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  1. old nurse

    Chris Archer: Update

    If Chris Archer learns a whole new set of mechanics as a pitcher he could be good. Isn’t that every pitcher?
    4 points
  2. SIMMONS! Seriously, Simmons at SS and Buxton in CF would already be unfair. With Donaldson, Kepler, and Jeffers, that's a darn good defense
    4 points
  3. Marwin's OPS+ went from below average, but not killing you at 94 in his first year with the Twins and cratered to 68 last year. He isn't a good enough baseball player anymore. And team chemistry in the majors isn't about simply having the same guys in the same clubhouse year after year. These guys are professional athletes who are used to having guys come and go. You definitely want guys who get along and trust the guys next to them, but Marwin leaving will have no effect on the clubhouse chemistry. And running back the same team as last year is not a serious attempt at a WS. It's a team that probably competes for the playoffs, but wouldn't even be the favorite to win the division.
    3 points
  4. I am in need of some action. I do not know how many articles I can read about all the FA that are just right for the Twins. This has been going on for four months. And today Aaron Gleeman has a similar article. I lean towards the young player unless the veteran significantly upgrades the team. I do not want to be as good as last year, I want to be better. Our history of going to the playoffs is more than our losing streak. When we get there we see what is lacking or should and then what? Last year we went to Jeffers, Alcala, Kiriloff, and Rooker. I do not want any of them replaced - I want to see what they can do - they have upside. Blankenhorn might be a utility guy, but I am not sold on him. Dobnak might have had his balloon bust so Balazovic and Duran need to move up and we can take one more pitcher, but is the repeat of Odorizzi a move that upgrades? Maybe Paxton? But it will be interesting to read about the relevant players in two weeks if we do not have a signing to analyze and dream about.
    3 points
  5. bighat

    Chris Archer: Update

    You know the offseason has been bleak when you revisit a month-old Chris Archer thread, hoping the Twins made some kind of move.
    3 points
  6. I like this list, but my thoughts: 1) Simmons has to get more than a 1-year contract. There's no way the best defensive SS in the league, who also has a 99 wRC+ over the past 4 years as he changed his approach for the better at the plate, is getting a 1-year contract. 2) I think you're being a little pessimistic about Hernandez, if he's used correctly. If he's used strictly as a LHP masher (career 120 wRC+), then he's a perfect fit to spell Kepler (74 wRC+), Polanco (89 wRC+), and Arraez (89 wRC+). But if he starts drawing constant starts against RHP (82 wRC+), then there's a problem. I also think $7 million for him is slightly too high. 3) Profar had major throwing problems over 2018-2019 (19 throwing errors in 2018, 11 TE in 2019, all at 2B) and had only 16 starts and 18 total appearances in the infield in 2020 which is likely chasing teams off. 4) This isn't a complete list, but two infield free agents I'd love to have: - Tommy La Stella: Yeah, being a lefty hitter doesn't fit well on this team, but he's been a solid hitter in a reserve role the past 4 years (117 wRC+) and thus is good Arraez/Donaldson insurance if he's willing to start the season as a bench player. Since he doesn't play SS, this makes Tzu-Wei Lin be the Adrianza replacement. - Hanser Alberto: A righty-hitting Arraez that doesn't walk. Also can't play SS, so Lin is still on the roster.
    3 points
  7. Has anyone in an official capacity spoken in these terms? Being vaccinated doesn't mean you can't still be a carrier.
    3 points
  8. Well that's a given. But what does Tampa's poor attendance have to do with Covid?
    2 points
  9. I would love to see Tanaka instead of Odorizzi. Jake seems to be at a 5-inning limit. If you put him with an opener, you might be able to get an extra inning. I think the Twins seriously need to get an infielder who can play third when you put Donaldson at DH and not lose the punch. Simmons would be a GREAT choice. I would long-term him. Semian would also be a great choice. I see the Dodgers would like tu use him at third. Hand being passed for one-year at $10 is my question. Yes, Rosenthal would be a wonderful choice. The Twins could do save by committee. And I would be game for Clippard. The only way Cruz comes back is on a one-year deal with an option for a second with performance requirements, sadly.
    2 points
  10. Good article. I agree 100 percent that Yates and Rosenthal would be good fits for the Twins. Unfortunately, they would fit on a lot of teams, and I don't see them signing for the projected amounts shown here, especially when Trevor May got what he did. This front office has shown they don't want to devote significant dollars to relief pitching. Once the music stops, I'm afraid the Twins will be left without a chair for the area they need the most help.
