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    The baseball offseason can be a lot of fun for rumor mongers. It is always interesting to hear what rumors are going around, particularly about the Minnesota Twins. Maybe it’s the cynic in me, but I have to take everything I read in the offseason with a little grain of salt, at least until things have gone a little further.

    For instance, we heard last week that the Twins have already talked to agents about several pitchers including Bronson Arroyo and Phil Hughes. I read that and immediately think, “Yeah, no surprise on either of those.” But what does it mean? Terry Ryan likely has talked to most agents (or at least agencies) already this offseason. In doing so, he probably is getting a feel for what they're thinking about all their clients. This is likely something that every GM in baseball has already done.

    Then we read that the Twins have asked to review the medical reports of Johan Santana. Guess what? It’s likely most teams in baseball have requested that paperwork. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that the Twins and Santana are close to any deals. My assumption is no fewer than 28 teams will at least have a conversation about the former Twins Cy Young recipient.

    The day the Twins and Joe Mauer announce he is going to move to first base, they are linked to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. I love reading stuff like that. I mean, it’s fun to read the hometown nine linked to such a big (and long) name. “Salty” has been very good. But, when the Twins have a guy like Josmil Pinto very nearly ready to post a .750 OPS in Target Field, does it make sense to give a catcher a four year deal worth 8 figures each year? I can see them adding a veteran to a one year deal to split time with Pinto, or even give Pinto another half-season in Rochester. I’d be perfectly fine with giving a one year deal to someone like AJ Pierzynski or John Buck, or any of several veteran catchers.

    I find all of it fascinating, and I enjoy dissecting each rumor, putting it to a test in my mind to see if there is anything worthy of excitement. With the General Manager’s meetings going on this week, a lot of those rumors will start up. Little, if anything of note, will happen during the week, but it may set the table for the annual Winter Meetings in early December.

    My favorite rumors may be those where we hear what a player is expecting or asking for as a free agent. In the last week, it came out that Ervin Santana was looking for five years and at least $100 million. Ricky Nolasco was looking for five years and $80 million. Sure, those are the numbers the agents and players want, but will they get them? I guess it’s like when you were younger and walking through the toy section at the store with your parents. It doesn’t hurt to ask for the really cool, spendy toys, but generally speaking, the parents will say no. Except this offseason, will 30 GMs all balk at this crazy types of numbers? Well, I guess we will find out.

    We know that each team is expected to get $25 million in additional revenue from the television deals. 52% of that is about $13 million. So, there are extra funds, but will teams just give that money to one player or will it be spread over a few players, or will it just be used to pay arbitration-eligible players? I guess we will find out.

    I do think a little sanity check is needed when it comes to a few of these top starting pitching free agents.

    ERVIN SANTANA


    After a horrible 2012 with the Angels, Santana was traded (given away) to the Royals. He put together a very solid season in 2013. He will be 31 years old in December.

    Stats since 2006:


    • ERA – 4.28, 5.76, 3.49, 5.03, 3.92, 3.38, 5.16, 3.24
    • ERA+ - 106, 79, 127, 87, 102, 111, 74, 127
    • IP – 204, 150, 219, 139.2, 222.2, 228.2, 178, 211
    • WHIP – 1.23, 1.55, 1.12, 1.48, 1.32, 1.22, 1.27, 1.14
    • K/9 – 6.2, 7.6, 8.8, 6.9, 6.8, 7.0, 6.7, 6.9


    Santana certainly put himself in a good position for a new contract, but if we’re being honest, he’s no Anibal Sanchez. A year ago, Sanchez signed with the Tigers for 5 years and $85 million. Sanchez was also about three years younger when he signed his deal. Santana has been healthy for the most part. He has value. I know a lot of Twins fans want to see a guy who can miss bats. Though Santana’s strikeout rate would be higher than most Twins pitchers, he is far from a strikeout pitcher. He has eaten a lot of innings for most of his career and has really been good in two of his last three years.

