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The Epitome of Offseason Plans

Posted by terrydactyls1947 , 19 November 2019 · 1,828 views

You have all been very patient waiting for my 2019-2020 offseason plan. Your patience is now rewarded as I present to you the master plan for winning the 2020 World Series. {Cue the calliope.} This plan includes six free agency signings, one major trade, three contract extensions, and one token raise as a reward for a great year.

The Trade to End All Trades
Step one is to call the Arizona Diamondbacks and offer them the opportunity to greatly improve their day-to-day lineup. The Twins send to Arizona Eddie Rosario, Zander Weil, Brent Rooker, and Nick Gordon to help them shore up their corner outfield positions, 2B, and 1B. In return, the Twins receive Robbie Ray and Kevin Ginkel. “Kevin Who”, you ask? During 2018 and 2019, in Double A and Triple A, Ginkel pitched 105 and a third innings allowing only 65 hits and 26 walks for a WHIP of 0.867. He held opponents to a .176 batting average. He struck out 163 (13.96 per 9 innings) and gave up only 9 homeruns. He had a brief stint with the Diamondbacks in 2019 that mirrored his minor league success. He’s only 25 and he won’t be a free agent until 2025.

Free Agent Signings
Zach Wheeler at $18M a year for 4 years.
Drew Pomeranz at $3.5M a year for 2 years.

IF/OF Brock Holt at $4.5M for 2 years.
OF Derek Dietrich at $9M for 2 years.
C Travis D’Arnaud at $3.5M for 2 years.

Derek Dietrich and Travis D’Arnaud can both play 1B and Brock Holt plays anything but catcher and shortstop.


Miguel Sano at $12M a year for 3 years.
Byron Buxton at $5.5M a year for 3 years.
Jose Berrios at $$7.5M a year for 3 years.

Token Raise
Give Mitch Garver a raise to $1M for 2020.

This gives the Twins a 2020 roster that looks like this:

26 players at $145.90M.

C Mitch Garver $1M
1B Marwin Gonzalez $9M
2B Luis Arraez $0.6M
3B Miguel Sano $12M
SS Jorge Polanco $4M
LF Derek Dietrich $9M
CF Byron Buxton $5.5M
RF Max Kepler $6.3M
DH Nelson Cruz $12M
OF Brock Holt $4.5M
IF Ehire Adrianza $3M
C Travis D'Arnaud $3.5M
C Willians Astudillo $0.6M
OF LaMonte Wade, Jr. $0.6M
SP Jake Odorizzi $18.7M
SP Jose Berrios $7.5M
SP Kyle Gibson $7M
SP Zach Wheeler $18M
RP Randy Dobnak $0.6M
RP Taylor Rogers $4
RP Tyler Duffey $1.3M
RP Trevor May $2.5M
RP Zack Littell $0.6M
RP Kevin Ginkel $0.6M
RP Drew Pomeranz $3.5M
Perez Buyout $0.5M

The top five prospects remain with the Twins. Filling the 40-man roster becomes easier. And the Twins waltz through 2020 with the best winning percentage since the 1954 Indians. What do you think????

  • nclahammer likes this

Interesting take, I think moving Rosario has the potential to really mess with the team chemisty although it has become frequently speculated. .Lewin Diaz is now with the Miami Marlins organization, traded there in the Sergio Romo deal.

Nov 20 2019 11:17 PM
Oops. Forgot Lewin was traded. I amended the trade

The report so far has been that Arizona is only willing to move Ray for controllable pitching. For us, that means Balazovic, Graterol, Duran, etc. I think the front office shouldn't even consider that. I'm all for going after a trade, but not future arms for one year of a big question mark.


I also think that there are a lot more avenues to explore on the free agent market for starters. They should really try to sign at least two of them, even if one is a higher tier like Wheeler and the second is a guy like Pineda. They could do that and still pull a trade for a guy like Jon Gray and still have tons of salary to fill in the less important holes in the field.

I like your trade, but you forgot to list Robbie Ray in the SP's.I understand the D-Backs want controllable SP'ing, but none of Graterol, Balazovic and Duran are being included in that deal.The D-Backs have LOTS of holes.Your trade fills a LOT of them.Strikeout pitchers like Wheeler and Ray added to Berrios gives us pitchers that can miss bats.We need that.Plus, Kevin Ginkel is REALLY intriguing.He might be just as important as Ray in the deal.