Notebook: Busy Day for Possible Twins Targets
Image courtesy of Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsHank Aaron passes away at 86
Hank Aaron, most well known for hitting the 2nd most homeruns in MLB history, obviously has a plethora of other records and achievements throughout his 23-year-career. He is a member of the 3,000 hit club, won the MVP and World Series in 1957 and received at least one MVP vote in 19 of 23 seasons while also earning Rookie of the Year votes in 1954. He was a 25-time all-star, a two time batting champion, a three time gold glove winner, and was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. To top it off the Hank Aaron Award, given to the top offensive performer in each league, was established in 1999. He continued to have an impact on baseball and the Atlanta Braves organization as he served as an assistant to the Braves president.
Here are some reactions from around the Twins Daily community:
The Twins “are not finished this off season
The Twins remained quiet today but there were a fair amount of moves and updates on players that would fill some of their neeeds.
Starting Pitching Updates
The Twins were reported as being believed to be in the mix for Trevor Bauer by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. That lasted about a half hour. He provided an update that noted the Twins are not in the mix for Bauer. It was fun while it lasted.
I think the Twins need to add another arm that’s on the same level or better as Odorizzi, including Jake Odorizzi himself. I like the J.A. Happ addition as a #4 in the rotation but that still leaves us giving the ball to an unproven pitcher every fifth day. Our own Parker Hageman did a nice job of instilling some optimism after the Happ signing, meanwhile other TD writers were going back and forth on the matter. My take is simple: if Happ ends up being anything more than our fourth-best starter then I think that means something went wrong with one or more of Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, or Jose Berrios and it won’t matter how good of a season Happ had.
Arrieta isn’t an arm I would qualify as “same level or better as Odorizzi” or anywhere near that level. Like Doogie suggests, they’re doing their homework on the former Cy Young winner which is a good thing. That said, I don’t think this will lead to anything and would prefer one of our unproven arms over Arrieta who has proven to be on the downturn of his career.
Relief Pitcher Updates
Anthony Bass signs with Miami Marlins
Bass gets a two-year $5MM guarantee plus extras with a third year team option, per Jon Heyman, and will likely fill-in at the back end of the bullpen. The details on the extras, team option, and buyout have yet to be released.
Recently, I wrote an article on why the Twins shouldn’t spend up for relief pitchers much to the dismay of many fans despite the mathematical and historical evidence that supports the opinion. Twins Daily’s own Cody Pirkl Although Bass is not the Twins prototype pitcher, relying on his sinker to induce ground balls, he’s been a solid middle innings relief arm for the last three years and does use a slider as his second pitch. At just $2.5AAV and a team option, I’m really not sure how they can pass up on someone who would fill-in nicely as a 6th - 8th inning guy and could close if needed. In short, the Twins missed an opportunity to add a value arm here.
Our own Matthew Taylor dove into Ozuna v. Nelson Cruz in his “Free Agent Faceoff” series, and provides good cases for and against both players. I don’t want to spoil anything other than to say that I agree with Mr. Taylor, so go ahead and take a look for yourself!
The aforementioned Taylor also compared Hernandez and Tommy La Stella in his series. I’ll let you look at his take on Kike.
Here are my thoughts on Profar...he had a solid year in 2020, specifically the second half of the shortened season, but his Baseball Savant profile suggests the second half might be the exception and not the norm:
Profar’s name had been kicked around on Twins Daily, but I never saw a report saying that Twins had shown interest themselves. I’d assume they had done their homework, but I have to imagine that asking for multiple player options would be a huge turn off. I think this is a deal that the Padres will ultimately regret despite his Marwin Gonzalez-esque versatility.
I talked about Simmons in yesterday’s Notebook after the news yesterday that the Reds are also kicking the tires on him. Maybe the Twins will show interest as Profar and Hernandez are now off the board.
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