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  1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Yeah, I forgot about the Astros coming to the AL West. Still, I think the West is becoming a division to be reckoned with.
  2. SpantheMan's Avatar
    The West may have been better this year but I think the East will be better more often than not over the next 5 years
  3. Boom Boom's Avatar
    Don't look now because Houston may bring the AL West down a bit.

    The Yankees will always be good. I think the Orioles are for real and the Rays are solid. The Red Sox are just a major spending spree from being relevant again. IMO, the AL East will be the best division for the forseeable future.
  4. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
    I like the analysis, but this series is still only a possible one - Cincinnati could still win the top seed.
  5. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    I didn't rank Slama #3 on his stats, that is more of a list of guys I feel the Twins should have in their bullpen next year.
  6. SpantheMan's Avatar
    3 catchers and only 4 other infielders?
  7. Jim H's Avatar
    No Morneau? Dozier should at least be part of the depth. Capps may be released but I am not so sure that will happen either. I would also add Hicks in somewhere. While he likely won't make the team out of spring training, the Twins will certainly take a close look at him and he could be one of the first OF's called up if need calls. I won't comment on Slama being ranked 3, but until he actually pitches in the majors again, well you know.
  8. beckmt's Avatar
    No just realists
  9. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by beckmt
    I also believe Span will be dealt if TR can get reasonable pitciing in return. Stiiill nees a middle infieder as I agree Casilla will be a non-tender (Stephen Drew anyone). I still think they need 2 FA pitchers as do not see enough talent to expect internal options to prevail. Gibson will start in AAA with the expectation of being the first calllup. Diamond is the only lock as I expect Deduno to also make the rotation. The door on Henricks is quickly closing, still looks like a good AAA pitcher. Slama will not be resigned. I expect right field to be a platoon between Arcia and Mastroianni. HIcks would need a super spring training to make it. Burnett may not be back(hoping). Outside of that bullpen will be about the same with maybe an FA or 2.(cheap) Would trade either Morneau or Willingham if it brought #2 type pitching prospects (#1 prefered, just do not think it will happen)
    What? There are Slama haters on TD? Have you seen the guy's numbers down in AAA? He is pitching like Hendriks is down there, and has had a much smaller window up in the bigs to show us what he can do.
  10. beckmt's Avatar
    I also believe Span will be dealt if TR can get reasonable pitciing in return. Stiiill nees a middle infieder as I agree Casilla will be a non-tender (Stephen Drew anyone). I still think they need 2 FA pitchers as do not see enough talent to expect internal options to prevail. Gibson will start in AAA with the expectation of being the first calllup. Diamond is the only lock as I expect Deduno to also make the rotation. The door on Henricks is quickly closing, still looks like a good AAA pitcher. Slama will not be resigned. I expect right field to be a platoon between Arcia and Mastroianni. HIcks would need a super spring training to make it. Burnett may not be back(hoping). Outside of that bullpen will be about the same with maybe an FA or 2.(cheap) Would trade either Morneau or Willingham if it brought #2 type pitching prospects (#1 prefered, just do not think it will happen)
  11. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
    Pavano and Casilla are the only two on this list I feel comfortable saying will for sure not be with the team next year. Grey and Butera are both very cheap, they will not be moved anywhere (except maybe to the minors). Morneau will not be moved, as Parmalee has shown nothing in the majors. Blackburn and Nishioka will not be moved as they are sunk money that nobody else will take. Blackburn still could have value. Dozier ciould be in AAA, but I think the starting SS is his by default next year (hopefully they will not give him the Casilla-length rope). I still think the Twins see Span as a core player, meaning it will take a lot to move him. Pending the 40-man roster situation, I could easily see Tosoni released. Capps was relatively effective this year. I agree that $4.5 mil is high, but the Twins could pick this up anyways.
  12. beckmt's Avatar
    I would not include Morneau. Parmalee could be a bust, all of the rest are fine, though I expect Blackburn to be back because no one wants him. We need a missle infielder and 1 -2 starting pitchers, that could be doable in FA.
  13. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    YourHouse, I was basing my analysis mostly off of the 40-man, but I probably could have added Jeff Grey. Think of the Capps entry as Grey's entry too. Burnett has been doing much better this year and I don't see any reason to cut him. Swarzak has been fairly reliable in the long-relief/spot start position, so I didn't think to add him. But yes, there should be an entry for Nick Blackburn.
  14. Darin Bratsch's Avatar
    Blackburn absolutely! I'd keep Morneausy and Span. But, somebody needs to convince Span that money can be made in RF allowing Revere to go to CF. Need middle infielder and two starting pitchers.
  15. Rosterman's Avatar
    I can see another season of Butera, until one of the other backup catchers mature. Yes, Jeff Gray. What about him. Or Burnett. Or Swarzak. And, Blackburn. You forgot a few.
  16. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
    You like Jeff Gray? I'd like to see Clete Thomas and Wilkin Ramirez cut loose too. I wouldn't mind another season of Capps and Butera isn't a big problem in my eyes.
  17. glunn's Avatar
    These are some interesting dreams. I would love to see collapses from the White Sox and Tigers. It would also be nice to win a series from the Yankees.
  18. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    I was thinking about going with that for my believeable dream, but my believeable dreams were too strong for my wildest dreams to get a hold of them.
  19. Big Dawg's Avatar
    32-20 would be nice.
  20. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Shields has intimated that he would really, really, really prefer to stay with the Rays and really doesn't want to get traded. So that leaves Dempster, Josh Johnson, and Liriano. I am also reading on several sites that the Twins are in active talks with the Cardinals for Liriano. I am hoping this means that a deal will materialize soon, because if it doesn't, then Liriano gets to pitch one last time for the Twins tomorrow night.
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