    I think that the Twins (and any other team) would be crazy to give him more than four years, but he will likely get a fifth year. There’s no way he should make more than $16 million per season, but I would expect he will get at least $18 million. He will probably get five years and $90 million. The team that signs him will likely be looking to get rid of the contract by year three.

    UBALDO JIMENEZ


    I have not yet read any rumors on what Jimenez’s side is requesting. I’m certain he’ll be looking for at least $16 million a year for four years. Hey, it’s understandable for him to ask for those kind of dollars. He was very good in 2013, in his contract year. He even struck out more than a batter an inning. Jimenez will turn 30 in January.

    Stats since 2008:


    • ERA – 3.99, 3.47, 2.88, 4.68, 5.40, 3.30
    • ERA+ - 118, 136, 161, 93, 72, 114
    • IP – 198.2, 218, 221.2, 188.1, 176.2, 182.2
    • WHIP – 1.44, 1.23, 1.16, 1.40, 1.61, 1.33
    • K/9 – 7.8, 8.2, 8.7, 8.6, 7.3, 9.6
    • FB Velocity – 94.9, 96.1, 96.1, 93.5, 91.7


    Again, Jimenez was pretty good in 2013, but even then, he gave up a bunch of base runners thanks to walking 3.9 batters per nine innings (4.0 BB/9 career rate). The drop in fastball velocity has to lead to concern for injury going forward. Frankly, he has not been a great pitcher since the All-Star game in 2010.

    I can see him getting a four year contract at $16 million per year. That would scare me as a Twins fan to no end. Three years, maybe up to $36 million is where I would feel comfortable with the risk-reward and even then I would be immensely nervous.

    RICKY NOLASCO


    Nolasco spent a lot of time in relative anonymity with the Marlins. He has been a guy that people have thought would take the next step for several years. He really just hasn’t, and yet, some of his peripherals look very good. He will turn 31 in December.

    Stats since 2008:


    • ERA – 3.52, 5.06, 4.51, 4.67, 4.48, 3.70
    • ERA+ - 124, 85, 92, 84, 91, 101
    • xFIP – 3.69, 3.23, 3.37, 3.55, 4.17, 3.58
    • IP – 212.1, 185, 157.2, 206, 191, 199.1
    • WHIP – 1.10, 1.25, 1.28, 1.40, 1.37, 1.21
    • K/9 – 7.9, 9.5, 8.4, 6.5, 5.9, 7.4
    • FB – 91.2, 91.5, 91.2, 90.5, 90.0, 90.3


    Although his ERAs haven’t looked great, his xFIP has consistently been around a full run less than his ERA. He walks just 2.1 per nine inning. His fastball velocity has dropped, but minimally. Again, if you look at his strikeout rate and his velocity, he is not the kind of guy many visualize when they think of a $15 million pitcher.



    I think Nolasco is a guy I would feel comfortable going to four years with, but maybe at $13 or $14 million year, not the $16 million he is looking for. I’d feel OK about a four year deal between $52 and $56 million. At that price, he would likely have a few suitors, which means he may get that fifth year and the average annual rate may move up a bit.

    MASAHIRO TANAKA


    Some may have various opinions based on what MLB and Japan work out in a new posting system, but rumors earlier indicated his posting fee would be upwards of $75 million, maybe more. Let me remind you, under the current system, that means a team would pay $75 million just to negotiate a contract with Tanaka. That’s in addition to the 6 years and $75 million he might get in a contract. Yes, he was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP this season. Yes, he just turned 25. Yes, in his last three seasons he has BB/9 rates of 1.1, 1.0 and 1.4. Yes, he’s got talent and he most likely will be good. Yes, there’s no guarantee at all.

    I’m certainly comfortable with the 6 years and $75 million or so. But, those numbers guarantee nothing. Yu Darvish was certainly good in his second season in the States after coming from Japan. In 2013, he went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA. Through two seasons, he has a 3.34 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. For comparison’s sake, in Daisuke Matsuzaka’s second season in the States, he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA. Like any pitcher, there is no certainty Darvish won’t follow the Dice-K path. Tanaka could be great, but the change to starting every fifth day instead of every sixth day is always an adjustment.

