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#1 Nick Nelson

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:57 PM

Ahead of Monday's deadline, the Minnesota Twins announced they won't be tendering a contract to first baseman C.J. Cron, who was the biggest question mark among their group eligible for arbitration. Reliever Trevor Hildenberger is also out.

The remaining nine arbitration-eligible players are all slated to return (barring trades), including utilityman Ehire Adrianza, who agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.Cron, who was projected to earn around $7.5 million next year via his final turn at arbitration, was always a dubious bet to be locked in at that rate, despite the solid production in his first year with the Twins. His fate seemingly became sealed in recent weeks, with GM Thad Levine noting that the 29-year-old's postseason wrist surgery was "significant."



Minnesota still has the option of bringing back Cron at a lower rate, and they may very well explore it, but for now, a wealth of possibilities open up. Among them: shifting Miguel Sano to first base and adding a new third baseman (or going with Marwin Gonzalez at one of those spots).

Meanwhile, the decision to non-tender Hildenberger falls into a different category. He wasn't eligible for arbitration, but the Twins elected not to tender him a 2020 contract, thus making him a free agent and clearing his spot on the 40-man roster. Like with Cron, the Twins have the option of pursuing Hildenberger on the open market (and I personally hope they do).

The rest of the arbitration-eligible pack was tendered, including: Trevor May, Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, Taylor Rogers, Jose Berrios, Tyler Duffey, Matt Wisler, and Ehire Adrianza. The latter, Adrianza, inked a one-year deal worth $1.6 million – a modest $300K raise for a versatile player coming off his best offensive season.

We'll now have to wait and see how salaries shake out for those other players, who can exchange numbers with the club up until the January 10th submission deadline. Usually teams and players find middle ground smoothly (we estimated where those figures might land in the Offseason Handbook), but differences in perceived value can emerge and cause friction. I've suggested this may happen with the Twins and Rosario. We'll see.

Intriguing non-tenders from elsewhere around the league include A's reliever Blake Treinen and D-backs starter Taijuan Walker. With Cron and Hildenberger removed, the Twins now have five open spots on the 40-man roster.

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#2 Heistyman

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:08 PM

Taijuan Walker is definitely worth a look I hope the Twins kick the tires.

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#3 Wax off

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:08 PM

Good choice. Money for a first baseman is money not for pitching.
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#4 Seth Stohs

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:09 PM

The interesting thing about the Adrianza deal is that, unlike other arbitration deals, it is guaranteed. 

 

Maybe doing that made him more willing to sign for a little less than his projected arbitration amount?

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:36 PM

I think those were both good moves. Cron will likely have issues getting back to where he was and the Twins have options for 1st base as it is and potentially freeing up that money hopefully helps us get some pitching.


Hildenberger just hasn't been good enough to take up a forty man spot for a team that is looking to compete for the playoffs and beyond.


Gives the FO lots of options to make the roster better. Hopefully they take advantage of the opportunity.
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#6 mikelink45

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:41 PM

I am not surprised about Cron, but I'm also not on the bandwagon that it's such a great idea. I liked him. An injury doesn't mean he wasn't worth what we hoped. Hildenberger ran out of magic. A gimmick pitcher his limited.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:44 PM

Help me I think I just reposted the same comment multiple times.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:45 PM

This means Marwin to 3B, which is a pretty good idea. That should improve the defense.


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:45 PM

Some on this Board may think it's sexy to have a 3B at 6' 4" 280 lbs, and he did make some remarkable plays last year, but, reality is reality, and the metrics and the eye-test and the risk of injury all demonstrate beyond a doubt, that Miggy is, was and always should have been -- Joe Mauer excepted -- a 1B.

 

Get on with it Twins.

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 09:36 PM

I'm afraid this is going to turn in to yet ANOTHER Sano to 1B debate and that really shouldn't be the case. Not directly. What should be discussed is simply what makes the 2020 Twins best overall.

Of course you don't make a commitment to Cron right now. I have little doubt he'll be sitting there come mid to late January simply because of his surgery and recovery.

IMO, a healthy Cron at 1B and Sano at 3B is the most productive combo we could have. Without Cron, who else do you get? Kendrick? Moreland? Thames?

So Sano maybe moves to 1B and you sign Moose, not because Sano can't play 3B, but simply because that combo may simply be the better and more dangerous option available to you.

That will cost you another $5-6M than keeping Cron, but that cost is not prohibitive in the grand scheme. I still like Cron, but the more I think about his injury and recovery, and I read comments about his injury being "significant", you have to pick a direction and move with it. You can't just sit and wait on this one.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 09:43 PM

Help me I think I just reposted the same comment multiple times.

you can say that again.

Hahahaha I kill me.

For the record, you posted the same comment 11 times. No worries ... not even a TD record.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 10:35 PM

It's not what I would have done, but I'm not upset about it either.


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 11:27 PM

 

.....IMO, a healthy Cron at 1B and Sano at 3B is the most productive combo we could have. Without Cron, who else do you get? Kendrick? Moreland? Thames?

So Sano maybe moves to 1B and you sign Moose, not because Sano can't play 3B, but simply because that combo may simply be the better and more dangerous option available to you.

 

Moose goes to Cincy. No reason not to sign Rendon. Or Donaldson. But go for the gold. Rendon is so steady. This front office just might surprise us. Probably not. But maybe. I still can't condition myself to something like this can never happen, regardless of the history.

 

I think they won't sign top tier pitchers. But second tier, yes. Their MO is to get good pitchers and hope to make them better. May as well get the best offense, with good D. Trade for Chapman? I think that will be a higher price than just $.

 

I like the non-tender of Cron and Hildenberger.

I think Harper should be non-tendered, too.

Let the "stories" grow somewhere else, and bring a championship to Minnesota.

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 05:36 AM

I wish Hildy the best, first watched him pitch in Cedar Rapids and was always a nice guy to talk to and for autographs.I hope he can get back on track with another team, or resign with the Twins and figure it out in the minors.Decent firstbaseman are a dime a dozen, I like Sano at third while exploring the 1B surplus out there on a one year deal basis until Kirilloff, Rooker, Larnach, etc. are ready.


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 06:58 AM

The Cron move does give the Twins flexibility. They can look for a 3rd baseman OR a 1st baseman in this scenario.

 

Anyone ever thought that the Twins might just go after Greg Bird to play Cron's old part?

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 07:28 AM

This is not fantasy baseball, where you can switch Sano to first base and not worry about the lack of his experience in the position.A team with aspirations to compete deeply into the postseason will need a good fielding first baseman, esp. since the rest of the infield is young.

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 07:56 AM

 

The Cron move does give the Twins flexibility. They can look for a 3rd baseman OR a 1st baseman in this scenario.

 

Anyone ever thought that the Twins might just go after Greg Bird to play Cron's old part?

Bird could be interesting if the dude could just. stay. healthy.

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 08:37 AM

 

Help me I think I just reposted the same comment multiple times.

The 10 duplicate entries are deleted. Sometimes it does take a while for a posting to happen, particularly when on a phone. 

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 09:00 AM

 

you can say that again.

Hahahaha I kill me.

For the record, you posted the same comment 11 times. No worries ... not even a TD record.

It happens when I go from my phone - someday I will learn

 


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 09:02 AM

 

Bird could be interesting if the dude could just. stay. healthy.

611 ABs, 211 Pct, 725OPS - I am not interested in Bird. He has batted below 200 for three years in a row - I consider him a bust

 

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