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  1. On Monday, I wrote a quick hitter on my 2019 Twins Daily Twins Awards. Now, I want to do a quick rundown of my postseason roster. Catcher: Mitch Garver, Jason Castro It'll be interesting to see how much they split time in the postseason. Both have been good this year but Garver has been better. Infielders: CJ Cron, Luis Arraez, Jonathan Schoop, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano With Rocco saying that Arraez is progressing better than expected, I think he'll make the roster. He may not play on Friday but I think we'll see him sometime during this series. Outfielders: Eddie Rosario, Jake Cave, Max Kepler It won't happen, but I'd love to see a guy like Ian Miller on the roster for his speed. On this roster, the Twins don't have anyone in their lineup to pinch run if they need speed on the bases. Utility/DH: Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Ehire Adrianza or Willians Astudillo Adrianza, Gonzalez, and Astudillo are guys who can mostly play anywhere. The health of Adrianza makes it seem like he won't be on the roster, so I think Willians gets the 25th spot. Pitchers: Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Randy Dobnak, Trevor May, Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers, Zack Littell, Sergio Romo, Cody Stashak, Brusader Graterol, Lewis Thorpe, Devin Smeltzer, Kyle Gibson The first 11 are locks for me. Kyle Gibson, I'm not so confident in. It feels weird to not have Gibson on the postseason roster, as the most tenured Twin, but if he's not healthy and can't pitch well then he shouldn't be on the roster. It's that simple. I also wouldn't be totally against leaving Adrianza/Astudillo off the roster and adding another pitcher like Martin Perez, but with his struggles I don't think he brings as much value as an extra utility player. What does your postseason roster look like?
  2. I am from St. Louis and we are having trouble dropping people from the 40 man roster if we don't DL someone for 60 days. We will have to do that when we put a backup catcher on the 25 man team. If we sign another reliever, another will have to go which may mean eating Cecil's contract. You guys don't have any troublesome longterm contracts after getting rid of Hughes's. Since mid-season last year we have had to trade players for minor leaguers that didn't need to be places on the 40 man roster, left off a few players from Rule V draft and disabled a few. Are you guys looking for whom may get caught in a roster crunch? The Cards like have 11 or so starters for 5 spots so we will have to make some moves.
  3. You can listen directly here or download directly from iTunes here. Nelson Cruz Signing and Possible Extensions: 1:58 Martin Perez Signing: 10:07 Craig Kimbrel? Other Free Agents & Payroll: 23:07 25-Man Roster Predictions: 45:50 Question from the Audience (Perez, Media and the fans, Free Agents) : 1:11:10 Let us know what you think and thanks for listening!
  4. I was curious where we stand as a team - right now. Since the fast and furious signings seem to be in a lull (facetious statement). Let's put the team on the field as they are now composed and see how they stack up using their 2018 WAR and the Total Zone Fielding Runs above average and the 2019 projection - all from Baseball Reference WAR RTOT Projection Polanco SS 1.5 , -2 270/329/415 Rosario LF 3.6 -10 278/319/464 Cron 1B 2 4 253/316/455 Sano 3B -0.5 -2 239/322/452 Austin DH 0.5 236/301/446 Cave CF 1.5 -2 259/317/455 Kepler RF 2.8 16 235/317/419 Schoop 2B 1.4 1 259/302/448 Castro C 2.5 3 222/309/370 using 2017 numbers Adrianza U 0.4 -3 249/307/385 Buxton CF -0.3 3 237/297.393 Garver C 0.9 -16 254/325/407 Torreyes U 0.3 - 2 270/312/384 What do you think? 16.6 WAR total. RTOT - 16. Can we hit, can we field? I will look at the pitchers a little later. I just need to digest what these totals tell us. Our does this all hinge on Sano and Buxton like I talked about in - https://twinsdaily.com/blogs/entry/11292-%7B%3F%7D/ Do we need more or do we look forward to another year with the moves that are made? https://twinsdaily.com/blogs/entry/11289-%7B%3F%7D/