    Tanaka may be very good, but would he be worth 6 years and a total of $150 million? Maybe. I guess I would rather take my chances and sign Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes (or another starter who could get $20-30 million packages), and you could still sign a Saltalamacchia or another hitter as well.

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    I have no problem with the concept of the Twins spending. I just think fans need to understand these guys that are likely to get 4-5 year contracts worth $60 to $100 million are not the sure-fire aces their contracts will imply. If the Twins sign one of them to crazy money, I’ll hope like crazy he stays healthy and pitches consistently well. I just don’t see an arm in this free agent class that is worth breaking the bank for.

    Thankfully we have this comment section so in the years to come we can all go back and remember what we said, what we would have offered and stand by those comments over the life of these contracts.
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. Major Leauge Ready's Avatar
      Major Leauge Ready -
      Quote Originally Posted by jharaldson View Post
      There are a number of posts in this thread that imply in the next couple of years we will have enough guys from the minors graduate to the majors that we won't have spots available for any free agents and that free agent pitchers may actually inhibit good pitchers from coming up. I did a quick analysis of the past 5 World Series winners and looked for guys that met the following criteria:

      - Started 10 or more games for team that year
      - Signed to a major league free agent contract or traded as a major league player.

      I found the following:

      Boston 2013
      Lackey
      Dempster
      Peavy


      San Fransisco 2012
      Zito


      St. Louis 2011
      Lohse
      Carpenter
      Jackson
      Westbrook


      San Fransisco 2010
      Zito
      Wellemeyer


      New York 2009
      Sabathia
      Burnett
      Pettitte

      On average the teams that win the World Series have about half of their staff made of Free Agent pitchers or big trade acquisitions. I don't think it is realistic to think that we will have a staff full of minor league developed talent (+Correia for 1 year) and actually win anything.
      There are some problems with this analysis. The context of the discussion here is the viability of free agency and trades to turn around a team immediately.

      2013 – Boston traded for Peavy mid season for a playoff run which is a very different set of circumstances. He had little to do with their post season success. He got pounded in his league championship series start. Dempster had a poor a year. The fact that he was on the roster when they won is hardly indicative of that acquisition contributing to their WS run. He was 8-9 for a dominant club with a 4.57 ERA. He pitched 3 innings in the post season with an ERA of 9.

      2012 – Barry Zito had a WAR of .8. and an ERA of 4.15. He really sucked in 2013. He is actually a very good example of why you don’t want to sign long contract with free agent SPs. His cumulative WAR was 5.9 in 7 seasons for $126M. Yuk! Yet you use him as an example of success.

      2011 - Carpenter was reclamation project after being out in 2003. Good move on the cardinals part but it does nothing to support the argument of signing the 5+ year guys to huge contracts. Westbrook pitched 116 innings with a K/9 of 5.11 with an ERA of 4.66. Jackson was a rental for a contending team.

      2010 – Wellmeyer was a complete non-factor. It is silly to even include him. He was 3-5 with an ERA of 5.68 and WAR of -.8. He only pitched 58.2 innings. Zito has already been discussed.

      2009 – Well, the Yankees can afford to buy a SP staff. They literally could buy an entire starting 5 and still have the Twins budget remaining to pay the remainder of the team.

      You also fail to consider that these teams are 1st, 3rd, 7th, and 9th in terms of revenue. That is going to allow them to approach free agency in a very different way as compared to the Twins or other mid market clubs.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      "I have no problem with the concept of the Twins spending. I just think fans need to understand these guys that are likely to get 4-5 year contracts worth $60 to $100 million are not the sure-fire aces their contracts will imply. If the Twins sign one of them to crazy money, I’ll hope like crazy he stays healthy and pitches consistently well. I just don’t see an arm in this free agent class that is worth breaking the bank for.

