Missing Ingredient for 2014 Twins
Posted 09 November 2013 - 03:26 PM
Posted 10 November 2013 - 07:34 AM
This post may be nitpicking a little but an area of concern that hasn't been talked about much is finding a backup IF that can hit a little and play good defense at SS and 3B. Both Plouffe and Sano have below average gloves comming into next season so it would be nice to have a solid late game defensive replacement for them. Also with Florimon having a below average at bat it would be nice to have a solid back up to sub for a bit while Florimon figures things out with the bat. I would like to see us sign Punto for that purpose as he would be great if kept under 200 AB for the season. I do not believe Escobar has the bat for this assignment.
I like Sano and Florimon side by side, with Escobar backing up 3B, SS, and 2B. Both Florimon and Escobar can still pick it up a notch as hitters with more major league PA's. We may get our SS of the future as early as the 2014 draft and I see Polanco as our future utility infielder, but we can contend with what we have.
Posted 10 November 2013 - 08:02 AM
Posted 11 November 2013 - 08:44 AM
Posted 11 November 2013 - 09:48 AM
Um, what is the point of brining in a old utility INF on a team likely to win less than 80 games? They should be rolling the dice on guys that might be good in 2-5 years. Go try the AAA/AAAA guys that are blocked. Go try a guy that was once thought of as maybe going to be good. Not sure why, unless you are doing a lot of other things to make them competitive, you want to bring in an old utility INF. It doesn't fit with the rest of what they need to do.
I agree with you, especially with Escobar able to play quite a few positions, but Ryan does not.
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Posted 11 November 2013 - 02:24 PM
Mark DeRosa is always the answer. Too bad there's only one of him. Can we clone him and have him play all 9 positions?