What should we do with Plouffe and Burroughs
Right now, both these guys are hitting like crap, ESPECIALLY in clutch situations.
Burroughs has looked good on the field, but if Danny Boy gets his act together, we don't need him in the field.
Plouffe is still inconsistent at best defensively at pretty much every position. Unfortunately right now he is our only backup guy at 2nd and SS, but if they bring Dozier or someone else up they don't need him there, and we have a log jam of adequate outfielders who have looked better at the plate than him (Parmelee, Doumit, Thomas, Revere).
So what do you do? Neither has options left, so any attempt to send them to the minors to get their act together runs the risk of losing them (and Burroughs can refuse to be out righted and force the Twins to release him). Other than Dozier, do we have any guys at AAA that are capable of playing 2b, 3b and/or SS and hit better than .150?
Burroughs is easy to write off as a guy who missed his chance years ago, but he at least has had a few years of decent batting stats and has one position he's good at in the field. Plouffe had a good line in the 51 games he played at AAA in 2011, but other than that he really hasn't had great offensive numbers in the minors, and hasn't really shown any indication that he's going to suddenly blossom into a fantastic hitter.
I'd trade them both for Nick Punto if we could. At least he knows how to throw down a sacrifice bunt now and then.