    2 points
  11. Makes sense that the first team stating they will admit fans is the only one playing in a sealed enclosure.
    2 points
  12. I agree, Simmons on a 2-year $12.0 million per year deal works better. I'm not sure when Lewis would be up in 2021 (if at all) and then 2022 would give you a chance to see Lewis as your "Super Utility" guy. I'm a HUGE Nellie Cruz guy. But I think while Nellie WANTS $16 million, he's not going to get that from anybody even if the N.L. adopts the DH (and it's sounding like the owners are holding that back until 2022 for leverage). I see the upside of Paxton as higher than Odorizzi but Odo is much more of a sure thing durability wise. I'd go 2 years for both with Odo getting 2 yrs $26 million and Paxton 2-years $20 million. That way I've got a very solid staff top to bottom in 2021 and I've got a replacement for Pineda in 2022 and I'm ready to give a shot Duran or Balazovic (or both if things get sticky with Berrios). This is also why I don't spend $16 million for Cruz. I can have BOTH Odorizzi and Paxton for $23 without giving Cruz $16. I think Rosenthal would be a GREAT signing and I'd go 2-years with him as well at $7 mil per year. But here's a BIG departure I have with Nick. If I can actually get Yates on a 1-year $5 million dollar contract why would I even consider Clippard at $3 million ?? What is the ceiling of Yates vs Clippard at just $2 million more ?? No-Brainer. And there's no reason the Twins couldn't have BOTH Rosenthal and Yates if we have to give serious consideration to the rampant speculation that the Mets, despite having Diaz are ready to sign Brand Hand. 5 guys: Simmons, Odorizzi, Paxton, Rosenthal and Yates add $47 million. That's doable. We fill DH with a combo of Kiriloff, Donaldson, Sano, Garver, Rooker, Polanco, Arraez and Larnach. (that's 8 guys) !! As ToddlerHarmon pointed out, up the middle "D" with Buxton, Simmons, Jeffers is tremendous. Polanco and Arraez are 2B, Super UT guys who are regular bats in the lineup. You build a great rotation with an awesome BP and count on bounceback years from Kepler, Sano, Garver, Polanco and you give enough AB's to Kiriloff, Rooker and Larnach to see what you've got with the young guys. Maybe later in the summer Lewis is up and in the mix. Here, you're not trading a bunch of promising prospects for a Castillo or Marquez. And you're giving your young hitters a chance to show you something. Simmons hasn't been the most durable guy lately but you still have Polanco able to fill in at SS. (and Lewis waiting in the wings) You would need to commit to bringing Rooker and Kiriloff north (service time be damned with Kiriloff) right off the bat. This would be a team that could compete for a Central Division title and make a deep run in the playoffs. And let's face it if Kepler, Sano, Garver and Polanco don't return to 2019 form no matter WHAT the Twins do it won't be enough. Depending on how they do and how other players like a Jeffers, Lewis, Taylor Rogers, Kepler develop/bounce back you could even rebuild trade value on a Sano, Polanco or Garver.
    2 points
  13. Pretty much agree 100% with you, Tom. Not surprising as I've pretty much been saying the same things for two months. Tanaka probably has only 1-5 teams he would sign with and the Yankees a clear #1 choice. Healthy and coming off solid years, I'm interested in both Richardson and Walker. Each offers up a bit of healthy "upside", especially Walker. I think it's about 50/50-60/40 the Twins sign a FA or trade for a SP. But it has to be Paxton or Odorizzi if they go the FA route. They have the $ to afford either and both are clearly the best options available. Good news is each of them are really solid pitchers. Honestly, how can anyone feel bad about either of those guys competing for the 3/4 spot with Pineda? I strongly believe the Twins will also be signing someone from your D and F list for around $3M-ish for depth and to compete for the 5th spot. Just not sure I can offer up a best option list. But there's going to be a lot of guys who want to play and will be looking for work in the next few weeks. Might even be some milb signings with ST invites who could surprise. I also wouldn't be surprised if the "cheap" option was added first, much like Bailey last season. I'm bored to tears right now waiting for things to happen, but I'm still kind of excited about the options available.
    2 points
  14. This front office has had a ton of success with building bullpens without making big investments. I think this approach makes sense, but they will need to extend themselves in other areas to have a good offseason. I'd much rather they make a big investment on a starting pitcher or everyday player than a reliever.
