Posted: 7/10/2014 7:47 AM
Posted: 7/10/2014 9:21 PM
insagt1 wrote: Nunez? Might go. Fuld? Might go. (but who plays CF?.....Span? Revere? Mastroianni? Gomez? LOL LOL Brian!!!!)As for pitching, I honestly don't know where to start so I'll leave that to you guys. There are so many holes it makes Swiss Cheese look like Velveeta. Anyway....lets discuss.
Posted: 7/10/2014 9:25 PM
Posted: 7/11/2014 4:20 AM
insagt1 wrote: Would make zero sense to acquire Morales in mid season and then basically give him away at the deadline. That would be one of the stupidest decisions the organization would make.
Last edited 7/11/2014 5:49 AM by TwinsFaninVT
Posted: 7/11/2014 8:40 AM
Posted: 7/11/2014 10:00 AM
Posted: 7/11/2014 2:10 PM
ETCDelawareTwinsFan wrote: First of all, being a goal oriented guy, we need to understand what our strengths and what are our weaknesses.Strengths - Corner outfielders with power but lack ability to hit for average and average to poor defense. Need to find a five tool guys to man the corners. Easy target but hard to obtain. Young starting rotation arms with middle to top of the rotation ceilings. Crazy? Well these names fit that bill (Gibson, Meyer, May, Stewart, Berrios,) and Deduno, Pino, Darnell, Johnson, and Wimmers are probably back of the rotation guys.Weaknesses - Corner infielders. (mostly third base). Other than Sano, we don't have much behind him for third base and Sano still might not be good enough defensively to stick there. Centerfield. As for prime time major league capable stars, we clearly lack anyone right now. Buxton is at least 1-2 years (probably 2) away. I think the team is 1 year away from really competing again. So we need a real stop gap for next year. I don't think Fuld is that guy. If Hicks would ever be able to hit, he would be that guy but he is such a head case now, he may never be able to play in the majors ever again. I do like Revere but his arm could really be his downfall for ever being a starting major league centerfielder. He would need to be a .330 plus guy to make up for guys running from first to third or turning singles into doubles or scoring from third on mid depth fly balls. It's unfortunate, but he needed to be turned into a second baseman the moment he hit professional baseball. I often wonder if an orthopedic surgeon ever really examined his shoulder or anyone tore down his mechanics. It's a real shame. Willingham for anything -- so the downside is he'll play well at the end of the year and you regret what we get in return but the truth is we have too many corner outfielders with little range but can hit the ball out of the park. Colabello can do what Willingham is doing right now and so can Parmalee and Arcia. Also Willingham costs us more money. So what makes him unattractive to us (money) also makes him unattractive to other teams. In the same light, what makes Colabello, Parmalee and Arcia attractive to keep also makes them attractive to obtain. Without proven track records however, predictable performance at the major league level is a value reducer, but I think we all agree all three have ceilings similar to or greater than Willingham's best major league years.Correia is a no brainer. He needs to be traded. Never thought this would happen, seeing what happened to last year's rotation, but maybe I did. We brought it 3 starting pitchers with Correia and Gibson as the only returning arms. Correia could have been trade bait last summer so keeping him doesn't make much sense. Of course you can't to expect much in return but he's proven these past two years that he can be a reliable back of the rotation guy who's stuff is good enough to win ball games consistently and keep you in games. He's also relatively cheap so I think the return on a trade could surprise us.Morales - another no brainer. He needs to step up his game but like Willingham, he's got a track record off being a middle of the order power bat and run producer and a reasonable first baseman. I think if we're definitely sellers (I think we are) he needs to be traded for the best value available. Return might not be great but cost is virtually zero.If you're looking for game changing trades, you have to think big. Right now, the names that fit into that category are Perkins, Hughes, Suzuki, Dozier, Meyer, Gibson, and May. These are probably our highest trade value players. Would I trade the young guys? I don't think so, unless they are knock your socks off type of deals. In what order would I make these guys untoucheable? 