  5. Here we are December 6, 2018. We are almost a week after my birthday and what a week. I waited 73 years for all this to happen. We fired Molitor - he mishandled the bullpen which had all of three good relievers and we needed 4 per game. We let go the pitching coach even though Gibson and others out performed the past. We kept the hitting coaches even though our superstar, can't miss projects continued to flail at the plate. We fired Pickler the guy the front office said would provide new age stat information to the manager. We kept the bench coach who obviously shoulders no blame for the season that got Molitor fired. Then we lost Johnny Field to the cubs and Oliver Drake to the Rays even though they were good enough to prevent minor leaguers from auditioning in September. Great move. We showed other teams how good the players we did not want were. Then to show that we cared about pitching we signed Erasmo Moreno and Preston Guilmet to be our new right hander pitchers. Some real action to get November warming up. Randy Cesar was signed to give 3B depth, Zack Weiss signed to give even more right handed depth, and LaMonte Wade was put on the 40 man even though he was not good enough to come up in September. And Nick Gordon was added to the same 40 man even though he too was not good enough for September - glad we kept Field and Oliver on that roster. We traded Nick Anderson to the Rays and got another 3B Brian Schales, to push Sano. He must be worried that is two 3B players in one month. Having a strong BP we released Alan Busenitz. Then we added Luis Arreaz to the 40 man because we did not know Schoop would be there for the next season and we signed C J Cron and released Robbie Grossman making a completing unremarkable change in our batting talent. Then December came and we though that Ronald Torreyes should challenge Ehire - thereby pushing our talent level on more notch towards the championships we dream of. Is anyone else excited?
  6. Below is a listing of everyone currently on the 40 man roster, sorted by youngest to oldest. Who do you think will be off this list going into 2019? If you are so inclined, feel free to expand on why you think what you do, or even who might take their place. FYI - I have done no research on who must be added (or risk losing). I think the 2019 40 man roster will not include: John Curtiss Zack Granite Robbie Grossman Logan Morrison Logan Forsythe Ervin Santana Matt Belisle Question marks: *I think Mauer plays one more year for the hometown 9. *It seems like Duffey might go bye bye. *Astudillo might also say goodbye depending on if they have or add another multi-position IF lined up.) *Depending on what they do with the catcher position in the offseason, I could see Castro, Garver and Wilson remaining (if they do nothing). If they sign a FA, Wilson or Castro goes away, depending on health of Castro. If Castro is healthy, he's back. 71 Lewis Thorpe R/L 6'1" 160lbs 11/23/1995 P 52 Zack Littell R/R 6'4" 220lbs 10/5/1995 P 58 Gabriel Moya L/L 6'0" 175lbs 1/9/1995 P 77 Fernando Romero R/R 6'0" 215lbs 12/24/1994 P 53 Kohl Stewart R/R 6'3" 195lbs 10/7/1994 P — Stephen Gonsalves L/L 6'5" 213lbs 7/8/1994 P 17 Jose Berrios R/R 6'0" 185lbs 5/27/1994 P — Chase De Jong L/R 6'4" 205lbs 12/29/1993 P 25 Byron Buxton R/R 6'2" 190lbs 12/18/1993 OF 11 Jorge Polanco S/R 5'11" 200lbs 7/5/1993 IF 49 Adalberto Mejia R/L 6'3" 195lbs 6/20/1993 (10-day DL) P 22 Miguel Sano R/R 6'4" 260lbs 5/11/1993 IF 27 1 John Curtiss R/R 6'4" 200lbs 4/5/1993 P 26 Max Kepler L/L 6'4" 205lbs 2/10/1993 OF 60 Jake Cave L/L 6'0" 200lbs 12/4/1992 OF 8 1 Zack Granite L/L 6'1" 175lbs 