Great thread, folks.
After all of this analysis about who the Twins might trade, I am wondering if Stringer or anyone else might want to open a thread about what the Twins should be looking for in their trades. Personally, I would like to see a catcher with a high ceiling who could be ready to come up within 2 or 3 years. I like Pinto, but would like to see another strong option.
Glunn's request was reasonable enough, and I think he hit the nail on the head right now with need. I'll hold off on naming names just yet, but that's largely due to the fact that no one really knows who will be buyers and sellers. Where it stands presently, the org is strong from a long term standpoint in pitching, CF, and even up the middle with some pretty interesting prospects in both the low and high minors.
1) Probably the biggest org need right now is upside at C, unless you think Mitch Garver is the answer there, and it's needed in both the low and high minors. Garver has done pretty well in Cedar Rapids and could be knocking on the door in 3 years if his development goes without a hitch, but he's a college guy doing well in Cedar Rapids, so he's far from a sure thing. I'd go a step further and target one that's a bit closer to the show. Even if Pinto is the starter next season, a starting catcher will at most play 100 games behind the plate. If the Twins had another high upside C whose bat could stick elsewhere, I could potentially see a nice platoon here (though Gardy's weird DH quirk comes back into play). That said, having 2 good catchers, especially if they platoon naturally would be very beneficial to the team. The problem with a high ceiling catcher that's close is that those types of prospects tend to be expensive.
2) Looking at the system, they don't have a lot of impact corner OFs in the high minors. The closest high upside guy beyond the obvious is Walker, and he's got a few question marks of his own. The team's OF of the future right now reasonably consists of Buxton, Hicks, Arcia, and possibly the enigma known as Rosario. While I think Buxton and Arcia will be fine, I suspect that Hicks' value (if he can recover it) is going to be at CF (and traded). Same with Rosario but as a CF or 2B. It's possible that a guy like Plouffe or Parmelee ends up sliding over there, as both are going to be squeezed out of positions at some point within the next couple of years, but both still have some question marks. Additional depth here would be nice, and I'd add is much easier to acquire, whether that be through FA or through trade.
3) While the org is doing well here, there's an adage that says you can never have enough starting pitching. This is the case here. High ceiling starting pitching is the currency for future trades, so if there's no room, they guy can be moved. I'd probably target high ceiling low A type guys for a move here. They are cheaper than ones closer to the show, and the Twins have plenty of high upside close to MLB. Adding someone who doesn't need to be on the 40 for a few years and needs some development, but could eventually be a high ceiling starter would be helpful if the Twins decided to operate more on a TB/OAK philosophy and consider trading some of their high upside guys as they near FA. This also makes sense if locking them up isn't going to happen. Additionally, the Twins will probably not be drafting in the top 10 by 2016, so getting one of these guys in the draft will be increasingly difficult. Given that the flameout rates are pretty high at this level, these guys can be had a bit cheaper than their high minors counterparts, but they also pair well with some of the Twins own prospects in this area such as Stewart, Gonsalves, and Thorpe.
4) Low minors middle infield/CF help. Up the middle guys tend to be currency, and you can never have enough of them. While the Twins are pretty strong in both areas presently, this represents another area that can be stock piled and moved to fill positions of need as they open up. I'd target low minors, high ceiling guys that need development. Historically, the Twins have done this better with CF then middle infield, so putting some emphasis there would be smarter, but either option would be a good get.
Edited by diehardtwinsfan, 05 July 2014 - 07:02 AM.