    2 points
  15. Wow, great article and series of comments. You guys rock!
    1 point
  16. Tanaka made it clear he wants to play in a big market on either coast. Minnesota doesn't fit the bill.
    1 point
  17. I agree Mikelink45 it's time for the Twins to eclipse the Hansel Robles signing. I too am tired of all these "great fits" with nothing happening. To the idea that we should shy away from Simmons because it might hurt the "feelings" of Polanco or Arraez TOUGH CRAP ! The Twins are in the business of winning baseball games, and hopefully their first playoff game victory in 18 years, NOT holding the hands of players who might be "triggered" by someone taking their place in the lineup or on the field. As a matter of fact, trading Polanco to the Reds in a package for Gray and Castellanos might just be in the realm of possibility. Nobody wants to bring Marwan back because he's priced himself out of the Twins plans for what they get in return. There are much better options available.
    1 point
  18. If my memory is correct, they got Berrios with the comp pick they got for Cuddy. If so, that was a pretty good result.
    1 point
  19. If Yates willing to come to Twins and will sign for 5M, I am all for it. Plus Cruz, Simmons, and Walker. Cruz on one yr. contract, Simmons fine with 2 yr. will have other offers at 2 yrs., Walker, thought Twins missed on him last year, signing Bailey to 7M contract and only offering Walker a minor league deal. 2-3 yr. deal for Walker.
    1 point
  20. I actually think it's the opposite. I think the Cruz decision probably hinges on what they do with the middle infield help. If they make a move that allows Donaldson and/or Sano to DH regularly, then they may move on from Cruz.
    1 point
  21. Torii Hunter was productive all 5 years with the Angels, ranging from 2 to 4.7 fWAR. As well as 2 more productive seasons in Detroit before his farewell tour with us in 2015.
    1 point
  22. Unless it's Bauer, I don't want to give any of these free agent pitchers more than a two year deal. I'd rather the Twins take the same approach to the starters as last year. Trade for someone who's a lock to be one of the top three rotation pieces if possible, then sign two or three of the bounce back/lotto ticket guys to fill out the last spot or two. Maybe try some of Paxton, Foltynewicz, Hamels, Godley, Lester, Hill, Samardzija or Leake. They're not exciting, but I don't know that if you tried out a few of them you'd find them to have dissimilar results to Odorizzi. We already know if Odorizzi is here, five innings is going to be the max for that spot in the rotation anyway. I'd rather have multiple options and roll with the hot hand than commit three years of starts to someone I'm not confident in. Also Carlos Rodon. I'd probably want to stick him in the bullpen, but I'd like him just to see if we can rub something in Chicago's face.
    1 point
  23. That, or something similar, would be my choice of offseason moves as well. Simmons is my #1 position player signing, and adding 2 starters and 2 bullpen guys would be my move. I'd love to see Cruz back, but his risk of regression mixed with his reported contract desires makes it hard to build out the team around him, unfortunately.
    1 point
  24. Very well-written article, Nick!! Mostly agree with you but have a few questions: First, you rank Odo #2 on your list of gets but summarize by saying "Now that May has signed elsewhere, Clippard and Cruz are the only Twins free agents that I'm particularly keen on bringing back." Huh?? Agree totally that Odo should be resigned(and yes, Paxton is #2 most desirable FA target), assuming the Twins are unable to trade. Twins cannot afford to take high risks here if they want to compete with the big boys. They need a solid top 4!! Second, while you didn't place Cruz as a top priority to resign(#5), an opinion I share because of age and inability to fill in elsewhere, you didn't mention who should replace him. Rosario is gone, so without Cruz, this leaves a big hole in an offense that way underperformed in 2020, particularly in playoffs, as usual. FA replacements like Ozuna, Springer or Brantley would blow the Twins budget, So how would you fill this hole? Love your top 2 RP picks of Rosenthal, Yates(in that order). The Twins need to add a quality late inning reliever who can miss bats. Either of these two fit the bill. No one else does but a 3rd pickup like Clippard or Soria would be an added bonus so long as they didn't prevent signing of a better reliever as well. For SS, I had been a big believer in Semien, but believe your selection of Simmons as #1 choice is better, primarily because of defense and question marks of 2019 being a fluke year for Semien. My question is: if Simmons signed, does Polanco become the 5th IF and fill-in for DH if Cruz not resigned or do you still prefer to sign Profar for this role? Personally, I prefer adding a Profar or Kiki and using Polanco in trade(see below). And finally, one additional thought. Does a major trade have any chance of occurring with this risk adverse FO? For example, a trade with the Reds for Sonny Gray and Castellanos makes just too much sense. We would get back a much younger DH with very good positional flexibility and a pitcher with seemingly higher upside than either Odo or Paxton. Yes, we might have to give up a couple of top prospects but we do have surplus OFs so Larnach might be attractive, as would Polanco to fill the Reds glaring need at SS. Yes, we might have to add one of our 4/5 best pitching prospects but the return would be worth it, IMO. Taking Castellanos with Gray would probably reduce the prospect value we'd have to give up, similar to Mets taking back Carrasco with Lindor. This deal makes too much sense not to be at the top of the Twins' offseason wish list. And, of course, how much is this organization willing to spend to push the needle forward, rather than running in place? This is a critical time for Falvine and company. As you point out, there are some tremendous opportunities this offseason if only this FO would be agressive!!
