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My big, bold, unrealistic Twins 2014 off season

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This is a completely ridiculous-not-going-to-happen-in-a-million-years-but-could-if-Terry-Ryan-was-ludicrously-bold offseason plan.

First off, the Twins will only have $46 million allotted to non-rookie contracts; this should free up tons of money. I'm not going to get into money that in depth, but I would like to think any of the players I mention as FA pickups would fit within the budget. Soooo, here it is:

1) Biggest, boldest, boldesterest move: Trade for Jurickson Profar. This seems crazy, and it's absolutely not going to happen, but it would be a godsend for the Twins. Profar would shore up the SS position for years to come, provide good offense for the position, and it would just be generally awesome. I'm thinking a package of Rosario and Berrios would get it done.

2) Big, slightly less bold move: Trade for Rick Porcello. The Twins need pitching and Porcello could be had from the Tigers relatively cheap considering his age, that he's under control for two more years, and that his stuff (particularly the usage of his CB) seems to be on the upswing. For Porcello, the Twins could dangle Danny Santana and Jared Burton.

3) Sort of bold move: Sign Garza. He's hovering around 30, but he's been a solid 3/4 starter his whole career. Correia is the "ace" of the staff, and he's clearly a 5.

4) Not bold move: Sign Phil Hughes. He had a 3.88 era on the road. He's 27. Why not do this?

That's it. Three new pitchers and one new SS. Make no mistake, even with a Dodgers-like budget heading into the 2014 offseason, this team would not make the playoffs next year. These moves are to move the team into a position to succeed in 2015. That being said, this is what the team would look like to start 2014:

1) Garza
2) Porcello
3) Correia
4) Hughes
5) Gibson/Deduno/Diamond/Worley


SS: Profar
2B: Dozier
1B: Mauer
DH/LF: Willingham
DH/RF: Doumit
3B: Plouffe
LF/RF/DH: Arcia
C: Pinto
CF: Hicks/Presley

This, of course, is not a pretty Twins line up, BUT the pitching is much improved, the infield and outfield is solid up the middle, and there are pieces that can be easily jettisoned for mid-season/September call ups in preparation for 2015. Around July, I'd pencil this configuration as a perfect world scenario:

1) Garza
2) Porcello
3) Gibson (he takes a step up)
4) Hughes
5) Meyer
(Correia is flipped for a HD-DVD player or a case of OK Soda)


SS: Profar
2B: Dozier
1B: Mauer
3B: Sano
RF: Arcia
DH: Doumit
C: Pinto
LF: Presley
CF: Hicks
(Willingham is trade for the ghost of whatever he could have netted in 2012)

All this, off course, leads to 2015, when Buxton shows up and turns water into wine.

So, that's my plan that will never, ever happen. Yup.
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  1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    That's some fun stuff that will never happen.

    Does look fun, though.

    P.S. If you can get Jurickson Profar for that do you pull the trigger? We got Florimon and Escobar at SS and no one else coming any time soon. Intriguing...

  2. goulik's Avatar
    As long as Sano, Buxton, Meyers, Stewart are not in the trade, I would give up 3 Prospects for an MLB ready SS who is still Arb/Pre-Arb. How many would depend on years of control before FA but yeah! Get er done!!
  3. richardkr34's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by goulik
    As long as Sano, Buxton, Meyers, Stewart are not in the trade, I would give up 3 Prospects for an MLB ready SS who is still Arb/Pre-Arb. How many would depend on years of control before FA but yeah! Get er done!!
    Actually, the Rangers are looking more for a power bat, so Arcia and Berrios might be a better package. If it took, say, adding in Adam Brett Walker or Kepler, I'd throw that in, too. I'm confident a package of Arcia, Berrios, and Walker would easily get it done. Rosario could shift back to the OF and the Twins could rely on Sano, Buxton, and Dozier for power going forward.

    I'm really bullish on the Twins' rotation post-2014 if we can get some guys to bridge the gap to a Meyer/Stewart-led pitching corps (2016ish). With the money the Twins have to spend, they could easily sign Porcello to an extension through 2019 (he has two years of team control left, so a four-year deal wouldn't be out of the question), and that would allow the Twins to bring guys like Jorge, Thorpe, Gonsalves, and Stewart into the fold. Hughes could be signed to a one-year deal as a placeholder for Meyer, and Garza would probably have to be signed until 2018. The Twins are in a great position to add another top 3 arm in the upcoming draft (Kolek? Hoffman?), so getting rid of Berrios shouldn't be that big of a hit on the system, considering there are bigger ceiling guys lower in the system (Jorge, Stewart and Thorpe), and if the Twins sign a proven MLB starter (and yes, Porcello is proven, just not necessarily a #3 starter or above...yet), it's insurance against prospect attrition, which will surely happen.

    But again, none of this will happen. I saw one of the guys I follow on twitter suggesting that the Twins sign Shin Shoo Choo because, well, he's good and it would excite the fanbase. I think a better way to excite the fan base is to add a player who can play SS for the foreseeable future at a high rate, who's a former #1 overall prospect in the game, with the knowledge that the current #1 prospect is coming in the next couple of years.

    But that's just wishful thinking...
  4. halfchest's Avatar
    What about Elvis Andrus,

    he's coming off a down year, The Rangers allegedly would like to shed some payroll by selling either Kinsler or Andrus. He's got a huge contract is the scary part but he's only 24, plays stellar defense and is a career .350 OBP guy. Thinks of a top four in 2015 of Buxton,Andrus, Mauer, Sano? Can the Twins afford to have a guy that has 15 million locked up for the next 10 years? Figuring price per wins increases and he gets better as he hits his prime I think it's a worthwhile risk. He's been pretty consistent prior to this last year and his WAR has valued him at 14 million or more in 4 of 5 years in the league.

    Not sure what it would take to get him but I have to think it's cheaper than Profar due to his contract alone. Wonder if the Rangers would bite on Arcia and a high upside low level guy. I hate dealing Arcia as he's our only corner outfield power bat near the majors and I think his value only goes up next year. Same could be said for Andrus though and finding an Andrus in FA is going to be much harder than finding a corner outfielder with a power bat.
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