Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:56 AM
Starting Pitchers (including ages during 2013): Dallas Braden (29), Luke Hochevar (29), Tommy Hunter (26-27), Jair Jurrjens (27), John Lannan (28), Kyle McClellen (28-29), Mike Pelfrey (29), Kevin Slowey (29), Chris Volstad (26)
Infielders: Emmanuel Burris (28), Jack Hannahan (33), Sean Rodriguez (28), Ian Stewart (28), Luis Valbuena (26)
Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:21 AM
All of the above have had some success at a major league level and probably are better that some of what the Twins have now. Plus none of them would require large dollar investments.
Hochevar is a former #1 draft pick who has not put it together. Probably he never will.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:41 AM
I gotta think Hannahan is almost a given, if they can get him on a minor league deal.
Why? Because he is one of us? (Grew up in Minn.?)
I'd take a look at Jurgens.
Edited by powrwrap, 23 November 2012 - 09:43 AM.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:02 AM
There will be motivation to take a minor league deal because Minnesota can offer a real shot at a place in the rotation or middle infield next year. More than anything else these players need a chance to prove themselves.
The Twins also have enough guys that they can drop from the 40 to offer that status if necessary.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:02 AM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:35 AM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:57 AM
I like the thought of adding Mark Reynolds. He can play 3rd, 1st or DH. Is he much of a drop off defensively or offensively from Plouffe?
I also like the risk of Hocheaver. The potential has always been there. He has the highest ceiling of any of the pitchers. WHAT IF Hocheaver reached that level as a Twin in 2013? I think this organization is due for a little luck.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:49 AM
Jurgens is a disaster waiting to happen.
Jurrjens was injured in 2012 and had a bad year. If you take out 2012 he's a career 3.40 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. He'll be 27 in January. If he's healthy those are good numbers to go after.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:13 PM
Braden has his moments... Left Handed... We certainly have room for him in our rotation.
Hochevar is worth a shot... The guy was supposed to be a superstar at one time. We have a rotation that has room to see if has anything... If there is anything there at all.
Jurrjens... Of Course... He has had more than moments... He's had stretches of productivity. I hope TR is on the phone with his people right now.
Lannen... Has been OK... Nothing exciting but we have room for an OK yet nothing exciting pitcher.
Pelfrey... Is also worth a shot... Because we don't have anyone better. I'm not talking 10 year deals for these guys... I'm talking about giving them a run in 2013 and seeing if they are worth it for 2014.
Sean Rodriquez?... I haven't seen him on any lists. Did the Rays actually give him up... If the Rays gave him up... We should be making a call to check on him for sure. No he's not Robinson Cano but he can play multiple positions... He has speed and Power... We don't have better options in the MI right now. Is Rodriquez actually out there? If he is... Yeah... I'd be interested.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:18 PM
I look at the Twins roster and I see 5-6-7 souls that could be deep-sixed or be considered replaceable by the above names or others (real free agents). But all of those replaceable parts are actually...replaceable parts.
rosterman at www.twinscards.com
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:30 PM
On Jurrjens, I'm under the opinion that he could be a big pickup for someone. The Braves haven't lost faith in him; it's just a financial issue. The Braves would have to pay him ~$4.5M in order to keep him, and with a limited budget, they won't be doing that. They will non-tender him, but it honestly would not surprise me to see them still make an offer to him after the non-tender.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:52 PM