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#1 tlkriens

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 09:49 AM

https://www.mlbtrade...tions-2019.html

Some interesting guesses here. Three big ones for the Twins

Marwin Gonzalez – Twins.Four years, $36MM
Jeurys Familia – Twins.Three years, $33MM
Nelson Cruz – Twins.Two years, $30MM

Would be an impressive haul for sure, for a not too bad $100 million.

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#2 DocBauer

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:05 AM

Add a 2nd RP and another solid infielder and I'd be happy with that!

Still like McCutchen better than Cruz for OF depth, etc.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:24 AM

Love Gonzalez and Fanilia, Not a huge fan of adding a Cruz/DH only type. We've got 4 OFs and Garver that all need 500+ ABs this year plus Austin, who should get at least 400. We need the DH spot to do that. 

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:27 AM

Here is what I want the Twins to do:

 

1) The Twins spend a little more to get younger players

2) The Twins shore up the pitching

 

There will never be another time when the Twins have this much money sitting on the table. Use it! The Twins have AMPLE options for serviceable players making the minimums (with all the ups and downs associated with those types of players). Now's the time to feed the other end of the team. The Twins haven't been in this position since the late 80s.

Edited by Doomtints, 03 November 2018 - 10:30 AM.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 12:30 PM

The article also mentions Zack Greinke as a possibility. Projected whip of 1.1, which would be nice.
And I concur that a full-time DH should be pretty much last on the shopping list as the Twins have (at least) one catcher, one infielder and one outfielder who will need at bats via the DH.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 12:51 PM

The article also mentions Zack Greinke as a possibility. Projected whip of 1.1, which would be nice.
And I concur that a full-time DH should be pretty much last on the shopping list as the Twins have (at least) one catcher, one infielder and one outfielder who will need at bats via the DH.

There are no current Twins that “need” DH ABs. Eddie Rosario led the team with an .803 OPS, and if he’d gotten 30 more PAs I doubt we’d have had even one regular over .800.

What the Twins “need” offensively is to sprinkle some legitimately good hitters into the middle of the lineup. They’re in no position to keep ANY lineup spot open, particularly DH, where you don’t have to worry about defense at all.

The catcher, infielder and outfielder you speak of can compete for ABs while in the field. Sign Cruz, and Donaldson while you’re at it. And perhaps Martin Gonzalez.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:17 PM

Cruz doesn’t provide versatility, but we need ‘A’ list hitters, period. Cruz would be a legit .260/.350/.510, 40ish HR guy. Regardless if its full-time DH we could use a professional slugger like him. Power as a tool, usually ages well.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

Cruz doesn’t provide versatility, but we need ‘A’ list hitters, period. Cruz would be a legit .260/.350/.510, 40ish HR guy. Regardless if its full-time DH we could use a professional slugger like him. Power as a tool, usually ages well.


Agreed. But doesn't McCutchen, or maybe Brantley, serve the lineup and roster and roster flexibility better as a whole?

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:10 PM

I think the end is near for Cruz. 2015-17 OPS in the low .900s. Last year .850. Last year was also the first time in 5-6 years that he played fewer than 150 games.

I don’t like the trend.

IMO, Cruz is exactly the type of player the Ryan regime pursued: aging vets on their last legs. Every other team is looking to get younger and more versatile. Cruz looks like a “be mediocre” move to me.
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:27 PM

Just read Reiter's Top 50 Free Agents list on SI. He lists free agents current team and suggested "best" new team to sign with. Didn't notice one player with the Twins listed as that player's best option. I might've missed somebody because I scanned through it pretty quickly.

 

Not that I necessarily want the Twins to try and sign any of these guys, but what the hey? Nobody's best option is the Twinkies?

Edited by Dave The Dastardly, 03 November 2018 - 02:28 PM.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 02:38 PM

 

Just read Reiter's Top 50 Free Agents list on SI. He lists free agents current team and suggested "best" new team to sign with. Didn't notice one player with the Twins listed as that player's best option. I might've missed somebody because I scanned through it pretty quickly.

 

Not that I necessarily want the Twins to try and sign any of these guys, but what the hey? Nobody's best option is the Twinkies?

A lot of turmoil in the Twins organization.

 

Coaches are being let go throughout the organization plus the FO just hired a new manager who is probably going to bring in some of his own people.

 

My take, anyway.


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 04:29 PM

 

Cruz doesn’t provide versatility, but we need ‘A’ list hitters, period. Cruz would be a legit .260/.350/.510, 40ish HR guy. Regardless if its full-time DH we could use a professional slugger like him. Power as a tool, usually ages well.

