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If they can’t get Thome, the Twins have a plan B

Jan 12, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

Troy Glaus third base

Actually, it’s a plan B, C, and D, I think. Jerry Crasnick says that if the Twins don’t get Jim Thome, they’ll either go after Troy Glaus, Jorge Cantu or just buy some bullpen depth.

Glaus wouldn’t bring what Thome brought to the table in terms of mashing right-handers — he’s a righty after all. Cantu can’t mash anyone, really, though he at least has a tad more defensive flexibility than Glaus does (i.e. it won’t be a national news story if he plays some third base like it was when Glaus did in the playoffs).  This is all couched in a “coulds” and “mights,” though, so it’s not like they’re real targets.

Gleeman could speak about this way more intelligently than I could, but I’m getting the sense that Twins fans are kind of bummed by how this offseason has gone.  If Cantu and Glaus become targets, I don’t think that perception changes.

  1. sknut - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    As a Twins fan those names make sense. I think you don’t want to lock into Thome and overpay for a limited role that he has. I wonder if they re-sign Thome if they might look to trade Kubel, or Cuddyer for bullpen arms. Its been a quiet offseason, but they have done more with less before and by waiting the market out they might be able to get a bargin or two and leave flexability for mid season moves.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Glaus is worthless. Cantu’s a backup 1B/3B at best.

  3. AK47 - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    I think the Twins are worried that Justin Morneau isn’t gonna be ready for the start of the season, and as a Twins fan, that is downright scary. Otherwise, why would they even care so much about bringing in a DH spot when they have more than enough people (when Morneau is playing) to fill that role. They have Cuddyer, Kubes, Young and Span for 3 outfield spot, leaving one to DH, preferably Kubel.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      Good point, this must mean Morneau isn’t expected to be 100% for awhile yet.

      • AK47 - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

        on this very site today, i saw this (http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/12/twins-are-optimistic-that-justin-morneau-will-be-ready-for-spring-training/) “optimistic” doesn’t sound great.

  4. spudchukar - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Unlike most teams the Twins aren’t exactly hurtin’ for left-handed thunder. Mauer, Morneau and Kubel give them thump from that side of the plate. With Span and the switch-hitting double play duo of Casilla/Nishioka the need for another southpaw swatter isn’t crucial.

    • missthemexpos - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      How about Vlad for some thunder from the right side.

      • BC - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        Or Manny, depending on what the price tag is.

  5. wintwins - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I agree w/ AK47. Gleeman’s post earlier today is frightening. Saying that the Twins are “increasing his workload” and the team is “optimistic he will be ready for spring training” are the sort of non-committal statements that they have been making all along…right before there is another setback.
    I guess I was hoping that he would be fully recovered by this late in the off season, but there is still lots of time before spring training.

  6. The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I’m voting for Marcus Thames, since they really don’t need a full-time player. And, yes, we’re largely disappointed with how the offseason has gone. Weirdly, none of us are disappointed in the same way.

  7. Andrew - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    The Twins needed a righthanded bat last year as well, it’s just that when Thome’s asking price turned out to be $1.5 million, there’s no way the Twins could say no.

    By the way, the current Twins bench is Drew Butera, Jason Repko, and likely two backup infielders (Luke Hughes, Trevor Plouffe, Matt Tolbert, etc.). Only Hughes could be considered a decent bat from the right side, but I’m not sure the Twins would want to rely on a rookie, especially one that missed significant time in 2009 due to injury.

  8. BC - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Cantu isn’t a bad play. Probably cheaper than Thome, and they can stick him at 1B if Morneau has issues. I don’t think Thome has played the field since the Clinton Administration.

  9. kander013 - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    how about developing some young power hits instead of clones of tolbert, plouffe, casilla, punto, harris….

    • BC - Jan 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      But they’re scrappy. You can’t teach scrappy!

  10. Ari Collins - Jan 12, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    A) You don’t let Kubel keep you from getting an actual bat at DH.

    B) I have no idea why plan B for Thome isn’t Manny or Vlad. They play the same position, have approximately the same production, and will probably cost approximately the same. Their plan B/C/D is like going to buy a roast beef sandwich, finding out it’s too expensive with green olives on it, and instead of getting a roast beef with black olives, you buy a hat.

  11. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    I’ve gotta agree that Vlady/Manny should be plans B and C here before you ever roll around to Glaus or Cantu.

    Vlady and Manny have SIGNIFICANT upside and can be major right-handed forces for a team in dire need of some right-handed thump.

    If Morneau has a setback, you’ve got plenty of at-bats if not you work in some sort of platoon DH, occasional OF, emergency 1B duties or something.

    Glaus and Cantu?!

    …really?!

    The White Sox and Tigers keep looking better and better…

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