Cleansing The Twins 40 Man Roster
by, 08-15-2012 at 03:00 AM (1930 Views)
The Twins are sitting with a nearly filled quota on the 40 man roster and it's somewhat ugly. Only one vacant spot is available while starting pitchers P.J. Walters, Carl Pavano, and Scott Baker are on the 60 day DL. Soon enough, positions on this assembly will need to be cleared in order to make way for these incoming players. For now, it's not a problem, but there are a lot of gentlemen here that could and should be removed sooner rather than later. Priority will of course be assessed for who leaves first, but there are a lot of other changes I'd like to see made in the offseason too. Not only are there a few subtractions, but a couple of additions as well.
#1. Tsuyoshi Nishioka- Status: Not on Active Roster What to do?! DFA
I think it's safe to say he won't be playing with the Twins again for some time. In all likeliness (and hopefulness), the 28 year old international bust never re-joins the big league team for the remainder of his contract. It's really safe to say that no other team would save us from...I mean claim him. I would be fine with out-right waivers, but that gives him the opportunity to make more money back in Japan. An expensive AAA filler would be the best option and it benefits us somewhat.
Note: I found it rather amusing to see he had once been intentionally walked.
Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB 2011-2012 MIN 71 254 233 14 50 5 0 0 20 2 4 16 44 .215 .267 .236 .503 41 55 1 1 3 1 1
#2. Rene Tosoni- Status: Not on Active Roster What to do? DFA
The once promising outfielder failed in a 2011 campaign with the Twins and has been lost ever since. Tosoni has been struggling to break a .650 OPS in AA where he has been re-acquainted with for the first time since 2010. Is there still hope for him? Possibly, but probably not as a struggling 25 year old in an outfield deep system. He doesn't have much in the tools department either, and while he could get claimed, it would be best for the Twins to have that spot and for Tosoni to get a chance someplace else. I really enjoyed having him with the team though. His spunky personality and hilarious walk-up song were entertaining while they lasted.
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards 2011 24 MIN AL 60 189 172 20 35 7 1 5 22 0 2 14 42 .203 .275 .343 .618 70 59 2 3 0 0 0 7/D9
Note: It's surprisingly difficult to get a Minor League format for these tables.
#3. Kyle Waldrop- Status: Not on Active Roster What to do? Waive
The first two seem like the least difficult choices on deciding who gets to come back. It wouldn't surprise me if they used the remaining open position once all three of Walters, Baker, and Pavano return. That's not to say Waldrop really needs a spot on here regardless. He's a soft tosser who infrequently can throw 90mph and suffice to say, strikeouts are also a rarity. Waldrop has been unsuccessful over the past two years in the MLB, but to his credit, he has only pitched 15 MLB innings combined. I don't think there's much of an incentive to keep him here past this offseason. More serviceable back up arms like Deduno and Devries exist when they inevitably lose their 25 man spots to new free agents. A #5 starter or long reliever is about as high a ceiling you'll get with the 26 year old high draftee from 2004.
STATS (Don't mean really mean anything):
Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB 2011-2012 MIN 1 1 .500 5.40 11 0 2 0 0 0 15.0 17 9 9 2 9 2 6 1 0 1 71 79 1.733 10.2 1.2 5.4 3.6 0.67
Note: Nothing really. I just wanted to continue the trend this far.
#4. Jeff Manship- Status: On 25 Man Roster What to do? DFA in offseason
Four years of flirting with the majors with this player. He's not much more than a AAA starter and while there is a little potential, I don't see it. More or less, similar projection to Waldrop at best with better K numbers. As stated, somewhat of a strikeout pitcher, yet I refuse to picture him ever cracking the starting rotation. He's 27 now and it's about time to move on. He'll help Rochester win, but not Minnesota. Sort of like Clete Thomas.. the pitcher. Quite frankly I'd have him at a higher priority than Waldrop if he weren't in the majors right now.
Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB 2009-2012 MIN 3 2 .600 6.42 40 6 5 0 0 0 82.2 106 63 59 11 32 2 54 1 0 2 376 66 1.669 11.5 1.2 3.5 5.9 1.69
#5 Jeff Gray- Status: On 25 Man Roster What to do? Release in offseason
In a strange way, I sort of feel for him. He's not good, but I want him to succeed since he tries hard. On the other hand, isn't it time this experiment ended?! As a reliever, the biggest thing I ask is to be reliable and consistent. That's not what Jeff Gray is and it's a crapshoot every time he steps on the mound. Gray doesn't have a good track record either and is a walk machine. Have a look at all of his per 9 ratios and you'll find that none of them are acceptable and some are unbelievably putrid. Take that SO/BB as the biggest offender in the stats below.
Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB 2010-2012 CHC,CHW,SEA,MIN 7 2 .778 4.85 81 0 22 0 0 1 104.0 112 59 56 11 47 2 50 6 1 8 470 84 1.529 9.7 1.0 4.1 4.3 1.06
#6 Carl Pavano- Status: 60 Day DL/Impending FA What to do? Let him walk
Not much to be said here, but Pavano was a key part of the Twins short postseason visit back in 2010. He's far too old to be a future component and the ship has already sailed. The Twins are going to see if he can get healthy for a waiver trade, but I'll believe it when I see it. I suspect the dugout tirades will be missed by Twins fans everywhere.
Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB 2010-2012 MIN 28 29 .491 4.27 76 76 0 10 3 0 506.0 569 264 240 56 85 4 252 16 2 8 2129 96 1.292 10.1 1.0 1.5 4.5 2.96
#7 Matt Capps- Status: 15 Day DL/Impending FA What to do? Let him walk
A blown draft pick and a young catching prospect later, we've all had our gripes with him. Another player here that hopefully can get us something through waivers. He didn't pitch bad for the Twins, but the front office's infatuation with him was strange. I'll happily see him go for another roster spot here.
Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB 2010-2012 WSN,MIN 10 14 .417 3.40 172 0 129 0 0 71 167.0 167 71 63 21 34 6 111 4 0 5 694 121 1.204 9.0 1.1 1.8 6.0 3.26
#8 Carlos Guiterrez- Status: Not on Active Roster What to do? Waive
Out with a shoulder injury if I'm not mistaken, Guiterrez has been a bust for the Twins. He really hasn't had a 2012 and 2011 was mediocre. He's spent 5 years in the system and hasn't thrown for the Twins once. I doubt he'll be a servicable player, but he could end up being a great reliever. It's difficult to tell since he's only pitched 82 Innings in AAA through the past 3 years. Over his minor league career, he's allowed far too many baserunners, has a below average WHIP, and bad walk rate. The strikeout ability would be enough for me to keep him for another year. Although, he's treading on thin ice as an underachieving 25 year old. I'd wouldn't pull him back should he be claimed, but I doubt it would be necessary.
2011 AAA/ 4.62ERA 1.460 WHIP 8.2 K/9 4.5BB/9
#9 Deolis Guerra- Status: Not on Active Roster What to do? Waive
Guerra is somewhat young at 23 and hasn't sniffed the big leagues yet, so it may surprise a few. I'm not a big believer in him and wouldn't mind if he left the organization. He's had three years of shuffling between Rochester and New Britain as a starter (and now reliever) with no success. Scouts love his changeup and improving K/9 rate, but I don't love his BB/9 or ERA. Another pitcher I wouldn't revoke if claimed.
2010-2012 (Cumulative AA+AAA)/ 5.69 ERA 1.454 WHIP 7.69K/9 2.99BB/9
#10 Aaron Hicks- Status: Not on 40 Man Roster What to do? Add
Hicks is an obvious choice to be added before the Rule 5 draft. I think the Twins will save an option year by avoiding September call-ups and wait to add him at the end of the season. Hicks projects to be a very exciting player and the future heir to centerfield.
#11 David Bromberg- Status: Not on 40 Man Roster What to do? Add
It's great to see Bromberg bouncing back after a poor 2011. He's re-established himself this year and I think we could see him compete for the rotation next year. David Bromberg would probably get drafted in the Rule 5 too this season. 2011 was his first year of eligibility for selection, but his season was so awful that he wasn't chosen.
#12 Kyle Gibson-Status: Not on 40 Man Roster What to do? Add
Another obvious choice for addition. Gibson is progressing along nicely and will have to be added so he can pitch next year. If everything goes according to plan of course.
#13 Scott Baker and Jared Burton- Statuses: Impending FAs What to do? Re-Sign Both
I'd really like to see both players back next year. Standing pat.
I would expect the roster spot owners of #1-9 to be freed up easily. Bringing in 2 from the 60 Day DL (Not Pavano at season's end) and 3 from addition gives the Twins 35/40 spots freed in the offseason. As proof..... 39-9+2+3=35
This entire offense is under contract for next season, but depending on what the Twins sign for pitching in the offseason, it may affect some of the others players well-beings. I would have released Blackburn and took his spot, but I don't believe the Twins will cut him. I do think they'll bring back Baker and hopefully Burton.
SPs: Baker, Gibson, Diamond, Blackburn, Walters, Devries, Deduno, Hendriks, Hernandez, Bromberg
With that state, the Twins should probably sign 2 free agent pitchers in addition to Baker if they want to contend. The offense we have is above average and a few new pitching counterparts would really help and make this team competitive in a weak AL Central. There still looks like too many starters on the 40 man despite the deletions of Manship, Waldrop, and Pavano.
RPs: Burnett, Burton, Duensing, Fien, Perdomo, Oliveros, Perkins, Robertson, Swarzak
That's 9 relievers and not enough. This entire group looks awful and it's full of question marks besides Perkins and Burton. The Twins like to roll with 8 here and only 1 backup isn't good. I'd like to sign a couple of more established relievers, but it if they sign 2 FA pitchers it gets complicated. I think they may have to make a few tough decisions on Walters, Fien, Perdomo, Deduno, Devries, and Blackburn if they want to have a good bullpen to compliment the rotation.
The Twins aren't far from contention and have played above .500 since May and a couple of new pieces would put them in a very good position. It all depends on how aggressive they chose to be in free agency. They'll likely do a little addition by subtraction in a Timberwolves-esque style of improvement too. The draft picks were nice, but it's not far-fetched to think a solid 2013 lies ahead!