    1 point
  25. Also Odo? You had him higher in your ranking than those two. The need to include the descriptor "healthy" in front of Odorizzi's name is why I've been lukewarm on giving him the contract he wants. I like him, a lot, and I think in particular he's a bulldog when on the mound. But the inability to get more than 5+ innings out of his 100-pitch allotment tempers my enthusiasm, and I just have this sense that he's always going to be juggling one nagging ailment or another for the rest of his career. I don't share your fascination with Profar. The risk with bringing in Simmons for SS is clubhouse chemistry, if Polanco and/or Arraez feel slighted by being bumped down in the defensive hierarchy, even in favor of someone with impeccable defensive chops. It wouldn't make Polanco a bad person, and the FO has a better insight on that than any of us outsiders do, but it still wouldn't be with 100% certainty. It's the move I would favor, absent that risk, and even with the risk it's something I would take to Rocco and say, "earn your salary, make this work."
    1 point
  26. Rod Carew was pretty good. Calvin Griffith either traded or let walk all his good players instead of paying them back in the day. Larry Hisle and Lyman Bostock also got cut loose for financial reasons.
    1 point
  27. Okay ... let's not go down the broader road here discussing whether or not those vaccinated can still infect an unvaccinated person. There isn't enough data yet to support that one way or another and going with our individual speculations on that isn't a productive discussion. But ... I get the missing baseball part ... I have been to ST every year since 2001, and a handful of others before then since they started training in Fort Myers. I was lucky to be down there last February, you know, before, and got to see some practice and one game. And I would hate to miss this year. However, if the players are unable to get vaccinated by then, and that is a likelihood, their health and safety would need to come first. And I want a season to be played and don't want it shut down. If access is denied or limited, I'll deal with it, but I don't want the play itself shut down. Perhaps they'll figure out the logistics that serves the best outcome for all involved - players, staff, spectators; maybe vaccinated only will be allowed and only through a certain gate, and not near players warming up in the fields outside the stadium, and seated in the upper areas only. Not sure yet what will be. I get the impatience, though.
    1 point
  28. I totally agree JLease. K's are great, but if he comes in and gives up hits in key situations, that does the Twins no good. I believe Stashak will be given opportunities in higher leverage situations early in the season and how he performs during those opportunities will determine how many more he gets.
    1 point
  29. Yeah, it's hard to believe that even with vaccinations, there won't be some sort of limits on attendance for the first month or two. Adding, from rotoworld.com: According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are planning to open the 2021 season with a limited number of fans attending games at Tropicana Field. The defending American League champions could be one of the few teams allowing fans in attendance when they host the division-rival Yankees for their 2021 regular season home opener on April 9. Per Topkin, seating will be limited to around 7,000 per game, with fans required to wear masks and sit in small pods distanced from other groups. According to a league memo distributed last week, teams are not required to have negative COVID-19 tests, proof of vaccines or temperature checks for fans attending games, but are requiring masks be worn, except when eating or drinking, or if they have a medical condition. Fan attendance will be subject to permission from Major League Baseball and local authorities this spring and could change if there is a significant uptick in cases amidst the ongoing global pandemic. Further adding, from IT Snark Dept.: So 7,000 fans in Tampa. In other words, about normal.
