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#1 Erock

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:46 PM

Signings:
Matt Garza
5/80 (14, 16, 16, 16, 18) - Automatically becomes the teams ace and hopefully stabilizes a spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

Bronson Arroyo
3/28 (10, 10, 8) - Gets an extra year, but takes Correia's role in the following year of veteran innings eater as rotation is built. Front-load contract a little bit to lessen the blow of having to give that 3rd year.

Jarrod Saltalamachia
3/34 (10, 12, 12) - Good behind the plate and lets Pinto start in AAA to get more at-bats as he earns his way back up.

Wilson Betemit
1/4 - Injured last year, but great numbers from the left side of the plate. Platoons with Plouffe and backs-up Sano after we switch Plouffe to a corner outfield/DH role

Trades:
Ryan Doumit
to Boston Red Sox for C+ Prospect - Yes, we swap catchers. Gives a small amount of (not really needed) salary relief and opens up play time for Hermann, Pinto and Parmelee.

Opening Day Roster:
C- Jarrod Saltalamachia 5
1B- Joe Mauer 3
2B- Brian Dozier 2
SS- Pedro Florimon 9
3B- Trevor Plouffe 7
RF- Oswaldo Arcia 6
CF- Alex Presley 1
LF- Darin Mastroianni 8
DH- Josh Willingham 4

B- Chris Hermann C/OF
B- Wilson Betemit 3B/1B/DH
B- Eduardo Escobar IF
B- Chris Parmelee 1B/OF

SP- Matt Garza
SP- Bronson Arroyo
SP- Kevin Corriea
SP- Kyle Gibson
SP- Vance Worley

RP- Anthony Swarzak
RP- Ryan Pressly
RP- Caleb Thielbar
RP- Michael Tonkin
RP- Brian Duensing
RP- Casey Fien
RP- Jared Burton
RP- Glen Perkins

Total Payroll
: 89.5 million (55 + 38 for FA - 3.5 for Doumit)

Notes
: Liam Hendriks, Sam Deduno and Scott Diamond will both have a few starts this year. I would like Hughes > Arroyo, but I think someone pays him more than we would like. Fliers on SP with upside (Rich Harden type signing) could also occur. Pinto, Hicks and Sano all start in AAA.

Roster Pre September Call-ups
:
C- Jarrod Saltalamachia 7
1B- Joe Mauer 3
2B- Brian Dozier 2
SS- Pedro Florimon 9
3B- Miguel Sano 5
RF- Oswaldo Arcia 4
CF- Aaron Hicks 1
LF- Alex Presley 8
DH- Trevor Plouffe 6

B- Josmil Pinto C/DH
B- Eduardo Escobar IF
B- Chris Parmelee OF
B- Wilson Betemit 1B/3B/DH

SP- Matt Garza
SP- Bronson Arroyo
SP- Kevin Correia
SP- Kyle Gibson
SP- Alex Meyer
RP- Anthony Swarzak
RP- Ryan Pressly
RP- Caleb Thielbarr
RP- Brian Duensing
RP- Casey Fien
RP- Jared Burton
RP- Glen Perkins

Trade
: Josh Willingham for Prospect/s to a team looking for a bat. Probably won't get much in return, but Plouffe can be a replacement at DH and gives Pinto a chance to DH more often when not catching.

Notes
: Plouffe shifts to play LF/DH from 3B when Sano is called up. Pinto replaces Hermann after thriving in AAA and gets plenty of at bats as catcher and DH. Alex Meyer forces his way into the rotation. Worley should improve, but is the most likely candidate to be replaced. Correia could be hovering near 5 and Gison might also struggle, so they are other candidates.

September call-ups
:
CF- Byron Buxton (plays all 3 outfield spots, but primarily center)
2B/OF- Eddie Rosario (gets at bats at all positions)
RP- Edgar Ibarra
RP- AJ Achter
C/OF- Chris Herrmann
P- Trevor May (gets a start and is also used in the pen)
SS- Danny Santana

Maybe Mastroianni/Diamond/Deduno but they could be gone from the team at this point.

What 2015 should look like
:
C- Jarrod Saltalamachia
1B- Joe Mauer
2B- Brian Dozier or Eddie Rosario
SS- Pedro Florimon or Danny Santana
3B- Miguel Sano
RF- Aaron Hicks
CF- Byron Buxton
LF- Oswaldo Arcia
DH- Trevor Plouffe

B- Josmil Pinto
B- Pedro Florimon or Danny Santana
B-
B-

SP- Matt Garza
SP- Bronson Arroyo
SP- Kyle Gibson
SP- Alex Meyer
SP-

Bullpen harder to predict, but assuming their is no drastic fall offs, it could be very similar.

Notes: Open slot for another starter. Lots of money to spend (-12.5 for Willingham and Correia FA). Payroll should rise to 115-120 mil range, especially if the team looks primed to compete. Could grab a big name starter to join the rotation as there are (hopefully) few holes on offense. A big bat could also be added as a DH option and Plouffe could be traded or designated to a bench role.

Edited by Erock, 25 November 2013 - 12:52 PM.


#2 70charger

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:26 PM

This is another well-done blueprint. Can't say as though I agree with all of it, but it's well thought-out, and it seems to make some sense. Good stuff.

#3 TheLeviathan

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:09 PM

Yup another realistic, good set of ideas.

#4 howieramone1406390264

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:20 PM

Very well done!

#5 JB_Iowa

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:45 PM

What strikes me as I look at many of these blueprints is how realistic they are on money and how much room is still available.

If the Twins don't do something fairly decent this off-season, we're all going to need anti-nausea medication.

#6 DocBauer

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 11:02 PM

Once again, a great and realistic plan for next season at least. And practical as well. If only some of us could be GM for a month! Lol

Think I would choose Kazmir over Arroyo but have no problem with Arroyo in this scenario. Have to admit I forgot about Betemit. Wanted the Twins to get him as a useful bat and super-sub each of the past couple of years.

Been advocating Chad Tracy for a LHP bat who can back up Mauer and semi-platoon at least with Plouffe, while still providing real value when Sano arrives, but like the Betemit signing.

#7 Shane Wahl

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 11:14 PM

I like this other than Betemit. Another part of me really just wants the youth movement to start opening day.