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For better or worse:
1) Gotta think Pedro Hernandez has to be in the mix in the top 10, certainly above demonstrably repeated failure-worthy alternatives.
2) Nick Blackburn will be given every chance to earn that $5.5M next year, too.
3) Good to see you've come around to my way of thinking (and your own from 2011) regarding Duensing as a starter. Unfortunately, Gardenhire has left the door open for Duensing to compete for a top 5 spot in 2013. Dunce is a great asset to the team in his RP/Spot Starter role from the left side, leave him be, already.
4) Good to see that you have come around in your thinking to giving Hermsen every benefit of the doubt moving forward. His numbers indicate he is wise beyond his years, a kid who knows how to pitch, even without the greatest stuff.
5) Will the Twins wait on Gibson for a June call-up, seems that's usually the way they roll?
6) I suspect Hermsen and Gibson will join Hernandez, a MiL FA and Martis or Hirschfield as the likely top 5 SPs to start out in Rochester.
No guarantees with any pitcher on the list. Combine this list with their aging offense and it is hard to imagine they will improve on this year's record.
On the other hand, this year's rotation combined for -4 WAR. If they can turn that into +6 WAR next year, that is a swing of 10.
If they can acquire three guys that can provide a total of 6, I think the right mix of the current group can provide the 0 additional WAR necessary to achieve that level.
Boy - not much to look forward to in terms of SP.
Here are three things that absolutely MUST happen next year:
1 - the entire medical staff/FO need to start making better decisions about the health of the players and the DL;
2 - One (or more) of these players should be traded for something other than a C+ prospect - hopefully a SP - Span, Morneau, Willingham;
3 - The Front Office needs to look to improve NOW - not after the 2014 All-Star game is here, and the attendance drops below 30k.
Um, the less said, the better.
I certainly agree with your top three and expect that for what its worth, the three D's are penciled into the #3-#5 spot for next spring. Like many of you, I see Duensing as their top left-handed set-up guy with Swarzak staying in long relief.
I also see five others who will compete for a spot in the rotation in spring training, with Hendriks having the best shot of breaking in. The others are Walters, Vasquez, Hernandez and Nick Blackburn, who remains a member of the organization who is unlikely to go anywhere as long as someone would have to pick up a $5.5mm contract.
I expect Gibson will begin his season in Rochester where they will limit his innings a bit so that they don't have a Strasburg situation later in the year. I see him as being one of the first guys they go to early in the season when someone is injured or falters.
I also expect Mr. Ryan will sign at least a couple minor league guys (like Dudino and Walters this year) who will get a look in spring training and provide depth at Rochester. I also think there is a good chance he will sign Scott Baker to an incentive heavy contract. I don't see Baker being ready for the Twins on opening day, however, could join Gibson as someone to step in and improve the rotation come late May or June.
That leaves two holes to fill with one being their top guy. Hmmmh!
After Diamond, doesnt look great. I agree with guy above--given that list--Blackburn will be given every chance. I think Walters will come back next year. So if we get a SP from Span, Revere or Josh--that means new SP, Diamond, Walters, Deduno and pick from Blackburn, DeVries, Duensing until Gibson is ready...not the greatest...
I'd like to know a bit more about Pedro Hernandez. I assume they'll bring him in to compete in ST, but does he have a shot to pull out a spot?
Just awful. The early '80s staff now seems magnificent. And, it doesn't help that Liriano threw a 1 hitter with 9 Ks today.
The likelihood that Liriano will be in the 2013 rotation has not changed with his trade to the White Sox.
Agreed with roger on baker. Earlier this season baker was on many lists like this. Seth said that he thought he could be ready to contribute during the season and maybe not right away. If he came at the right price I would not be against having him on the squad. The way many recover from tj surgery today, I feel he has some productive years left.
I don't know anything about his progress but if he is close to ready someone will give him near the 9 million option figure.
Even with missing games most seasons his WAR still averages about 3 per year during his last 5 seasons. His WPA also holds strong. This is true using fangraphs or baseball reference's calculation.
In 21 starts in 2011, his WAR was well above 2 with either calculation (4.2, 2.8) . His WPA was 1.55. If the Twins assess he is healthy enough to provide 2 WAR, they need to pick up the option. The going rate for starting pitching will be above 5 million per 1 WAR.
