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#1 Fanatic Jack

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:39 PM

Manager Ron Gardenhire announced 2/3 of his starting outfield this morning. There appears to be only a couple decisions left to be made regarding the bullpen and utilty infielder positions. Revere and Plouffe will platoon in right field with Doumit and possibly Parmelee sprinkled in, to put any questions about the outfield to rest. I believe Burton and Maloney are locks to make the roster and most likely Kyle Waldrop. I would be absolutely shocked if Manship or Burnett slid into the last bullpen spot. This leaves the infielder position as a big question mark. It was announced last week by Gardenhhire that Brian Dozier will start the season in Rochester to end any speculation of him being the starting shortstop on opening day. This leaves a huge hole for the club to fill at shortstop because nobody else can really play the position other than Carroll and Casilla. Pedro Floriman would be a perfect candidate but he has struggled so much at the plate he makes Nick Punto look like a batting champ. My guess is the Twins need to go out and trade for a utlity player or pick somebody up off waivers. A good player to look at might be Ryan Theriot. The Riot as he was referred to in Chicago, can play solid defense at both positions (SS and 2B) and can hit. Theriot hit .271/.321/.342 in 442 at bats with the Cardinals last year and is only 31 years old. He is also a good clubhouse guy and could provide veteran leadership to younger players. However, Theriot might be released this week by the Giants and the Twins could get him for next to nothing. Please tell me what you think the Twins should do.

Edited by Fanatic Jack, 25 March 2012 - 01:45 PM.

#2 John Bonnes

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:19 PM

I'm neutral on Theriot. I'd prefer someone with some offensive weapon, like occasional power or a decent OBP, but I don't care much. His UZR makes him look like he's a very good second baseman, but a poor shortstop, whihc isn't ideal for the Twins. But what I'm really wondering is whether a utility infielder fits onto this roster if Parmelee comes north. Presumably, Opening Day 1-9 might look like this: Morneau, Mauer, Parmelee, Casilla, Carroll, Valencia, Willingham, Span, Doumit. That leaves four bench spots: other catcher, Hughes, Plouffe & Revere. I don't see room for Theriot unless Hughes is out. I think Revere has to make the team, because he's the only backup CFer. (I suppose one could got with Mastroianni, but either way, the roster spot is gone.)

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:23 PM

I think the Twins should either make Casilla or Carroll their utility guy and make Luke Hughes their staring 2nd baseman.

#4 Fanatic Jack

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:38 PM

John, If Chris Parmelee makes the roster there is no way a third catcher does. Ryan Doumit would see much more time behind the plate to keep his bat in the lineup. So this makes the utilty infielder position open for Theriot.

Edited by Fanatic Jack, 25 March 2012 - 02:40 PM.

#5 Fanatic Jack

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:45 PM

Sprtsgam3, I would love for Luke Hughes to be the starting second baseman on opening day for the Twins, but it won't happen. Hughes has struggled to stay healthy recently and you have to wonder how well he would hold up playing 140 games a year in the majors.

#6 Jim Crikket

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:05 PM

I don't see Theriot offering anything they don't already have internally. Hughes, Casilla and Carroll will handle the middle infield in some combination or another depending on who's performing well at any given time. Why would you need another utility IF? In an emergency, such as an injury, Plouffe can fill in while someone flies in from Rochester. Why would you want to give up any minor league talent of value for a guy who would just duplicate what you already have?
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:48 AM

I have to agree that if the Twins take Parmalee north, their won't be a need for a 3rd catcher, and it opens a spot for utility guy. Theriot is a better player than the current internal choices, but I'm not sure the Twins have interest. He was available for just over a million this off-season and the Twins ignored him then. If they take Parmalee north, then a guy like Florimon also might not be the worst choice. The Twins will have choices to pinch hit for Casilla or Carroll and also leave themselves with a defensive replacement in that case.