06-20-2013, 12:27 PM #41
06-20-2013, 01:25 PM #42
Like many on this thread, I see Plouffe as part of the solution, not the problem. No one is untradeable for the right price, but I can't see a team trading a top SP or SS prospect for him. Keep him on the roster and when Sano does come up, be creative in ways to find him at bats.
06-20-2013, 04:50 PM #43
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Complete the circle of your logic: "Plouffe isn't good enough to fetch anybody" [worthwhile], turn him into a bench player [super utility?], keeping him because the Twins historically have kept bench players worse than Plouffe. At this rate Plouffe enters arbitration as a starting 3B who gets to yelp about his HRs--on a team that is paying $14MM for one guy to hit 3 and $23MM to hit 7 in by late June--total year projection for both is about 25 total! Plouffe becomes very expensive--for a "super-utility" player. Plouffe needs to be moved--either packaged in a trade with others to get a quality major league player, or as the SS of the Twins and live with his defense. IMO Plouffe's defense not much worse than Florimon's, but he will hit much better than Florimon. In short, keeping Plouffe means paying him. The salary Plouffe would command is way beyond that of a "super-utility", Plouffe would have to start [somewhere].
06-20-2013, 04:55 PM #44
I don't think they should be shopping him, but I think they should listen because some teams might call them about him. I don't think they could get a lot for him. He will go to arbitration after the season.
06-20-2013, 06:08 PM #45
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Those that think Plouffe should be in a utility role are in the minority. Plouffe is showing enough with the bat that he could slide into an OF spot once Willingham is traded and replace that RH power in the lineup. Aside from Sano Plouffe is really the only other source of RH power that is coming until Buxton is up.
06-20-2013, 07:46 PM #46
06-20-2013, 08:01 PM #47
06-20-2013, 08:08 PM #48
I think it's simply too soon to shop Plouffe, he's not going to return what most advocates here seem to think he will. His potential appears to be high enough and he's shown enough that he's worth exploring until next year's trade deadline.
That being said if someone does want to offer high, I'd do it, I don't see Plouffe as a part of this team the next time this team is ready to contend around 2016 or so. If not, we could at least use the bit of power he is capable of providing until then.
06-21-2013, 10:47 AM #49
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I see no reason to trade him without a decent return He isnt even Arb eligible until next year.
Through similar career plate appearances he is basically Michael Cuddyer without the magic tricks.