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Aggressive Moves on the Twins Radar?

Posted by Ted Schwerzler , 23 October 2018 · 1,231 views

minnesota twins eddie rosario miguel sano nick gordon addison reed
Looking ahead to the 2019 Major League Baseball season, it’s relatively apparent that this is a year that looms large for the Minnesota Twins front office. Embarking on year three, and with their hand-picked managerial candidate soon to be announced, the impact of change must be felt at the major league level. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have done a good job revamping the organization, but the fruits of their labor must start to show promise. In an offseason of massive proportions, some aggressive moves could be on the table.

I’m not sure how to categorize each of these scenarios other than to catalog them as realistic possibilities. Without attempting to venture down a hot take hole, each of the following situations could play out, but shouldn’t necessarily be banked on either. Minnesota has a significant amount of money to spend, and new talent should flood onto the 25 man roster this year. Noting both of those things as definitive truths, we could certainly see some interesting avenues explored when blueprinting how things look in March.

Eddie Rosario Doesn’t Play for Minnesota in 2019

If the Twins want to make a big move on the trade market, dealing from the outfield could be the option they explore. Max Kepler could be had by an opposing team, but obviously brings back a significantly muted return. Byron Buxton combines a low value and high ceiling to find himself in a relatively untouchable form. In Rosario Minnesota would be capitalizing on a player at his peak. Eddie would bring back the most talent and would be of benefit to another organization for the next few seasons.

At this point we’ve seen Rosario establish himself as a near All-Star caliber type of player. I don’t think the ceiling is much higher, but he’s also helped to cement the floor as being respectable as well. It would hurt the Twins to lose him, but there’s other avenues to make up the loss in outfield ability. Should the Twins pull off a big swap, I’d much prefer to see it include this name as opposed to some of the top prospects.

Nick Gordon Gets Dealt This Winter

Thinking along similar lines to any Rosario deal, Gordon is the prospect I’d try and entice another organization with. He’s still entrenched among Top 100 lists, and he’s just 23 years old. To be frank, that’s where the good news ends. Gordon has played 556 minor league games and owns just a .704 OPS. His only solid offensive output came over the course of 42 Double-A games while repeating the level to begin 2018.

At this stage of his career it doesn’t seem like Gordon will stick at shortstop either. Destined for second base, light hitting, and lacking ideal on-base skills, he seems like a decent type of prospect to include in a trade to sweeten the deal. Should the Twins sign a middle infielder this winter (and they need to) Gordon falls further down the depth chart as well.

Miguel Sano Is Done at Third Base

There’s a lot of assumptions built into this one, but I don’t think any of them are a relative leap. Joe Mauer appears to have player his last game in the major leagues, and that leaves the Twins with an opening at first. The free agent market for the position is beyond ugly and dealing for some thump could prove to be an unwise endeavor. Reports on Brent Rooker in the outfield aren’t good, and they aren’t much better at first.

Miguel has looked passable at times when it comes to his defensive ability, but it almost solely falls on his drive to be great. There’s a lot riding on how he prepares this offseason, and a move to first could allow him to slack further. That said, Minnesota can upgrade at the hot corner and grab the best bopper for first base from their own team. Both Mauer and Justin Morneau could help Miguel (if he’s willing) take to his new role this spring.

Addison Reed Rebounds in Year 2

Going the one-year contract route on a few relievers, it was Reed who grabbed $16.75MM from Minnesota on a two-year deal prior to 2017. The numbers looked good for the home team, and Reed was expected to be every bit worth of that contract. Fast forward to today, and we saw a guy be both bad and hurt most of the season.

Reed’s average velocity dipped to 91.3mph last year, which represented a career low and third straight season of decline. He’ll be just 30 years old however, and a clean bill of health should help significantly when it comes to righting the ship. Missing bats was the biggest problem for Reed last year, and that was evidenced by a career worst 7.1 K/9. Ticking the velocity back up and staying in front of hitters, he should see an ERA more in line with the 2.66 mark put up between 2015-17.

Once the offseason gets started the Minnesota Twins are going to be a team with plenty of intrigue. The front office knows what is expected of them, and there’s more than one way they can execute upon vast improvement for the year ahead. After a winter where baseball mostly froze out free agents, I’d expect a significantly different couple of months this time around.

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Want Aggressive?
What would it take to get Realmutto?
What would it take to get Starlin Castro?
What would it take to get (one of): Paul Goldschmidt, Wil Myers, Brandon Belt?
Failing on Castro, What would it take to get Joe Panik?
Which relievers are available out there at what cost?
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Kelly Vance
Oct 23 2018 03:33 PM

On behalf of Eddie, I resent the disrespect.

 

He comes to play each and every day. And if it is me, and I strike out, I wanna meet Eddie on his way to the plate, picking me up.

 

And watching him homer. 

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theBOMisthebomb
Oct 23 2018 03:48 PM
You sold me on dealing Rosario and Gordon.

Yes, Rosario might be at his best for trading. Sadly, you still have to sit on your hands with Kepler and Burton and pray for prospects.

 

Is Gordon a second baseman or shortstop. He is, by all accounts, a top prospect. But his value, at the moment, isn't all that high since he has played reasonably bad at AAA. The Twins need to try him out and just see if he is hungry enough to play in the majors.

 

Addison Reed, at this point, can be written in as the closer for the Twins. Not that someone else (May) can't take that job away. Sadly, unless Reed IS a closer, no one would be eager to grab his $8 mil salary.

 

Although it is Year 3 of the Falvey/Levine regime, it is, essentially, Year Two as they came in late and inherited a 2017 team. Made some changes in the offseason for 208, most notably trying to field a halfway decent team to compete in the AL Central (where they did come in second, again). 

 

I still give them until 2020/2021 to show us Big winners. So 2019 is still a rebuild and 2020 is the year I expect to see things happen.

 

 

As for Sano, he creates questions not just at third, but also at firstbase and designated hitter. Is he another Oswaldo Arcia, or can he be the once and future David Ortiz the Twins need for the next decade, getting a decent salary and making us love him at the plate as a face of the franchise.

 

And Rooker is bad at first AND the outfield? Makes you NOT want to trade Rosario.

 

Reed can be dumped in partial exchange by taking on the contract of one of the 3 first basemen mentioned earlier

 

Want Aggressive?
What would it take to get Realmutto?
What would it take to get Starlin Castro?
What would it take to get (one of): Paul Goldschmidt, Wil Myers, Brandon Belt?
Failing on Castro, What would it take to get Joe Panik?
Which relievers are available out there at what cost?

What would it take for Realmuto? The fire sale was last year. It wouldtake an A prospect from sickel's list and a B prospect as well as another prospect or two.They would likely throw Castro in. Why would you want Castro. When the Cubs became good, he wasn't. He did not do all that great for the Yankees. He did great for a bad Miami team.DO you think the Twins will be bad so he will be good?

Arizona nor San Fransisco might not be deconstructing,It would take similar Realmuto to geteither of them. 

Myers is injured as often as he is healthy, why bother with that?

Panik had one good year, why bother.