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  1. I think the Twins have already answered the big question "Can he be a big leaguer?" That answer is yes, even if it becomes an Adrianza-type role. The next question "Can he be an everyday player?" I think can't be answered until he gets a lot of abs in AAA, at SS. I think most people believe he can be a UT guy at 2B and the OF, but that just makes him Refsynder, who hits LH better, which is a better fit with the Twins LH-hitting ofs and Arraez. It will be interesting to see who is left after the trade deadline, but I'd think the plan is for Gordon to get serious abs filling in for whoever departs. If Cruz leaves, all sorts of platoons become possible, and Gordon should get a lot of playing time at 2B and OF. If Simmons leaves, SS is a big hole, if both Cruz and SImmons go, then I think the Twins would want to play Gordon at SS vs RH, and let Arraez get his abs at 2b/3b, with Polanco playing 2b and SS . Refsyders return fills in the gaps. Donaldson has 3b/DH, and Sano DH/CO as needed. OF is Kirilloff, Kepler, Larnach, Kirilloff back to 1B when Buxton returns. Garlick takes on the OF vs LH role, and that's the team. I wonder when Garver returns if Jeffers goes down, to relearn how to hit RH in AAA. Rotveldt is a solid defensive catcher, and can be a working backup C this aborted season, with Astudillo around if we need entertainment. Short samples aren't conducive to conclusions, the players need abs, somewhere. With Gordon's issues keeping his strength down, I'd like to see him get more of a chance to show what he has. I wonder if his medical condition frustrated the Twins enough where he'll get sold off for too little too soon, and of course, he becomes real useful somewhere else.
  2. 1b - Kirilloff, Sano 2b- Arraez, Gordon, Polanco SS- Polanco, Gordon (Needs Upgrading, hopefully we hit on something in the second tier of the "Big SS FA" run,) 3b- Donaldson, Sano DH- Rooker, Sano, Arraez LF- Larnach CF-Buxton, Refsnyder(If he has options left) RF- Kepler, Garlick C- Jeffers, Garver, Astudillo Gone- Cruz, Simmons Total = 15 (Injuries should keep this fluid) SP- Berrios, Maeda, Duran, Balzovic, Ober(Canterino waiting for an opening by June) THorpe as filler for injury, though I'm sure they will sign something "Happ-like" as well. If Pineda is affordable, fine, just live with the fact you get 16-20 starts a season of about 5ip each, though they are usually decent enough outings. Swing- Dobnak RP- Spend your money wisely here!!! You can flush most everything, I like T. Rogers and Duffey the most, Robles depending on contract. I'll help Colome pack; I hated him on CWS, and now he's killing me again, lol. When the dust settles I expect Thelibar, Alcala and Jax to be around, which is fine, everybody else is meh. RPs are so volatile, it's tough to truly "assemble" a pen; for example I couldn't tell you how good Stashak really is, and I don't think anyone else can, either, lol! Bottom line- let go of the old and expensive, get a core that works together so they don't look like the keystone cops in the field, and I still think the team has enough talent (I like Sano more than most, admittedly) to go places, though competition-wise, this should have been the year, it's only going to be harder in 22 with all the other teams in the AL Central on the upswing.
  3. I think the Twins are ok; the Dodgers should be the ones on the hook (Stripling probably would have gone to Boston vice the deal the Dodgers made with the Angels. It will depend on what Boston wants to even things up; Minnesota needs to hold firm on Graterol's value. I think the Sox are pandering a bit to soften the blow of the trade, and "anything" extra they can get will be their attempt to placate their fanbase (lots of luck, lol).
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