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#41 ewen21

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 04:27 AM

 

I've been guilty of skimming some articles in my time. But this is literally the opening line of the article:

"If the Twins are intent on moving Miguel Sanó to first base to improve the defense, here are five of the best options to fill in at third base."

I think what we should infer from his post is that he doesn't believe we should be looking for a third baseman because we already have one.


#42 Doctor Wu

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:11 AM

 

I'll say it again. If the Twins are serious about improving the infield defense moving Sano to 1B isn't going to cut it. I can just envision him running to the fence chasing every errant throw he misses way way way too often. I believe Ortiz was a 1st baseman with the Twins and when he went to Boston he quickly became a DH for the same reason why Sano will never stick at 1B either. So why move him there in the first place? I'm open to trying Arraez at 3B, moving Polanco to 2B, and getting a good defensive SS. But that doesn't solve the 1B issue. I think it is going to take another season to resolve these issues. Nelson Cruz is the log-jam at DH forcing the Twins to play Sano in the field. Cruz is a nice log-jam but he creates a defensive problem.

I'll say it again too! Keep Sano at third and find someone else to handle first base for the next year or two. Say what you want about Sano as a third baseman, but I honestly can see him helping the club any more by playing first base. I still remember that short-lived experiment with him in right field and fear a similar debacle if we move him to first.


#43 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:42 AM

I think what we should infer from his post is that he doesn't believe we should be looking for a third baseman because we already have one.


I understand what he's inferring.
But the author isn't giving an opinion on, nor asking whether we SHOULD be looking for a replacement.
He's outlining some of the Twins options, IF "the Twins are intent on moving Miguel Sanó to first base to improve the defense."

Personally, I'm ok giving Sano one more year to see if he can stabilize his defense. And, I'm a person who typically "overvalues" defense on this site.

But of the options available, I think only Donaldson is a clear net upgrade.
I definitely have no interest in Longoria.

I'm more and more intrigued by trading for a better defensive SS, and moving Polanco to 3B. I think upgrading SS is going to impact the game more than upgrading 3B.

#44 jkcarew

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:11 PM

I think a lot of the debate on this thread is caused by this statement in the article: 

"if the Twins are intent on moving Miguel Sanó to first base to improve the defense".

 

That's an unnecessarily narrow premise. What about if the Twins want to improve the offense?...or better, improve overall?

 

They don't have two corner infielders (of the proven major-league variety). The question should be...do any of the 3rd-basemen in the article make the Twins a better overall team, with Sano at first...that they would be with Sano at 3rd and player x at first? Clearly, the answer is YES for some of the options in the article...even considering any of the current possibilities for player X. So, IMO...as always...it comes down to the cost for Arenado, Seager, Bryant, Donaldson.

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#45 ewen21

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:42 PM

 

I understand what he's inferring.
But the author isn't giving an opinion on, nor asking whether we SHOULD be looking for a replacement.
He's outlining some of the Twins options, IF "the Twins are intent on moving Miguel Sanó to first base to improve the defense."

Personally, I'm ok giving Sano one more year to see if he can stabilize his defense. And, I'm a person who typically "overvalues" defense on this site.

But of the options available, I think only Donaldson is a clear net upgrade.
I definitely have no interest in Longoria.

I'm more and more intrigued by trading for a better defensive SS, and moving Polanco to 3B. I think upgrading SS is going to impact the game more than upgrading 3B.

I was trying to tell you that you should have inferred where he stood rather than suggest or note that he didn't.He didn't need to infer anything.He knew the article was about finding other third base options and he isn't interested.It wasn't that he didn't understand the author's objective.He didn't agree with it.Simple as that.  

 

I don't think we need to waste energy looking for a third baseman if we just extended Sano.It make no senseWe have moved him around enough already.Let him settle into third base this year and let's see what happens.I would rather we just pick up Mitch Moreland to share first base duties and figure out once and for all if Sano moves to full-time DH after Cruz is gone.