Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:12 PM
Texas isn't going to go more than 4 yrs for Hamilton. The Twins could deal Willingham to TX and take the Rangers out of the picture.
The buyers for Bourn, last rumor I read anyway, were Phili and Seattle. Would the M's take Mastroianni?
That would soak up two buyers, and put the Twins in a position to make lowball offers to Bourn and Hamilton.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:17 PM
I think its wide open. Sounds like its Benson or HIcks if ready if not Mastronni will man it until one of the two is ready.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:41 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:46 PM
Ah, yes, the whole compete thing. Hey guys, if you really wanna win, make sure you do the worst...
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:06 PM
Edited by nicksaviking, 06 December 2012 - 02:13 PM.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:13 PM
I hope they give the CF gig to Hicks and ledt him sink or swim.
I think you give Hicks a couple of months in AAA, get yourself a 7th year of team control, then let him sink or swim.
I hope we're not going to be that brutal about the situation. We've coddled the guy for half a decade now, I'm not willing to let him sink if he struggles. He hasn't always had the smoothest transitions between levels, I'm fully prepared to see him bounce up and down between AAA and the majors no matter when he gets the call. He should have a long leash too as Arcia isn't a centerfielder. If Benson doesn't rebound, we're then left wating for Roberts, Buxton maybe Kepler and none of them have played above Low A.
2013 likely will be ugly regardless, no need to rush things now that there is finally a clear picture of the future.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:33 PM
Would Andres Torres make sense? He was a decent starting CF (and leadoff hitter) a couple years ago, and he's kind of old but he could be in competition for the starting CF gig and at least fall into a 4th OF role if he didn't win the job. With poor defenders in the corners, I think they're going to want a reliable backup OF; he'll be playing a lot.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:42 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:51 PM
Mainly because if Benson looks good enough to get the job it hopefully means he has the potential to still be a good player, and we can safely trade away both Willingham and Morneau at the deadline and roll with an outfield of a then-decent Benson, along with Hicks and Arcia. I love Mastroianni as the 4th outfielder, and I have doubts he's a full-time player.
Is Arcia a LF or RF? I don't honestly know. And how good is his defense?
Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:45 PM
I think you have to go in house though.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:09 PM
You definitely don't throw Hicks into the lineup on day one. It's a bad business decision, and I think it would end up being a bad development decision.
I will say, however, that I am intrigued by the idea of Joe Benson if he's healthy. I agree with an above poster who said that when he's healthy, he screams top prospect. If he's back from him multiple injuries of last year, I'd bet that he could compete for an outfield spot this year.