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    Missing Ingredient for 2014 Twins

    This post may be nitpicking a little but an area of concern that hasn't been talked about much is finding a backup IF that can hit a little and play good defense at SS and 3B. Both Plouffe and Sano have below average gloves comming into next season so it would be nice to have a solid late game defensive replacement for them. Also with Florimon having a below average at bat it would be nice to have a solid back up to sub for a bit while Florimon figures things out with the bat. I would like to see us sign Punto for that purpose as he would be great if kept under 200 AB for the season. I do not believe Escobar has the bat for this assignment.

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    You had me.......until the Punto part.

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    I would roll with Deibinson Romero and Eduardo Escobar as backup infielders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    This post may be nitpicking a little but an area of concern that hasn't been talked about much is finding a backup IF that can hit a little and play good defense at SS and 3B. Both Plouffe and Sano have below average gloves comming into next season so it would be nice to have a solid late game defensive replacement for them. Also with Florimon having a below average at bat it would be nice to have a solid back up to sub for a bit while Florimon figures things out with the bat. I would like to see us sign Punto for that purpose as he would be great if kept under 200 AB for the season. I do not believe Escobar has the bat for this assignment.
    I like Sano and Florimon side by side, with Escobar backing up 3B, SS, and 2B. Both Florimon and Escobar can still pick it up a notch as hitters with more major league PA's. We may get our SS of the future as early as the 2014 draft and I see Polanco as our future utility infielder, but we can contend with what we have.

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    I get that we have escobar/ Bernier/ Australian IF whose name escapes me. I think it would be something to consider have someone who can play sold defense at 3b in the later innings or occasionally spelling whoever is starting. Also since Florimon has a weak bat it might be a good idea to have someone who could step in should he be hitting .190 at the allstar break. I said Punto being half serious as he would work for what I am suggesting but it would make sense to have someone that could handle that. while I think Escobar can handle most of the defense I do not think he could handle the bat for a stretch. There really isn't anyone able to successful be able to step into SS for an extended period if need be. What happens if Florimon gets hurt? I am not suggesting a starter. Just someone that can hit around .250/.330/.370 off the bench and field at a better than league average rate.

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    Half the guys on our team can't do that. If we have a bench guy that can and play SS he would immediately.

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    I disagree with the initial post, Escobar does have the bat and glove to be a nice utility IF. And remember, Dozier is probably 50-50 to end up back at SS anyway, with Flori back in AAA.

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    Fortunately for posters Punto has better options than the Twins--and he will choose one of them.

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    Twins Daily posters need a nemesis. Butera is gone, so they need some light-hitting false-hustle guy like Punto (I know, I know, he has some skills) to oppose. This is just like Democrats needing the Tea Party.

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    Um, what is the point of brining in a old utility INF on a team likely to win less than 80 games? They should be rolling the dice on guys that might be good in 2-5 years. Go try the AAA/AAAA guys that are blocked. Go try a guy that was once thought of as maybe going to be good. Not sure why, unless you are doing a lot of other things to make them competitive, you want to bring in an old utility INF. It doesn't fit with the rest of what they need to do.
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    I think the utility infielder can wait until the serious issues get sorted out. Besides, should we really be concerned if a utility infielder can hit if the starting SS can't? Or the 3B or 1B? Or any of the outfielders or the DH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
    Um, what is the point of brining in a old utility INF on a team likely to win less than 80 games? They should be rolling the dice on guys that might be good in 2-5 years. Go try the AAA/AAAA guys that are blocked. Go try a guy that was once thought of as maybe going to be good. Not sure why, unless you are doing a lot of other things to make them competitive, you want to bring in an old utility INF. It doesn't fit with the rest of what they need to do.
    I agree with you, especially with Escobar able to play quite a few positions, but Ryan does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
    I agree with you, especially with Escobar able to play quite a few positions, but Ryan does not.

    Proof?

    2 words: Jamey Carroll...
    I don't understand what you mean. They gave Carroll away.

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    He signed Carroll in 2012. Totally unnecessary .

    Jason Bartlett too
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    Where's the like button when you need it!

    Mark DeRosa is always the answer. Too bad there's only one of him. Can we clone him and have him play all 9 positions?
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    If we do get someone who can "hit around .250/.330/.370...and field at a better than league average rate" I suggest Florimon can fill the missing ingredient hole.
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