Posted: 2/15/2013 4:52 PM
* Carl Pavano, SP: If indeed it was just a bone bruise that hampered him last season, Pavano could be a cheap rotation piece who well outperforms his salary.* Grady Sizemore, OF: One of the sad stories of the last decade, a resplendent talent undone by injuries. After missing all of 2012, Sizemore, 30, will almost certainly see if a change of scenery can help.
*Kameron Loe, RP: Huge groundball rates, solid strikeout rates, impressive walk rates. Not much to dislike, other than uncharacteristically high home run rate, which should come down.
102. Scott Rolen, 3B: Age rendered the borderline Hall of Famer a poor man's version of his prime self. Likely to retire, though if he's willing to accept a defensive-replacement and pinch-hitting role, he's still got plenty of value.
103. Joey Devine, RP: Two Tommy John surgeries later, one can only hope his arm stays healthy, because it's positively electric when it is.
104. Roy Oswalt, SP: Fourth-highest hit rate among pitchers with at least 50 innings? Check. Thirteenth-highest home run rate? Check. Seventeeth-worst ERA? Check. Complaints about role? Oh, you know. The diva role didn't make sense for the 35-year-old Mississippian, but he played it well – and sunk his market for this season even though he still struck out a batter an inning and had better than a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
113. Ryan Theriot, SS/2B: Doesn't hit particularly well, has no power, mediocre fielder, reason the acronym TOOTBLAN was invented. Has been on each of the last two world champions. Baseball is funny.
114. Dallas Braden, SP: What we know about Dallas Braden: He once pitched a perfect game. He has a mustache tattooed on a finger so he can be creepy. Police said after he was allegedly carjacked in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., he told them: "I'm Dallas Braden. I'm a multimillionaire and … I pay your [expletive] salary." And two shoulder surgeries make a minor league deal almost a given.123. Adam Kennedy, UT: Veteran likely to end up with a big league job somewhere, though there are enough available utilitymen that it's a buyers' market, and those who do sign are unlikely to get a McDonald deal.
128. Scott Podsednik, OF: Empty average, erratic baserunning, middling defense. On the other hand, he improves a team's WAGs by at least 10 percent.
Posted: 2/15/2013 5:37 PM
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beast10 wrote: It's too bad what has happened to Grady Sizemore. Could've been a real special talent, but injuries have derailed his career. Still, at 30 he has a little time to make some noise, but man, he could've been pretty special. I'd take a shot on him at the right price.
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insagt1 wrote: meanwhile, was reading an article about Span being so much more 'comfortable' in a Nats uni..sounding very happy. I still think about what we got for him and I sure hope this prospect pans out. Not sure what the Twins 'plan' is this season. Truth be told, there really isn't much of a plan except to get thru the season. I can't see this team, as currently positioned to win much more than 65, maybe 70 games tops...unless all these pitchers suddenly all have their career years.
Posted: 2/18/2013 4:22 PM
beast10 wrote: insagt1 wrote: meanwhile, was reading an article about Span being so much more 'comfortable' in a Nats uni..sounding very happy. I still think about what we got for him and I sure hope this prospect pans out. Not sure what the Twins 'plan' is this season. Truth be told, there really isn't much of a plan except to get thru the season. I can't see this team, as currently positioned to win much more than 65, maybe 70 games tops...unless all these pitchers suddenly all have their career years. The plan is the future. To be honest, they're just trying to make it through a few years here where things are bleak and put a somewhat competitive team on the field.
Posted: 2/19/2013 8:12 AM
Posted: 2/19/2013 4:43 PM
insagt1 wrote: while I guess no GM is going to come right out and tell the fans....forget about this season, we're building for the future...he may as well say it. Twins are putting 11 of 12 eggs in the dozen in the 'pray the prospects pan out' carton. I have gone on record as disliking immensely, the offseason trades. I think they gave up way too much to get way too little. But we'll have to see. There are still major question marks all over the infield and the outfield isn't particularly solid either. The pitching staff in a jumble. The rest of the division seems to have gone to work this offseason so a last place finish is very likely....in fact early returns are that they will be lucky to win 65 games. I think thats accurate.In today's world of free agency and players changing unis every year, a few bleak years is unacceptable if 'rebuilding' is the mantra. We start out 0-0 like everyone else, but another horrible start like last season will be a complete turnoff to the fans buying the tickets. Twins have a lot to prove in 2013. IMO
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ETCDelawareTwinsFan wrote: Good for the Nats doesn't necessarily mean bad for the Twins. They needed a table setter and centerfielder in the worst way. We got a solid hard throwing pitching prospect who slots into the 1 or 2 spot in the rotation. I don't think we got duped. They've been wanting Span for a few seasons.
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brian450 wrote: However, in something not too far-fetched, how about going after Jim Thome? He'd be cheap enough, give us a good lefthanded pinch-hitting option and DH vs. righties?I'd love bringing him back, but we'll see...
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