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Should There Be Such a Thing As Too Much?

July 7, 2010 6 comments

Anybody who is following the Twins should know that the Twins are in discussions with the Seattle Mariners concerning Cliff Lee. Theses talks “are ‘interesting’ and have ‘posibilities.'” These talks have gone to the point where it has been reported that Bill Smith has offered Wilson Ramos and Aaron Hicks for Lee.

The fact that Aaron Hicks could be included in a deal for Cliff Lee has many fans outraged. They believe, and wisely so, that he is too good of a prospect to give up for 2-3 (regular season) months of Cliff Lee. He was, after all, ranked by Baseball America as the 19th best prospect in all of baseball. As Seth Stohs says, Hicks isn’t untouchable, but he shouldn’t be traded for a rental player. That is conventional wisdom and I was agreeing with it, until I thought further.

I wondered a couple of things. The first I wondered was how many of the recent 1st round picks have made it to the big leagues and either had success or are currently having success. I figured some of them have probably had success (I heard there was some guy named Mauer) and that some of them probably didn’t. The next thing I wondered was how is the payroll going to be in the coming years? Surely there will be players with payroll increases meaning that it will be harder to keep around players like the free agent acquisitions Hudson and Thome.


Part 1: Recent 1st Round Picks

1st Round Pick-1997-Michael Cuddyer:

Like him or hate him, Michael Cuddyer has had success in the big leagues. He has been put in many positions on the field and his real success started in 2006 when right field became his home. He got comfortable there and put together a 3.1 WAR season. In his 2 full seasons since then (he was injured for the majority of 2008) he put together 2.6 WAR seasons. This season hasn’t been as successful, but he has been a decent 1st round pick.

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Projecting the Twins: Delmon Young

January 19, 2010 5 comments

There are 2 kinds of Twins fans. Those who think Delmon Young is good, and those who are smart. All joking aside, Delmon Young was the most over-hyped player to come along in a long time. Unfortunatley, Bill Smith bought into that hype. He has turned out to be a complete bust.

Fortunately, he may be coming around. Before the break last year, Young hit .266. After the break he hit .300.

Since he has the job all to himself this year, I think he will finally have his breakout year. It won’t be anywhere near his hype, but it should be better than what we’ve seen so far.

Avg HR R RBI SB BB OBP SLG FP
.302 18 68 72 8 22 .334 .457 .973

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Twins Players Avoid Arbitration

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

*Update-Francisco Liriano has signed for $1.6 million, and Jesse Crain has signed for $2 million.


*Update-Pat Neshek has signed a contract worth $625,000 guarenteed and $75,000 in incentives.


*Update-The Twins have signed Brendan Harris on a 2 year salary worth $3.2 million guanteed and $650,000 in incetives. He gets $1.45 million in 2010 & $1.75 million in 2011.


*Update-The Twins have signed Matt Guerrier for $3.15 million.


Several Twins players have avoided arbitration today by signing one year deals.

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the Twins have signed J.J. Hardy for $5.1 million. Delmon Young signed for $2.6 million, with $50,000 in performance incentives. Carl Pavano has signed for $7 million.

In my opinion the Young and Hardy deals are fairly priced deals. I think, given Pavano’s injury history, he should have been given a performance incentive-laden deal.

Christensen hears that all of the Twins arbitration eligibles have signed and looking to confirm it.