03-08-2013, 11:17 PM #121
03-08-2013, 11:38 PM #122
1)Young for Garza and Bartlett/
2)Garza for Archer (BA #36 Prospect) & Fuld("best #4 OF in BB")/
3) Shields for Myers (BA #4 Prospect), Montgomery(BA #23 Prospect), Odorizzi(BA# 92 Prospect).
The Rays have their act together in evaluating and developing talent in all departments, and never make an excuse about playing in the toughest Division in baseball- or playing in the worst park, in the worst market in baseball. (Hire Matt Arnold).
03-08-2013, 11:56 PM #123
If the front office has indeed needlessly bound one hand.
You can't ask the team... The coaches... The anyone... to just simply die and not fight with the free hand before the struggle even begins.
Personally... I don't have a problem with the Twins delaying the Arb clock in Hicks case and I don't have a problem with Hicks starting opening day.
If Hicks is clearly ready and clearly the best option... Suit him up... If he's not clearly better right now. Give him some AAA time to finish cooking a little and save the year of team control.
I will only be concerned if the Twins kept Hicks down because the front office said... cuz we are gonna suck anyway. That would be impossible for me to support.
03-09-2013, 01:10 AM #124
And let's say both Hicks and Gibson hit as 7s, there are still way too many more guys that are almost certain to roll snake-eyes. [(1/6)^2, or 2.8%- it could happen, but they have instead chosen to get leaner and meaner for the interim, take their lumps the next 2 years and look 3 years out to 2015.]
2) On Hicks immediate future, I am in firm agreement and I like his chances a lot better than Dozier's of making it, but man, that's a lot of pressure on a first-year kid, especially if the intention is "winning". The fact that Podsednik was floated by the Twins as a possible CF alternative tipped their hand pretty much that they will go with any run-of-the-mill placeholder at the first sign of Hicks faltering, the Podfather isn't exactly a candidate for Shannon Stewart-status as The Difference Maker.
3) The Twins, of course, will never say this, but their offseason inactions (and aforementioned actions) spoke volumes. I got in trouble with some in the dog days of last season for predicting that the Twins were going to follow through with their whisper campaign of taking a meat cleaver to the payroll. Now that they actually exceeded my worst fears, looking at the potential draft class in 2014 (looks pretty promising), are the Twins no lo contendre-ing on purpose to get another top 1-3 pick?, And, therefore, planning on further gutting the lineup midseason (wholesale trade of the usual suspects) and/or receiving a supplemental pick for Morneau on a QO?
Conclusion: The Twins are likely going to give H & G a good chunk of the year at the MLB level in '13 to get their feet under them with the Twins (possibly along with Arcia when a spot open up at the trade deadline), and begin the staggered 3-year process across the bridge of MLB promotions. "Winning" sure seems like a secondary priority with all these impending machinations, particularly for an organization unwilling or unable to multitask in the FA and Trade Markets for needed positional players and affordable quality SPs this offseason.
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03-09-2013, 01:22 AM #125
I think it is now a given that Hicks will be a Twin out of the gate and that Gibson will be in Rochester. We'll see if I am wrong.
03-09-2013, 07:52 AM #126
But I can't go along with the suggestion that hands were purposely bound and knotted.
On point #2... I believe we do agree on Hicks but I don't understand the Scotty Pods bit. Rumors are Rumors... A rumor about Scotty Pods could have been made up by anyone playing the home game and speculating... I'm sure it's quite possible that Pods was brought up in discussion amongst Twins staff but... If the Twins were serious about Scotty Pods... He'd be here. Mastro and Boggs appear to be the run of the mill placeholders and I don't like calling them that.
#3... I don't know. I'm just not worried about payroll.
I think we will see a bunch of Gibson and Hicks and Arcia this year and I'm pumped.
"Affordable Quality" both of those words are very hard to define in the context of baseball players. Was Edwin Jackson affordable? Was he Quality? Both are very debatable and its an eye of the beholder discussion.
03-09-2013, 08:03 AM #127
If Spring Training is actually going to determine the outcome. If it is... Benson and Mastro have some serious catching up to do. Hicks is trying to grab the job with both hands right now and it's fun to watch.
Another clue for me is this... When Hicks and Benson are in the lineup together... Who plays CF? It's been Hicks so far.
03-09-2013, 08:51 AM #128
Gibson is in the process of making this decision very easy with his recent spring performances. Of course it is certainly possible for him to sharpen up before camp breaks but if this is what its going to look like, he's in AAA for sure. Hicks on the otherhand, is really going to force the issue with his excellent play. I suppose Mastro could do very well and give the Twins a chance to send him to AAA for service time reasons but he's gonna be up soon if not right out of the gate. I think Gibson still has a lot to prove before you start penciling him into the Twins rotation.
03-09-2013, 11:35 AM #129
If you base it on spring training then that's true but I actually think the opposite is true. I wouldn't be surprised if Mastro outperforms Hicks this year.