Monday Morning Update

8 Feb

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Finally, that football game is over and people can start focusing on the proper sport now, baseball. Here are some quick thoughts and other links to enter the week with. 

  • Baseball fans who are proponents of a salary cap will certainly look at this Super Bowl. Indianapolis and New Orleans were the NFL’s best teams throughout the 2009 season. These two cities do not even have Major League baseball teams. Instead, each hosts a Triple-A team. The Indianapolis Indians are the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The New Orleans Zephyrs are the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets.
  • Dudes in underwear apparently was the theme of the year in the Super Bowl ads.
  • I am curious what people think of the new Twins advertisement. I enjoy the animation, and I think it was a solid commercial. Honestly, in my mind, it wasn’t one of their best commercials. What do you think?
  • Another discussion question for today is what the wins will do with their 40 man roster to accommodate the addition of Orlando Hudson. Could they trade Alexi Casilla, Glen Perkins or Matt Tolbert? Who could be released? LaVelle wonders if it could be Luke Hughes. I can’t imagine that. Some have mentioned Drew Butera or even Trevor Plouffe. I can’t see either of those things happening. So, what would you do?
  • Speaking of things that should create discussion, I definitely encourage you to check out Travis’s AL Central Preview. He goes position-by-position and ranks players from each team. He and I had an interesting discussion on some of his choices, but I enjoy reading blogs like that because it creates discussion, and that’s always a good thing.
  • Over the weekend, Josh Johnson posted his choice for the Twins Prospect #18.
  •  Be sure to check out Roger’s Weekly Minor League Update from this weekend.
  • Briefly, be sure to check back later. Over the weekend, Travis, Josh, Roger and I conducted a 22 round Twins minor league draft. I had done this a couple of years ago, and it was fun to look back and see how we drafted. Anyway, this time around, there were four team, and 22 picks, so 88 Twins prospects taken. Someday, I think it would be fun to work with the Twins during their minor league camp and put together a three game round-robin tournament of these teams. Except, we’ll look back at in 2-3 years, so it was just a fun exercise. Anyway, expect to see the results of our draft, probably starting later this week or early next week.
  • Aaron Gleeman posted his choices for Twins prospects 21-25 today.
  • Nick Nelson discusses and Offseason for the Ages.

Any other thoughts or notes as we enter another week? We are another week closer to Spring Training! Feel free to e-mail me or leave them in the Comments section.

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15 Responses to “Monday Morning Update”

  1. yossarian February 8, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Butera is not a major league prospect. If some team picks him up fine, there are several unsigned free agent catchers that have major league exp sign one to a minor league contract they may be better than Morales anyway. Butera is a wasted roster spot.

  2. joelthing February 8, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    First thought…who won’t be claimed.

    Tolleson was near major league ready for a utility role and had options. So he was claimable.

    Casilla, if claimed, has to stay on the 25-man roster. I would imagine a team would claim him.

    Drew Butera would probably, at this point, pass waivers and the Twins could assign him to Rochester.

    Matt Tolbert would be claimed. He ahs an option left.

    Luke Hughes could be claimed, he has two options, at least. He was at AA for the alst part of the season and is aging. The Twins could lose him because of who’s in front (Tolbert, Casilla, Valencia, Plouffe) and who’s behind (Dinkelman, Singleton).

    I would not be so eager to part with Perkins. He could be the lkong lefty out of the bullpen, has reasonable stuff, and will command a workable salary for the next two seasons. If you do decide to part with him at that time, maybe his value will increase and he can be marketed as a starter.

    I keep thinking Pridie could be on the bubble and the Twins could just sign another minor league outfielder or two.

    Amazing that the Twins have limited their minor league free agent signings this year. I even wonder if the returning vets to Rochester will return — Macri, Jones and Lahey.

  3. CapitalBabs February 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    the commercial really didn’t impress me for what it was for I guess… it wasn’t a horrible commercial (WAY better than the underwear theme) but frankly, it was too impersonal. Fans don’t connect to either the team or the new park for it. It was purely a baseball reminder and I think they wanted more from it than that. After a long but now exciting offseason, fans want to see PLAYERS not fictional characters that they don’t know yet.

  4. mike wants wins February 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    The commercial with the two TC guys? Boring. It didn’t show the stadium, the players, nothing that I found interesting at all. Now, I know that wasn’t aimed at me, but at more casual fans, so no biggie. It just didn’t do anything for me at all.

