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Depth

Posted by Brandon , 10 February 2019 · 425 views

Looks like the Twins are trying to corner the market on depth this year. Last year they didn't do as well. We didn't have options or options to replace our depth at the major league level (who replace Adrianza and Escobar on the bench when they were pressed into starting?) for when Polanco was suspended for half the season. or when Castro went down, or Buxton, or Mauer or Sano for that matter. This year we signed the following:

1B Willin Rosario and Lucas Duda
IF Ronald Torreyes and Adam Rosales
3B Mike Olt

RP Tim Collins, Justin Nicolino, Pat Dean, Justin Ames,

Plus all of the minor leaguer's who are ready to move up this year.

1B Tyler Austin, Brent Rooker
IF Nick Gordon,
C/IF/OF Williams Astudillo

OF Micheal Reed, Zack Granite, Lamont Wade

RP Adalberto Mejia, Andrew Vazquez, Gabriel Moya, Tyler Duffy, Fernando Romero,

SP Stephan Gonzales, (see above for both Adalberto Mejia and Fernando Romero), Chase De Jong, Kohl Stewart, Zack Littell Lewis Thorpe and others to come soon.

There is still time for the Twins to sign another reliever before camp opens as there are still lots of relief options out on the market.

There is some interesting talent in this group. Duda and Collins have had good success in the past and lots of experience. Torreyes, Rosario, and Rosales have a fair amount of major league experience. Enough that they Twins may be able to squeeze an extra win or two out of our fringe depth this year at a low cost. Some of these guys have opt outs in their contracts but for the ones who stay it gives us the ability to weather injuries much better than least year when half the team went on the DL for most of the year. Its not the splashiest way to get an extra WAR or win, but it is one of the cheapest and more creative ways to do it.

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Did I understand Duda's contract correctly that it is a minor league contract for $1.75 million and then an additional $1.5 if he is called up. It seems to me like they can stash him in AAA for less than $2 million.Is that accurate?

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howieramone2
Feb 12 2019 04:54 PM

I agree, we did a much better job accumulating depth this off season. I think Torreyes and Astudillo may be key. Very big year for our major league ready pitching also.