As a team...were getting there.
hitters who should be plus next year:
That's solid potential there plus Sano and Buxton on the way we hope
Should be alright:
Meyer when he gets up here.
Pino and Swarzak makes a sold 6th starter
The whole bullpen has been pretty solid. Burton had a down season but overall if he's the worst that's not bad.
When you look at the Twin current roster and prospects, you have to approach it from a variety of angles.
The first question: Who MIGHT be around in 2015 and 2016.
What players COULD find a place on another team's roster and at what price. If they can't, they are pretty worthless to the Twins in the long run. If it is a player the Twins could release and the only chance the player has of signing somewhere else, they are worthless.
But are they worthless to the Twins? At the moment, not, if they are a placesetting for a prospect down the line (see Plouffe).
Right now, the Twins need no free agents. Burton should be sent packing for anyone, or jsut to clear roster space for someone else to et some innings.
The Twins need to ask the worth of Nolasco. Would he be amrketable to, say, the Angels RIGHT NOW who are looking for a rotation boost and might consider Nolasco a long-term contract plus.
The Twins need to do something with an abundance of replaceable bullpen arms. Pino and Deduno are not needs for 2015. Kris Johnson and Logan Darnell have situational lefty worth and maybe spot starting. The fact that we have two such bodies should make Duensing a trade/claim possibility.
Is Swarzak worth the pay increase to be the starter we don't need and the replaceable long man in the pen. Would we be better off (no, I say, with Pino and Deduno) having May hold his spot next season, or hoping Guerra can step up, or is Pressly the new kid in the bullpen long-relief.
Thielbar is still cheap. Aaron Thompson collapsed, but just might be fatigue, but he is also on the up end of old and I don't see him pitching in 2016, elt alone a need as anything but minor league fodder in 2016.
The Twins easily have Tonkin and Achter and more in the system. THEY NEED TO SEND SOME OVERWORKED AND SOON TO BE OLD OR EXPENSIVE RELIEVERS ELSEWHERE COME 9/1.
I don't see them adding any hitters to the 40-man, although I would send Fryer packing once Pinto comes north, and let's look at Rohlfing as a bench bat. He is not a longtterm goal player (like Beresford or Bernier or Rodriguez or Ramirez) but I could see any of those bodies getting a September callup and a 40-man spot until we need to find places for the real 40-man keepers in November. Yes, I would like to see Rosario and Koch and Meyer and even Deibeson Romero get a roster spot (we better see Lester Oliveros in September).
So, see if there is a taker for Nolasco and start over for a big budget front of the rotation starter for 2015, maybe.
Clean house of the bullpen and get some prospects.
Look at a few (3-4 AAA guys just because you don't want to look at the real promising guys, which doesn't make sense, but.....)
Make hardnosed decisions on Colabello and Florimon and Fryer. I would rather see Ortiz, Rohlfing, Romero get a looksee than AAAA guys that shouldn't be around, except as minor league fodder, in 2015.