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#1 High heat

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:02 AM

Some reports that the Twins are interested in Danny Santana! As a utility guy if he can still play SS and CF I can see how he would fit but hasn’t played much there in recent years. His bat has been good or really terrible so which one are you getting?

I like bringing guys in like this in minor league deals and see what you have but if he can play SS or CF anymore I don’t see how he fits.
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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:12 AM

Sounds like he's still holding out for an MLB deal. If it's strictly an MiLB deal that doesn't require him being on the 40 man, then it makes sense for the Twins. Other than that, like you, I don't see the fit. 


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:24 AM

I'd be more than happy with Santana on a MiLB deal.

 

But considering the team will surely have a 2nd utility player on the 26 man roster and the other non-rookie options are Tzu-Wei Lin, Drew Maggi, JT Riddle or Rob Refsnyder, I'd probably cave in and give him a MLB deal if that's what it took. I don't want any of those other guys actually battling for a roster spot.

 

If the Twins are OK with Blankenhorn or Gordon riding pine and the team is planning to commit the last roster spot to one them, then I'm OK with the hard line on the MiLB deal.

 

 

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:55 AM

Played exclusively 1B or OF last year, played SS (poorly) for 9 games in 2019, otherwise hasn't played SS in 5 years. Improved but still pretty poor plate discipline. 2014 and 2019 batting lines definitely look like outliers. To echo others, I guess I'd give him a shot on a minor league deal, but not much more.


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 10:03 AM

 

His bat has been good or really terrible so which one are you getting?

And the only time his bat has been good, he was playing everyday for mediocre teams. I would lean towards passing on him now.

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 10:11 AM

I'm glad he's found success, but no thank you. Too many bad memories.


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 10:18 AM

To me it seems like that would push Rooker down a peg and likely to AAA, which I don't want to do. Without Rooker, he'd probably be a decent fit, but I'd rather see what Rooker has in him,


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 10:27 AM

 

To me it seems like that would push Rooker down a peg and likely to AAA, which I don't want to do. Without Rooker, he'd probably be a decent fit, but I'd rather see what Rooker has in him,

 

I think he'd be taking on the Adrianza spot. One of the AAAA utility players with no bat is almost certainly making the team unless they go with Blankenhorn or Gordon.

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:17 AM

I was hoping for a link to The Onion.

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:25 AM

If a minor league signing only, okay. Otherwise, no.

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:42 AM

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 02:19 PM

Red Sox just signed him. Minor league deal. 


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 02:42 PM

I'd have taken him, but I'd rather have Jedd Gyorko if that can still happen.

 

Adrianza played so much the past four years. The #2 utility guy for the Twins always gets way more at bats than expected so I just really don't want it to be one of the guys they've already brought in on MiLB deals. All of them are just so poor offensively.

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 03:14 PM

Following in the footsteps of David Ortiz.

 

Danny's gonna hit up a storm!

 

If i root for him, am i just rooting for a Red Sock?


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 08:10 PM

You’re covered 3 deep at every position with players already on the 40-man. The only position where you’d be inclined to offer up a roster spot to upgrade your 3rd option would be CF and C. Catcher because it’s catcher, and CF, because it’s Buxton.

 

It’s a testament to how much of an afterthought Gordon has become that we think we need another guy. If one of Simmons or Polanco is down for an extended period, I would guess Gordon becomes the emergency option at short. He’s on the roster, he’s a shortstop, and he’s 25 years old. (Or maybe he’s waived this spring and one of the existing minor league options take on that role?) I would think that when both Simmons and Polanco are available (not necessarily both playing, but both available to play)...then the ‘extra’ utility option(s) can be guys with more offensive upside (including Blankenhorn) since you shouldn’t have to worry about playing any of them at SS.

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 04:51 PM

I'm curious what BOS is up to. Hernandez + Gonzalez + Santana is a lot of utility. I bet one of the latter two doesn't make the Opening Day roster.

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 05:15 PM

 

 

 

It’s a testament to how much of an afterthought Gordon has become that we think we need another guy. If one of Simmons or Polanco is down for an extended period, I would guess Gordon becomes the emergency option at short. He’s on the roster, he’s a shortstop, and he’s 25 years old. (Or maybe he’s waived this spring and one of the existing minor league options take on that role?) I would think that when both Simmons and Polanco are available (not necessarily both playing, but both available to play)...then the ‘extra’ utility option(s) can be guys with more offensive upside (including Blankenhorn) since you shouldn’t have to worry about playing any of them at SS.

 

I think you are right that it shows a lack of confidence in Gordon and watching him this spring I can see why.He looks like a boy among men out there.Next year the Twins will have to choose between keeping Gordon and Blankenhorn because they will have to add Lewis and if Lewis isn't ready for short then they will need another FA to fill that slot once again. 

 

So if they do keep Nick on the 40 man this year then he is there to cover for Short in an emergency nothing more, nothing less because I just don't see him being an answer for the Twins even in a Utility role.He doesn't fit any of the things the Twins covet as he has little power, average speed, not great at getting walks, not a great defender. I just don't see the upside.I think he can hit and he hit well in AAA last year but honestly I think the Twins can do better.Hate to give up on a top 5, 1st round pick but If they can find a trade partner I would do it.


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Posted 06 March 2021 - 10:13 AM

Danny is already taken. He could be a steal. What surprises me is Bradley getting 24 mil for 2 years. That is a big overpayment for a guy who can't hit .250 even though he's a very good center fielder. What is this game coming to?


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Posted 06 March 2021 - 10:31 AM

What surprises me is Bradley getting 24 mil for 2 years. That is a big overpayment for a guy who can't hit .250 even though he's a very good center fielder. What is this game coming to?

A center fielder who can hit a little below league average and walks plus has a little pop is a scarce resource. The market for him should be stronger than it was for Eddie Rosario, for instance.

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Posted 06 March 2021 - 01:39 PM

 

What surprises me is Bradley getting 24 mil for 2 years. That is a big overpayment for a guy who can't hit .250 even though he's a very good center fielder. What is this game coming to?

The whole league only hit .245 last year. Bradley is about the same level below league AVG as Gaetti and Brunansky were for the 1980s Twins, and they both made about 4x the league average salary when they were around 30-31. (Bradley's 2021 may only be about 3x the league average.)

 

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