Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:08 PM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:10 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:47 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:09 AM
the only thing keeping them from competing is a willingness to spend on pitching next year.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:19 AM
1. Sign Baker and get a healthy, productive season from him.
2. Sign one of Jackson/Marcum/Sanchez/etc. and get a healthy, productive season from him.
3. Gibson progresses and get a healthy, productive season from him.
4. The offense stays mostly healthy with Morneau and Mauer coming back strong.
5. Willingham doesn't regress too much.
6. The middle infield is not embarrassing.
7. Diamond doesn't regress too much.
Quite a tall order.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:28 AM
2. We also need for either Plouffe to be able to have a .750+ OPS next year with 25HRs or a solid hitting replacement waiting in the wings to take over. So who would be a solid hitting bench 3b that can play elsewhere too and not cost more than 2 million per? Signing a player like that would probably give us one of our deepest benches ever too as Mastrionni, OF Prospect(take your pick), Doumit...not bad.
3. This one is a biggie. We need a SS. We get a solid hitting SS and the offense is practically set.
4. On pitching we have a solid bullpen with several arms waiting in the minors for a chance. Maybe sign a bullpen arm or go dumpsterdiving again for relief depth.
5. The rotation has developed several solid depth starters this year. 5th, 6th, and 7th starters And a solid #3. So at this point if we resign Baker and can get 2 solid starters with 1 being a #2 quality starter we should be able to compete next year.
In Short 1 SS, 1 3b-IF bench bat, 3 SP, and relief depth....This seems extremely possible especially since the hard part SP can be GIbson, Baker, and Hendriks and there is a deep rotation. The hard part is going to be getting a capable SS in my opinion. If only the team would be willing to take a chance and go back to the 100 million 105 million payroll number.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 09:59 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:07 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:16 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:36 AM
This rotation will need help when the season starts, in May or June they may already be out of it if the don't.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:45 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:29 PM
Im all for goin the OAK/CHI route & deal off Span/Morneau among others.
Id like to sign some veteran bench hitters like Eric Chavez & Cody Ross.
Release Drew Butera to get that out of the fans thoughts & have Ryan Doumit play a straight up backup C to Mauer.
Sign/trade for a minimum of one legit starting middle infielder.
Re-sign Scot Baker & unless they implode in spring training....start the season with both Hendriks/Gibson in rotation
Dont bring back Deduno or Walters...even to AAA deals
Edited by greengoblinrulz, 11 October 2012 - 12:32 PM.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:44 PM
Go with Florimon/dozier in the Middle INF. See what Plouffe gives us over a full season. Go with Gibson, Hendricks in the rotation and see if the are MLB pitchers. Second half of 2013--bring up Hicks, Arcia and Sano and see if they can be ready in 2014. If Gibson, Hendricks are non MLB ready--make trades at deadline and sign free agent pitchers next year.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:06 PM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:39 PM
Trade for Josh Johnson, sign Scott Baker, trade Span for Andrus. Sign some veteran pitching on a 1 year deal and you are looking at a 90 win team. Book it.
No way do you get Elvis Andrus for Span. Texas believes and some "experts" agree that they will dangle Andrus for David Price. Obtaining Josh Johnson will require way more than anyone here would give---a Teixiera type package.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:12 PM