Right, I'd more more concerned about regression like this rather than worry about a guy who will be a DH-only. Don't want to sign the next Logan Morrison...

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 04:40 PM

Plenty of good, elite RP to sign if they want to spend.
 

Andrew Miller
Adam Ottovino
Joe Kelly
Kelvin Herrera
Zach Britton
David Robertson
Joakim Soria
Cody Allen
Brad Brach
Justin Wilson
Jesse Chavez

So who is the odd man out if they go OF? It won't be Rosario. Make or break year for Kepler. Who knows with Buxton. Brent Rooker will be up no later than 2020 to fill a 1B/DH/OF spot. Alex Kirilloff will be up in 2020 too, so I think they have OF covered for the future. 

Edited by tlkriens, 03 November 2018 - 04:44 PM.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 04:45 PM

Just read Reiter's Top 50 Free Agents list on SI. He lists free agents current team and suggested "best" new team to sign with. Didn't notice one player with the Twins listed as that player's best option. I might've missed somebody because I scanned through it pretty quickly.
 
Not that I necessarily want the Twins to try and sign any of these guys, but what the hey? Nobody's best option is the Twinkies?

Tidally
Not that they necessarily panned out, but how many of last off-season’s FAs would have listed the Twins as their “best” option.

Let’s see iif Harper is signed by the Winter Meetings. Once he is signed, the other big payroll teams will then concentrate on the best of the rest. Only then can the Twins wade in. I know they have potentially as much or more money that most teams, but I don’t see them breaking the proverbial bank this year.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 04:46 PM

4yrs, $36M is way low on Marwin. I think 3 yrs, $36M is much closer to what he will get.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 05:33 PM

 

I think the end is near for Cruz. 2015-17 OPS in the low .900s. Last year .850. Last year was also the first time in 5-6 years that he played fewer than 150 games.

I don’t like the trend.

IMO, Cruz is exactly the type of player the Ryan regime pursued: aging vets on their last legs. Every other team is looking to get younger and more versatile. Cruz looks like a “be mediocre” move to me.

 

 

Ryan would have waited until he had three sub .750 OPS seasons and THEN signed him.

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 07:57 PM

 

Ryan would have waited until he had three sub .750 OPS seasons and THEN signed him.

Agreed. Morrison is much more of a Ryan signing. 


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 08:30 PM

 

Here is what I want the Twins to do:

 

1) The Twins spend a little more to get younger players

2) The Twins shore up the pitching

 

There will never be another time when the Twins have this much money sitting on the table. Use it! The Twins have AMPLE options for serviceable players making the minimums (with all the ups and downs associated with those types of players). Now's the time to feed the other end of the team. The Twins haven't been in this position since the late 80s.

Gonzales and Familia are 29 Why would the Twins even consider these geriatric players

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:30 PM

Relax-the Twins are not going to get any “significant” free agent. And not because of money. The Twin City area is just not a destination for any of those players (IMHO).

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:35 PM

I think if i were the Twins would be using additional free agent money in signing relief pitching not only for next year but for the next 3 years. I would want top of line closer that you can count on to get final outs. Second you still need at least another set up man for your closer even though we have couple in May and Hildenberg but other setup man should be hard throwing left hander. The next order of needs is find high end pitcher but here i would trade for one top prospects ready to make it majors going to cost you couple of prospects. second i would look very hard at what it will take Gordon ready to be here at major league ready. Now we come for immediate needs i would be looking for 3 baseman this would allow you move Sano to 1st or DH further protecting him from injury. I would also would be looking for veteran player that could be utility man and definitely with priority that he could hit. Now getting back to wish list i would love to find quality catcher that is young. Here's a thought getting Gibson and Ordorizzi signed to extensions and afterwards look at packaging them to trade to the Yankees for Gary Sanchez. i just think NY may be in the market for pitching before next season these two would provide them 3 and 4 starter and you may have to eat some salary to get deal done maybe somebody else thrown into the deal but that would provide you young catcher to go along with group of young players. Doing this would mean that we would be relying on pitchers coming up in the minors but something worth the risk. The still big risk yet will be at what level do Sano and Buxton perform but if that would turn you could have a team that could take the central division.Another year after that you would have number of prospects about ready to jump to majors and even further advancing the chances of Twins winning the American league to go to world series. A lot of ifs but should have team that if you did do some extensions and new people coming up could be contenders for number of years. Also you would have top talent up the middle at catcher, SS, Second and center field for next 5 years if you did things right.This would be my beginning plan but I would want to go over this with your manager and GM to get their input on future needs for the club.