    1 point
  30. I'm just going to try and address about everything here because there's a lot of good meat on the bone to chew on. But first, a tip of the cap to Matt for so much hard work and a very interesting and detailed OP! 1] EVERYONE wants that ONE GUY to finish a game or get the crucial outs in a big bullpen moment. But for DECADES the bullpen was just a group of guys to come in and finish things off and HOPEFULLY secure a win. Sometime in the 80's, roughly, the SAVE became a countable and important stat. In those days, 20-30 saves was excellent. A few guys even saved more than 30. Around the 90's and the early '20's era, we suddenly saw 40-50 saves as a benchmark. But then something interesting happened. Some very smart people began to break down what a save actually meant and how empty the SAVE stat actually was. What they discovered was a lot of those saves were given to a guy who pitched 1-3 outs, with a lead, and was at times facing the lower part of the order, possibly facing a PH or two. They also discovered that games were actually won or lost in the 7th or 8th inning not necessitating a "closer" appearance in the 9th. And sometimes, it was the "set-up" man who actually faced a higher leverage situation. Which is also why a lot of closer types began in that role before transitioning to what we know now and define as the "closer" spot. I DO NOT disparage the performances and careers of ANY past closer, especially great Twins such as Reardon, Guardado, Aguiilar, Nathan, etc. But the game changes, as all sports do. Perception and the game within the game also changes. Several years ago, the term "fireman" became something more thzn just the title of an award presented at the end of season. Smart, forward thinking teams realized the 7th and 8th inning were often more important and harder to navigate than the 9th. 2] A traditional closer is no longer what it was. YES, there are times in a game when you want a quality and experienced arm to finish a win in the 9th against the top or heart of the order. But I think what has been proven, and slowly been adopted, is you really want about THREE arms or so that can you can "count on" to handle the final couple of innings. Prove me wrong? 3] Hendricks, Hand, etc, are all fine and proven arms. And I want the Twins to have as many quality pen arms as they can. But the pure "closer" idea is quickly becoming outdated. Don't misunderstand, I'd LOVE a Hendricks, Hand, etc, in the pen. And the signing or Addison Reed...which looked good at the time...should NOT preclude the Twins from signing an "expensive" bullpen arm now or in the future. And true, quality pen arms can maintain viability in to their mid and even late 30's. But if you haven't seen a lot of those arms fade quickly vs $, then you aren't paying attention. 4] Even if you have a top closer for the 9th, he doesn't do much good unless he has opportunity to fulfill his role. Not just a team who can score enough runs, but a pen who can bring a lead to him. This brings us back again to the middle innings and having a deep and capable pen overall. 5] Rocco and the FO have adopted the newer priciple/analytics approach of a deep and versatile pen without defining roles such as primary set-up man or closer. They prefer matchups and fireman roles. THAT you can debate as you will; history vs changes in the game. AGAIN, I have ZERO objection to adding a quality arm to the pen regardless of label. And we know there is volatility in the pen, game to game, week to week, month to month. But hitters are the same. We end up looking at the full season and final results for hitters as well as pitchers. So Rogers, with good peripherals, is suddenly toast? What might he have done in a full season? Now, he might have had a poor/mediocre season in 162G, and we will never know. But to not think/expect he can't be part of the back end of the pen going forward is also being short-sighted. TODAY, with no additional moves yet made, the bullpen has Rogers, Duffey, Robles, Stashak, Alcala, Stashak and Thielbar penciled in. One new addition along with some subtractions, a group of un-interesting milb FA arms that could provide another Wisler, Harper, etc to help and surprise, along with an exciting Colina or Chalmers...even though I dream of him finding a 3rd pitch and sticking in the rotation...plus arms like Smeltzer or Thorpe providing help. (Also hoping a new year allows Thorpe to FIND himself again as a possible rotation piece). There are a dozen RP arms out there still available at different ages who could absolutely be viable additions to the current pen without some huge $45M investment. 6] I still would have brought Wisler back. Not sure I buy $ and no options or a 1yr surprise but Robles essentially replaces either him or Romo at this point. I WANT Clippard back for $2-3M. He proved, yet again, how good and reliable he is. I WANT another proven RH arm. Is Soria the answer? He COULD be. Do we get on Yates or Rosenthal for around $5M-ish? Maybe. Or Colome? I want a deep and versatile pen. But I'm just not sweating a huge RP contract at this point with all that is still available externally and internally.
