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  1. pierre75275's Avatar
    I dont think it would be the worst thing for Aaron Hicks to go to AAA but Chris Parmalee needs to go first.
  2. 53plasticbat's Avatar
    I am very happy with the direction this franchise is moving in, and think that we have an excellent mix of Young stars and veterans. To that end, here are the moves I would make as general Mgr.:
    pitching: GONE ; Correia, Burton, down: Deduno. UP; Johnson, May, Achter.
    offense: GONE; Parmelee, down: Hicks. UP; Fuld, trade for another outfielder, like Jay of St. Louis.
  3. Sconnie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell
    I have thought since last fall that what is best for Hicks' development is at least six weeks in Rochester to reacquire his swing and gain confidence. I thought Presley would be a good stopgap and then become the fourth outfielder when Hicks was recalled, but he lost a job that he had with a really poor showing in the spring.

    Hicks is just about where he was last year--a couple more hits and a few more walks--but still well below the Mendoza line and looking overmatched at the plate. Being optioned to Rochester still might be the best move, no matter that Sam Fuld shouldn't be a starting center fielder.
    if this were the plan, wouldn't the Twins have optioned Hicks to AAA rather than DFA Mastroianni? To me this says a lot about the organization's view of Hicks as a prospect. If the team wanted to develop Hicks further, ahead of team accomplishment, he would have been sent to AAA a couple weeks ago. I don't think this team views Hicks' longer term future as anything more than 4th outfielder once Buxton is ready. If TR/RA saw Hicks as a corner outfielder in 2015/2016, there would be more emphasis on developing Hicks' hitting in the minors.
  4. stringer bell's Avatar
    I have thought since last fall that what is best for Hicks' development is at least six weeks in Rochester to reacquire his swing and gain confidence. I thought Presley would be a good stopgap and then become the fourth outfielder when Hicks was recalled, but he lost a job that he had with a really poor showing in the spring.

    Hicks is just about where he was last year--a couple more hits and a few more walks--but still well below the Mendoza line and looking overmatched at the plate. Being optioned to Rochester still might be the best move, no matter that Sam Fuld shouldn't be a starting center fielder.
  5. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    Given the state of the club, Ryan really does need to sign that top-of-rotation guy. Or trade for someone, since its obvious he hates writing those big contracts. All of his clever ideas in the meantime (a Pelfrey signing for example) will just be kicking the can down the road.
  6. Rosterman's Avatar
    He will surface somewhere, but might have to start in the high indy leagues. But he showed nothing this year that I would gamble with even a guaranteed minor league contract. It's his call if he wants to pitch for peanuts with the hope of a return to the bigtime. Hey, Matt Kinney and Dan Serafini still plugged along year after year. His big thing now is to have his medicals covered and to heal.
  7. Thrylos's Avatar
    Agreed with Oldgoat about that game being the highlight of his career (and funny enough, 2 beloved by most Twins' fans players were the reason the Twins did not make the post-season: Jim Thome with that home run and Mike Cuddyer who did not try to knock AJP out and score)

    I am amazed that the Twins did not try a pen role for Blackburn (like they did with Perkins) It was probably the $ and that ill-advised contract. In the minors he did have a 97 mph four-seamer (that Andy took away) which would had been a decent weapon in the pen.

    Maybe he'll surface as a pen guy someplace
  8. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    September 30,2008 - Blackburn starts game 163 for the Twins against the White Sox.

    The one or two hits he gave up in 7 1/3 innings included, of course, that HR by Thome.

    It was a gallant effort. He certainly pitched well enough to win.

    Sadly, that was pretty much the highlight of his career. Great game.
  9. shimrod's Avatar
    Your plan only makes sense for an organization who's top goal is winning a world series. The Twins have demonstrated their number one concern is making money. Winning is nice if it happens but the cash flow target (whatever it may be) is the focus.
  10. SpitefulRabbit617's Avatar
    Throughout Twins territory, there are people crying into their Butera jerseys.....
  11. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    I am frequently frustrated to read comments where people want a huge upgrade at SS. As if there are many a Tulo out there waiting for a job.

    We are getting surprisingly good D out of our MI. At least I, for one, am pleased with the defense we are getting from out middle infielders. And, at the beginning of the year I believed that Escobar would be replacing Floriman at some point. No more.

    His hitting, while not stellar, has come across as better than I had dared hope, too.

    Florimon rocks! I feel that we have an excellent SS for the next several years in Pedro.
  12. jimbo92107's Avatar
    It's not a stat, but Florimon lately has been looking a lot more confident at the plate than earlier in the season. I think we're seeing him blossom as a complete baseball player.
  13. howieramone's Avatar
    Good point about playing between Sano and Rosario. I actually thought they would go with a great field/no hit SS last year. Wasn't expecting one this good. Good pick up by Ryan.
  14. Brandon's Avatar
    Just think how much better the list will be if the Twins would be aggressive in the international market and sign some more top prospects. Or get the advanced pitcher from Cuba on the FA market.
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