  5. Ben February 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Butera has a good chance to clear waivers, and if he doesn’t, it’s not a big deal to pick up a 3rd-or-4th string catcher in ST.

  6. Mark February 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    If Morales is not ready for opening day,I would think Butera would be the guy to start the season as the back-up? Right?

  7. bryce February 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    I think Butera makes the most sense to drop off the 40 man. Is a team really going to sign this guy? Isn’t there enough defense only catchers throughout the minors that likely will never make an impact in the majors? We can easily replace him in the case he gets plucked off waivers by someone else.

  8. Dave February 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    Ordinarily the Twins’ ads are second to none. This one did nothing for me. Little creativity and a lame attempt at humor. Oh, well, nobody bats 1,000.

  9. Bryz February 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    I don’t think many of you understand the problem caused by cutting Butera and adding a different backup catcher. In doing so, the Twins would just be returning to square one, where they’d have to remove someone off the 40-man roster to accommodate that new catcher. Additionally, once Jose Morales is ready to go, that new catcher would have to either stay on the 25-man roster (a wasted roster spot), traded (unlikely unless there is a team desperate for a catcher) or get designated for assignment himself. Therefore, Butera most likely stays. I see either Casilla being traded or him or Matt Tolbert is designated for assignment.

    I have no idea how, but I never saw the Twins commercial on TV. I did catch it on the team website though, and I thought it was just fine. Not the greatest, but it conveyed the message of “Everyone’s excited for baseball to start up again, including these guys!” to the audience just fine. I think we’ve just become accustomed to seeing Twins players acting in the commercials, so we become disappointed when they’re not included. Also, I think the timing of the commercial for the Super Bowl was right in the sense that football is ending and baseball is almost starting again, but the fact that it wasn’t as exciting as we hoped made the timing of the ad wrong at the same time.

    By the way, a bunch of my Facebook friends really disliked the commercial as well, so I feel like I’m clearly in the minority here.

  10. TT February 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Butera would not clear waivers. Even if he did, they would have to find room for him at the end of spring training if Morales isn’t ready.

    I am not sure what Hughes brings to the table. I don’t think he can play at any infield position in the major leagues. He has some power, but not enough to make it as a defensively challenged corner outfielder. At least not for the Twins. He probably won’t clear waivers but he wouldn’t be that big a loss.

  11. bryce February 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    I understand full well that releasing Butera off the 40 man and going out to sign a different catcher would require putting another one on the 40 man. But, I think we’d be just fine going into camp with hopes Morales could be ready (its not like he’s going to need to catch an awful lot at the start of the season, or play at all for that matter), we could sign a veteran catcher and not put him on the 40 man until season starts and we know if Morales will be good to go, or if all else fails just start with Ramos as our backup C as an emergency plan. If the injury recovery goes as planned for Morales, he shouldn’t miss much of the season at all. I guess I just don’t see releasing someone that carries even a shred of value in order to keep a catcher that will likely never amount to anything more than a 3rd string catcher–something we don’t need with a 4 man bench.

    P.S. No way Gardy allows his boytoy Tolbert to be dropped off the roster.

  12. MrHockey February 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    They added Thome–now there are 41 players listed on the 40 man roster:

    http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=min

  13. TT February 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    “we could sign a veteran catcher ”

    Not very likely. Catchers are in demand and I doubt there are very many out there that are still looking for a place next year. Certainly none that anyone would want playing in the big leagues.

    “if all else fails just start with Ramos as our backup C as an emergency plan”

    Counting on a kid who has <300 at bats above A-ball and hasn't been able to stay healthy? I doubt it. Ramos could win the job in spring training, but I don't think it is at all likely even if Mauer got hurt.

    "I just don’t see releasing someone that carries even a shred of value in order to keep a catcher that will likely never amount to anything"

    A major league quality defensive catcher carries a lot more than a "shred" of value. I would remind you, when Mauer got hurt a few years ago the Twins went to the playoffs with a catch and throw guy behind the plate.

    "a 3rd string catcher–something we don’t need with a 4 man bench."

    That's like saying you don't need a 6th starter – only less true. They will ALWAYS need a third major league ready catcher in the system.

  14. Chris Krayer February 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Just wanted to let update you that the Buffalo Bisons became the NY Mets affiliate last year. It looks like New Orleans is now the Marlins farm team. It’s sweet to have a NYC farm team here in upstate NY.

  15. Keith February 10, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    Hi,

    I like your site and your information on: quick thoughts and other links to enter the week with.
    Keep up the good work, thanks.

    Keith

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