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Just a little FA SP options homework

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:13 PM
So I did a little homework for my own information on FA SP options that may be of interest to the Twins. While doing so, FWIW, I thought...
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Article: Left Field In Need Of Upgrade

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:05 PM
If there is one position that will be different for the Minnesota Twins in 2015, it appears that it will be left field. And if the team w...
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Article: Let's Just Roll With What We Have

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:02 PM
It may mean a bunch of losses in 2015, but the Twins need to use their next season to evaluate what they have. Next off-season, they can...
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Berardino: Colabello played injured

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:11 PM
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes that Chris Colabello played with an injurythrough most of 2014. He has nerve damage in his rig...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (AFL Week 2): The Rosa...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:07 PM
The second week of the Arizona Fall League season included a tie for the Salt River Rafters as their game on Friday went 11 innings, and...
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Projected Twins Roster

[COLOR=#000000]If you follow the tremendous work of 1500 ESPN's Phil Mackey, you know that every Sunday, he posts an updated 25 man roster projection. Phil is in Ft. Myers and talking to players, coaches and front office personnel, so he may have some insider information. But, I think that we can all do our own roster projections because until we get to April and the team has to announce their 25 man roster, anything can happen. I hope to post my projection updates each Friday and hope that you will leave your projections in the comments and discuss.

The players in [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Red [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]are players that I believe are givens to make the roster (obviously pending injury). Those in black are potentially up for grabs.


Catchers: [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit[/COLOR][COLOR=#000000], JR Towles[/COLOR]

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Although Towles isn't exactly an exciting prospect like he was 5 years ago, he likely is an improvement over Drew Butera. If the team insists on three catchers, I now believe Towles tops Butera.[/COLOR]

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Infielders: [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Justin Morneau, Alexi Casilla, Danny Valencia, Jamey Carroll,[/COLOR][COLOR=#000000] Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Luke Hughes[/COLOR]

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It certainly doesn't sound like the Twins really want to keep Nishioka around. I personally think that in terms of a pure utility infielder, Ray Chang would be the right choice. I think Luke Hughes is on the bench for power, if he is not placed on the disabled list.[/COLOR]

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Outfielders: [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Ben Revere, Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe[/COLOR]

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As much talk as there has been about Plouffe taking over in LF with Revere as the 4th outfielder, Plouffe will have to improve tremendously with the glove for that to happen consistently.[/COLOR]

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Starting Pitchers: [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Jason Marquis[/COLOR]

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No changes, no surprises here, although Terry Doyle and Liam Hendriks have looked good in their couple of outings early in spring.[/COLOR]

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Bullpen: [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak[/COLOR][COLOR=#000000], Jared Burton, Jeff Manship, Terry Doyle[/COLOR]

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The first four appear set. Burton was the non-roster invite who garnered the most attention coming in to camp, and he's been good so far. Too many people have forgotten about Jeff Manship as a bullpen option, and he's been good. If Terry Doyle continues to pitch well, the Twins will certainly want to keep their Rule 5 investment. It is early, and we know guys like Kyle Waldrop, Alex Burnett, Lester Oliveros, Jeff Gray, Esmerling Vasquez, Matt Maloney and others will try to make an impression. I admit as well that I am intrigued by Brendan Wise as well. Those last three names are certainly debatable and subject to change over the next three or four weeks.

What are your thoughts? What does your roster look like?

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