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Roster Issues

Posted by stringer bell , 09 August 2014 · 848 views

Over the past few years the Twins have made several roster moves which I would charitably call "puzzling". The addition of Matt Guerrier when the club needed multiple outfielders, the carrying of alternately three catchers or thirteen pitchers, the recall of Polanco from Single A, the recalls of Kris Johnson and Logan Darnell to start games when acknowledged better prospects are in Triple A are just some examples.

I suggest that many of these decisions are based on a flawed 40-man roster. Some candidates worthy of promotion are not on the expanded roster, too many minor leaguers on the 40-man are not worthy of being in the majors, and too many marginal players on the active roster are frozen there because they can't be optioned to the minors. Several players who may have been optioned at one point can't be because they would have to be DFAed, and if they cleared they would have the option to declare free agency.

Anthony Swarzak, Samuel Deduno, Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar are all out of options. Escobar has cemented his status as a major leaguer and Parmelee may have, but it would have been in the Twins' best interests to demote either or both of the pitchers at some point this season. That is why next year, I am hoping one or both of pitchers is traded, non-tendered or released so that a player with flexibility (for example Yohan Pino) could take their place.

The Twins were so thin in outfield depth that they were forced to use several infielders in the outfield this year. They have lost centerfield depth because the 40-man was filled and they attempted to designate players (Alex Presley, Darrin Mastroianni, Kenny Wilson) off either the active roster or 40-man.

I respect Terry Ryan's ability to judge talent and I expect the next twelve months will be better in respect to roster issues than the past year has been. However, it cripples a team to have so little roster flexibility and the Twins need to do better.

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Aug 09 2014 08:56 PM

There is always talk of when Gardy should go.  I'm no fan of Gardy.  Never have been, never will be.  But I was once a fan of Terry Ryan.  No more.  The continued mismanagement of the 40-man roster.  The depressing group think of the front office.  I've really had enough.  I cannot believe that in all other business interests the Pohlad's have, that they would accept the level of atrociousness we have sunk to.  What GM, what front office, what manager and coaching staff could reasonably hope to have their jobs after FOUR...yes FOUR consecutive 90-plus loss seasons.  It's the 8th wonder of the world. 

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At this point in their careers with the Twins to demote eitherDeduno and Swarzak at any point this season would have been pointless.Swarzak is the long guy. He does the role adequately. If he was a better pitcher, he wouldn't be the long guy. His value is that I don't think just anybody is suited to that role, yet you need somebody in the pen who can do that role. Deduno came in the last game and made a bad situation worse.

 

In terms of the bullpen only Perkins and Fien would be locks to come back next year. Pressly is making a good case to stay. Duensing and Swarzak are arb eligible. Duensing at 2 miland Swarzak at 1 mil may be high for what they have done and the Twins will go another direction . If they do, that leaves 1-4 spots depending on the starters. After the AAA season ends Ibarra, Tonkin and Pryor will be up for their auditions. I would suspect Achter, who is not on the 40 man, would be up only if someone in the pen gets dfad.

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I was clamoring to see Parmelee early in the season, but with the extended look this season, we've seen more of the same in his prior short stints. I'm afraid with his options situation, TR has been painted into a corner again. Hammer coming off the books will help, but I don't see much in the way of help behind him.
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I was clamoring to see Parmelee early in the season, but with the extended look this season, we've seen more of the same in his prior short stints. I'm afraid with his options situation, TR has been painted into a corner again. Hammer coming off the books will help, but I don't see much in the way of help behind him.


Parmelee has a .421 BIBIP and a .361 OBP against lefties. Not so good against righties, though. His 99 OPS+ is basically league average. His K rate was 24.3% last year and is down to 21.2% this year. He has much improved from last year.
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Parmelee has a .421 BIBIP and a .361 OBP against lefties. Not so good against righties, though. His 99 OPS+ is basically league average. His K rate was 24.3% last year and is down to 21.2% this year. He has much improved from last year.

it's higher than his 84 ops + last year. However a .714 ops for a starting left fielder isn't something I'm excited about.
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stringer bell
Aug 10 2014 08:29 PM
I think Parm stays in the majors for a while now. Unless they sign a couple free agents, the Twins will probably need him next year. If they were to DFA him, I'm pretty confident a team or two would claim him.
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it's higher than his 84 ops + last year. However a .714 ops for a starting left fielder isn't something I'm excited about.


It doesn't excite me much either. IMO, the Twins MUST find an OF bat somehow. FA class in OF is mediocre, so it may come via trade if they peruse a bat, which is desperately needed, as our minor league talent in AAA is minimal unless Hicks magically turns it around.
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