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    Article: Finding Offense


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    I'm not sure there are any workable ideas to improve the offense at this point. Drew and Morales are better off waiting to sign until June than signing at a discount now. The time to add offense was 2-3 months ago.

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    Of these options, Morales is the one I like the best, which isn't entirely good. Dozier is a huge asset at 2B, both on offense and defense (assuming the second half of the season is who he is as a hitter) and Gardy doesn't like his defense at SS so moving him doesn't seem like a real option.

    I agree about Pinto being an option to improve the offense, but there's no way Gardy will DH him. Yes, it's a little silly, but it is what it is. The better hope is that he hits his way into getting more starts at catcher.

    Morales is the most realistic option considering this team and its manager. He'd be a nice player to backup Mauer at 1B and be the primary DH, and as a switch-hitter he'd give some lineup flexibility. He's not too old that a 3 year deal would be foolish either.

    But clearly, the offense needs some help until Sano and Buxton are ready.

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    Morales to me, isnt worth giving up a draft pick to sign. Or worth what he wants to get paid. That being said if Josh W started off hot and got traded June 4th and the twins signed Morales to a 3 yr deal without losing a draft pick I would be good with that
    With Pinto, if the plan is to Dh him, i believe that it will come with a price. That being, Chris Hermann makes the roster and Aaron Hicks doesnt. Mayb that isnt much of a price..but i would rather see Hicks then Hermann

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre75275 View Post
    With Pinto, if the plan is to Dh him, i believe that it will come with a price. That being, Chris Hermann makes the roster and Aaron Hicks doesnt. Mayb that isnt much of a price..but i would rather see Hicks then Hermann
    If Pinto is hitting well enough to DH he should be the starting catcher. I think Colabello could be the other side of the DH platoon and hit as well as Pinto.

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    I agree with Jim above. The time to improve the offense was months ago. The front office neglected it again this year and will be paying the price all year. Bartlett and Kubel were garbage signings. Neither belongs in the big leagues at this point. Suzuki isn't horrible but doesn't add any upside either.

    I would say its much more likely we've seen the best days from Plouffe, Willingham, and Parmalee than they are actually going to improve.


    Its basically an offense that is built to fail. That is 100% on the front office. They chose to go with hope over actually building a roster.
    Last edited by ChiTownTwinsFan; 03-20-2014 at 09:38 AM.

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    Hoping and praying is always a great way to put a teamtogether.

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    Kendry Morales. Kendry Morales. Kendry Morales.
    Morales would slot into the DH spot this year and next. Put him at first on the days you need to use the DH for Mauer.
    They apparently like Florimon too much to even consider signing Drew so I've pretty much given up on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
    If Pinto is hitting well enough to DH he should be the starting catcher. I think Colabello could be the other side of the DH platoon and hit as well as Pinto.
    Pinto and Colabello would the same side of the platoon... they're both righties.

    I do like the idea of a 40/60 split at C with Pinto at DH vs lefties. That configuration makes it easier to keep Parmelee or Kubel to DH vs righties, but it might squeeze Colabello from the roster.

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    Nick, you're definitely working on the right problem. The pitching looks pretty damn good, and the hitting looks worse than last year. I think the Twins give up too much defensively to move Dozier back to SS. If the Twins had an above-average infielder at 3B, it could work. With Plouffe at 3B, the Twins need Florimon's range.

    With so much help on the way in the minors (Sano, Buxton, Rosario), and the improvement Arcia has shown this spring, I just can't see the Twins doing something short-term to get a few more wins during the first half of the season. Your short-term fix is Kubel. I think Buxton gets promoted in June or July, moving Willingham to DH and Kubel off the team. If Buxton gets hot, the whole team will ignite. I'm thinking to buy more tickets in July-Sept than April-May, how about you?

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    I think Morales makes a lot of sense for this team. The market's weak, they'd only give up a ~45th pick, and by signing a switch-hitting DH they can keep Bartlett and one extra out of options guy on the roster this year, or claim a waiver pickup or whatever.

    Dozier
    Mauer
    Hammer
    Morales
    Arcia

    not a bad top 5 at all.

    I'd think different if Kubel or Colabello had done something to get me excited but from what I've seen, there's probably nothing we'll miss.

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    "I agree with Jim above. The time to improve the offense was months ago" Not sure I agree. Unless you think we should have been in the running for Sano the best names months ago that I could see were Morales and Drew who are still available. I would have liked to see Drew. I also believe the best move down the line might be to put Dozier at shortstop if Rosario is all we hope he will be.

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    I think the only reason Gibson doesnt start the year with the big club is if they keep him in Rochester to have a space open for a optionless player. With Deduno pitching out of the pen all spring and Worley and Diamond struggling (Worley being horrible) I dont see any reason to not have Gibson start with the Twins. They need to have the best pitching staff they can if they're going to struggle to score runs.
    I dont even want to get started on the Gold Glove 30 homer short stop we gave away. The loss of a possible mid-season call up of Sano is a big blow to the offense. If some of the players hit like last year and players like Plouffe, Willingham, Colabello, Hicks, or Kubel can hit better we could surprise some people. But thats a lot to ask.

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    They have the money to sign both Drew and Morales. The 40+ and 70+ draft picks are a very very long shot to ever produce what these guys should. It would really improve the Twins chances of at least keeping fans interested past Memorial Day. People might even start buying tickets again!

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    It would be nice to move Dozier back to SS, and go get Franklin to play 2nd but that isn't going to happen.

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    It would be nice if Eddie Rosario was even in camp! Seems to me that he'll need significant time to get ready now that he's missed so much. Anybody willing to step up and let us know what's going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantes929 View Post
    "I agree with Jim above. The time to improve the offense was months ago" Not sure I agree. Unless you think we should have been in the running for Sano the best names months ago that I could see were Morales and Drew who are still available. I would have liked to see Drew. I also believe the best move down the line might be to put Dozier at shortstop if Rosario is all we hope he will be.
    You're assuming the only "moves" a front office can make involve signing free agents. While it's true there was limited offense on the FA market, that doesn't mean you can't add offense via trade. Acquiring help via trade is every bit as important as, and often preferable to, adding it via free agency.
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    I am not as concerned as some, though with Mauer moving to first Kurt Suzuki behind the plate is just nowhere near a good idea. I think Pinto is going to be mightily important this year. I am not concerned about Dozier, Arcia, and even Hicks. Willingham and Plouffe? Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
    Pinto and Colabello would the same side of the platoon... they're both righties.
    Well, yeah. The other half of the DH platoon is Kubel or Parmelee. I'd rather have Pinto catch and Colabello DH than having Pinto DH and Chris Herrmann catching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
    by signing a switch-hitting DH they can keep Bartlett
    Why would they want to keep Bartlett? He's been awful.

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