1) Meyer - Young, highest ceiling guy we've have as a starting pitcher since Johan. Might even be better than Santana which is really saying something.2) Gibson - This guy has good stuff like Cliff Lee. He should be kept because he'll solidify the middle of the rotation for years to come. He's already showing signs of consistency. As a young arm, this is very encouraging.3) Suzuki - I know this is a stretch but his clubhouse presence, ability to handle pitchers and character is an intangible that puts his value way up there in my book.4) Dozier - his value to us is greater than what the league probably values him now. His power numbers are probably unbelievable for most clubs and at his position, he needs to hit around .300. Great fielder, and great character guy. Maybe a knock your socks off deal but I think he's a keeper.5) May - Seems to be figuring things out. Most would agree his ceiling isn't as high as Meyer. Might never be a major league starter but has a power arms that might translate into a closer some day. Does he have enough stuff to start? Enough pitches? Value might be very high at the moment.6) Hughes - He's at or near his peak. Value couldn't be much higher. Ok, so the Yankees probably don't want him back but I could see someone like the Angels or Rangers. Could be an ace in the National League.7) Perkins - Great arm, great story from middle relief mop up guy / AAAA player to elite closer. Minnesota guy. Lefty. A few reasons that he's valuable, lefty (could pitch forever in the majors, still a solid closer). Why to trade him? He's going to get extremely expensive, he's showing signs of wear. We know what happens when his velocity dips below 94. He has extremely high value right now.If we are building a winner for next year or 2016, we need depth at Center and Third, a power and average guy at a corner outfield position (might be Sano but Collabello, Parmalee or Arcia still have potential) Another middle infielder could help but I like Dozier, Santana and Polanco as the guys in 2016.
Posted: 7/11/2014 3:52 PM
Last edited 7/11/2014 3:54 PM by insagt1
Posted: 7/11/2014 5:19 PM
Posted: 7/11/2014 5:34 PM
insagt1 wrote: Finally...I'll say it again...the whole coaching staff from Gardy on down should go. I honestly believe that would help.
Posted: 7/11/2014 9:52 PM
Posted: 7/12/2014 11:07 AM
Posted: 7/12/2014 11:39 AM
insagt1 wrote: I wanted to comment on the observation that Gibson is showing signs of consistency....if ever there was a pitcher who was the picture of inconsistency this season, its Gibosn....he yoyos back and forth from great outing to terrible outing. Like clockwork almost. He had that one little streak of 3 games with no runs allowed...then reverted back to bad game, good game. He's very hard to figure out. Probably will end up around 12-12.
Posted: 7/12/2014 8:55 PM
Posted: 7/12/2014 11:17 PM
Posted: 7/12/2014 11:20 PM
Posted: 7/14/2014 7:18 AM
ETCDelawareTwinsFan wrote: 1) Meyer - Young, highest ceiling guy we've have as a starting pitcher since Johan. Might even be better than Santana which is really saying something.
Posted: 7/14/2014 12:39 PM
Posted: 7/14/2014 12:54 PM
viperdk wrote:With regards to Mauer, I get sick to my stomach over his situation. Another season, another injury. Mauer needs to grow some balls, and stop being on the DL for the littlest things...."ooh my God I got a hang nail...better take 3 months off!" Come on Mauer, get your ass in gym, put some muscle on, work through it, and EARN your ******* 23 million a year.
Last edited 7/14/2014 12:56 PM by TwinsFaninVT
Posted: 7/14/2014 6:59 PM
TwinsFaninVT wrote: That said, I do think that he was unduly criticized for the concussion issue last year. That was a flukey injury that had nothing to do with conditioning and there is little to nothing that anyone can do to speed up the recovery on that. As we saw with Justin Morneau, it takes a long time for a player to fully recover from that type of injury. In fact, my conspiracy theory is that this "oblique injury" has been fabricated and is just a way for the Twins to cover up the fact that Mauer is still feeling the adverse effects of last year's concussion.
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