01-18-2013, 11:17 AM #41
Going into the off season... I was hoping for One upper tier FA Pitcher... One Young Traded for Pitcher that is ready for the MLB and a bunch of affordable of FA pitchers. I wasn't worried about MI at all.
I have not gotten my upper tier wish.
I did get Worley in a trade
and... Pelfrey, Harden, Correia qualify for my bunch of affordable FA Pitchers.
Meyer and May were bonus pickups.
B Minus... Sounds like a decent grade for me. Without Meyer and May... I would be in the C minus area.
01-18-2013, 12:03 PM #42
Will this group post a better team starter ERA than 5.40? Yeah, it's kind of impossible not too (knock on wood), but when you have the 2nd worst staff in all of baseball you can't expect a significant improvement without going after upper echelon talent which is significantly better than what you already had. I don't think these guys are, and even if they shave a full run off that team ERA, they still would be below the MLB average starter ERA, which was 4.19 last year.Follow me on Twitter: @MNTwinsGUFS
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01-18-2013, 01:27 PM #43
I'd give them an incomplete.
They addressed a long-term need in the pitching staff, took a big gamble on the 2013 starting rotation, did nothing to improve the middle infield and gambled with the top of the line-up and outfield defense.
It is really pretty futile to try to assign a grade at this point -- there's just too much gambling going on (and no particularly good odds). If I had to assign them a grade, it would probably be a C but overall, I think that this franchise has a lot of work yet to do (for this season and beyond).
01-18-2013, 02:10 PM #44
Injuries are an issue with everyone but I'm not overly worried about it. Worley always threw a lot of innings in the minors, his rookie year he threw 180+ between the majors and minors, suggesting a 30 inning increase over last year isn't out of line and still permits one trip to the DL. Pelfrey might not match his 2011 innings but he could very easily be better in most other categories. I don't love the Correia signing and I hope we add Saunders but by just giving guys like Worley, Pelfrey and Correia a bunch of starts, the team is significantly better. It would be almost impossible for any of those guys to be as bad as last years back end crud was. I'm least confident in Correia but I'd rather give him 25 starts than give those starts to a combination of Walters, Duensing and Vasquez.
Anyhow, that covers (in theory) 88 starts. Assume Diamond covers 27 starts at something similar to last year, that leaves 47 starts for others. Hendriks started 16 last year and was horrible. He'll get another chance, hopefully he's better. That leaves 31 starts that Deduno and De Vries combined on last year (31 starts, 167ip, about a 96 ERA+, 0.7 WAR 15 QS). Those will be taken by Deduno and Gibson this year. Adding Saunders to the rotation would help, too. But even without him, it's hard to see how the rotation isn't significantly improved simply by not having Liriano and Blackburn in the rotation.
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01-18-2013, 02:36 PM #45
All of those are fair points. We also have to take into account the Twins current team defense. They aren't the type of Twins team we remember from the 2000's anymore, who were near the top of MLB every season, they are now a poor defensive team. Bad in the OF corners and bad all over the infield. This will also affect those numbers.
Florimon and Escobar are better fielders than we've tried to put out there the last 2 season, but they also have to hit some to stay, which they haven't done.Follow me on Twitter: @MNTwinsGUFS
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01-18-2013, 03:46 PM #46
01-18-2013, 04:06 PM #47
They could sign Johnson or Sanchez to play 2B and Saunders to pitch and one of the available relievers out there pretty cheep and maybe Posidnek to compete for the CF spot and that would improve the grade for next year and beyond. and I think that can all be done for less than 10 million added to next season payroll.
The trades were good the inexpensive pitching was ok Harden and Pelfry. Corriea was the only bad mark but other areas not fully addressed. CF is with Hicks, but if Hicks and or Parmalee prove to not be ready we need another OF till Arcia is ready or Parmalee or Hicks are ready for 2nd go round.
MI is a disaster offensively. I hope FLorimon can field as either SS or 2b will be a black hole otherwise. as Carroll can only play 1 position.
Inge would be nice on a minorleague contract to push at 3B. There are tons of bullpen options available hope we get one at a reasonable price but ok if we don't.
01-18-2013, 04:57 PM #48
01-18-2013, 05:15 PM #49
I think that B- is fair. The trades were close to A, the Correia signing was an F, and the Harden and Pelfrey signings (if they regain their form and can be flipped for useful parts or extended mid-season) have a lot of potential with little risk.
01-18-2013, 05:22 PM #50
Oh, and B+ for an offseason grade, for staying the course for the long haul but not shoring up things for 2013 any better.
01-18-2013, 05:45 PM #51
All your evaluation is based on what the players have done in a past season at some point. Why can't players ever get back close to their old form / self? I didn't ask for Cy Young Seasons - I said 10 win seasons from each. I don't see that as an impossibility for any of them. Maybe a stretch to ask from each of them (pitcher), but stranger seasons have occurred.
2012 - A's - O's - White Sox
2010 - Reds
2008 - Rays
Why is it so hard for you to believe in your home team? Is it because they haven't been to the playoffs in 2 seasons?
01-18-2013, 05:50 PM #52
I don't need to believe they can win a WS to enjoy them. I love the Twins, will always be a fan, but that doesn't entail delusion. If you have to be delusional to be a fan, good for you. I don't.
01-18-2013, 06:10 PM #53
TR has his strong points, but navigating free agency and/or getting ownership to spend when needed are not among them. I generally think the Pohlad's will OK a signing if the GM makes it clear that it's needed. He is not contrained by anyone but himself, IMO and should have done better for the pitching staff than he has. C- at best.
01-18-2013, 06:46 PM #54
01-18-2013, 07:17 PM #55
Upon further review and the fact that Ryan handed Butera a $700K scholarship, B- is way too generous
01-18-2013, 07:45 PM #56
As for Correia he should have been A 1 year contract while the other 2 should have been 1 year with an option.
01-18-2013, 08:40 PM #57
this video out of Harden pitching in 2011, if you want
As far as TJ surgeries go: Gibson had his around September 2011 and he had a great latter part of 2012. Pelfrey had his around April of 2012 so I think that there is no reason to worry about 2013. He can be really good.
The Correia contract should had not been. Not even a year. Just like the Butera contract.
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