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What Should the Twins Do With Andrelton Simmons?


Trading Simmons shouldn't be about what you can get for him, it should be about where you have someone younger with a possible future that you want to put into that position or, potentially, if moving someone you have opens up a spot for that younger player with a future. We are going nowhere this year so keeping around a one year rental player isn't a smart move unless we plan on also having him next year to keep the spot warm until someone else like Lewis is ready. That's the question. If we got somebody else who could benefit from the reps, trade Simmons for whatever you can get. If not, we have to seriously look at trying to keep him beyond this year because we have no one else.

I would like to see Polanco and Gordon man the SS spot in the 2nd half of the season and trade Simmons for what we can get, even if its just a couple of A ball guys.  I know Polanco is stretched at SS, but we did win 2 division championships with him playing that position every day. I've heard that Gordon is also stretched at SS, but I'd like to see him get the opportunity to see if he can be the bridge to someone in 2-3 years. This year is about retooling for next year so unless were planning on having Simmons as our SS for next year I think we should move him and try what we have.  

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The thing to me is not this year. If you think this year, the answer is obvious, trade for what you can get. But, what is the depth for the position in the minors? Is Lewis going to be ready when he comes back? People recover from ACLs but it takes a while to get the same flexibility and trust in your knee. And for all what I read, Gordon is not someone who you can put as a SS everyday. I know that he has a 1 year contract, but you can keep him one more year of the team we'll have to find another SS stopgap for next year.

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4 hours ago, Vanimal46 said:

I would sign a free agent to a multi-year deal and plan on Lewis in CF in 2023 after Buxton leaves in FA. 

Interesting idea.  I have read it hear before, but his time in CF is as miniscule as Gordons.  Is he really a bad SS?  How do we know?  Next year is going to be the big SS auction from what I have read.  Will we participate?

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I don't know, I have a feeling I am going to be a majority of one here, but I would sign him to an extension.  Seriously.  31 isn't THAT old, and I have seen enough injuries taking a player out for an entire season to know a percentage don't come back all the way.  Add to that the fact that the minor league season was wiped out last year, and Lewis won't have played any length of time in 2 years.  He may need a lot more seasoning if he comes back at full strength at all.  And he is young enough to give him time to take that seasoning (as well as the team keeping control of him longer).  We didn't sign Simmons for his bat, and his glove will be good for at least a couple of more years.  A 2 year extension at a fair price (if he will even sign it), and see how the heir comes along.  

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3 hours ago, LA VIkes Fan said:

Trading Simmons shouldn't be about what you can get for him, it should be about where you have someone younger with a possible future that you want to put into that position or, potentially, if moving someone you have opens up a spot for that younger player with a future. We are going nowhere this year so keeping around a one year rental player isn't a smart move unless we plan on also having him next year to keep the spot warm until someone else like Lewis is ready. That's the question. If we got somebody else who could benefit from the reps, trade Simmons for whatever you can get. If not, we have to seriously look at trying to keep him beyond this year because we have no one else.

I would like to see Polanco and Gordon man the SS spot in the 2nd half of the season and trade Simmons for what we can get, even if its just a couple of A ball guys.  I know Polanco is stretched at SS, but we did win 2 division championships with him playing that position every day. I've heard that Gordon is also stretched at SS, but I'd like to see him get the opportunity to see if he can be the bridge to someone in 2-3 years. This year is about retooling for next year so unless were planning on having Simmons as our SS for next year I think we should move him and try what we have.  

I agree wholeheartedly on Polanco and Gordon for balance of 2021. I’d play Polanco at SS and Gordon at 2b.

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3 hours ago, Mark G said:

I don't know, I have a feeling I am going to be a majority of one here, but I would sign him to an extension.  Seriously.  31 isn't THAT old, and I have seen enough injuries taking a player out for an entire season to know a percentage don't come back all the way.  Add to that the fact that the minor league season was wiped out last year, and Lewis won't have played any length of time in 2 years.  He may need a lot more seasoning if he comes back at full strength at all.  And he is young enough to give him time to take that seasoning (as well as the team keeping control of him longer).  We didn't sign Simmons for his bat, and his glove will be good for at least a couple of more years.  A 2 year extension at a fair price (if he will even sign it), and see how the heir comes along.  

You're now part of a minority of two.

I only have opportunity to listen, so I haven't seen his defense. The OAA stat seems to suggest he's doing well. I don't get the comments about his hitting being significantly down. By OPS+, he's right at his career mark. His career average makes him a slightly below average hitter, but still solid enough for the No. 9 spot. His bWAR is on target for close to 3.0.

But I was going to make the same suggestion on an extension, though I'd try to just extend one year for now. With the strong free agent class, Simmons could be attracted to not having to go against all the others, particularly given the way he had to wait people out last year.

By signing him now to a reasonable additional year, you increase his value if the right deal comes along. And if the right deal doesn't come along, you've addressed a need that's going to be here in the offseason.

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