09-16-2012, 03:54 PM #1
John Shipley: Florimon has team weighing move for Dozier
"Florimon has kind of made the plays and shown some of the range that you really like from a shortstop, that Dozier didn't necessarily do," assistant general manager Rob Antony said Sunday, Sept. 16. "So it might be a situation where we still think Dozier can be a good player, but he may end up being a second baseman instead of a shortstop."
"I'm very comfortable with him [Florimon] out there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're not going to name a starting lineup (for 2013) or anything like right now, or even later, but I really like him out there. I think there are things he can get better at ... but I like him. I like the way he moves, I like the way he watches. He pays attention. He's got great hands; he can makes some plays, with a strong arm."
09-16-2012, 04:11 PM #2
most people arent surprised that Dozier would be moved to 2B, but if they start the season with Florimon as their SS they will again be one of the 5 worst teams in baseball since it signals the front office/managers philosiphy of 'we're good where we are' with an unproven 26 yr old SS that 29 other teams passed on less than a year ago.
09-16-2012, 04:52 PM #3
Also, is it possible that there are fewer top-level shortstops than there are major league teams? I'm sure every single team in the league would love a great shortstop, and I'm sure that most teams in the league would consider the hypothetical "somebody else" to be an upgrade, but that doesn't mean that that person is attainable. I'd love to have Jurickson Profar, but are we ever going to get him? No. This may be making the best of a bad situation.
09-16-2012, 05:06 PM #4
Everyone on the site says spend every cent available on pitching.
Im not saying we need an all-star or all star level middle infielder OR someone that makes alot of money but we need somebody better than Pedro Florimon or any pitching we acquire (doubt that they will anyways) will be a moot point. Twins lineup isnt stacked enough to be able to afford the type of player he is.
Unfortuantely, its Gardy/Ryans MO that they loves weak hitting middle infielders as they havent had someone other than that in their tenure. The 2 legit middle infielder we had in 10 (Hardy/Hudson) were Bill Smith acquisitions.
MN will issue some kind of quote about how 'they can get by with Florimon' as they think he's a slick fielder. There are many playes who are just as slick fielding as Pedro who wont cost too much or possibly any more.
I personally think Florimon/Dozier should start the yr in AAA and MN should address this situation
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09-16-2012, 06:14 PM #6
Should we be concerned that his defensive metrics thus far are not very encouraging?
Should we be concerned that he had a fielding percentage below .950 in the minors?
Should we be concerned about his poor batting record in the minors?
Should we be concerned that his age gives him no upside?
Maybe the Twins scouts see something not shown in the data. Maybe the other teams didn't see what they see.
I think they are going with the wrong all glove/no bat option at shortstop.
09-16-2012, 06:38 PM #7
I'll take Gardy at his word.
"We're not going to name a starting lineup (for 2013) or anything like right now, or even later, but I really like him out there. I think there are things he can get better at ... but I like him.
I like Florimon. I'm not ready to name him the starter in 2013 as Gardy mentioned. I hope he has more competition for the job than Dozier and Carroll. With that said, I would expect them to try and find depth, if not better options at 3B, SS and 2B in addition to our obvious need for starting pitching. Should we go out and get a legitimate starter at one or more of these spots? If the price it right, make the deal. If what has been mentioned by many that the options this off season will be severely limited at SS, I would not over pay for a player that isn't much of an upgrade to what we already have.
I think Florimon still has some upside. He seems to have the confidence at both the plate and in the field. Now he has to back it up, with some more consistent play.
09-16-2012, 06:46 PM #8
09-16-2012, 06:52 PM #9
09-16-2012, 06:58 PM #10
Florimon won't kill you if he cuts out his fielding miscues and the rest of the lineup performs. The likelihood of both happening is relatively small, I think.
09-16-2012, 07:15 PM #11
09-16-2012, 07:24 PM #12
Teams in contention (top 2 each division)
NL--Desmond/Simmons/Cozart/Furcal/Crawford/Ramirez----give ya Cozart & Crawford but they are both plus defenders (UZR)....something Florimon hasnt even shown yet
10 of 12 hitters of some degreee......losing teams have no hit shortstops
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09-16-2012, 07:26 PM #13
09-16-2012, 07:42 PM #14
We're not going to name a starting lineup (for 2013) or anything like right now, or even later, but I really like him out there. I think there are things he can get better at ... but I like him.
"We are not naming him the starting SS in 2013" I agree with this statement.
"There are things he can get better at" I agree with this statement.
I think he has some upside. I like the way he plays. There are players that still progress at 25, 26 and even 27 years of age. Does he need to improve? yes. Is he capable of improving his play? I guess he is the one that has control over that.
09-16-2012, 07:54 PM #15
09-16-2012, 08:10 PM #16
If *insert player of choice* can improve both offensively and defensively, they could be an everyday player."Maybe you could go grab a bat and ball… and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
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09-16-2012, 08:12 PM #17
To expand my point, I hope Gardy is lying through his teeth and telling management they need to upgrade the middle infield, either now or in the future by trading for prospects. Frankly, starting Dozier and Florimon at 2B and SS next year (or at some point) scares the heck out of me. I mean, I know he's not going to say he doesn't like someone in public, but the middle infield evaluation and development of this organization has been worse than all other positions. I'd agree that their number one need is starting pitching but I do think middle infield is a close second.
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09-16-2012, 10:28 PM #18
09-16-2012, 10:35 PM #19
Prior to this season Drew was roughly a league average hitter, that's pretty good for a shortstop."Maybe you could go grab a bat and ball… and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
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09-16-2012, 11:12 PM #20
With regard to Stephen Drew, from 2008 to 2010 he was a good hitter for his position, and every year other than this he has been significantly better than any other option the Twins have. And even in 2012 he has been better than some of them.
With regard to Florimon, he seems to really get down on himself. This is the opposite of Casilla who doesn't appear to care. Florimon is a make-the-spectacular-plays-and-miss-the-routine-plays kind of shortstop and Jamey Carroll is the EXACT opposite. Pick your poison defensively. Carroll is creeping up offensively as well. Florimon has only 99 plate appearances with the Twins this year. Calm the hell down.
With regard to Dozier, obviously he is a second baseman. That has been clear this year. It's a good thing the Twins called him up again to play there in September. Oh wait. Well, it's a good thing after his demotion to Rochester he played 2B. Oh wait.
What the hell?
Anyway, it is a bit clownish to worry about this right now. Starting pitching is all that matters right now. There is nothing wrong with a Florimon-Dozier-Carroll MI situation next year. Willingham and Plouffe provide RH power, Doumit and Parmelee will supply some LH power, and Span, Revere, and Mauer are the table setters.