If the Twins believe in his progress, they must pick up his option. If they don't believe in his health, why sign him?
Diamond is guy who the team is counting on as their 'ace', as of now.
Im not the biggest fan of his, in that regard, as I think he's more of a 3/4 guy at his highest. I wouldnt be stunned if he flames out next year.
I see Gibson, DeVries, Blackburn, Hernandez (none of 4 'can' win a job in ST IMO) & probably Hermsen...tho with the Twins way of doin things, I could see BJ back in AA so they can sign a MiFA...or will Hendrix be in AAA?
I question what they will do with Hendrix. I belive they will give him EVERY shot at winning a spot...as their best 'youngest' pitching prospect. Remember how bad Diamond was last yr....Liam can make that same kind of jump. Im not even sold that they wont package Liam for something.
Deduno will be in competition with the AAA guys, but his 'out of options scholarship' will be invoked and will be given the spot.
This leaves Baker and/or Pavano for a spot....probably Scot (who may have to start in minors for a month).
If they dont sign both, then a FA/trade scenario comes up....but NO teams are looking to deal starters (esp for even deal, they want the steal).
For the FA guys, I expect Joe Blanton/Jeremey Guthrie.....if they are looking to deal, Id love to see them sniff around TOR's Brandon Morrow
This is a great list if we are trying to figure out who the 4th and 5th starters will be for the squad next year. It is an OK list if we are trying to figure out who the 3rd, 4th, and 5th starters will be for next year. Come on Pipe Dream/3 FA starters!
FA's (age) who I would either love or be OK with pursuing (assuming options aren't picked up):
Scott Baker (31) - $9.25MM club option
Scott Feldman (29) - $9.25MM club option with a $600K buyout
Gavin Floyd (30) - $9.5MM club option
Zack Greinke (28)
Dan Haren (32) - $15.5MM club option with a $3.5MM buyout
Roberto Hernandez (32) - $9MM club option
Tim Hudson (37) - $9MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Edwin Jackson (29)
Colby Lewis (33)
Francisco Liriano (29)
Shaun Marcum (31)
Brandon McCarthy (29)
Jake Peavy (31) - $22MM club option with a $4MM buyout
Anibal Sanchez (29)
James Shields (31) - $9MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
Carlos Villanueva (29)
But, I hear it is a "thin" FA market.
Colby Lewis had ligament surgery in his elbow a couple months ago.
Unimpressive is a list of in-house candidates where the #1 pitcher listed is a number 3 guy for an average rotation. In my opinion, the 16 players I listed would all be better than what the in-house list would provide. Including the 32 year old formerly known as the 29 year old Fausto Carmona.
And as far as discernible hopes...help me out if I'm following you right. The Twins are bad and have no discernible hopes. Therefore, they shouldn't attempt to sign players to try to get better? Players will sign where they a) can get the most, b) like the area - i.e., family stuff, c) can win. Hopefully, all three of these things. But, like all people, they don't live in an ideal world and don't always get everything they want.
Shaun Marcum would be a huge improvement for the roster, but he also spends a fair amount of time on the DL. Would I still like him for 24-28 starts per year? Um...YES. He's not a world beater, but he's WAY better than the in-house options. Brandon McCarthy? Same story. It's not a flawless list, but to call it unimpressive is disingenuous. For if it was a flawless list and therefore "impressive", according to your logic, those guys wouldn't want to play here anyway.
The Twins need outside help. They need at least two guys and maybe three from this list. Three is a pipe dream, I know. But two? Or one from this list and a trade that brings an equivalent type of pitcher? That is necessary.
Also, if you want to see unimpressive, you should see the list of free agents who I would prefer they do not pursue.
I am doing my best to keep my hopes reasonable for the acquisition of SP. Sign one guy. Just one. Anything else would be bonus. I realize that the Twins need plenty more that one SP. Many folks were disappointed in the Liriano trade and I think that if Span is traded that many will be dissapointed with the return that comes. Much of that dissapointment comes from over valuing the worth of the piece we are trading away. Sign one guy who can win 12-14 games. I feel that is doable and that would help this team a great deal and make the season much more fun to watch. Then with more acquisition and the maturation of some younger players, I hope to begin to make a run again in 2014.