07-19-2012, 09:38 AM #41
I don't think Pavano, Liriano, or Baker will be back. The year after rehab is typically poor for TJ patients so getting anything from Baker would be a stunner. He will be a free agent, as well. An innings eater coming off a season when he didn't eat innings is of little value. I don't expect many will offer much for Pavano, but the rebuilding Twins shouldn't take an interest unless he is truly dirt cheap. If Liriano isn't traded, he will probably net the Twins a draft pick, but I can't see the Twins outbidding everyone for Francisco on the open market and it would make zero sense for Frankie to sign an extension with free agency so close.
I think Gibson will have a chance to make the rotation out of the spring. If his recovery is complete, he will go the the AFL and if he pitches acceptably, he'll be in line to compete for a spot.
My plan for rotation 2013: Diamond is there. The best of the rotation for the balance of 2012 (De Vries, Walters, Deduno, Blackburn ) gets the edge for a spot. The Twins sign one guy in free agency who gets a spot and trade for a guy this month who is pencilled in for a spot. The final spot comes from the farm with Gibson the favorite if healthy and effective for the balance of 2012.
07-19-2012, 02:24 PM #42
1-Shaun Marcum (3yrs)
2-Anibal Sanchez (4yrs)
5-Liam Hendriks/Cole DeVries/Kyle Gibson
07-19-2012, 03:41 PM #43
I want to see the Angels get another arm, like Liriano, before the deadline and look to retain said arm the following season. This would cause them to second guess picking up Dan Haren's $15.5 million option. After a down year, Dan Haren may not be able to command the contract normally expected and he may fit into the Twins budget if he has to settle for a more reasonable offer. He's still only 31 and is not someone with major injury concerns.
07-19-2012, 04:08 PM #44
07-19-2012, 08:21 PM #45
07-19-2012, 09:06 PM #46
Agreed we essentially have to do 2 things.....
1A Find the next Pavano.....Colby Lewis, McCarthy and Shawn Marcum are probably possibilities. (the key is to get them for less than 8.0 Million a year) like 5-7.
1B Bring back Scott Baker !!!!!!!!!!!!! -after declining option, bring him back for cheaper, incentive laden
1) FA 2) Scott Baker 3) Anibal Sanchez? (if others leave) 4) Diamond 5) Gibson, Hendriks, Blacky.................Bromberg, Lanigan, Hermsen, Darnell, Walters....Top Twins prospects ?
1. Miguel Sano (3B-A+) 2. Byron Buxton (OF-RK) 3. Alex Meyer (SP-AA) 4. Aaron Hicks (OF-AAA), 5. Oswaldo Arcia (OF-AA) 6. Eddie Rosario (2B-A+) 7. Kyle Gibson (SP-AAA) 8. Trevor May (SP-AA) 9. J.O. Berrios (P-RK) 10. Travis Harrison (3B-A) 11. Max Kepler (OF-A) 12. Joe Benson (OF-AAA)13. Jorge Polanco (SS-A) 14. Chris Herrmann (C-AAA) 15. BJ Hermsen (SP-AAA)
07-19-2012, 09:10 PM #47
07-19-2012, 10:00 PM #48
if the Twins don't trade liriano... don't re-sign him... and don't offer him enough money to net a draft pick... **** that would be stupid.