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    Cooper Carlson

    The current Twins are all doom and gloom these days. Let's build a new team using current players who have recently departed the team. Come see who made the squad!

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    The Minnesota Twins have decided to completely blow up the entire team and only bring in players who have been on the team before. This team will include someone at every position, five starters, three bullpen arms, and no bench players. Let's get started!

     

    Starting pitchers:

     

    SP1: Kyle Gibson

    SP2: Lance Lynn

    SP3: Jake Odorizzi

    SP4: Martin Perez

    SP5: Rich Hill

     

    Wow, talk about an elite pitching rotation! I had to put Gibson over Lynn just because I like Gibson much more than Lynn. They've also been pretty much the only very successful starting pitchers to leave the Twins recently. Rich Hill has been bad and is 41. Martin Perez is, well, Martin Perez. Jake Odorizzi could be fine but he's been hurt a lot recently.

     

    Combined ERA: 4.04

    2021 Twins SP ERA: 4.06

     

    Relief pitchers

     

    RP1: Brusdar Graterol

    RP2: Trevor May

    CP: Ryan Pressly

    Others: Matt Wisler, Zack Littell, Sergio Romo, Ervin Santana

     

    Both Graterol and Pressly left via trade and Trevor May left via free agency. All three have been good with their new teams and all three would be good on the current Twins. I'd probably take this big three over whoever the best three relievers on the Twins currently are. Behind them it gets ugly quickly so I'd probably give the edge to the current relievers.

     

    Infielders:

     

    1B: C.J. Cron

    2B: Jonathan Schoop

    SS: Niko Goodrum

    3B: Eduardo Escobar

     

    Would you rather have those four players or have Sano/Kirilloff, Polanco, Simmons, and Donaldson? Probably the current players and the stats back that up. Cron and Escobar are off to a great start, both with an OPS over .815 but Schoop and Goodrum are both below .700 this season. Imagine Eduardo Escobar on this team, that would just add a whole new layer of fun we just don't see.

     

    Outfielders/DH:

     

    LF: Eddie Rosario

    CF: LaMonte Wade jr.

    RF: Akil Baddoo

    DH: Marwin Gonzalez

     

    Anyone else starting to miss the "Eddie Eddie Eddie" chants from the left field bleachers? He hasn't been good in Cleveland thus far but he'd be fun on this Twins team. I have not missed Wade jr or Baddoo and after his scorching start Baddoo has come back to earth. Wade jr has played just three games in the majors since leaving the Twins but I challenge you to find someone better to fit this new team. Overall, this outfield kinda stinks. Then we have the beloved Marwin at DH. Nothing exciting there as he is having another bad season in Boston.

     

    Overall:

     

    The Twins have had some big time players like Eduardo Escobar, Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, and Trevor May leave. After that, meh. This team wouldn't be very good but you have to ask yourself just one question.

     

    Would this team have more than 11 wins this far into the 2021 season? Leave a comment and let me know!


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    Graterol is not a RP1. Graterol, much like Buxton through his injury-plagued years, is only good in theory.

     

    He’s been shut down (again), with Dave Roberts most recent comment being “we don’t know when he’ll pick up a ball and play catch”. In what little action he’s seen so far this year, he was ineffective.

     

    Based on where they’re at right now, easily the biggest needle movers would be May and Pressly. Baddoo has hit a major wall, although there may be plenty of time to regret him in the future.

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    This is a fun little exercise...thought I'd try to put my own together. I went back to the 2014 season and allowed myself to pick anyone who played at least 20 games over that time.

     

    C: Kurt Suzuki, Jason Castro

    1B: CJ Cron

    2B Jonathan Schoop, Marwin Gonzalez

    SS: Ehire Adrianza

    3rd: Eduardo Escobar

    LF: Eddie Rosario

    CF: Aaron Hicks, Lamonte Wade Jr

    RF: Robbie Grossman

    DH: Logan Morrison

     

    SP: Lance Lynn

    SP: Kyle Gibson

    SP: Rich Hill

    SP: Jake Odorizzi

    SP: Tommy Milone

     

    RP: Trevor May

    RP: Ervin Santana

    RP: Ryne Harper

    RP: Brandon Kintzler

    RP: Ryan Pressly

    RP: Matt Wisler

    RP: Sergio Romo

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    If you are including Baddoo (who never actually played in MLB for the Twins), then you need to include Huascar Ynoa who has been fantastic in the Atlanta rotation this year.

     

    Or, drop Baddoo from the team and replace him with Aaron Hicks and/or Robbie Grossman.

     

    Liam Hendriks needs to be on this fantasy team; Curtiss has probably earned it too. Slegers, Kinley, Kintzler, and Hildenberger are all currently active too.

     

    No catchers? Jason Castro, Kurt Suzuki, Alex Avila. (René Rivera is back too!)

     

    (Others qualifying under the Baddoo rule would be Tyler Wells, Deolis Guerra, and Brooks Raley.)

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    If you are including Baddoo (who never actually played in MLB for the Twins), then you need to include Huascar Ynoa who has been fantastic in the Atlanta rotation this year.

     

    Or, drop Baddoo from the team and replace him with Aaron Hicks and/or Robbie Grossman.

     

    Liam Hendriks needs to be on this fantasy team; Curtiss has probably earned it too. Slegers, Kinley, Kintzler, and Hildenberger are all currently active too.

     

    No catchers? Jason Castro, Kurt Suzuki, Alex Avila. (René Rivera is back too!)

     

    (Others qualifying under the Baddoo rule would be Tyler Wells, Deolis Guerra, and Brooks Raley.)

    Not to hijack the thread--oh heck who am I kidding....I'm hijacking the thread--but the Aaron Hicks trade was easily one of the worst 3 or 4 trades in Twins history. Awful.
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