I don't agree that the "25th guy" is only there to provide pinch hitting/pinch running, and a useless place holder for getaway day games.
For one thing, teams only carry 12 or 13 players, so the term "25th guy" isn't even really that accurate. Smart GMs squeeze as much value as possible out of each of those 12 or 13 guys.
A dangerous RH hitter, who could spell the corner OFers and occasionally DH against a LH starter, would provide much, much more on field help than someone who only pinch hits/pinch runs. And there's no reason a good bat couldn't do both of those things, too.
It's a long season. Squeezing a little extra talent onto the roster will pay off.
Yeah, that would be nice. Two ways to get that in April:
1) From within. The Twins don't have this player. And even if you did, it'd have to hit a pretty narrow range. You need someone who wouldn't benefit from regular playing time in the minors but who doesn't provide so much value that you're wasting them in the majors and should think about trading them. Easier said than done and we can just magic that player into being. If Granite hit RH he might be an approximation of this (minus the pop).
2) Free agent. Youngish power-hitting free agent outfielders don't sign on to become 4th OFers, they look for a starting job or a place with a platoon (like Carols Gomez signing for $4 million in Tampa). So you're not getting someone with upside. You're going to get someone older on the downswing. And you're going to have to pay a decent amount because those guys have made money and they aren't coming back for the minimum. And if you get an old guy you likely sacrifice your speed/base running. An example might have been Jose Bautista but you'd have to pay him at least $5 million and you run the risk of him sucking.
That's why you end up with the Lamarre types. And sometimes they work out. See Grossman, Robbie in 2016. Sometimes they don't but they didn't cost you much. And that leads you to the time to upgrade this spot . . .
the deadline. By midseason, struggling teams are looking to deal their veteran power bats to save money, free up space for their young prospects and maybe get a lottery ticket in the process. And players who would not have signed on to be a 4th OF in the offseason are okay moving to a team with playoff hopes.
I get being upset if Lamarre is hitting poorly and is still the Twins 25th guy in August or October. But in April, he's as good a bet as anybody, especially with that option that allows you to have some flexibility.
I look at this (http://www.espn.com/...s/_/position/of) and I don't see anyone I'm sad the Twins missed out on. Thoughts? Is there someone you think the Twins could and should have signed this offseason?