      Thankfully we have this comment section so in the years to come we can all go back and remember what we said, what we would have offered and stand by those comments over the life of these contracts." -- Seth

      Like you said, Seth. Who knows. It is fun to look back, just this last season being a great example where so many of us wanted the Twins to sign Myers or Saunders or any number of other guys that didn't pan out. As a team, one factor you always have to look at is how much salary you can eat that wil be non-productive. Recently the Twins ahd Balckburn. They had Toshi for two year, plus the posting fee. You paid Nathan for 1.5 non-productive seasons. That does magnify when you have 2-3 large contracts out there -- Morneau for example. Maybe you have insurance and luck out. Maybe you have Joe Mays collecting paychecks. Possibly you sign a Pavano who just eats payroll and is unable to be moved. Being an armchair general manager is the easy job, dealing with real monies and revenue is a hard job. Your budget does allow you to take risks, but, yes, we fans often forget that we have to realistically look down the line...what that contract is doing two/three/four years from now (i.e. Mauer, for example). Less of a risk on prospects and AAA talent, you just replace them with equal value and hope for a few winners that all click together.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      to major league ready:

      Who said signing a FA this year has to fix the team for only the next year? Or that it has to fix all of their problems? Why can't they add a good FA pitcher for 3-5 year deal, and have him around in 2 years when hopefully they have more talent around him?

      And, I don't get the argument. Since a FA can't fix the team completely right now, they should not sign one at all?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      rosterman: who on these boards other than 1 or 2 people, has not commented on the contract situation 2-4 years out when suggesting the team sign players? They get even more money off the books next year. They get more revenue from the league. They have unspent budget. No one needs a raise next year that matters. No one needs a raise the following year, or even the year after that.

      There is a ton of risk with prospects, they don't usually work out. Unless you are better than other teams at developing them, not as good, but significantly better, that route is super risky.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      rosterman: who on these boards other than 1 or 2 people, has not commented on the contract situation 2-4 years out when suggesting the team sign players? They get even more money off the books next year. They get more revenue from the league. They have unspent budget. No one needs a raise next year that matters. No one needs a raise the following year, or even the year after that.

      There is a ton of risk with prospects, they don't usually work out. Unless you are better than other teams at developing them, not as good, but significantly better, that route is super risky.
      Is there any less risk with signing free agents that are being discussed here?

      How many Free Agent pitchers worked out last year?

      And for how long?

      If I get a prospect who turns out, I get salary arbitration years too.

      And how do you assess 'risk'? Not winning the World Series? How many wins? This year? Next Year?

      What are some examples of good Free Agent signings? What made it a good signing?

      Admittedly, I struggle with seeing being 5-10 wins 'better' because we signed 3 guys at $40M+ per season (combined total)...for just a little better WAR (wins above replacement).

      When at least, with a 23-25 year old..he could be something and if he gets expensive trade him off at peak value (this is very Billy Beane separates himself from other GM's).

      I see that approach, unless I'm the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox...and other top market teams...as the most obvious way to go.

      I could be wrong. So I'm trying to see the value or 'less risk' involved with signing these other guys?

      Is going 71 and 91 better than 66-96? Is going 74-88 with $40M more locked up in salaries better than top 5 draft picks each of those 4 seasons?

      The Pirates had losing seasons for 20 years...the Twins for 3...and people are getting their undies in a wad.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      "I have no problem with the concept of the Twins spending. I just think fans need to understand these guys that are likely to get 4-5 year contracts worth $60 to $100 million are not the sure-fire aces their contracts will imply. If the Twins sign one of them to crazy money, I’ll hope like crazy he stays healthy and pitches consistently well. I just don’t see an arm in this free agent class that is worth breaking the bank for.

