Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:21 PM
Been thinking about the DH spot a lot lately when looking at 2018. While I am tantalize by a major move at this spot, the lineup and roster is so, overall, deep, young, talented and versatile, that it's simply not at the top of the priority list unless the Twins went all in. TK, and Gardy, seldom had a true everyday DH. There were exceptions, of course, such as Davis and Winfield, but mostly they just put a good bench bat in that spot, and gave guys half days off. Personally, I like that approach; a balanced roster with depth where you rotate guys in and out. I think this team can do that. And let's be honest, any real investment should come first in another quality SP, and maybe a RP of quality, maybe two, before we look at the DH spot.
Nothing says your DH has to be a power hitter. The jury, unfortunately, is still out on Vargas. But what if, especially with his recent comments about getting in better shape, Vargas begins to put it together? What if Grossman can begin to bridge the gap between 2016 and 2017 splits and become more balanced? And what about Granite? He could be a true 4th OF with the potential to give guys breaks, but also DH at the top, or bottom, of the order and provide AVG, OB and speed.
If you paid attention to the normal batting order the last couple of months, you would see Molitor putting Grossman's OB ability in the 9 spot. This helped flip the lineup. He could do so again. So could Granite. Vargas would be more of a middle order option. Grossman's numbers, if you look at them, and I have, could blend his RH and LH production over a full season could not only flip the lineup, but maybe provide a very interesting 1-2 punch at the top of the order. And Granite, again, if he continues to grow and improve, could be a valuable 4th OF who could also flip the order, or hit with Mauer for a nice 1-2. In both of these scenarios, it allows Dozier and his offensive ability, to slide down.
Just saying, I think there are options and potential here without making an external investment.
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