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#1 Twins Daily Admin

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 05:49 AM

Aaron and I talked a little about this on Gleeman and the Geek and I'd like to enlist the forum's help.

It's driving me crazy watching Hicks in MLB, similar to how it drove me crazy to watch Carlos Gomez in MLB. He needs time in AAA. He might need a lot of time in AAA. And the only reason he's here is because the Twins simply don't have any type of replacement with Fuld on the DL.

So find me a replacement, and by "replacement" I mean a replacement level player whom the Twins could acquire from another team. I don't even mean a major league center fielder, or at least not a starter. I certainly don't mean a prospect. I'm talking about a backup center fielder or a starting AAA center fielder that isn't going to kill us. I'm talking about the definition of filler.. The kind of guy that we can flip to a team for a solid reliever, or a prospective middle-of-the-rotation pitcher.

Winner gets my first born. Or a Minnesota-based Papa John's pizza. (My choice.) Hell, I'll award the top 3 - and I don't even have three kids, so one of you lucky posters is getting the dog. (Or, again, a pizza.) And also credit in a story if I write about this, which is looking increasingly compulsory.

I keep bragging about the great baseball minds out here, so don't prove me wrong. Open up another tab and get the Twins out of this mess.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 06:06 AM

Toronto has a guy named Maesteroni who fits that mold :)

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 06:12 AM

On a more serious note, AJ Polluck strikes me as a guy who can be acquired cheaply.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 06:19 AM

I keep saying it - Peter Bourjos appears to be in the doghouse in St. Louis. He'd be ideal.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 06:54 AM

What about someone like Drew Stubbs in Colorado. They seem to have a relatively full OF which is leading to time share.

Stubbs is on a 1yr, $4M deal and has always player CF (decently).

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 06:58 AM

Mastroiani & A.Pressley really do seem to fit. I'm down for Danny Santana getting a look since he is swinging so well.
How about Xavier Avery? Probably too much of a prospect. How about Justin Ruggiano?

Edited by meister, 26 May 2014 - 07:02 AM.


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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:13 AM

I keep saying it - Peter Bourjos appears to be in the doghouse in St. Louis. He'd be ideal.


I did read about his benching after a poor April, but his strong May numbers have him at his career OBP of .306. I think the Cardinals have the player they expected. Good defense. Weak bat. His defense will make him a valuable bench OF when Taveras arrives. Unfortunately, I don't think the Cardinals will be looking to designate him for assignment or dump him in trade.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:14 AM

I did read about his benching after a poor April, but his strong May numbers have him at his career OBP of .306. I think the Cardinals have the player they expected. Good defense. Weak bat. His defense will make him a valuable bench OF when Taveras arrives. Unfortunately, I don't think the Cardinals will be looking to designate him for assignment or dump him in trade.


These are all reasons why he fits what John was looking for also.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:14 AM

Nyjer Morgan looked great when we saw him in Cleveland. If Bourn is ever 100%, you'd think Morgan would be very expendable, perhaps even within the division.

Emilio Bonifacio has played plenty of center with the Cubs. He was picked up for virtually nothing earlier this year and the Cubs are going nowhere.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:39 AM

Why were the Twins so reluctant to pick up Bonifacio? He would be a perfect fit for them and cheap to boot. But now I'd be willing to bet they will just ride with Hicks and Fuld when he comes off the disabled list, what other decent options are out there realistically?

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:46 AM

The Twins should try to acquire Jose Tabata because he could be a very good player (look at his stats) and the Pirates definitely have outfiled depth at the major and minors (Josh Harrison, Travis Snider, and Gregory Polanco), and they could use a solid starter like Kyle Gibson and the Twins then could call up on May, Meyer, or Darnell for our rotation, and honestly this is the perfect time to trade Gibson for some talent.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:46 AM

These are all reasons why he fits what John was looking for also.


OK. I thought he was looking for replacement level. I don't think we could get him for a reliever. The Cardinals aren't dumping him. Center fielders are to difficult to find. Trevor May possibly. Would you do the deal?

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:47 AM

AAA Center Fielders 26 and older (I assume the younger players are still prospects). Take your pick.

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NAME
TEAM
AGE


Jason Bourgeois
LOU
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Clete Thomas
LHV
[TD="align: right"]30[/TD]


Jason Pridie
COL
[TD="align: right"]30[/TD]


Julio Borbon
NOR
[TD="align: right"]28[/TD]


Corey Brown
PAW
[TD="align: right"]28[/TD]


Darin Mastroianni
BUF
[TD="align: right"]28[/TD]


Blake Tekotte
CHA
[TD="align: right"]27[/TD]


Nick Buss
SAC
[TD="align: right"]27[/TD]


Gorkys Hernandez
CHA
[TD="align: right"]26[/TD]


Matt den Dekker
LV
[TD="align: right"]26[/TD]


Tim Wheeler
COL
[TD="align: right"]26[/TD]

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:13 AM

I don't get the lack of patience. Prior to Saturday's game, he had gotton on base in 12 straight games. It's not as though the rest of the line up did anything on Saturday. So why fixate on one game? I think it's a style thing. If you're going to have a laid-back attitude, you better put up Mauer numbers. Even Mauer takes flack for not busting his tail because he makes it look easy. Give the kid a break. Failure is part of development. Deal with it.
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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:18 AM

Also, you're spoiled. Puckett. Hunter. Span. Few teams have had that kind of stability at that position. Still, there was Becker. And it took Hunter a couple of years to settle in. If you start chasing replacement players, you'll never develop the kid.
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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:25 AM

If we're going to give Hicks the Becker treatment, this is going to turn into 1996 really quickly. Gomez should be the history lesson as to why we should have a little patience.

Edited by ALessKosherScott, 26 May 2014 - 08:30 AM.


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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:26 AM

Eddie Rosario.

I'll take sausage and pepperoni on my pizza. I don't need anymore kids.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:29 AM

OK. I thought he was looking for replacement level. I don't think we could get him for a reliever. The Cardinals aren't dumping him. Center fielders are to difficult to find. Trevor May possibly. Would you do the deal?


You're making an awful lot of assumptions about what it would or wouldn't take. I just think he fits the model of what was suggested.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:32 AM

The Twins should try to acquire Jose Tabata because he could be a very good player (look at his stats) and the Pirates definitely have outfiled depth at the major and minors (Josh Harrison, Travis Snider, and Gregory Polanco), and they could use a solid starter like Kyle Gibson and the Twins then could call up on May, Meyer, or Darnell for our rotation, and honestly this is the perfect time to trade Gibson for some talent.

I agree that Tabatta is a possibility, as well that the Pirates have been trade partners in the past, but isn't Gibson a bit steep? I would think Tabata could be had for Burton or Darnell.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:44 AM

If we're going to give Hicks the Becker treatment, this is going to turn into 1996 really quickly. Gomez should be the history lesson as to why we should have a little patience.

Except that by using a "Gomez timetable", Byron Buxton would already be established as the future of the franchise in center field. Hicks has this year and maybe part of next year to establish himself. I have said it many times in many ways, I don't think Hicks will ever hit enough to be a viable regular as a corner OF.