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On Twitter yesterday, I put the over/under on number of transactions that the Twins would make before playing the White Sox on Tuesday at 2.8. Not many listened live to my SethSpeaks.net Sunday Night Minnesota Twins podcast last night due to some non-baseball news that came out about 15 minutes before my show!
It gets harder and harder to discuss the Twins and write the same things every day, but we trudge ahead. So, what moves should be made right away? I still refuse to do any massive overhauls. I still have hopes to see the Twins regular lineup and hopefully soon before doing that. But clearly something needs to happen.
The Twins are currently at 39 players on the 40 man roster. Here are the moves that I would make today:
- Option Matt Tolbert to Rochester. Recall Trevor Plouffe. Make Plouffe the starting shortstop for the next month. Make Alexi Casilla the utility infielder for the next month, a role he handled just fine last year. No, I don’t believe Plouffe is a long-term answer, but at this point, what harm does it do to give him an opportunity? I would keep Luke Hughes up because he can play three infield positions and can be a good right-handed bat off the bench. I think that Tolbert and Casilla are pretty much equals. Casilla has much more talent, but Tolbert makes a few less mistakes.
- Option Dusty Hughes to Rochester. Add Chuck James to the 40-man roster and promote him to the Twins. James appears to be ready to come back to the big leagues for the first time since 2008. He still profiles as a starter in my mind, but with Glen Perkins and Jose Mijares, James can be a long-man as well.
- Option Alex Burnett. Take Kevin Slowey off of the Disabled List. If Slowey is going to be extended in an Extended Spring start, this maybe should not happen until Wednesday or even Thursday. Slowey could work in long-relief or take over a starting spot. I hope Francisco Liriano has a very good start on Tuesday night because I think that if Liriano is removed from the rotation, that pretty much ends hopes for 2011. At that point, lots of changes and transactions might as well happen.
- Likewise, Delmon Young is likely to come off of the Disabled List Wednesday or Thursday and at that point, Rene Tosoni will head back to Rochester. Don’t give up on Tosoni… Remember that he has played just 19 games above Double-A, and that he missed 2/3 of the 2010 season with shoulder surgery. He will be a very solid player in the big leagues.
- I think a friendly call to the agents of Bengie Molina’s agent, Bobby Crosby’s agent, maybe even Khalil Greene’s agent might be good. Maybe there are other free agents yet to consider. Maybe a call to the Washington Nationals’ GM to ask about Jesus Flores.
I would keep Jim Hoey up here for now, even with his struggles, just because of his fastball. I would stick by the plan to keep Kyle Gibson in Rochester for one more month.
So, what do you think? Who would you trade, and for what in return? You can say that you would trade Player X, Player Y and Player Z, but be sure to say for who (or what type of package). What do you think?