Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:00 PM
We have two fricken consistent hitters and you want to trade him! Sign him to an extension. Even young teams rebuilding desperately need veterans to watch and learn from. Don't underestimate how valuable his defense is also.
I suspect that this might be trolling, esp after that Billy Buckner imitation tonight...
On the other hand, this might be an exact indication why someone will (over)pay for Morneau: If you look at batting average and RBIs and evoke the ghost of Morneau's past, oh yeah he does have value and some GMs will bite.
At this point here is the realistic equation:
a. The Twins will have to pay him $7ish million for the rest of 2013 after July.
b. They will not make a qualifying offer for him after this season, so there will be no compensations
c. The Twins will not make it in the post-season in 2013.
Add a + b + c and a warm body + $7M beats it, esp. if there might be some future in that warm body
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:08 PM
Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:22 PM
Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:46 PM
I wouldn't pay anyone to take Morneau. He's still a big part of a small offense. If Parmelee can't beat him out, he doesn't deserve to play 1B. As I've posted before, at some level the Twins are still trying to compete. Parmelee is no rookie, time to make himself indispensable.
If Parmalee can't beat him out? Morneau currently has a .725 OPS and Parmelee a .703 with very sporadic playing time of late. Let's remember that Parmalee has been learning a new position and has played more than acceptable defense out in RF. I'm honestly not sure we would have a drop off in production if they just inserted Parmalee as the full-time 1B.
Here's a Fangraphs article regarding Morneau:
Dumping Justin Morneau | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:50 PM
If Morneau did, then we'd have something to build on if we kept him & something of value to trade if we didn't.
If Parmelee was having a good year, we'd have more options re: keep Morneau or trade him.
But, to date, neither of them are having a good year. And the Twins lineup looks like Swiss Cheese - way too many holes.
Morneau's performance doesn't merit the money he's getting. Problem is, we really don't have anyone to plug into his spot - as mediocre as he's been compared to other 1st basemen, he's the best we have.
Morneau isn't himself; Parmelee hasn't shown he's capable of being an "average" 1st baseman.
We got issues.
Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:10 PM
No reason to keep him, but you are not getting anything for him either. So sad, one of my favorite players and people on the twins.
I agree with this completely. I keep pulling for him to get hot and start driving the ball, but I just don't see it happening.
Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:09 PM
Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:30 AM
He's still got some good years left in him.
What have you seen that convinces you he has some good years left in him? I love Morneau and hope you are right, but all I see are a lengthy injury history, an empty batting average, and tons of RBI opportunities.
Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:35 AM
Let Morneau play out the year and hope he will sign a reasonable contract. He's still got some good years left in him.
At this point I wouldn't be suprised if we do that. Since Morneau is not having a good year we should be able to sign him for less then what he would have recieved before the year started.
Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:49 AM
No team that is within range of first place in its respective division has gotten worse production from first base than Morneau has given the Twins.
Colorado's firstbasemen (primarily Todd Helton and Jordan Pacheco) have managed an OPS of only .663 AT COOR'S FIELD. They are only 3 games back of the Diamondbacks for the division lead, so they may be interested in a 1B upgrade.
Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:16 AM