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I think they're going to try to make a splashy move on a pitcher this offseason, and it'll take more than those numbers to get it done. We'll see
K/9: I'll take the over... Contract length: Hmmmm
If Twins are genuinely interested in Nolasco and Garza, and it sounds like they are, then they have no choice but to go "over" 3.5 years.
So far, Strib reporting he was suspended 50 games for violating MLB drug policy. That's really bad news for the Twins, who may have looked to use Rosario as a trade piece this winter. Probably not anymore.
I think everyone but Meyer, Buxton, Sano is on the table. It wouldn't shock me if Arcia were on the table.
Yep. They need to change that perception by signing someone with a bigger name than Jason Marquis and Kevin Correia. This is a very important offseason on two fronts for the Twins: 1.) Make the team better... 2.) Public relations.
I think that group you mentioned is actually two separate groups: The Nolasco, Garza, Jimenez group... and the Hughes, Kazmir group. The former will require longer-term deals. The latter not as expensive.
Vogelsong's option was declined. But he's 36 and had a horrible season last year... Meh...
Not necessarily. Usually action picks up at the Winter Meetings, which take place in two weeks in Orlando.
The Twins don't need any more outfielders. Hicks, Arcia, Buxton on the way, Willingham, Doumit....
Teams usually wait until the Winter Meetings, where meetings with agents take place every 30 minutes it seems. Action picks up, offers get made, etc.
With Sano and Buxton on the way, and with Mauer and Dozier in the lineup already, the Twins have a nice offensive core going forward, despite last year's struggles. Pitching, on the other hand, is a totally different story. Twins have major core issues with velocity, strikeouts, etc. when it comes to pitching, and they don't have enough in-house options to fix those issues. Free agency or trade.
He's at least two years away
Doumit probably has more value, because he's cheaper and is able to play multiple positions. But I don't know if the Twins can get anything of value for either of them. If that's the case, might as well hold onto them in hopes of them getting hot before the trade deadline.
Personally, I'd stay far away from Josh Johnson. Dude has had shoulder issues for about three consecutive seasons with no surgery. Know what that means? Surgery is probably on the horizon. Plus, he was awful in his move to the AL.
TR doesn't care about public relations. But the Pohlads do (believe it or not), and so does Dave St. Peter.
I'm comfortable with Sam Deduno, Vance Worley, Scott Diamond as No. 5 starters (one of them, not all of them), and Kyle Gibson as a No. 4.
If the Twins sign three starters, and Santana is the third -- on a flier -- I'm totally cool with that. Anybody else?
No steam there -- because other teams have scouts....
Halladay probably wants to latch on with a contender, considering he is like 37