• Twins Offseason By The Numbers

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    The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame NumbersFree agent starting pitchers from the TwinsCentric 2013 Offseason Handbook that have signed with a new team.

    It’s just Scott Baker so far. That’s it. I count five others that are already off the market, but all of them re-signed with their old team (or had their option picked up and were traded): Jake Peavy, Hideki Kuroda, Hisahi Iwakuma, Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie.

    The bad news here is that a lot of those guys are the middle market - a level just below the big names where bargains might have been found. But that might be why they were already targeted and re-signed.

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    Free agent starting pitchers from the TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook that are still available.

    That doesn’t mean there are 25 of them that are desirable, just available. But that doesn’t include those that we thought would retire or get minor league deals, and it doesn’t include guys who are available via trade, like several of the Rays or Braves arms.

    I can’t emphasize this enough – the free agent market hasn’t really started yet. It likely won’t for a few more weeks. According to ESPN’s free agent tracker, a total of 12 guys have signed major league deals so far. Last year 106 did. Cool it.


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    Twins minor league signing stories broken by MLB.com’s Twins beat reporter Rhett Bollinger in the past month. (Roughly)

    Is it possible that the greatest culprit for the Twins slow offseason is Bollinger? By continually reporting minor league signings – which were often overlooked in previous years – we are reminded that none of the big moves have been made yet.


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    The age of Jeff Clement, who the Twins signed to minor league deal yesterday.

    If that name sounds familiar, it is because he was a “B” catching prospect who ranked #33/#62/#42 on Baseball America’s top 100 list from 2006 through 2008. He had 20 home run power, hit left-handed and was “good enough” defensively.

    Turns out, he wasn’t, or if he was, recurring elbow and knee injuries drove him away from that spot. He’s now a first baseman and designated hitter and hasn’t upped the power (and oddly has struggled against right-handers). That makes a guy a 29-year-old minor leaguer instead of a possible All-Star. There is good news and bad news in this signing for Twins fans, and neither has anything to do with all the studly free agent starting pitchers they didn’t sign:

    Good news: the Twins are signing recognizable names with a little upside as minor league free agents. They should. A 60+ win team should mean lots of opportunities for minor league veterans to gain some service time and be in The Show. It should be a team that agents target. But it’s good that the Twins are taking advantage of that status. The Twins picked up a couple of useful players that way last year and will likely need to so again this year.

    Bad news: Clement’s status emphasizes, once again, just how big the difference in value is for a guy who can play catcher and a guy who can’t. Think about that the next time someone tries to convince you that the Twins would be better if Joe Mauer would get out from behind the plate.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Offseason By The Numbers started by John Bonnes
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Knotholemike's Avatar
      Knotholemike -
      The dearth of activity in this off-season has been excruciatingly painful. This was punctuated by the lead story that David Freese crashed into a tree to avoid hitting a deer.
    1. lee_the_twins_fan's Avatar
      lee_the_twins_fan -
      Here are some more numbers.

      2 - Denard Span's uniform number. Someone else may well be wearing the number next year.*

      6-2 - The height of both Aaron Hicks and Josh Willingham, both of whom could be patrolling the outfield for the Twins next year. Some are suggesting Willingham will be traded; I think that would be a PR nightmare. Furthermore, I don't see how the Twins can keep Hicks out of the major leagues next year.

      3 - The number of starting pitchers the team says it's looking for this offseason. The Twins will be fortunate if they get two top-of-the-rotation types this offseason.*

      30 - The number of homeruns Justin Morneau hit in 2009, the last season he was in the Metrodome. *Target Field has not been as kind to Morneau as it has to Willingham – but then Willingham is a righty, and Morneau a lefty. But that doesn't mean Morneau couldn't return to that form – in 81 games in 2010, he hit 18 home runs, one short of what he did in 2012 in 134 games.*

      Just goes to show - some numbers are worth remembering.
    1. jharaldson's Avatar
      jharaldson -
      I like Lee's bit above so I have some numbers too ;-)

      20% - The percent of starting pitchers (6/30) that were described in the Twins Offseason Handbook who are no longer on the market. Are 50% of the available pitchers off the market before free agency really "starts" for the Twins?

      5.5 - A number that is going to start looking a lot better later this year when we start seeing what guys like Joe Saunders, Jeff Francis, Kevin Millwood, ect... start getting if Guthrie's contract is any indicator.
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      100 billion is a conservative estimate of how many neurons there are in a brain. The exact number that were moved to now different spots in Morneau's brain is unknown. It is, however, a good reason to not hit as well as he used to.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      3 + ?

      The numbers of Mr. Smarty Pants we have at Twins Daily who are capable of continuing this bit. I'll be interested to see how high that number climbs.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by lee_the_twins_fan View Post

      3 - The number of starting pitchers the team says it's looking for this offseason. The Twins will be fortunate if they get two top-of-the-rotation types this offseason.*
      We're not going to get ANY top-of-the-rotation types...
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
      100 billion is a conservative estimate of how many neurons there are in a brain. The exact number that were moved to now different spots in Morneau's brain is unknown. It is, however, a good reason to not hit as well as he used to.
      Evidence of Absence? You can't prove a negative.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      You can only prove a negative.....the entire basis of science is proving what is not true, narrowing down what is likely true.
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
      100 billion is a conservative estimate of how many neurons there are in a brain. The exact number that were moved to now different spots in Morneau's brain is unknown. It is, however, a good reason to not hit as well as he used to.
      Evidence of Absence? You can't prove a negative.
      With neurology a lot of times all you have is evidence of absence after an event.
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