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With the 2009 season in the rearview mirror, it is likely that the Twins front office will soon turn their attention to the 2010 season. There are a ton of decisions that GM Bill Smith and his staff need to make this offseason. In conjunction with TwinsCentric.com and its Offseason GM Handbook, we are look at a series of What Would YOU Do blog entries. We have considered what to do with Orlando Cabrera, Joe Nathan, and Carl Pavano.
I am completely exhausted, so today I’m going to post a quick article on a couple of players that I know everyone has an opinion on, Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez. It’s interesting to me that you very rarely find someone who doesn’t have an opinion on this topic. The general idea we can assume is the Michael Cuddyer will be in RF next year for the Twins and that Denard Span will be the team’s every day leadoff hitter. But will Span play CF every day or LF? That is a question that will likely be answered this offseason. So, what do you think:
Offense – They both swing at everything, so no real advantage there. That said, Young seems to have much more power, and given more playing time late in the season, he showed some of that with three home runs on the final weekend. Gomez seemed to try to take more pitches, but I’m not certain that was successful either. Gomez also quit bunting for hits, which was one of his best weapons his first month as a Twin.
Base Running – Carlos Gomez is clearly much faster. However, he is not a good base runner at all. He has been afraid to steal bases since about May of 2008. He can fly around the bases, but he makes a lot of mistakes. Although not a speedy runner, Young seems to be a smart base runner, and can occasionally steal a base.
Defense – Carlos Gomez is statistically one of the better CF in baseball, but I don’t think he’s a great outfielder yet. He still takes some bad angles to baseballs, he’s just so fast he’s able to make up for it. He’s got a strong arm, but uses it inconsistently. Young is clearly not a real strong LF. He looks shaky and uncertain, but he makes very few errors, so most of the time, he gets the job done.
The Twins used Jason Kubel a lot in the outfield late in the season, and Carlos Gomez was the 4th outfielder. At this point, I’m not convinced that he is really more than that. That said, it’s hard to know that until he gets every day playing time for a year. But the same can be said for Delmon Young. Therein lies the problem. They both need the daily playing time, but there isn’t a way to do that. So, there must be a trade. Does either of them have value at this point? Which would be a better #4 option if they don’t trade either?
So what do you think? First, who has the bigger upside? Who do you think could contribute more to the Twins if playing time for each was every day? What would you do with playing time, or what would you expect to get back if either is traded? If you would like to share your thoughts, please click here.
This is another of many, many decisions that the Twins General Manager Bill Smith will have to make now that the Twins playoff run is complete. John Bonnes (Twins Geek), Parker Hageman (Over the Baggy), Nick Nelson (Nick’s Twins blog) and myself have put together the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook. In its pages, we will put the reader in the role of Twins GM. The four of us will act as advisers. We will provide you with 137 pages worth of information to help you work through your offseason. We discuss the Twins internal free agents, look at the 40 man roster and options to be added, possible trade targets and free agent options. We will review the Joe Mauer contract situation, the #2 spot in the order, and all of the Twins potential arbitration scenarios. Finally, we will each present you with a blueprint, our own recommendation of eight to ten ideas to improve the Twins in 2010. Darren “Doogie” Wolfson wrote the foreword for us. If you are at all interested in this, be sure to go to www.TwinsCentric.com where you can purchase an electronic book (all 137 pages) for just $9.95. If you’re even just a little bit intrigued, still check out that web site where you can also receive a Free Sample of approximately 1/3 the book. Of course, if you have any questions or comments, you can e-mail me, or e-mail TwinsCentric@gmail.com.