      Thankfully we have this comment section so in the years to come we can all go back and remember what we said, what we would have offered and stand by those comments over the life of these contracts." -- Seth

      Like you said, Seth. Who knows. It is fun to look back, just this last season being a great example where so many of us wanted the Twins to sign Myers or Saunders or any number of other guys that didn't pan out. As a team, one factor you always have to look at is how much salary you can eat that wil be non-productive. Recently the Twins ahd Balckburn. They had Toshi for two year, plus the posting fee. You paid Nathan for 1.5 non-productive seasons. That does magnify when you have 2-3 large contracts out there -- Morneau for example. Maybe you have insurance and luck out. Maybe you have Joe Mays collecting paychecks. Possibly you sign a Pavano who just eats payroll and is unable to be moved. Being an armchair general manager is the easy job, dealing with real monies and revenue is a hard job. Your budget does allow you to take risks, but, yes, we fans often forget that we have to realistically look down the line...what that contract is doing two/three/four years from now (i.e. Mauer, for example). Less of a risk on prospects and AAA talent, you just replace them with equal value and hope for a few winners that all click together.
      Where is the "like" button.
    1. Alex's Avatar
      Alex -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      The Pirates had losing seasons for 20 years...the Twins for 3...and people are getting their undies in a wad.
      Context is important, but saying people can't complain or be frustrated because other organizations were worse isn't a very compelling argument.

      Also, I don't get the debate about whether it has to be prospects OR free agents. The Twins are in a position to acquire both.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      Is there any less risk with signing free agents that are being discussed here?

      How many Free Agent pitchers worked out last year?

      And for how long?

      If I get a prospect who turns out, I get salary arbitration years too.

      And how do you assess 'risk'? Not winning the World Series? How many wins? This year? Next Year?

      What are some examples of good Free Agent signings? What made it a good signing?

      Admittedly, I struggle with seeing being 5-10 wins 'better' because we signed 3 guys at $40M+ per season (combined total)...for just a little better WAR (wins above replacement).

      When at least, with a 23-25 year old..he could be something and if he gets expensive trade him off at peak value (this is very Billy Beane separates himself from other GM's).

      I see that approach, unless I'm the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox...and other top market teams...as the most obvious way to go.

      I could be wrong. So I'm trying to see the value or 'less risk' involved with signing these other guys?

      Is going 71 and 91 better than 66-96? Is going 74-88 with $40M more locked up in salaries better than top 5 draft picks each of those 4 seasons?

      The Pirates had losing seasons for 20 years...the Twins for 3...and people are getting their undies in a wad.
      Which 23-25 yr olds should the Twins acquire, and how do they get them for nothing but money?
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Which 23-25 yr olds should the Twins acquire, and how do they get them for nothing but money?
      I never implied to acquire them (but sounds good to me).

      It was to play them.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
      Context is important, but saying people can't complain or be frustrated because other organizations were worse isn't a very compelling argument.

      Also, I don't get the debate about whether it has to be prospects OR free agents. The Twins are in a position to acquire both.
      The Pirates comment...as was the intent of the whole comment is the 'quick fix' nature.

      What will acquiring the top 3 free agent pitchers in this class do for the Twins?

      I did a write up concerning our pathetic offense...did you know with 3 Clayton Kershaw's last year (going of of their game performances)...the Twins still wouldn't have made the playoffs. We were that bad.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      I never implied to acquire them (but sounds good to me).

      It was to play them.
      Who, specifically?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I like how every FA is bad, and every prospect works out in most of these arguments against FA signings.

      the risk of prospects is that nearly all of them are not good MLB players.

      But the chief asks a good question, where do all these 23-25 year olds come from? I don't understand why you'd wait 5-7 years for that many to work out, when you can try to add good players for nothing more than money, money they have.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      The Pirates comment...as was the intent of the whole comment is the 'quick fix' nature.

      What will acquiring the top 3 free agent pitchers in this class do for the Twins?

      I did a write up concerning our pathetic offense...did you know with 3 Clayton Kershaw's last year (going of of their game performances)...the Twins still wouldn't have made the playoffs. We were that bad.
      You can't fix every problem in 1 year, does that mean they should not fix any? And, if they had three Kershaws, maybe instead of trading Span and Revere, they have them, and they deal a prospect for a legit DH/1B?
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Who, specifically?
      Kyle Gibson. Alex Meyer. Trevor May. Vance Worley. Sam Deduno. et al.

      When you start to turn the ship. I'm all for spending to add pieces. 2016, 2017, and 2018. I could see adding 1-2 of these FA pitchers no problem.


      but back to my question...

