From: Twin Cities
ORIGINAL: Jeff Allen
But if Shields is could be had for five years and $85 million I say do it. Lester and Scherzer are the two who will get $140 over 7 years...
Jeff, do you think that the Twins will be competitive next season with a new manager and an ace? I still think they need to have a season of development under a new manager and they need to add a couple of key vets to the roster such as an outfielder. As much as I would like to see them mover Mauer to left, I doubt that it happens. Maybe the new manager will see the obvious.
Problem with a mid season acquisition of a pitcher, it will take prospects to get a trade made. At least with a pickup in FA, you don't have to give anything up.
I would rather see a trade made using Eddie Rosario or Dozier and why Rosario should be at second instead of the outfield in the Fall league.
But the Twins will definitely have the salary room to add significant pieces. No doubt. The idea of them spending only 80 to 85 million on payroll of 24th to 26th in the league is criminal to the fans, given a tax payer financed ballpark.
Yeah, I think team can compete next year. They definitely need a pitcher better than Phil Hughes to be their ACE and they need another quality bullpen arm. The rest of the team is pretty solid...young, but solid. Let the kids play!
LF -- Mauer
SS -- Santana
2B -- Dozier
DH -- Vargas
RF -- Arcia
1B -- Sano
3B -- Plouffe
CF -- Buxton
C -- Pinto/Suzuki
Bench -- Pinto/Suzuki, Hicks, Escobar, FA LH CI/OF...
SP -- ACE, Hughes, Nolasco, Gibson, Meyer/May/Berrios
RP -- Perkins, FA RP, next best four pitchers in camp...