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#1 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:01 PM

2019 Offseason:

Signings:
Joe Kelly 2yr/$22M
Cody Allen 1yr/$12M
Nelson Cruz 2yr/$34M
Jed Lowrie 3yr/$36M
Total—> $104M

Trades:
(CLE) Yonder Alonso <—> Magill/Cave/Diaz (+1yr/$8M)
(SEA) Dee Gordon <—> Hildenberger/Arraez (+2yr/$20M) (Lowrie alternative)

Non-tender:
Robbie Grossman (trade if you can)
Tyler Duffey

Lineup:
2nd- Jed Lowrie (or Dee Gordon)
SS- Jorge Polanco
RF- Eddie Rosario
DH- Nelson Cruz
1st- Yonder Alonso
3rd- Miguel Sano
CF- Byron Buxton
C- Mitch Garver
RF- Max Kepler

Bench:
Tyler Austin
Ehire Adrianza
Lamonte Wade
Jason Castro

AAA Depth:
Nick Gordon
Willians Astudillo
Michael Reed

Rotation:
Jose Berrios
Fernando Romero
Kyle Gibson
Michael Pineda
Jake Odorizzi

CL- Joe Kelly
SU- Trevor May
SU- Cody Allen
Adalberto Mejia
Addison Reed
Taylor Rogers
Kohl Stewart

AAA Depth:
Gabriel Moya
Stephen Gonsalves
Alan Busenitz
Andrew Vasquez
Chase De Jong
Lewis Thorpe
John Curtiss
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 12:49 PM

Good start, but I think they need to add more pitching.

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#3 Mike Sixel

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 01:52 PM

Need to add Dee Gordon to your bench, and cut someone, I think......

 

What role is Dee playing? Super utility? Or, is that if you don't sign Lowrie?

 

 

I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:53 PM

I think Gordon is if Lowrie isn't signed.But he'll cost a LOT more than Hildy and Arraez.  

 

I like Kelly and Allen.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:55 PM

A "bridge the gap" (next wave of prospects) strategy. It's rational, IMO...even realistic, I think. IMO, it's a strategy to compete only for the division, not the pennant (too many teams in AL are a lot better than this). On the other hand, it's really only costing shorter-term money, so why not, I guess.I do think the offer for Alonso would have to be a bit sweeter from Cleveland's perspective, I think. (Not to mention the unlikelihood of Cleveland agreeing, under any circumstances, to plug a hole for their top competitor. But I get the point...a proven bat that provides a short-term solution at 1B)


#6 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 03:41 PM

Need to add Dee Gordon to your bench, and cut someone, I think......
 
What role is Dee playing? Super utility? Or, is that if you don't sign Lowrie?


Gordon was meant to be a Lowrie alternative, but putting him in a super utility role doesn’t sound so bad.

#7 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 04:52 PM

A "bridge the gap" (next wave of prospects) strategy. It's rational, IMO...even realistic, I think. IMO, it's a strategy to compete only for the division, not the pennant (too many teams in AL are a lot better than this). On the other hand, it's really only costing shorter-term money, so why not, I guess. I do think the offer for Alonso would have to be a bit sweeter from Cleveland's perspective, I think. (Not to mention the unlikelihood of Cleveland agreeing, under any circumstances, to plug a hole for their top competitor. But I get the point...a proven bat that provides a short-term solution at 1B)


My goal with this “bridge the gap” approach is to also reasonably supplement the possibility that everything comes together for the 2019 Twins like it did for 2017 Yankees, a young team that had a lot of breakouts performances and rode them to Game 7 of ALCS against the eventual WS champs. IMO I believe the Twins core has similar, if not more, potential than that team showed before their postseason run, which is why I wanna bring in short-term solutions like Cruz, Lowrie, and Alonso for 1-2 years because even if we fail to make the deep playoff run I know this team is capable of, at least these guys will have served the purpose of “bridging the gap” to prospects like Lewis, Kirilloff, Rooker, Larnach, Jeffers, and Javier for relatively affordable price.

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#8 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 07:46 PM

Good start, but I think they need to add more pitching.


Obviously there’s more to be had in both areas, but which do you think is more important; adding a proven starter, or a couple more bullpen arms??