This is the direction I'm leaning right now as well. If you let Robbie go, you need to replace him with a better bat, and one that's proven it in the majors. If you non-tender Grossman with the objective of letting it ride with internal options, you're taking an unnecessary risk. And to everyone thinking $4 million is a lot of money, you need to remove your glasses that have Pohlad-colored lenses, lol.
Grossman was the Twins' best hitter in the second half, his 128 wRC+ after the break was tied for 33rd among the 165 AL hitters (top 20 percent) with at least 100 PAs and his defense was better than 2017 -- not good, but better. Meanwhile, Cave had a 33.0 K% to go with just a 5.8 BB% and Wade hit .229/.337/.336 over 294 PAs in Triple A.
Bird in hand vs. two in bush.
Agree with you Wade, but I just don't get why so many people are down on Cave. He hit .269/.316/.481 (.797), 1.5 WAR, 115 OPS+ in 300 PAs or roughly half a season. Yes, he had a 33% SO rate and a high BABIP but SO rate is somehting that typically improves with more ABs. His BABIP rate is consistent with his hard hit rate. He's only a passable CF, but he's a pretty good RF. In any event, Cave is a substantially better fielder than Grossman and I would argue is a more productive hitter - more power, better run production, more upside.Cave was the second best starting OF we had last year and should be starting as an every day OF next year if we go by performance.
Is there a place for Grossman? Maybe as a 4th OF if Kepler moves to 1B. Maybe, but only until Rooker or Krilloff is ready. If Kepler stays in the OF, it comes down to Grossman vs. probably Astudillo as the 25th man if we keep an 8 man BP, which we're likely to do given that starting staff. I'd keep Astudillo. We know what Grossman is, he's unlikely to get better. Cave and Astudillo might develop further and need ABs to do that (or show that this year was an aberration). Grossman is a 5th OF/part time DH/bench bat on a good team. He has more value on a good team than on a devloping team like the Twins. Better to use that spot on a player we think can develop into more. The opportunity cost in terms of roster spot and ABs is too high to keep him, particularly at $4m.
Edited by LA VIkes Fan, 11 October 2018 - 12:52 PM.