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How I would fix the Minnesota Twins


I am going to go by positions on how I would fix the mess that is the Minnesota Twins.

 

CATCHING- Joe Mauer is 1/2 the engine of the Minnesota Twins and their is a majority of the problem right their a massive contract to a singles hitter. That being said this local boy isn't going anywere not with that contract anyways. I would hope that for the next roughly 3 years I would be able to get roughly 100 games a year of him at catcher and 62 games with him as a DH a .300 plus hitter cant afford to sit on the bench on a below average team. They just signed Doumit and already have a great defender in Butera so they will catch the games Mauer is not.

FIRST BASE- Morneua the other half of the engine for the Minnesota Twins. Well he seems like he has missed a couple games the last few years. The hope would be that he returns to his MVP form however I would not hold your breath. If Morneau can't go I imagine Doumit and or Parmalee will be plugged in. If getting some sort of injury settlement is an option and the settlement is not a financial disaster I would be all over that. luke Hughes is nothing more than organizational depth.

 

MIDDLE INFIELD- Another train wreck here Nishioka, Casilla, Carrell all look to be average at best on a good day type of players. I would hope to get Plouffe's defense to a point were he could fill in here as well for I do believe Plouffe has 20 HR potential. I would also be hoping that in 2-3 year Levi Michael and just moved to 2b Eddie Rosario would be able to contribute.

 

THIRD BASE- Danny Valencia was average at best but they have no better in house options and wasn't bad enough that they need to spend their money here. He is still young and you just hope for improvement.

 

OUTFIELD- I would offer Kubel and cuddyer arbitration and take the picks this choices are easy to do especially with Cuddyer rumored to be getting a 3 year 36 million dollar deal. There have been multiple trade rumors about Denard Span if the Nationals actually offered Drew Storen, Steve Lombardozzi and Roger Bernadina for Span I couldnt say yes fast enough and I couldnt imagine the Twins turning it down since they could use all 3 players badly. Alot is made of Ben Revere's defense and his arm is as bad as everyone says it is but on a 63 win team it's like saying Kevin Love's weakside defense is the problem for the Wolves. I think a .300 hitter with 30 plus SB potential should not have a hard time finding a position. I think Joe Bensen and Trever Plouffe should share one of the outfield spots and hope that 1 of them can just win the position. With the other outfield spot assuming that Span is traded they should look for a right handed hitting power outfielder like a Josh Willingham if the money is reasonable and the deal is only for 1-2 years. Rene Tosoni is nothing more than organizational depth.

 

STARTING PITCHING- Well the free agent market the pitchers are out of the Twins price range or not worth the money IMO. Scott Baker had a really nice year IMO and might be a 2-3 starter for the Twins for next 3-4 years. Liriano and Pavano are in contract years and my hope would be that they pitch great and teams want to trade for them and I would hope that Terry Ryan can really get paid for these 2 because the Twins have so many needs at the Major and Minor league level. Slowey, Blackburn, Swarzak, Hendriks, and Duensing are all back of the rotation guys nothing more nothing less once you realize this it will be much easier. You can when with these guys when you have a top 3 rotation thats better than the Twins currently have. I think the Twins never have a shortage of guys like this on their team pitchers that throw grounds balls and pitch to contact. This philosophy has won the Twins alot of games but hasnt won a world series in along time and won't get you past the teams that do have the aces. I would not move Duensing to the bullpen because he cannot get righties out.

 

RELIEF PITCHERS- I would hope that Storen is the nice young closer to stabalize an awful bullpen. I would let Capps and Nathan go unless they signed far under market deals. I would sign a relief pitcher like David Aardsma who has closed games before to compete with Perkins who I don't think can close but after his year last year you have to give him a chance. I would also make finding Relief pitchers to handle the 7th and 8th inning a top priority for a couple reason. One it can help you improve in the wins category and shorten the games for a starting pitching staff that was suspect at best. I would also be hoping that the relief pitchers I signed had good years so I could receive some supplemental picks and help to rebuild the farm system. I would also be going crazy on signing every minor league RP with a pulse or any previous sucess hoping to find lightning in a bottle.

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