      How do you assess value and risk with the free agent signings? What makes it 'successful'?

      How could this be a successful offseason in terms of results EOY 2014 and EOY 2015?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I'd say it is successful if they add youth for hte future, get some old guys where they aren't blocking anyone REALLY GOOD, and win more games than this year. I don't expect them to win the WS next year.....but winning 5-10 more games, and getting younger where they can, that would be a better year.

      Well, I can see a path to maybe winning more than 81 games, but they won't be taking that. I'm trying to be realistic here.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I don't like the term or even the thought of "Blocking Someone". If a player plays himself into a job... It's his. If someone isn't playing themselves into the job. We shouldn't be putting them in the lineup every day anyway. Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier were the only players who earned everyday status in my mind in 2013. And Dozier may be bad in 2014... We just don't know yet.

      I want... honest to god... actual... down to earth... dogfights... for positions with this club. If we bring in a couple of players to help that happen I'm really OK with that. Just don't bring in players expecting them to have the job and keep the job because we paid them money and let them keep the job after sub-par play.

      With that said... I'm very unimpressed with the free agents available at the top end of the scale.

      Just bring in competition for positions and competition comes at different salary levels.

      The way I see it... Twins players in 2013 were "Blocking themselves and themselves only".

      Josh Willingham in 2012 OPS .890
      Josh Willingham in 2013 OPS .709

      Ryan Doumit... Trevor Plouffe... Justin Morneau... Did they deserve to play every day? I don't think so. We just didn't have any decent options to replace them with.

      Which Willingham will we see in 2014?

      If it's the 2012 Willingham... Suit him up... If it's the 2013 Willingham... Bench him, cut him and eat the 7 million. But we got to have someone ready to fight him for that LF Spot. Clete Thomas ain't that guy.

      If for some reason... We actually end up with two guys who can play LF and are doing the job. That's a good problem to have but we are a ways away from that good problem to have.

      I continue to not care about the payroll number... I care about players stepping up to the plate and earning a job period. I will worry about payroll when we actually have players worth retaining.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      so you'd sign a 3B because Plouffe was bad last year? I'd not spend money that way. but I gotta say, that and your two names are about the only ones I am worried about "blocking" right now.
    1. Marta Shearing's Avatar
      Marta Shearing -
      The Twins are negotiating with AJ. Just heard it on Barreiro. Great signing if it happens.
    1. howieramone's Avatar
      howieramone -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      I'd say it is successful if they add youth for hte future, get some old guys where they aren't blocking anyone REALLY GOOD, and win more games than this year. I don't expect them to win the WS next year.....but winning 5-10 more games, and getting younger where they can, that would be a better year.

      Well, I can see a path to maybe winning more than 81 games, but they won't be taking that. I'm trying to be realistic here.
      Mike, you and the guys would be happy with 5-10 more wins? I have a really, really hard time believing that. Personally, I won't be happy until we contend for the Central again. You are correct in that they won't be taking your chosen path and signing any top tier free agents. The Twins do indeed have money coming out of their ears, but alas, there is no value in that segment of the market. The dumpster diving market on the other hand, appears to be larger than last years and does contain some opportunities for the leery shopper. As I see it, Ryan will give our favorite team a chance to win 81 games next season, assuming they get more than their fair share of lucky hops. If at All-Star time we are losing the game of inches, look for Ryan to retreat to the safe land of top 10 draft choices.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      so you'd sign a 3B because Plouffe was bad last year? I'd not spend money that way. but I gotta say, that and your two names are about the only ones I am worried about "blocking" right now.
      River and Brian should not be blocked? I agree...

      Yes... I'd bring in a 3B and it doesn't have to be a ton of money to do so. I just don't know who that guy is... Someone has to play the position if Plouffe... Plouffes it up in 2014 again. I'll take a D guy with no bat if Plouffe... Plouffes it up again. Anything is better than penciling him into the lineup everyday while he disappoints nearly every single day. Give me some competition for all positions.
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