This gets us back to the original topic and why they signed Marwin to begin with, and agree that the best way to develop a team, is to obsolete the utility infielder by having a starting 12 rather than a starting 9 and 3 bench players. But again, the team hasn't been developing 9, let alone 12.
Further, the question wasn't "What would I do to get Lewis up to the bigs faster?" The question was "What would I do if Lewis was ready now?".
If Lewis was ready now, I'd make a move to improve pitching in the bigs by trading Schoop, and then get Lewis up here. Schoop isn't a multi-position guy, neither is Polanco, neither is Lewis.
If I were remaking the Twins development organization over the last three years, I'd follow your template. It's a good one. It's also why I'm keepin Marwin over Schoop
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Actually, I still wouldn't trade Schoop. I'd be just fine with Lewis, Polanco and Schoop on the same roster.
In August when it is time to make the decision that I suggested, We still don't know who will get hurt or what we will need for Game 4 of the World Series. A manager can figure it out without making Schoop get splinters in his tush.
Schoop could be a multi-position guy... I'd be willing to wager that he could play some 3B, SS or other positions, maybe even OF.
The point of the exercise I suggested was to point out that you can develop super utility and get those super utility results fairly quickly and it can start in the minor leagues right now.
You are on the exact same page as I am... teams will stop themselves from having a roster of Lewis, Polanco and Schoop on the same roster because of the presence of Polanco and Schoop and the desire to get Lewis everyday playing time... and you end up with Lewis waiting in the minors for the roster to clear space for him and Adrianza sitting on the bench watching and maybe Adrianza sitting on the bench next year as well, watching Lewis and Polanco after Schoop is traded.
When I was working in Radio... I got to have dinner with Dave Ramsey. Just making conversation, I asked him what is the biggest mistake that people make in regards to their personal finances? His reply made perfect sense to me. Without pausing to think about it... He said "Car Payments". He says that if people would simply save that car payment and put it aside, letting it accumulate until you have enough to buy the car with cash and repeat for the next car plus the trade-in value and so forth and you have eliminated car debt while saving money toward retirement.
It made perfect sense and it's a mistake that most of us make. (Including myself... I still haven't followed his advice).
Now if Dave Ramsey would have asked me... What is the biggest mistake that Baseball General Managers make in regards to player development? (He didn't). I would have replied... Wasting 25% of your limited precious major league development roster space on players you have no intention of developing.
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I'm not a starting 9 guy!!!