9/17/1992 OF 50 Aaron Slegers R/R 6'10" 245lbs 9/4/1992 (10-day DL) P 51 Johnny Field R/R 5'10" 180lbs 2/20/1992 OF 64 1 Willians Astudillo R/R 5'9" 225lbs 10/14/1991 IF 20 Eddie Rosario L/R 6'1" 180lbs 9/28/1991 OF 31 Tyler Austin R/R 6'2" 220lbs 9/6/1991 IF 23 Mitch Garver R/R 6'1" 220lbs 1/15/1991 C 21 Tyler Duffey R/R 6'3" 220lbs 12/27/1990 P 55 Taylor Rogers L/L 6'3" 170lbs 12/17/1990 P 39 Trevor Hildenberger R/R 6'2" 211lbs 12/15/1990 P 67 Alan Busenitz R/R 6'1" 180lbs 8/22/1990 P 12 Jake Odorizzi R/R 6'2" 190lbs 3/27/1990 P 68 Matt Magill R/R 6'3" 210lbs 11/10/1989 P 65 Trevor May R/R 6'5" 240lbs 9/23/1989 P 36 1 Robbie Grossman S/L 6'0" 215lbs 9/16/1989 OF 16 Ehire Adrianza S/R 6'1" 170lbs 8/21/1989 IF 35 Michael Pineda R/R 6'7" 260lbs 1/18/1989 (60-day DL) P 43 Addison Reed L/R 6'4" 230lbs 12/27/1988 P 44 Kyle Gibson R/R 6'6" 215lbs 10/23/1987 P 99 1 Logan Morrison L/L 6'3" 245lbs 8/25/1987 (7-day DL) IF 15 Jason Castro L/R 6'3" 215lbs 6/18/1987 (60-day DL) C 24 1 Logan Forsythe R/R 6'1" 205lbs 1/14/1987 IF 32 Oliver Drake R/R 6'4" 215lbs 1/13/1987 P 7 Joe Mauer L/R 6'5" 225lbs 4/19/1983 IF 46 Bobby Wilson R/R 6'0" 230lbs 4/8/1983 C 54 1 Ervin Santana R/R 6'2" 175lbs 12/12/1982 (10-day DL) P 38 1 Matt Belisle R/R 6'3" 230lbs 6/6/1980 (10-day DL) P
  7. Here's my take on the 40-man roster, blueprint, rankings or whatever you want to call it This leaves room for a Rule 5 pickup if there's a fit Drop Order is who I'd drop if there were Free Agent Signings
  8. So-- should the Twins occupy one of the Wild Card spots, how should they construct the roster? Teams are allowed to reset the 25 man roster before each playoff round, so if the Twins won-- they could re-set for the ALDS. A Wild Card roster would be constructed-- knowing that it is one game. So, you could leave off the starting pitcher from the day before, add defense/speed guys for late innings, etc. The AL Wild Card game is set for Tuesday 10/3. The ALDS starts Thursday, 10/5 (I hadn't checked that in my original post-- so I will make a couple changes.) My Wild Card 25 Man Roster Starting 9 (not lineup order) C-Castro 1B-Mauer 2B-Dozier 3B-Escobar SS-Polanco LF-Rosario CF-Buxton RF-Kepler DH-Sano Reserves (6) C-Gimenez OF/PH- Grossman IF- Adrianza PH-Vargas OF/PR-Granite C/1B/PH-Garver Pitchers (10) -Santana -Belisle -Hildenberger -Rogers (L) -Busenitz -Pressly -Duffey -Gibson -Boshers (L) -Mejia (L) The Twins have said Ervin Santana is lined up to pitch the Wild Card game. Should they win, I'd assume Jose Berrios pitches Game 1. In sketching out how the rotation might look the rest of the way-- I'm guessing Mejia and Bartolo will pitch the final 2 games against Detroit. Obviously, that may change if they've clinched a Wild Card berth. But, that's the scenario I'm working toward here. I loaded up with bullpen arms, knowing that managers have very short leashes in playoff games. The top 4 relievers are no-brainers, and so is Pressly for the most part. Duffey hasn't been great but he's been around all year. Gee has been acceptable in a long role, so if Santana goes out early, he can pick up innings. With off days between the series, Gibson (the likely ALDS game 2 starter), can be a long guy. The lefties scare me, aside from Rogers. Boshers is a full LOOGY. Mejia can be that guy in a wild card game on short rest. You'll note-- no Glen Perkins. I don't see him coming anywhere near a playoff roster. The starting position players should be no surprise. Looks like Escobar has 3B locked down even when Sano returns. On the bench, Gimenez, Grossman and Adrianza are givens. (If the Twins face a LH starter, Grossman starts instead of Kepler.) The 23-25th man gets interesting. Vargas gets a spot because of value as a late inning PH. Granite gets a spot, likely as a PR late with the Twins behind a run or tied. Garver gets a spot as a potential RH bat with pop. How would you build it?
