I guess it depends on what we mean by realistically.....but Choo is still out there, but I agree, I don't think they'll do that. I admit that the offensive upgrade options are dwindling by the day. At this point, I'd take a flyer on a bounce back DH candidate of some kind. I don't think they'll make a trade. If Dozier works out, they can move Rosario to LF if Hicks can't hit (or if Hicks can and they move Arcia to DH). If Dozier doesn't work out, Rosario is your 2B (and none of that happens until 2015 now, unfortunately).
As for "not punting" this year, I don't get how we can realistically look at the lineup, and see anything other than continued mediocrity or worse this coming year. The pitching improvements help this year, but they don't get them near the hump, let alone over it, with this lineup imo. I hope JC is right, and I'm wrong.
I would rather wait on some of these position player prospects and see what happens with Plouffe and Sano, Hicks, etc. before doing much on the market.
pos OPS SS 0.607 CF 0.616 RF 0.654 OF 0.665 LF 0.684 total 0.686 3B 0.691 1B 0.709 2B 0.714 DH 0.716 C 0.897
2013 OPS by position.
This might be a good time to start a TD prediction pool for the number of days the Twins employ a 13-man staff in 2014 :p (Barring another significant SP acquisition, I would still put the over/under at "25" :whacky028:).
Doumit and ...................Eric Fryer. Mind you, this isn't my desire rather the practical reality of the situation. And I have no problem with this if Doumit is actively shopped and out of here by the trade deadline. At that point, we hope that our guy Pinto is ready for the show. Perhaps by next year we have the long term solution of Pinto and Hermann going.
Another way to narrow the gap between runs allowed and runs scored is to tighten up the defense, Bringing in Juan Uribe to play 3rd and starting Mastroianni,Hicks and Presley in the outfield 80% of the time would go a long way to helping the defense.It would kill the offense, but the ole adage pitching and defense wins titles, started some where .
In other words, I don't disagree with you that it's likely to be needed. I'm just not at all sure where the greatest need will be yet and I'd rather get more pitching now (because we know we still can use that) and then give the FO a couple months of the season to more definitively identify where to upgrade offensively.
The upgrade needed will be in LF for sure, since there is no LF on the roster in 2014 or beyond, unless you think Hicks is moving there, and will be good.
[QUOTE=mike wants wins;183118]This part.
This offense won't be that good until a bunch of prospects come up and all succeed. In the meantime, what?
Why would you come to a conclusion that Mastro and Pressly will be 2/3rds of the outfield in 2104? I mean, if I wanted to be pessimistic, for SURE I'd psych myself into thinking this will be the case despite absolutely zero, and I mean zero chance of this being the case.
None of us know how the AB's will be distributed. We don't know what the rest of the off-season will bring, and none of us have ever been any good at all a predicting what kind of performance we're going to get from players. Could Arcia, Willingham, Parmelee, Hicks, and Doumit all flop? Sure, but it's unreasonably pessimistic to think that, and silly to paint a picture that Pressly and Mastro are going to be two of our three best options. Frankly, if I knew how to bet it, I'd put money on all five of the aforementioned giving us more offensive production than either of those guys, and maybe Plouffe as well.
The Twins will be much better offensively... If they just play to expectation.
As hard as I am on Plouffe... I don't want him tossed away. I just want him to play better because I think he is capable of so much more. Hammer, Parm, Plouffe... The whole team under performed... Let's go from under performance to performance.
The offensive needs won't be as acute then.