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Bring Niko Back to Target Field


Twins roster for 2022.

1b - Kirilloff   2b - Gordon  3b- Miranda  ss - Goodrum  lf - Araez  cf - Celstino  rf - Larnach  c - Jeffers  backups,  Cave, Rooker, Lewis, Rortvedt.  SP -  Ober, Ryan, Enlow, Balazovic, Winder.   BP -  doesn't really matter.  Just throw some warm arms in there.   That should save some money.  And we can trade anybody that's left to rebuild our minor leagues.

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Even his "breakout" year his OPS+ was only 100 and it's been all downhill since then. He seems like another Ehire Adrianza at best. I suppose there's typically a 2nd utility infielder on the 26-man roster, so if it's between him and bringing back JT Riddle, ugh, fine, but it should be on a MiLB deal and it's not a position I'd rush out to fill.

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2020 - 2021 slash lines:

Player A:  .203/.282/.350  .632     75 OPS+  1 GG finalist nomination  

Player B:  .240/.297/.292   .590     65 OPS+  1 GG finalist nomination

One player is being gushed over and one player is being called everything negative under the sun by TD posters. WOW! I would not be in on either player as neither player really suggests going for it in 2022.

 

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17 hours ago, stringer bell said:

Goodrum is 2.5 years younger and Simmons hasn’t put up an OPS+ over 94 since 2018 and the 94 was in 30 games in 2020. I don’t think it is a lock that he’ll rebound to major league average. 

Don't recall saying anything about Simmons rebounding to any major league average.  Just don't think Goodrum is going to give you anything that's going to elevate the play of the team.

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I don't have anything personal against Niko Goodrum, but I'd rather play Palacios. I find it hard to believe Palacios hasn't warranted at least being looked at as a utility infielder.

Goodrum is a known quantity, he's a 30 year old (by the start of 2022) utility infielder who can't hit. He's not exactly a black hole on a roster, but he doesn't add anything, either. Over his last 504 plate appearances and 2 years, he's generated 0.3 fWAR and 0.1 bWAR with a .632 OPS.

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I am positive about giving Goodrum a chance. It is a bit of a risk, but maybe not an expensive risk and he has played 7 positions. 
Tigers were looking to sign one of the top SS FAs this offseason. 


 

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I think an angle here, is this , Nikko Goodrum is a BIG friend of Byron Buxtons'

So why not swap out Niko for Cavemen ...and hope that helps a long term deal ever so slightly with the man, myth , legend Bye Ron Buxton.

 

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