  9. Can we please release Justin Haley? Why is he still taking up a roster spot? Has he pitched in the last several weeks. I realize as a Rule 5 player we lose him, but I don't see it as a loss. Any thoughts?
  10. Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes had a rib removed last year to help correct an issue that was causing some major problems. The surgery ended the pitcher's season in July. It was unfortunate that the surgery didn't happen sooner. Statistically speaking. Hughes had some ideas for the rib, which he kept following the surgery. The Twins might have some ideas about Hughes if he can turn things around in 2017. It would include him taking the rib with him, although I don't believe they could use it as a bargaining chip in any trade offers. New decision makers Derek Falvey and Thad Levine will have to address the pitching issue that has plagued the organization since the beginning of the decade. The two categories would be starting pitching depth and lack of a pitcher that can actually strike a batter out. How do Hughes and Santana play into this? It's easy, really. They are two veteran pitchers with playoff pitching experience. They've pitched on teams that are the thick of things come October. These things will certainly make them names that will be floated around come trade deadline time. Santana is most likely to hear his name thrown around. He had solid numbers in 2016 and his durability is great for a team that needs a solid number three or, dare I say, number two starter. The number that is key for Santana to keep down is the home runs. He gave up an average of 28 home runs a year between 2009 and 2013. The last three years he's dropped that number to 16. Keep the homers down, the innings pitched and quality starts up and he'll have plenty of suitors. In the case of Hughes, he has to prove that the last two years were more fluke than fact. One stat that stands out is the percentage of 0-2 counts batters faced against Hughes last year. His percentage was a career low 21.6 percent. His career year, 2014, 37.5 percent of batters faced 0-2 counts. This indicates that something changed in the way Hughes was disguising pitchers early on in the at-bat. It also shows that he didn't adjust to the way batters approached him. Hughes does not walk a lot of batters and so he is always going to be around the strike zone. He was a master of keeping batters off balance in '14. Last year he was the batters puppet. Even if Hughes turns things around, he's going to be hard to unload. A 31-year old that is owed $39.6 million of the next three years is not appealing. Santana's contract, he's $27 million over the next two years with a $14 million team option in 2019, is much easier to live with. All of this is great and painfully obvious to Twins fans. Take veterans and trade them to stock up in minors. Throw bodies at the problem. However, we can't just look at these two in the broad spectrum of adding talent by trading talent. How Falvey and Levine handle Hughes and Santana will show us a lot in how they handle other talented veterans. It will also tell us how far away they feel the Twins are from being competitive. You could convince some that the Twins are just a couple pitchers away from being competitive. Okay, a few. Okay, like two people. But, it really doesn't matter what those two people believe. It's what the new guys believe. Is this going to be a slow process and how do these two veterans play into this process? A question that Falvey and Levine will take time to answer.
