Okay, who to send down. Better yet, who do you want to have play and where.
We want to see Polanco play. Looks like it will be third, maybe short, a game or two at second between now and September. But having Plouffe on the roster means Plouffe plays third, or maybe first with Mauer DHing, then Vargas is out of a job. Whew, rotating players.
We want to see Sano. But he can't DH if we have Vargas, or if Plouffe plays 1st and Mauer at DH, and then Polanco sits on the bench, or maybe plays second or short that day. But Sano needs to up his skills playing third. I say let him do it for 15-20 games at Rochester, as well as work on his pitch selection. Seems viable at this point.
But we still have Polanco running around to different positions, Plouffe getting tryouts at different positions, and a full outfield.
Assuming we want Kepler and Rosario playing everyday. We also have Grossman, who has slowed a bit, but still is better in the lineup than sitting on the bench. We also have Santana doing, whatever, keeping a place warm on the bench in case Molly needs to sit during the game. Buxton ahs not been pulling his weight. I say send him down, too, to play 15-20 games in centerfield and work on his bunting exclusively, speed, taking pitches. He is a viable leadoff guy, but not right now in Minnesota. Let him lead-off in Rochester. Of course, who else can we bring up if we send down Buxton AND Sano.
I liked where someone said send down a starter. We only have four anyways. We seem to always have a start worked by the bullpen. We can send down any of the relief guys, hope Milone disappears. Anyways, we should be sending Duffey back down. Let's look at another possible body (heck, I would even accept the temporary second-coming of Albers at this point - looks like Darnell blew it again by going on the DL).
We have four 40-man spots open. We could have a fifth (Milone). We could have a 6th (Suzuki). We could have a 7th (Plouffe).
Now I like Plouffe and all. But whoever has him on their major league roster at season's end needs to offer him year three of arbitration, or let him walk. I would rather make that another team's responsibility. Unless you, as the Twins general manager, sees him as such a fit that you call him into the office and offer him a 3-year contract today. But that could be anywhere's from $20 to the upside of $30 million. Where does he play. WHo doesn't play (Sano, Polanco, Vargas).
Like Milone, like Suzuki...you now have three players that you will probably get absolutely no return for today or after the season ends. If you let them walk today, you save salary if another team does grab them. Maybe you stick with Suzuki because he is the only one really playing and contributing.
And we haven't even come to the dilemma of what do we do with Byung-Ho Park. Where can this guy play if we have Polanco at third, Mauer at first, Sano at DH (or Vargas).
Let's really complicate things. If we send out Sano (for Plouffe) and also Buxton. Who do we bring up to replace Buxton for the moment? Park (so we can dangle him out there on the waiver wire). Or perhaps an early look at Walker off the bench...who is another guy in the logjam of DH/OF/1B.
I can't believe I'm saying this...with four 40-man spots open on the rosters, the Twins have too much offense right now!
I say Sano down to work on fielding. He should understand that (how many games HAS he played at third in the last year...really). Buxton down to get better. Milone on waivers. Suzuki see if you can get a low-level prospect and salary relief at least (because we DO have to see Murphy catch some more). If you need to bring up Park for a week and see if he can pound the ball and then put him on waivers to see if there is interest, do so. He is more of a position problem right now, unless you are willing to let him linger at Rochester again next season, or flip Vargas at some point.
Polanco needs to play. At third. It would be nicer if he could handle shortstop fulltime and have Escobar be the utility guy. Plouffe needs to play...one/two games at major leagues...then goes or sits. Again, IS HE IN THE FUTURE PLANS. If he is, then trade off Sano or Park or Vargas. Or send Mauer down to the minors to work on base running skills.
I'm starting to get confused. Now the biggest question of all ... where can Danny Santana play. I'm sure that is the first name Molly wants to write in on the line-up card everyday!
Edited by Rosterman, 05 August 2016 - 09:56 AM.