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    Target Cody Ross?

    I know that pitching is the #1 priority for the Twins this offseason, but a hitter that is very intriguing is Cody Ross. He reminds me a lot of Willingham. It is pretty obvious that TF plays to right hand power hitters' advantage. If Span or Revere is dealt, Ross could be a great RH power addition to the lineup. It would depend on his asking price obviously, but I think there is value to be had with Ross.
    I'll Denard your Span.

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    He said he wants to play for a contender, that means the Twins would probably have to overpay to get him. Playing well in Boston is probably going to give him enough exposure to put his stock at market value as opposed to Willingham getting no press in woefull Oakland and being an afterthought for most teams, my bet is Ross isn't as overlooked as Willingham was last year.

    If Willingham was dealt for pitching, going after Ross might make some sense, otherwise I think the free agent money needs to be spent on starting pitching and middle infield.

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    Sorry, but can't see any way that happens. They have too many internal options to fill an outfield spot, unless Josh Hamilton wants to sign for $5 million a year. I actually agree with your thinking, another RH power hitter would be great, but it would be an immense surprise for it to come by way of a FA outfielder.

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    We don't need more OF's. He's an average outfielder at best, a little better then Willingham out there and not as good of a hitter. Focus on pitching and use internal options in the outfield

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    I feel like the word is out on Ross at this point. He should get a decent pay day from someone.

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    If he could play a decent defensive short stop or pitch while still swinging the bat like he does, I'd say heck yes.

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    Why sign an outfielder? Hicks and arcia are almost ready. They need middle infielders and starting pitching.

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    I think Ross is probably going to be outside the Twins' budget, as well. But I wouldn't necessarily rule out a guy just because he's an outfielder. Sure, the Twins have a number of OF prospects that appear just about ready to arrive, but what if it takes one or two of those guys to improve your starting pitching and/or middle infield? Just saying there could be a number of moving pieces as Ryan tries to make the improvements necessary and IF the outfield FA market turns out to be deep and he needs to trade young OFers to get pitching, I wouldn't rule that approach out already.
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    Sure, if Ryan trades a legit prospect for a player, but what are the odds of that?

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    Can he pitch?

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    Cody Ross, 2012

    At Fenway: .308/.368/.595
    Everywhere else: .237/.306/.396

    He's a monster because of the Monstah.
    @OverTheBaggy

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    Boston would be stupid not to re-sign him.

    If the Twins traded Willingham, Span, and Morneau, then a rational discussion about signing Cody Ross could take place.

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    IIRC the BoSox extended him big time last month
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    Ross is an average UZR LF/CF & an above average RF for his career.
    He is a killer vs LHP .295/.373/.636 in 132ABs this yr & .284/.353/.575 career.
    If he wants a contender, MN will have to wait him out...dont know if a contender will make him an everyday player as he didnt flourish in SF hitting vs RHP
    Not one that thinks MN has too many OF's as IF Morneau is traded & Parm goes to 1B....who play/starts the yr in RF??? Twins showed they dont think Arcia is ready by not calling him up in Sept. Could get ready to see Matt Carson as your RF for awhile.
    This is a poor hitting team outside of Mauer/Willingham (not sure if Willy takes a step back) & MN could use some more pop.

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    95% chance he ends up back in Boston, I like Ross but we shouldn't be handing out any multi year deals to OF. I'd however be interested in torii hunter on a one year deal if span/Willingham are traded.

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    It would be something to consider if we didn't have Josh Willingham and one of Morneau/Parmelee. Ross is a true rightfielder and thankfully he would play there unlike Josh. I really like Ross, but there's no chance he ends up here. None of our priorities and none of his priorities match.

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    The Twins didn't call up Hicks/Arcia because of economics. It just doesn't make financially to call either up until June/July to gain an extra year of team control and avoid super two.

    If Morneau is traded you still have Willy, span and Revere in the OF.

    The Twins should not sign any OF'ers. They have starters. they have reserves. They have prospects ready to call up.

    this offseason is all about getting a starting pitcher or two and signing a 2B/SS/3B. Revere is the only player in the rotation for C/1B/DH/RF/CF/LF that will put up a <.750 OPS. Meanwhile Plouffe is the only one at 2B/SS/3B that has a chance at that number. It's more likely that the MI doesn't even come close to .650 OPS unless the Twins bring someone in. So if you want to upgrade the offense concentrate there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
    The Twins didn't call up Hicks/Arcia because of economics. It just doesn't make financially to call either up until June/July to gain an extra year of team control and avoid super two.

    If Morneau is traded you still have Willy, span and Revere in the OF.

    The Twins should not sign any OF'ers. They have starters. they have reserves. They have prospects ready to call up.

    this offseason is all about getting a starting pitcher or two and signing a 2B/SS/3B. Revere is the only player in the rotation for C/1B/DH/RF/CF/LF that will put up a <.750 OPS. Meanwhile Plouffe is the only one at 2B/SS/3B that has a chance at that number. It's more likely that the MI doesn't even come close to .650 OPS unless the Twins bring someone in. So if you want to upgrade the offense concentrate there.
    as much as anyone can argue this isnt true.....it is.
    MN is still running the organization as a small market club doin things like this. You'ld hope, as a fan, that this would be something the club woulda jettisoned.....but they didnt. You CAN run a team with a 100m payroll on the cheap

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    If they trade an outfielder this offseason it would make a lot of sense to sign a free agent for one year and flip him at the deadline. If not, good luck finding any playing time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edavis0308 View Post
    Can he pitch?
    YES!!!! He once threw a no hitter for Carlsbad HS and also sports a career 1.00 whip in the majors!

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