I'm really curious which AAAA swingman and utility players the Twins will be asking for in exchange for Willingham this July.
On the other hand, there has almost always been enough dead weight on the 40-man, this shouldn't really be an issue. If they are willing to cut that dead weight, of course.
At the moment the best record in baseball is held by the Brewers. Here is their 40-man:
Anybody want to perform the same analysis of this?
(He's my Adopt-A-Prospect after all.)
We broke camp with Hicks as the starter (which was questionable after Hicks 2013). And Bartlett as the backup (which was just plain questionable). Shedding Presley which was questionable and we were fortunate that Fuld became available or else it's Clete Thomas ilk again.
Personally... I'm not looking for a backup or a backup to the backup... I'm looking for a starter.
I was driving down 1st street... I hit this huge pothole... The sound was loud... The car shook... I worried that I wrecked my car... A week later I was driving down the same street... Same pothole... I swerved to avoid it.
I'm looking for an indication that the powers that be... noticed... that Clete Thomas played 92 games in 2013.
Well. Don't know if we'd say these are "worse" but . . .
Boston has 5 catchers on the 40-man (only 2 on the 25) and some clown that can only DH.
The Blue Jays have 3 catchers on the 25, and only 3 OF on the 25 (makes sense that they wanted Mastro)
Tampa, of course is doing it all "wrong" - only 2 catchers on the 40 Man, and 6 OF on the 25 man roster...
The Angels only have 3 OF on the 25 man (and one of them is Raul Ibañez) due to injuries.
The Braves are carrying 3 catchers on their 25 man (and Doumit is one of them...), they also have had bad injury luck (4 pitchers on the 60 day DL)
The Padres are carrying 3 cacthers on their 25 man and only 4 infielders (Chase Headley is on the 15 day DL).
Houston's roster construction isn't terrible in theory, they have positional balance, it's just that with a few exceptions, the players aren't that good.
Sean Rodriguez (Utility) - .704 OPS
Jose Labaton (catcher with 311 PA last year) - .714 OPS
Matt Joyce - .747 OPS
David Dejesus - .741 OPS
Delmon Young - .781 OPS
Kelly Johnson - .715 OPS
Luke Scott - .748 OPS
So you are the Twins and you have a debacle at SS. Escrobar has a career OPS over .700 against lefties. Could we not find a single SS out there, a guy labeled as utility guy with a reasonable OPS against righties?
The Rays definitely favor flexibility. Some teams would argue that players play better when they have a clearly defined role and a routine, but I think the Rays have shown with their recent sucesses that having lots of players that can play multiple positions instead of one utility guy at the end of the bench is an asset.
The Twins are doing a bad job solving the problem at SS, but I do cut them some slack in cases where there's a prospect coming that makes it hard to sign a real player to a real deal. What CF wants to come here knowing that Buxton is bearing down on his position? And even if that guy wanted the job do you want to sign that contract? They chose to use the time to find out who Hicks is rather than invest in a damaged Upton or bring back Span or whatever other notions were floated. It wasn't a bad idea; the bad idea in CF was not having a plan in case you didn't like who Hicks turned out to be, or in case there was an injury.