11-20-2013, 07:20 PM #81
TR just described Johnson as "hitting 90-92" and "a rich man's Diamond" (apparently a little better stuff than Scott). Also noted Johnson was a former first rounder, pitched with Pelfrey in college, and said he was impressed with his AAA numbers.
11-20-2013, 07:24 PM #82
You said yourself that Welker was basically a waste of a 40 man spot. I'd argue having 10+ starters taking up your 40 man is equally wasting 40 man spots. The problem, as I bolded above, isn't that they need "depth" - they need better pitching. Johnson isn't "better" than several guys already on the roster. He's redundant. Could he turn out to be a benefit? Sure, he might. But if the Twins are hunting for their 10th starter on the depth chart to put on the 40 man I have serious reservations about that thinking. It's not encouraging at all, in fact.
Especially if you hold some hope, as I do, that there will be starters added via trade or FA. The only sense I can make of this is that they think they can waive him off the 40 man more easily than Welker and still retain him. But I don't know enough about those rules to say anything with certainty.
11-20-2013, 07:25 PM #83
A staff that has had to overly rely on AAA guys like Johnson the last few years.... Needs more guys like Johnson?
I liked the Diamond-Bullock move. To Bill Smith's credit, he was fairly aggressive dealing low minors guys and it worked.
11-20-2013, 07:51 PM #84
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I can't believe there are 5 pages on this completely non-interesting transaction. Neither of these guys are interesting and would just be 40 man roster hanger-onners.
11-20-2013, 09:01 PM #85
11-20-2013, 09:22 PM #86
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Yea, this is much ado about nothing. Neither of these guys are anything but a lottery ticket that the Twins hope they can get lucky with.
I guess they would rather take a chance on a LH starter than a RH power reliever. With their current collection of abysmal starters I can see the logic of that.
There is no way either of these guys are going to cause the Twins to lose someone they want to protect.
11-20-2013, 09:56 PM #87
It's just hard to shake memories of these last two years' patchwork rotations... I know it's still early in the offseason, but if any position warranted some urgency, it would be the Twins rotation...