  11. Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes had a rib removed last year to help correct an issue that was causing some major problems. The surgery ended the pitcher's season in July. It was unfortunate that the surgery didn't happen sooner. Statistically speaking. Hughes had some ideas for the rib, which he kept following the surgery. The Twins might have some ideas about Hughes if he can turn things around in 2017. It would include him taking the rib with him, although I don't believe they could use it as a bargaining chip in any trade offers. New decision makers Derek Falvey and Thad Levine will have to address the pitching issue that has plagued the organization since the beginning of the decade. The two categories would be starting pitching depth and lack of a pitcher that can actually strike a batter out. How do Hughes and Santana play into this? It's easy, really. They are two veteran pitchers with playoff pitching experience. They've pitched on teams that are the thick of things come October. These things will certainly make them names that will be floated around come trade deadline time. Santana is most likely to hear his name thrown around. He had solid numbers in 2016 and his durability is great for a team that needs a solid number three or, dare I say, number two starter. The number that is key for Santana to keep down is the home runs. He gave up an average of 28 home runs a year between 2009 and 2013. The last three years he's dropped that number to 16. Keep the homers down, the innings pitched and quality starts up and he'll have plenty of suitors. In the case of Hughes, he has to prove that the last two years were more fluke than fact. One stat that stands out is the percentage of 0-2 counts batters faced against Hughes last year. His percentage was a career low 21.6 percent. His career year, 2014, 37.5 percent of batters faced 0-2 counts. This indicates that something changed in the way Hughes was disguising pitchers early on in the at-bat. It also shows that he didn't adjust to the way batters approached him. Hughes does not walk a lot of batters and so he is always going to be around the strike zone. He was a master of keeping batters off balance in '14. Last year he was the batters puppet. Even if Hughes turns things around, he's going to be hard to unload. A 31-year old that is owed $39.6 million of the next three years is not appealing. Santana's contract, he's $27 million over the next two years with a $14 million team option in 2019, is much easier to live with. All of this is great and painfully obvious to Twins fans. Take veterans and trade them to stock up in minors. Throw bodies at the problem. However, we can't just look at these two in the broad spectrum of adding talent by trading talent. How Falvey and Levine handle Hughes and Santana will show us a lot in how they handle other talented veterans. It will also tell us how far away they feel the Twins are from being competitive. You could convince some that the Twins are just a couple pitchers away from being competitive. Okay, a few. Okay, like two people. But, it really doesn't matter what those two people believe. It's what the new guys believe. Is this going to be a slow process and how do these two veterans play into this process? A question that Falvey and Levine will take time to answer.
  12. The Twins have 40 games remaining and currently sit two behind the Angels, who hold the second wild card at this point. The Twins have games remaining with the Rays, the Orioles and the Angels so they could gain ground by winning head to head against teams that are in competition for the wild card. Here's the math: 25-15. .625 baseball, which I think would net the team a wild card. 24-16. .600 baseball, I think they make postseason with 85 wins, or at least have a play-in to the play-in game. 21-19. Would give the Twins a winning record, but they would be watching the playoffs. 20-20. .500 on the nose, still a success given the expectations. 15-19 wins. Improvement, no 90 loss season, but still a losing record. The team has 21 road games and 19 home games. They play 25 of their remaining games against the Central, with other games against Baltimore (2), Houston (6), Tampa (3) and the Angels (4). I'm saying they have a little spurt here and end up with 82 wins, but end up watching the playoffs. I am probably too optimistic after watching May and Jepsen close yesterday's game. If May could have been the 8th inning guy for a month, I think they might have won a couple more games.
