What if Turner is available in the second round? And would he likely be passed over by everyone the first time around?
And just because Florimon is playing, doesn't mean he should be playing, there's a reason why he's scuffled through an 8 year professional career with a major league .602 OPS.
Not Escobar's but a career .662 OPS is viewed as desirable? That is the part I do not get.
Also to be fair, he OPSd .880 for Rochester last yr in almost 200 PAs.
I'm not confident he can handle SS every day in the big leagues though, so there's that, too.
But I'm not keen on Escobar as well, I don't think either guy is anything more then org filler and injury replacements (or mayyybeee UTIL guys) counting on either guy to start a significant amount of games for you is a recipe for disaster. (and I actually like Florimon as a player, he just shouldn't be a starter. He is nice insurance at AAA and as a UTIL guy from time to time.)
Thus why I am all about bringing in a legit SS like Drew, I think the notion that Escobar/Florimon can hold it down until Santana is ready (who is still far away himself) is a bad plan. For the most part, this team has some solid to nice depth at every other position either in the majors or a yearish away (Buxton, Sano, Rosario, Hicks, etc) SS seems like the obvious place to spend money/make a trade.
Sorry, .700 OPS is simply not Florimon's ceiling, even in his or someone's wildly optimistic dreamscape. Let me reiterate what I've stated previously, he's not a typical "rookie" prospect due to grow into his job......SS traditionally enter their decline phase at Florimon's current age. His next 5 years of projection barely or rarely crack .600 OPS.
Escobar isn't great, and not viewed as "desirable" by me, just a possibly better alternative from the existing (very lackluster) options, given his younger age, and his 5-year projections show an OPS in the .655 OPS range- he'd be not quite as good at SS, but better overall value as a utility option.
try reading aall of the comments, I said oops to Dave. I would agree that Escobar is a better option as a utility player than Emilio from KC
Jose Iglesias has some mysterious shin injury, expected to miss most of 2014. Tigers rumored to be pursuing Drew now
I think the Twins feel like Santana could be ready by next year. The Twins will not contend until at least 2016. One WAR cost $7M on the FA market so contention is not going to happen until the next wave is productive. It would take an incremental $175M+/year to contend via free agency and that's after whatever they spent this year.
In that context, Santana gets a shot next year. If he gets it together the 2016 version of Santana is probably as good or perhaps better than the 2016 version of Drew. Sanatana also offers a solution beyond 2017 and I like the odds of the 2017 Snatana being better than the 2017 Drew.. We also gain the 46th pick plus whatever we get for Florimon. We might even be able to package Florimon and another asset to a team needing salary relief and get a very good player. Then, there is the roughly $10M/yr that could go toward a true #1 which right now is the biggest obstacle between this team an contention.
Now, IF Drew stays healthy you MIGHT be able to trade him when Sanata is ready but it is not hard to see why the Twins do not take on this risk at this stage in the development of a contender if Drew is holding out for three years. One year also does not make sense. Two, it depends on how you value 2-4 wins over the next couple years vs building a contender.