Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:34 PM
I'll give my quick guess on each of the four and then open it up for discussion: Pamelee is still youngish (26 next week), demonstrated the ability to play both first and an outfield corner, has a first round pedigree, and hits lefty. He's had just over 600 plate appearances and hasn't hit well since a September audition in 2011. I think it is just more than 50% chance he would be claimed.
Deduno: He's 30, has quite an injury history, including shoulder surgery after the 2013 season, has shown the ability to induce weak contact, but also has historically had monumental control problems. Deduno had a good run in the 2013 season (ended by his shoulder injury) and has the calling card of unusual movement and break on his pitches. I think the injury history and age would scare off people and that Samuel would not be claimed. However, if memory serves, Deduno has been designated once already, so if he were DFAed, he could elect to be a free agent if unclaimed.
Worley: A pretty good pitcher for the Phils until his elbow acted up. Worley was dreadful for the Twins last year. He may or may not have been a mirage or maybe he will never be the same after his elbow woes. If he doesn't make the Twins rotation or get a consolation spot in the bullpen, I think someone would take a chance on his success from not that long ago.
Diamond: Quick, which current Twins pitcher had the best single-season qualifying ERA+ this decade? That's right--Diamond's 116 in 2012. Diamond will turn 28 at mid-season, throws lefty, but doesn't have anything resembling overpowering stuff. I think he would also be claimed because of fairly recent success.
It goes without saying the I am assuming decent success and no recurrence of injuries during Spring Training.
Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:55 PM
Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:27 PM
The Twins aren't close enough to competition that they should be giving up on any potential assets, even if there are better younger players who could replace them.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:18 AM
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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:44 AM
The team could also be creative in finding space in their bullpen; Pressly can be sent down, as could Thielbar. Complicating things may be the chance that Swarzak gets a shot at the rotation too. Maybe one if the bullpen guys is moved, or someone could get hurt there too.
The fifth player on this list is Colabello-does he have an option?
Posted 17 February 2014 - 06:27 AM
Posted 17 February 2014 - 07:17 AM
Posted 17 February 2014 - 07:19 AM
Scott Diamond, Sam Deduno, Vance Worley, Chris Parmelee.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:16 AM
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Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:51 AM
I think Seth has it about right, frankly. Not sure why any team w/o 5 starters would pass on any of the pitchers. Not sure why anyone would claim Parmalee at this point.
I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?
Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:58 AM
Posted 17 February 2014 - 09:18 AM
These things usually work themselves out, as it's hard to imagine on the pitchers that are out of options and those guaranteed a roster spot will stay healthy.
Well now we know who to blame when everyone starts to get hurt! We were all thinking it but the rest of us had the good sense not to bring it up so as not to jinx the rotation. Congratulations, another 90 loss season and all because of PseudoSABR.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:07 AM
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Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:37 AM
I would like to see Gibson up but I would not sacrifice assets to do so. History suggests that opportunity will present itself soon enough. I look for Worley or Diamond or maybe even Deduno to be traded during spring training. They could also trade a current bull pen piece and move Worley or Diamond into the pen.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:10 PM
Losing any of these guys for nothing would be a shame and so would forcing Gibson to AAA ready or not. I'll say it again....sure would be nice if we could find a way to shed Correia. That second year....ugh.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:13 PM
My feeling is that Parmalee goes away and possibly Diamond. Diamond might have some minor trade value and I would explore that now as I do not see him here by mid summer. Worley can work out of the pen and Deduno is too good to give up on.
Diamond is 27, a lefty, and had a 3.54 ERA over 173 IP just a year ago. I think we could find a taker but we are not getting much back given last year.
Edited by tobi0040, 17 February 2014 - 12:17 PM.