Rotoman is the Twins GM!

For the second year in a row Brian Joura of Mets360.com asked me to participate in his GM Simulation.

Here’s the deal: 30 baseball writers are given the rosters of the major league teams and are asked to simulate the offseason. For the second year in a row I had the Twins.

joe_mauer_by_keith_allisonLast year, I dumped Joe Mauer, saved some money and improved the team.

This year, I made more like the real Twins and made Mauer the (downcast) face of the organization. All that money spent on a mild-mannered first baseman who is no Superman made improving the team difficult, but maybe having Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier and lots of other young talent will be enough.

I put down some notes about my plans and how I executed them here, at Brian’s site.

You’ll find the comments of other owners on the project page.

I encourage your comments about my moves and everyone else’s. I’m not an expert on the Twins farm system, but it seemed to me there might be enough talent in Gonsalves and Stewart to shore up the rotation if the hitters came through, but that’s far from a sure thing. What is for sure is that there wasn’t the money to buy a better starter than what we already had.

 

 

It Might Be Dangerous…

 You Go First: Three Questions

The link takes you to San Diego Padres’ special assistant for baseball Paul DePodesta’a blog. And it’s like sitting in a press conference with the guy who makes the decisions (though he also has a boss). Maybe other teams are as transparent, but I don’t know that. Enjoy.

An Interview with Oakland GM Billy Beane

John Sickels of Minor League Ball

I was working on Brett Wallace yesterday for the Guide (on sale in January!), and came to the conclusion that Wallace can hit and the A’s can use a third baseman, though he may not be that good a defensive player. Billy Beane agrees!

Nice interview by John, and Billy gives thoughtful answers. He just doesn’t trash anyone. Oh well.

Hitler is a Cubs Fan

Winter Meetings Preview at hirejimessian.com

You would think there could be too many Downfall mashups, but this isn’t the one that crosses the line. Very well written, and you all know about the acting.

Cashman should have pulled the trigger for Santana

FOX Sports on MSN

It’s hard not to agree with this. Cashman is trying to show he’s smart with the money, when all he needs (all he’s needed for the past seven years, really) is to prove that he’s smart with the bludgeon. He’s not. Maybe not either way.

Point/Counterpoint: Johan Santana

Mets Geek

My friend Steve Hubbell and his host, John Patterson, debated on January 18th whether a Santana trade would be good for the Mets, or a disasterous miscalculation. The die is now cast, apparently, and the Mets made a slightly better deal than Patterson anticipated (Gomez not Martinez). I suspect this debate will have entertainment value for years to come. Nice job, guys.

FireKennyWilliams.com has been taken – by Major League Baseball

Home Run Derby

Amazing. And they didn’t pay the extra couple of bucks to cloak the registrant’s identity.