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#21 Minny505

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 02:05 PM

Jose Iglesias finished the 2018 season with a wRC+ of 90, two points better than the entirety of Twins 2B for the season. He's averaged a fWAR of 2.1 and bWAR of 1.7 over the past three seasons. 

 

I'm more on the Iglesias bandwagon than anyone else on this list. If the Twins lose out on him (the only reason they would is he is not the top option on their board), Lowrie seems the next best option, as he brings a far better glove to the party than any of the bats guys listed above at 2B.

 

This would give the Twins two average-ish defenders up the middle that each flash a wRC+ roughly 15% above average. Either solution seems workable.

 

The Twins finished 6th in runs scored in the AL in 2018 and 9th in wOBA. The success of the offense will hinge on Sano, Rosario, Polanco and Buxton, not so much on the production of a new middle infielder...unless that middle infielder is Manny Machado of course.

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 05:06 PM

The guy I'd prefer to any of these didnt even make your list.

Give me Marwin Gonzalez.
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Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 10:55 AM

Don't we already have an Iglasias carbon copy with Adrianaza?

 

The hitting stats seem to suggest this. 

 

 

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 04:06 PM

 

Don't we already have an Iglasias carbon copy with Adrianaza?

 

The hitting stats seem to suggest this. 

Yeah, bat-wise they're similar. It's the defense that seems to lean Iglesias. Adrianza hasn't been given full playing time, but I don't think his D would be as good as Jose's.


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 05:44 PM

 

Yeah, bat-wise they're similar. It's the defense that seems to lean Iglesias. Adrianza hasn't been given full playing time, but I don't think his D would be as good as Jose's.

 

Iglasias is pretty awesome with the glove. I've seen him make some plays that make me wonder just what humans are capable of but... 

 

9 Million? Multiple Years? Adrianaza would be more cost effective IMO. 

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 09:06 PM

Would love for us to trade for Segura depending on what the cost. Move Polanco to second. Lewis is only 19 and was in A ball so would allow him to climb the ladder instead of rushing. 

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 09:29 PM

One more option - trade with Miami for Starlin Castro. Good bat, decent at 2B. Worse than Polanco at SS, so Polanco stays there. I think Polanco is improving and closer to average than the stats suggest so I'm comfortable leaving him there is we can get Castro or Lowrie to play 2B (although I read somehwere that Lowrie is already in talks to stay in Oakland). 




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