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#1 Ted Schwerzler

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:00 PM

Over the offseason Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have suggested that the Minnesota Twins will be focused on impact pitching. That’s a great place to start. Their rotation needs significant additions to compete in a sport that just had two elite staffs square off in the World Series. What if they can’t assemble something that rivals an elite top three though? Does it make sense for them to further bolster an already strong lineup? How about doing so with superstar World Series champion Anthony Rendon.Obviously, this all hinges on how the organization views the immediate future of Miguel Sano. He’s the current starter at the hot corner and is coming off a .923 OPS during his age-26 season. The Dominican native is under team control for each of the next two seasons, and the expectation would be that his salary remains under $10 million before hitting the open market. Rocco Baldelli has an opening at first base if the club decides to non-tender C.J. Cron, and it’s always been assumed that Sano would be better off switching sides on the diamond.

Assume Miguel moves and vacates the hot corner, the timing may never be better. Rendon will play 2020 as a 30-year-old and is coming off an MVP caliber season. He posted a 1.010 OPS and launched a career high 34 home runs. Even with some regression, Rendon hasn’t posted an OPS below .900 since 2016. He’s consistently been a 6 WAR player and generates production through both offensive and defensive excellence.

In his final year of arbitration Rendon made $18.8 million for the Nationals. Fangraphs has valued his production as being worth roughly $50 million annually since 2016, and he hasn’t been worth less than $34 million since 2015. The open market isn’t going to pay him that handsomely but expecting a 5-7 year deal that checks in between $25-30 million on a yearly basis seems more than doable. Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado would be the only third basemen paid above Rendon, and that seems like a pretty fair place for him to slot into the leaderboard.

The downside to this argument is that Minnesota should be throwing a good deal of their cash at arms. If we assume they have something like $70 million to spend, chopping that almost in half by inking a position player isn’t a great use of funds. However, there’re only so many pitchers on the open market worthy of the big-time payday. Should Minnesota miss on Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, I’d expect only Zack Wheeler to surpass the $20 million mark. That means the Twins could sign a very good arm and still accommodate a contract enticing to Rendon.

By no means should the assumption or expectation be that the front office prioritizes a third basemen. Even if there’s a desire to move Sano defensively, other more economical options exist. If the goal is to raise the overall talent level to the highest possible extent though, adding a superstar like Rendon certainly bridges the gap between a superstar pitcher and just a middle of the rotation arm.

It’s hard to project the Twins as a serious player any time we’re talking about the best player on the market types, but we’ve entered the territory where the organization is ready to compete and do so at a World Series worthy level.

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:37 PM

When did RandBall Stu change his name to Ted Schwerzler?
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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:57 PM

So I have been saying for a while now that the Twins need to improve there infield defense. They can either do that through player acquisition, coaching, or advancing better defense of players from the minors. This would be a signing that would improve their defense, as well as improve their offense. If he were to seriously entertain offers from the Twins this would be a good fit.
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Posted 31 October 2019 - 09:41 PM

No....we need not over complicate things....


The priorities are:

1. Playoff worthy starting pitching

2. Playoff worthy starting pitching


...and wait...what am I forgetting....oh yeah!


3. Playoff worthy starting pitching

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 09:48 PM

Ive had the same thought, Ted.

If there's money enough for Cole, plus a couple starters like Odo and Pineda, then...

...since we're not getting Cole...

...there's money enough for Rendon, plus a couple starters like Odo and Pineda.
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Posted 31 October 2019 - 09:54 PM

Cole or bust.
Rendon means we busted.

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 10:12 PM

So you want to spend over 25-30% of the payroll on just 1 player?


That's also why Rosario is on the trading block. Poor defense and with the juiced ball we should have expected more output as well.Fan favorite for sure, but not worth 9M+ a year.


Pay 5 players 15M a year and that account to 75M. Then with payroll usually around 130M that doesn't leave much for the other 21 players.


Twins need to hold onto a few of these players but it also would not hurt to pull a Tampa and trade some off and reload.

Edited by darin617, 31 October 2019 - 10:23 PM.

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 10:47 PM

Ummm...no. As in hell no-it would be a complete waste of resources. Not an enlightened proposition
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Posted 31 October 2019 - 11:48 PM


No....we need not over complicate things....


The priorities are:

1. Playoff worthy starting pitching

2. Playoff worthy starting pitching


...and wait...what am I forgetting....oh yeah!


3. Playoff worthy starting pitching

Two of our three starts were ok and that is without Pineda or giving Dobnak a chance to work himself out of a jam.Our pen performed less playoff worthy and our offense was less playoff worthy still. We scored less than 2.5 runs per game and a few of those were late and meaning little.The teams that advanced averaged around 5 a game. Ok, that said, yeah, I agree.We need starting pitching most of all.Rendon is pretty awesome though.

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 12:47 AM

Cole or bust.
Rendon means we busted.

Twins will not come close to signing Cole. Period. Would put too many eggs in one basket.
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Posted 01 November 2019 - 03:12 AM


Cole or bust.
Rendon means we busted.

...Edwin Jackson means we busted

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 05:04 AM

I’d do it!

  • Upgrades and locks down 3b for 5 years instead of 2. 
  • We are not signing 2 $30MM free agent pitchers. But, maybe he can influence Strasburg to sign here? 
  • Can use Sano in a trade, perhaps for another starter, or move to 1b
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Posted 01 November 2019 - 06:16 AM


Ummm...no. As in hell no-it would be a complete waste of resources. Not an enlightened proposition


Agree. Rendon's gonna want a huge contract and he's going to ask for at least 6-years.


He's a great player. But I just can't see a long-term deal for a guy who's already 30 years old working out, especially for the money he'll be asking. Then again, he could be the next Nelson Cruz....but I just don't see Rendon hitting 40 HRs at age 36.


If the Twins could get a 3-year deal or something, OK. I just don't see that being realistic.

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 06:35 AM

The only way Cole or Strasberg come here is if you start at $35m for 6-7 years. No way am I offering a SP 7 years north of $240m, the risk is too great. I would take Rendon at 6 $150m and use Rosario and a few positional prospects to trade for a SP.
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Posted 01 November 2019 - 07:05 AM

Rendon has said he would like to play near home, in Texas. He might even end up in Houston..which would be something wouldn't it? I doubt Twins would be on his list unless they overpaid to the max...which won't happen.

Twins won't get Cole either...unless their whole economic protocol changes drastically.


But I think everyone agrees, they need some arms. First.

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 07:10 AM

If Rendon ended up in Houston what happens with Bregman and Correa ??Do the Stro's move Bregman to SS fulltime and trade Correa ???

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 07:19 AM

I didn't know Rendon was a pitcher!
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Posted 01 November 2019 - 07:26 AM

As pretty much the Theme here... ALL IN in getting top end pitching. Need to sign one of the top stud pitchers. Of course Cole would be mine and everyone's priority. Love Rendon but not at the cost of not getting the best pitchers on the market. Our lineup is fine as is....

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 07:51 AM

not a fan, but why not Donaldson if this is what they are thinking?

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 07:59 AM

I was a sceptic at first but after some thought I could see this working. However, SP needs to be first addressed. Let’s suppose a trade is made for say Noah S of the Mets; sign Odorizzi and maybe Pineda or similar; now there is enough $$ for Rendon. (Or even Donaldson) They’ve addressed SP, shored up the defense and should have stayed within their budget. 

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