  13. Now that the season-opening roster has been set, and no one on the internet seems satisfied, let's play GM: What do you think the Twins roster should look like on July 17 when they open the last half of the season in Oakland? Include your rationale, and let's be reasonable (letting Joe Mauer go on waivers probably isn't going to happen, OK?). For a starting point, here's the season-opening roster: Starters Phil Hughes Ervin Santana Ricky Nolasco Kyle Gibson Tommy Milone Relievers Glen Perkins Casey Fien Brian Duensing Mike Pelfrey Blaine Boyer Tim Stauffer J.R, Graham Infielders Joe Mauer Brian Dozier Danny Santana Trevor Plouffe Kurt Suzuki Eduardo Escobar Eduardo Nunez Chris Herrmann Kennys Vargas Outfielders Oswaldo Arcia Jordan Schafer Torii Hunter Shane Robinson And here's my take on what July 17 should look like, with changes highlighted: Starters Phil Hughes Ervin Santana Trevor May - Ricky Nolasco is owed money, but somebody will need a starter... I hope Kyle Gibson J.O. Berrios - Tommy Milone is as good as he's going to be, and Berrios may already be better Relievers Glen Perkins Casey Fien Any one of 3/4 minor league lefties vs Brian Duensing - Duensing: good guy, weak reliever Michael Tonkin vs Mike Pelfrey - same argument as Berrios versus Milone Alex Meyer - Blaine Boyer has no history of success; Meyer needs to build some success in bullpen where he can rely on 2 strong pitches, and work from there. Nick Burdi - Tim Stauffer is a placeholder, and a weak one. Burdi is young but upside is terrific Jake Reed - J.R. Graham - This one's a flyer - no financial loss in letting Graham go back to the Braves, and I am hoping that Reed will be able to make the (admittedly huge) jump. Infielders Joe Mauer Brian Dozier Danny Santana Miguel Sano vs Trevor Plouffe - maybe the longest shot here, but Plouffe could provide trade value, IF Sano is ready Kurt Suzuki Eduardo Escobar Levi Michael vs Eduardo Nunez - OK, a surprise here: Better defense, flexibility & strong OBP Josmil Pinto vs Chris Herrmann - Hoping this would have happened already if Pinto hadn't been hurt Kennys Vargas Outfielders Oswaldo Arcia Byron Buxton vs Jordan Schafer - Does this need any explanation? Eddie Rosario - Torii Hunter should have value to a playoff team; if not, time to hang 'em up Adam Brett Walker vs Shane Robinson - OK, this is a longer shot that Sano, but I like the possibilities, and putting some pressure on Arcia OK, that's turning over better than half the roster. What say you?
  14. Many of you may be looking at the Twins roster for opening day and wondering: "where the hell are the prospects?" Sure, we've been told again and again that we're about to get a huge influx of talent. And sure, we've been told that the children are our future. But the young players coming north: Danny Santana, Kennys Vargas, Oswaldo Arcia, Kyle Gibson...we've seen them all before...and the people we haven't seen: Blaine Boyer? Kurt Suzuki? Tim Stauffer? Are not the world changing prospects we've been asked to bank on. So, you may be a little frustrated. I'm a little frustrated. Until I realized that this is all part of Terry Ryan's Secret Plan. We at Peanuts from Heaven have found a secret ad written, directed and produced by Terry Ryan. What follows is a transcript of that ad. TWINS SECRET COMMERCIAL http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sHUQsYurfT8/VRsVnQZM0oI/AAAAAAAADHA/325H98WUK7c/s1600/SaneTerry.jpg [Ext. Day, Terry Ryan, wearing a completely respectable suit is walking toward the camera from Right Field] SANE TERRY. Hi. I'm Sane Terry, from Sane Terry's House of Fiscally Viable Veterans here with totally reasonable deals on all your veteran baseball player needs. [Cut to. Int. Twins Clubhouse, Sane Terry walks past empty lockers] SANE TERRY. For years, the Minnesota Twins have been giving the aging and seemingly ineffective baseball players of America a chance to hit rock bottom. Once they do that, they are ripe for the picking...your picking. [Cut to. Close Up, Terry Ryan turned to face new camera] SANE TERRY. Are you a team with six valid starting pitchers? Why not trade for one of our many rotation candidates as insurance in case of injury, theft, or spontaneous combustion? [Cut to. Opposite angle Terry Ryan turned to face new camera] SANE TERRY. Are you a team who wishes their young players could learn from a cautionary example? Why not trade for one of our jaded-former-prospects whose shattered dreams has left them a shell of their former selves? [Cut to. Original Angle Terry Ryan turned to face new camera] SANE TERRY. You can get all your valuable veterans for low, low prices. Just ask these satisfied customers. [Cut to Neal Huntington smiling in front of PNC Park in Pittsburgh] HUNTINGTON. Our team used to be a joke, but once we just started picking