretty solid ground. Dozier and Parmelee have work to do and Hicks is a long way from being satisfactory.
I am pleasantly surprised at Plouffe's Line Drive rate and his contact %.
For that matter, Parmelee has a pretty good LD rate.
Not sure exactly what to make of it, but I find it encouraging regarding both of them.
I asked in another thread do the Twins have the right type of pitching coach working with Meyer and May for that matter?
Hicks is guaranteed and they probably like Dozier's defense enough to keep him around. If Plouffe can just stay healthy, that would help him. Parmelee was messed with and now is in trouble.
Alex Wimmers, Randy Rosario, Kuo-hua Lo, and Felix Jorge are notable people off this list. I need to see how they do this year to put them somewhere. I have no idea what to do with Wimmers, in particular.
Kepler is likely starting after the short season starts and thus after the draft. Cedar Rapids is his place and I would expect J.D. Williams to move to Fort Myers at that time.
May has control issues, yes. I am not going to worry about those for the time being. He is chilling the long ball right now and I view that as an underrated thing. Anyway, I do not see May as a bullpen option at the moment, but I also see another full year minimum between AA and AAA. I think that he and Meyer arrive at the same point late next year. And I am fine with that.
Fantastic analysis. This is a very insightful thing. Um, can you pass this along to the Twins?
From your post, it sounds like he might have problems out of the stretch. Is that right?
I have heard that young guys can have this problem when they move from windup to stretch and have to wonder if being so tall some how makes it harder.
Good to see Rosario contributing again. It's been a while since I have seen his name pop up on these reports.
He is fun to watch as a Twins fan......... not so fun if you are watching three of your team's batters getting hit, and a bunch of other almosts. I guess the Brewers refrained from the cowardly retaliation because they feel that he just can't help it.
Deduno is fun to watch, if for no other reason that you have no idea where the pitch is going to go.
And neither does Sam.
The Tigers or the Rangers might not want to trot a Sam Deduno out to the mound, but I rather like watching him pitch.
Nice post! Thanks for this refreshing view from up close.
I'm trying to get a read on who Jeremy "wants" the Twins to pick as a fan. He was the first to predict Stewart to the Twins so that may be an indication. I'm starting to convince myself to be pleased when they take McGuire at 4 and hopefully get a high value player in the 2nd round.