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#61 Shane Wahl

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:19 PM

Apparently there is some plan to get Hicks time in RF:

–Aaron Hicks could start taking more fly balls in right field in order to get him and rookie center fielder Danny Santana in the lineup at the same time, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. With Oswaldo Arcia ailing (sprained right ankle), Jason Kubel got the start in right over Chris Parmelee. It was just the second start in right for Kubel since the season’s first week.

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It was going to happen anyway with Buxton arriving at some point next year (let's hope). It might be easier for Santana to stay in CF as he has been primarily an infielder and have Hicks, an outfielder, move to a new position.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:24 PM

When was the last time the Twins acquired a player as good as Morales during the season? Shannon Stewart?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:29 PM

Luckily for Morales there's nothing up here to celebrate over.

Edited by kydoty, 07 June 2014 - 02:33 PM.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:31 PM

I don't think they see it that way. The Tigers are looking pretty vulnerable. My guess is that the Twins powers-that-be are seeing a situation like 2009.

Not necessarily the way I see it but the Twins do have some experience with somewhat wacky seasons.


Clearly the Twins do not see it that way. The point is, they are wrong, and their erratic decision-making is a huge problem.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:31 PM

I guess they have a better relationship with Scott Boras than I thought


Believe it or not Ryan & Boras have known each other well long before he was a gm

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:38 PM

Why?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:41 PM

Morales also hit 3rd or 4th just about every game he played for the Mariners last year. With Santana leading off and Dozier hitting second, could this bump Mauer back down the lineup?

1 - Santana
2 - Dozier
3 - Morales
4 - Willingham
5 - Arcia
6 - Plouffe
7 - Mauer
8 - Suzuki/Pinto
9 - Escobar

That is a damn sexy lineup.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:42 PM

Twins trying to make the playoffs this year?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:44 PM

Why indeed? This signing stopped making sense when Willingham and Arcia came back.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:44 PM

There aren't going to be huge crowds for an 80 win team. The Twins need to contend to get their attendance back up. Right now they are hurting themselves, not helping.


They didn't trade prospects for him. They're not hurting anything. They will still need to make an assessment of where they are on 7/31 and trade those who should be traded if they're not in contention. Who's to say Morales won't be one of them?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:46 PM

Pretty surprising. If Hammer and Arcia keep hitting, this season could get kinda interesting.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:46 PM

Morales also hit 3rd or 4th just about every game he played for the Mariners last year. With Santana leading off and Dozier hitting second, could this bump Mauer back down the lineup?

1 - Santana
2 - Dozier
3 - Morales
4 - Willingham
5 - Arcia
6 - Plouffe
7 - Mauer
8 - Suzuki/Pinto
9 - Escobar

That is a damn sexy lineup.


I like that. If Mauer ever heats back up, leave him 3rd and drop Willingham to 6 and Ploufe to 7.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:46 PM

Wow. I am speechless. I approve of this move. Let's hope it means more changes to come.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:46 PM

When was the last time the Twins acquired a player as good as Morales during the season? Shannon Stewart?


This is the exact question I had when I first read of Kendrys signing! It's pretty clear to me the FO hasn't written this year off yet.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:47 PM

When was the last time the Twins acquired a player as good as Morales during the season? Shannon Stewart?


We've been debating that very point. Now, how do the Twins demote the Face of the Franchise to the bottom of the order?

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:47 PM

Bizarre move. It means less ABs for Pinto, which is a negative.


Are there any positives to this move, in your opinion?
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:48 PM

Wow. I am speechless. I approve of this move. Let's hope it means more changes to come.


Yeah, Mike...it's like they actually read Twins Daily!!!

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:51 PM

Why indeed? This signing stopped making sense when Willingham and Arcia came back.


I disagree. This is forward thinking if the Hammer is on the move. You can put Santana in LF with Morales DHing full-time. In the meantime, the deadwood that is Kubel, and possibly Parmelee are possibly bye-bye.

If the Twins are out of it on July 31, they flip him for another good prospect if Morales does well.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:52 PM

When was the last time the Twins acquired a player as good as Morales during the season? Shannon Stewart?


Since then O-Cab was about the next best, I guess. Morales should surpass that.
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:53 PM

Are there any positives to this move, in your opinion?


It improves the team a bit. They still aren't contenders.

My concern though is - if you are a contender, how can you throw Hicks out there with no backup plan? If you are a contender, how can you keep throwing Correia with an ERA of 7?

It doesn't work to be half-in, half-out.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:54 PM

The order won't matter as much as who is in the line up.

They can sit Mauer and DH Pinto against lefties where Pinto is catching.

This does not need to take away at bats from Pinto.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 02:58 PM

Wow. I am speechless. I approve of this move. Let's hope it means more changes to come.


I'm with you Mike - pitching changes next please (Corriea, Guerrier, Burton and Duensing gone)

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:00 PM

Morales also hit 3rd or 4th just about every game he played for the Mariners last year. With Santana leading off and Dozier hitting second, could this bump Mauer back down the lineup?

1 - Santana
2 - Dozier
3 - Morales
4 - Willingham
5 - Arcia
6 - Plouffe
7 - Mauer
8 - Suzuki/Pinto
9 - Escobar

That is a damn sexy lineup.


It is sexier.. I like that you moved Mauer down the order; not his team anymore :) I might even put Arcia third and Morales fifth.

i am just real uneasy with Santana as a starting center fielder on a contending team. He's still so green. I am warming to him, but...

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:00 PM

  • LaVelle E. Neal III ‏@LaVelleNeal 30s
    Guessing Morales has to go to minors for awhile to get game ready.Twins source told me: ``I knew you would be stunned.'' No bleeping kidding


    Stunned? Pretty much everyone, I would guess.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:05 PM

When was the last time the Twins acquired a player as good as Morales during the season? Shannon Stewart?



How quickly you forget about one Bret Boone.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:05 PM

They would never acknowledge it until the Twins do. Which is lame.


It's now on the Twins web site - you'd think they'd say something now

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:05 PM

I disagree. This is forward thinking if the Hammer is on the move. You can put Santana in LF with Morales DHing full-time. In the meantime, the deadwood that is Kubel, and possibly Parmelee are possibly bye-bye.

If the Twins are out of it on July 31, they flip him for another good prospect if Morales does well.


I do think the signing provides cover for releasing Kubel. Now they can tell him they have no room, instead of making it about his ability.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:06 PM

It's now on the Twins web site - you'd think they'd say something now


Dick mentioned it a couple innings ago.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:09 PM

I do think the signing provides cover for releasing Kubel. Now they can tell him they have no room, instead of making it about his ability.


That's the other thing holding up an "official" announcement, apparently. They have to clear a space on the 40 man and aren't going to do that mid-game.

Also, they have a policy of waiting until the physical is complete.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:12 PM

It improves the team a bit. They still aren't contenders.

My concern though is - if you are a contender, how can you throw Hicks out there with no backup plan? If you are a contender, how can you keep throwing Correia with an ERA of 7?

It doesn't work to be half-in, half-out.


My thought exactly. You can't sign Morales for 2014 and in the same breath claim that Santana needs to play center to gain experience, or that if Willingham stays hot you can move him and be sellers at the deadline, or that... and so on.

I'm not opposed to this signing I just don't know if it makes as much sense now, as it did before.