this made me laugh out loud in pleasure, thank you.....
Again, I was responding to someone saying "it can't be as bad as last year", as did two others, I note....
I have not spent hours researching minor leaguers and rosters, so I can't really offer a good trade scenario.....but I'd certainly consider dealing for a SS, LF, CF (shorter term), 3B, C (I don't believe in Suzuki), SP.
With the information I have:
I'd probably actually roll with the starters they have, IF I knew more about Meyer and his readiness. Since we have no actual clue if he's ready for the majors (if only there was a way to gather that data this year.......), I'd sign someone at least as good as Shields. I'd prefer to go more elite, but I'd settle for Shields or better. I'd offer 3-5 years, depending on which guy it is, and I'd offer the going rate for that quality.
I'd sign Melky Cabrera to play LF.
I'd gut the bullpen other than Perkins and, um, not sure 2 others, your choice, and replace them with guys from the minors, or players from other teams that HAVE OPTIONS so I can manipulate my roster better. Frankly, it is time to see Guerra, Tonkin, Oliverous (sp?), Acther, and???? up here in the pen. I'd certainly hope Burdi is ready next year.
I'd promote Alex Meyer day 1.
Day 1 rotation: New guy, Gibson, Hughes, Meyer, Nolasco (alphabetical listing)
I'd see if Boston wants to deal one of their spare OF for a minor league pitcher in the Twins system (not Stewart or Berrios). The only reason to collect excess pieces is to deal them ......and prospects are worth more before they have their warts exposed.
I'd promote Pinto and have him catch 40-50% of the time.
I'd decide if Santana is a SS or CF this year, and play him AT THAT POSITION now, and next year.
I'd either cut, trade, or move Pelfrey to long relief or another BP spot.
with what I don't know:
If they think Sano or Buxton is not here next year.......I'd probably roll with Plouffe, but not be thrilled about it. I'd keep Santana in CF, and when Buxton does come up (if Danny has been good or better) move him to LF.
i'd promote Hicks ASAP, and see if this improvement looks real, I don't care about the minor league playoffs
If Meyer is not ready in their mind, I'd consider signing another SP in addition to the really good one.
That's off the top of my head....I am at work and all......and, if I really had control, I'd probably do more, but I was trying to be somewhat realistic....as if it was the Twins, and not the Twins with Mike in charge (which would likely be a disaster).