Darren Wolfson on twitter thinks they are still checking in on John Buck who I assume would replace Fryar on the 40 man if signed. Jeremy Nygaard seems to think they are still in on Bronson Arroyo and could surprise us with a signing at the winter meetings. I would be thrilled with both these moves but if we also draft a rule 5 guy, that is two other roster spots that would need to be created on the 40 man. Also, 5 man rotation would be set with Nolasco, Hughes, Arroyo, Correa, and Deduno. Gibson would be at AAA in that scenario.
The Rays believe that guys like Molina and hangman save them as much as a half a run per game by framing. Compared to poor framers like Doumit the difference is greater. The pirates and Yankees are certainly on board. The Dodgers look to have changed by their quotes and their roster decisions during last season.
I keep shaking my head when people suggest we trade Perkins.
Now that we have some pitching having a really great closer is more important to the Twins than it has been since 2010.
Nonetheless, if Burch Smith is available I would listen very carefully to the Padres.
In terms of what is next for the Twins, I can see them going after another starting pitcher and / or a position player. They definitely aren't done yet.
Defensively, the Twins should be rock solid up the middle. Florimon and Dozier will build upon what they had last year and Mauer will definitely hold it down at first. 3rd base on the other hand should be the same old song and dance unless the Twins find someone else who is better defensively. It looks like Plouffe will be given another opportunity though. If he starts cranking home runs again, there won't be too many people complaining about his defense.
It's really hard to say what's going to happen with the outfield. The Twins could cover a lot of ground out there if they used Hicks, Mastro, and Pressly, but I don't think that's how it will unfold. Willingham, Arcia, Parmelee, and Doumit etc.. will be utilized I'm sure.
Speaking of Hicks, I don't think anybody should be giving up on him at all. He wasn't very consistent last year, but you could tell just by watching him play that he has all of the tools to be a very well rounded MLB outfielder. It'll probably just take some time, then hopefully one day it will all just click, similarly to the way it did with Ben Revere.
I think the Twins have one signing up their sleeve and maybe a trade as well. I'll stay optimistic and say they sign Arroyo and make a trade for Brett Anderson. (Although signing Pelfrey and trading for Burch Smith would be a good "consolation")
A 2014 rotation of:
Looks mighty fine to me. I'd also like to see them pick up a veteran catcher (via trade - I'm not enamored with Buck). Otherwise I think the Twins are in decent shape heading into 2014. Will they contend? Who knows, but they'll certainly be more watchable - and that's all I'm asking for from this offseason.
I don't think TR is interested in trading Perkins. Perkins signed his contract with a hometown discount based on staying in Minnesota. I think there is an under the table agreement there that they wouldn't trade him based on that deal. Maybe if the right deal came around and TR got the OK from Glenn they would do a deal but I don't see the honor bound TR trading him. Granted they did it to Span but I think there is something different about Perkins since he grew up and lives in Minnesota. I would be very surprised if they traded him.
Closers can be replaced much easer than top of the rotation starting talent can be found.