I've always thought this would be a Trade Deadline decision, and even with Rosario's suspension I don't see that changing. Rosario will still have 2 months to settle in and show what he can do at AAA before July 31st, and Dozier has 4 months to prove that his post-All-Star break growth wasn't just an anomaly.
It's quite possible the Yankees will target Omar Infante. He's the best remaining FA 2B. But remember the Yankees are trying to stay under the payroll tax limit of $189 million. And they need probably a couple of pitchers, and may need someone at 3B to replace A-Rod. My point is, the Yankees really need a better 2B. What are they willing to give up to get one? Would it be worth a couple of top prospects? And should the Twins bite, if they do make that offer?
It's a very interesting idea. Ultimately, I think they Yankees will instead do what the Yankees do: spend money. They'll just go hard after Omar Infante, who they reportedly made an offer to earlier this month. But it is an interesting idea. It's also interesting that they have already gone out and signed so many backup options.
I can certainly see NY pursuing him (his power would pretty well there) but I don't think they, or anyone, is going to give up multiple top of the org prospects for him. If he gets moved to the Yanks I think it would be more along the lines of Dozier for Pineda (maybe plus a throw in). With Rosario's clock being set back essentially 1/2 a year I doubt Dozier will be traded at this point. I think you see what you have in him and let Rosario take his time now, no need to trade the 1 possibly above average MI they have developed since Guzman, unless they are blown away of course.
Honestly, I was just thinking about this. There are very few 2nd basemen out on the market, and I could see a team coming to the Twins for either Dozier or Rosario, despite whether or not Rosario is ready for the Bigs.
Josh has had a good start, but let's not go crazy over a short stretch. I certainly wouldn't move him in between Mauer and Morneau against righties.
Vs. Righties '09-'11
Morneau > .294/.391/.525
Historically, Morneau has also done just fine against lefties for left-handed hitter.
Agreed on all fronts, but you know Gardy, wouldn't want to adjsut that part of the order or mess with the M&M thing. I love Gardy, I really do, I think he is a good, but not great manager, but sometimes he gets so set in his ways.
I like this idea, but there essentially is nothing to "protection" whatsoever.
I like your idea. It would definitely make end of game bullpen decisions tougher. If valencia or anyone else could prove they can be a run producer I wouldn't mind seeing mauer at 2 willingham at 3 and justin at 4 either.
Willingham should stay in LF, but no doubt he has been great so far. He seems to be the 2nd player to conquer Target Field with his power, Thome being the only other. Keep it up Josh! To this point of the season you are looking like the best FA signing!