    1 point
  31. I think if we'd signed Hendriks and/or Hand the article would have been written. It would have been along the lines of "He's good and makes the bullpen better, but is it the best use of our resources?" Which I think is fair. Would I have wanted Hendriks? Sure, in a vacuum. In a world where the Twins have no financial constraints. Do I want him at what the ChiSox paid him? I don't think so. He's getting a premium as a "proven closer" and it's just so rare that those guys add enough extra value consistently over relievers that can be found/made at much lower prices that it's usually not worth it. (I do think it's ok to pay a bit of an extra premium to retain your own players; continuity can matter, showing loyalty can matter for organizational reputation, etc. but even that has limits)
    1 point
  32. I was interested in Kluber...but $11M is pretty high for a guy who might be completely washed. This is the advantage to being a team like the Yankees or the Dodgers: you can toss an extra $3-5M on a contract and not care about it. On a 1 year deal they can basically out-bid anyone and it doesn't really matter. I wonder what it will take to bring back Odorizzi on his version of the 1 year "prove it" deal? I don't think he's getting the kind of multi-year deal he wants and a 1 year deal to show he's healthy and rebuild his value with an organization he likes and has had respect with makes sense, but what's the number to get it done? $5? $8M $12M? Kluber has a better track record and higher ceiling, but a much more serious injury to return from. I'm thinking it's $8-10M, but who knows. I would sign him as the 4th starter. LeMahieu never seemed like he was on the Twins radar this offseason. Frankly, he never seemed likely to leave the Yankees at all and barely seemed to be on the market. The international signings look interesting, but both SS are lottery tickets at this point. That said I'm glad to see the Twins continue to make investments in the international market: they've had success in developing guys this way before. I'll admit, I do worry a bit about grabbing guys who are 16 and have so much physical development to do: I do think that gets harder to project, and you can end up having to make some hard decisions about Rule 5 when they're still deep in development mode. And with the minor leagues contracting...where and how do they play?
    1 point
  33. A few things to throw my 2 cents at: 1) Marte is so, so good. Just don't see us giving up the prospects necessary to land him. 2) Chris Taylor is a good ball player. I have seen a lot of Dodgers games-both on TV and in person. He makes some great plays wherever he plays in the field, then makes some horrible ones that leave you wondering how he can play defense at the MLB level. Solid bat and he is a body to put at multiple positions. Too inconsistent for my liking. Kike is a nice player-but I would only spend money on him if the price is right. 3) Starting Pitching: has to be #1 priority. Kluber just threw today...he is a major bounce back candidate. Many people might not remember how good he was even in 2016-2018-probably because we did not want him to be good for CLE. I would love to throw a 2-3 year, incentive based contract his way. At any rate, we need to sign multiple SPs and hope at least a couple can contribute, or we are in trouble-even making the playoffs...let alone winning a playoff game.
    1 point
  34. Hey Doc! Glad to see the question of what is Twins greatest need now. Just can't agree that a utility infielder/OF leads the list. Let's consider other top needs: 1. The bullpen has lost some key arms. Rogers had a very shaky season. Was this a one-off or beginning of a decline? A FO serious about breaking the playoff jinx needs a shutdown bullpen, starting with a closer. Duffy was great, Rogers so-so, and maybe Robles will fill a key role. Wouldn't Rosenthal, Hand, Roberto Osuna, or Yates be a significant upgrade? 2. Second place should go to the rotation. Yes, Maeda, Berrios and Pineda seem to be a very good top three. Each have question marks. Can Maeda maintain his stopper status over a 162 game season? Berrios has bever lived up to his ace potential; just too erratic. And Pineda has a track record of injuries and some personal issues. Can he be counted on over a 162 game season. We need at least one other above average starter. Snell, Darvish and Bauer are out of reach. There's a big falloff in next tier(though I would like to see Odo brought back). This leaves a trade as preferred way to go, with Sonny Gray or Castillo being most desirable. Again, big falloff after those 3. 3. Third in importance is the DH. I would hope the FO is not merely waiting for MLB to decide on the NL's use of the DH. Instead of just waiting for Cruz to decide, they need to make him a final offer or move on to other candidates. Waiting until the last minute most likely would result in a marginal player being slotted into the DH spot. Without Rosario's production, this puts even more pressure on the return players who slumped so badly in 2020. 4. And yes, after above 3 holes filled, sign a good backup IF. Any one of your three picks would be great, but not at the expense of preventing the other 3 needs to be filled.
    1 point
  35. Where are some of the Twins prospects in development, Celestino is on the 40 man roster. Is he an option at CF if Buxton gets hurt. I am ready to move on from Cave/Wade. Lets see Kirilloff, Rooker, Larnach, and Celestino. SS is further behind in development, Lewis may be a year away. I like Simmons at SS, then go within organization for other players. Pitching, sign midlevel FA to compete for 4th spot, and maybe a veteran FA like Chacin from last year for depth. Also feel need to sign FA relief pitcher that could help in high leverage situations and maybe a cheap veteran FA for depth. I feel Twins have a lot of quality pitching prospects on verge of MLB, but can't have too much pitching.
    1 point
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