Terry's discarded pitchers off the scrap heap, we had all the support we could ever need! [Cut to Buck Showalter at the dugout railing of Camden Yards] SHOWALTER. If someone has "former-Twin" on their resume, you can bet that they'll be a below-average starter, but an irrationally great resource for your post season run! Thanks to Sane Terry, I might not be fired right before my team wins the World Series! [Cut to Sane Terry reclining in his office at Target Field, the camera takes in a view of the field] SANE TERRY. We know you can get brand new ballplayers from many sources. But Crazy Billy's Coliseum of Deals always seems to have ulterior motives, and the next Miami Marlins Fire Sale isn't scheduled until November 2016, so why not come on down to Sane Terry's House of Fiscally Viable Veterans and see what we have on offer? [Cut to, reverse Angle, the camera takes in a view of the hallway] SANE TERRY. You don't have to give up the farm, just a young kid with upside, or downside, or cash...we like cash. And we like to give these veteran ball players a new lease on life. That's why we'll always have them on the roster, and always have them available, because that's what made us successful all these years. ANONYMOUS INTERN [While walking by Terry's door]. Huh? What do you mean? We haven't been successful. And the older players rarely if ever help us. And when we trade them we almost never get anything of value. SANE TERRY. Well, you know what they say, "the definition of sanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result." ANONYMOUS INTERN. Actually I think that's the definition of insanity. SANE TERRY. Ha. Ha. If that were true, I would be Crazy Terry...and I am clearly Sane Terry. It says so on this ad. ANONYMOUS INTERN. What ad? And who are you talking to? SANE TERRY. Sane Terry's House of Fiscally Viable Veterans. Call now and get Mike Pelfry right before he finalizes his deal with the devil for one more good season. [Fin.]
  15. There is currently a thread for the starting lineup going and some of the conversation is about who fills out the roster. I am starting a separate thread about the entire 25-man roster. We all know that whoever goes north with the club will get some chance to play and if they make good they will get more chances, so IMHO it is far more important who makes the club than exactly who is a "starter" when the season opens. In the starting lineup thread, there seems to be pretty good agreement on who starts. All nine spots are far from locked down, of course. I will assume the Twins go with 12 pitchers and 13 position players. I think that will be the way they start the season. Position players first, rationale to follow: Position players: Catcher: (2) Suzuki, Fryer Infield: (6) Mauer, Dozier, Florimon, Plouffe, Escobar, Bartlett Outfield/DH: (5) Willingham, Presley, Arcia, Mastroianni, Kubel When I originally put together a 25-man roster, I penciled in Pinto as the starter at catcher. Recent rumblings tell me that Suzuki will be doing a lot of catching at least to start the season and that the Twins would like Pinto to get a little more AAA time. It also helps that he has options and that a month in Rochester will give the Twins another year of his services. Another catching/25th man candidate is Chris Herrmann. He hits like a backup catcher, but does play other positions (and may try more this spring). If the Twins bring three catchers north, I'm sure the third guy will be Herrmann. I don't think they'll start the year that way, though. Infield: Unless the Twins make another free agent signing or trade, I think the starters and principal backup are set. I added Bartlett late because (1) he has a .795 lifetime OPS vs. left handed pitching (2) he is a veteran who can be a bench player without hurting his performance or damaging his future. (3) he might qualify as the best option to be a RH pinch hitter late in games. Bartlett could get some starts at short against lefties and with two backup infielders, Gardy might use Plouffe as a DH especially against left handers. Colabello figures here, too, but I just can't see him making the team since he really isn't a good fielder and his swing was exploited in the majors last year. Outfield: I originally had Parmelee making the club and still hope that he finds a way, but with a second backup infielder, there isn't room for him unless he outhits Kubel or the Twins roll the dice without a backup center fielder again. I can't see Hicks making the club out of spring training, but I hope he is back by June and moves Presley/Mastro into a backup role. I included Mastroianni as the backup outfielder because he can play all three positions, has base stealing speed and hits right handed, making him a potential platoon partner for Presley.
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