Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:42 PM
I also know that many people argue that MN should spend all their available funds on pitching.....I am not one of those as you can find affordable pitching in trades (which is what MN will do) & not spend in FA.
I have brought up Dan Uggla in a few different threads as his career worst 2012 season is better than any middle infielder in MN has had since the Chuck Knoblauch days. I would be all in on him even with his 3yr/39m remaining.
Another name that was mentioned to me is Rickie Weeks of MIL. He's due 21m over next 2 yr with a tm option in 15.
He also had a career worst yr in 12' but also would be the best 2B in 15yrs for this club with those numbers. He was also very career average in the 2nd half. His MLB worst UZR @ 2B worries me, but he was also positive in UZR the 3 previous yrs.
In Weeks last 5 injury free yrs....he 66+ BBs in 4/5 & 167XBH in his last 3yrs (IMO over 50 is bench mark).
He is a guy who you can buy low on, & get a huge return....and if he ONLY puts up last yrs offensive #s.....he's the best you've had in 15yrs at that position.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:48 PM
I'd be more interested in Weeks, but not sure why the Brew Crew would sell so low on him. Plus I'd want them to pick up some of the cash.
I actually want them to Bring in Kelly Johnson as a buy low type guy 1 year, 4.5 mil should get it done.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:02 PM
10m for an all star type 2B like Weeks is very much in budget IMO.
Ive never been a fan of Johnson, but he would be an improvement altho his defense wasnt any better than the first 2.
Whether its these guys or someone else, this team is below average offensively & needs to drastically improve the middle infield hitting.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:31 PM
I am not on board with trading Span for a package including Lombo Jr., but maybe trading Benson for him would not be such a travesty. Lombo had a good rookie season playing all over the diamond, hitting pretty well, and it seems like he can play a proficient 2B. He will not be a power hitter by no means, but when he settles in, it seems like he can be a .280 hitter with a little pop, OBP is in question a bit, but his minor league track record indicates he can take a walk sometimes.
Trading Benson for him would be somewhat risky - but the Twins have a plethora of outfielders and the Nats have their middle infield set for the foreseeable future. Both teams would seem to benefit from this kind of trade and Lombardozzi could play 2B for us and Dozier or one of the other filler players could man SS. Benson would be given a new lease on his career and be higher up in the Nat's OF Depth Chart.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:42 PM
Uggla is a potential choice if Atlanta wanted to dump him for next to nothing and the Twins were prepared to take payroll north of 100M next season. I would however prefer that the team look first for a more defensive minded MI'er since Uggla would make the Twins defense worse.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:27 AM
I wouldnt mind sniffing around their other 2 guys Desmond (all star who was rumoured in last yrs Span deal) or Espinosa.
Nats dont want Harper in CF, so how about something centered around Span/Benson/Hendriks for Lombo/Detwiller/minor leaguer
Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:50 AM
Carroll just called and said he didn't think much of his stuff. Said he could hit him all day long.
Edited by COtwin, 08 November 2012 - 08:52 AM.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:50 AM
It would be nice if that player could step in quickly at the major league level, but probably just another career utility player that will be given a chance to compete.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:14 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:13 AM
I'm surprised the Nationals haven't been all over that one.
If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:15 AM