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  1. PSzalapski's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan
    I'm not sure if this was intentional, but Rochester is still playing meaning full games, unless AAA playoffs don't count?
    You're right; I was thinking of New Britain. Fixing it now.
  2. PSzalapski's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thegrin
    I don't want to play anybody that isn't part of our present or future. Signing players that are past their prime is not the way to go.
    So you want to give up on 2014? That would be a different post, for sure.
  3. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    I'm not sure if this was intentional, but Rochester is still playing meaning full games, unless AAA playoffs don't count?
  4. PSzalapski's Avatar
    Really? I want the Twins to sign Phil Hughes and Scott Kazmir, too! I know the Twins would never sign four big free agents, but they have to spend something big this year, because there aren't enough free agents in 2015 to stock the team enough to win often. It needs to be a two-year rebuild.
  5. Sconnie's Avatar
    All of your rejiggering is lineup but sadly the pitching is worse. Spending 20 mil in lineup and 20 mil in pitching makes them 2010 de ja vu. 2014 is lost. Lets think like this in 2015 where spending 40 mil in pitching and batting combined makes the Twins actually competitive for post season success.
  6. PSzalapski's Avatar
    Yes and no. So far, Pinto has had one month of .800 OPS in AAA. If he can replicate that for September in the majors and again in April in AAA, I'd deem him fully ready to give not only Doumit but also Herrmann the boot--assuming his catching is up to snuff.
  7. Dainir's Avatar
    Does your assessment of Doumit change if Josmil Pinto keeps up what he's done in his first couple games in the majors (obviously not the .700 pace, but hitting well above major league average)?
  8. THE DFC's Avatar
    "Remember, my whole premise is an ambitious one: that the Twins can compete in 2014."

    You spelled "silly" wrong.
  9. PSzalapski's Avatar
    Remember, my whole premise is an ambitious one: that the Twins can compete in 2014. If you discard that idea, my plan would be entirely different.

    Beck, I tend to agree--and if they would truly spend an additional $40M on pitching, great. I think we'd get more bang for the buck spending $20M on pitching and $20M on hitting.
  10. MichiganTwins's Avatar
    Meh. Buxton will be up sooner no need to fill it with anyone besides internal options. Especially signing Granderson for a multi year deal. Meh.
  11. Thegrin's Avatar
    I don't want to play anybody that isn't part of our present or future. Signing players that are past their prime is not the way to go.
  12. beckmt's Avatar
    The big name hitter signings are not going to happen. I see the payroll in the 80 million range and the Twins need to spend all of that on pitching.
  13. Trevor0333's Avatar
    I agree that they do need to aim high, they have the money to spend. Garza & Lincecum are the best FA to be pitchers available by far. Garza was alienated by the coaching staff and I doubt he could be convinced to come back. Lincecum is a west coast guy and the Twins have also shied away from giving multi year deals to pitchers like Lincecum with such a violent delivery. Josh Johnson used to be elite but has not been the same since TJ surgery a few years ago.

    Basically, they would need to dip into the trade market to find someone of that quality.
    Updated 07-25-2013 at 12:27 AM by Trevor0333 (I can't spell pitchers lol)
  14. PSzalapski's Avatar
    I threw Shields' name out there because the Twins need to aim high. They have the money to spend. Any top-shelf pitchers the Twins should target in addition to a reclamation project?
  15. Trevor0333's Avatar
    There is absolutely no chance James Shields option is declined. As well as he's pitching Royals need another year to convince him they can contend so they can resign him.

    Best options FA wise are likely reclamation projects like Hughes, Johnson, Volquez, & Haren. I don't think Garza or Lincecum are coming here except for a massive overpay that won't happen.
  16. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    In 2011, he was 9-5 with a 3.95 ERA with the Rockies before going to the D-Backs, having a couple bad games and then getting his leg broken. 4.70 isn't ideals, but how much worse is that that where Pavano was last year? If he can eat 200+ innings with a 4.70 ERA on this team, that isn't bad for a 5th starter.
  17. PSzalapski's Avatar
    I really hope Marquis can duplicate his numbers from 2009, but 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, and 2006 speak that he probably can't. Seth, you really think a 4.70 ERA with a bad K:BB ratio and a fair amount of home runs given up is the pitcher I'm describing?
  18. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    I agree with Thrylos... the starting pitcher being described is Jason Marquis.
  19. Thrylos's Avatar
    "If the Twins were serious about contending this year, they should have signed or traded for a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation starter to take 180-220 innings, all of which are by definition winnable or losable games, since they are after all starting a tied game."

    Would you be happy, if they signed a guy who could pitch 216 innings, with an ERA around 4 and win 15 games?

    If so, those were Jason Marquis' numbers in Colorado (of all places) in 2009...
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