Terry Ryan told the Pioneer Press during the weekend he doesn't think it's time to "blow up" the Twins roster.
I daresay there's no shortage of Twins fans who would disagree with the general manager's assessment.
What a GM says and what he does are often quite different, of course. Ryan may well intend to move some core members of the roster, but in another month or so, closer to the trading deadline.
I know this much: I will be disappointed if Ryan and Co. don't move at least one of the Brian Dozier-Eduardo Escobar-Eduardo Nunez-Trevor Plouffe infield foursome before the end of July. I will be disappointed if Jorge Polanco isn't in the major league lineup by August.
Dozier and Plouffe are very much central to Ryan's vision of this club. But
■ it's not a good club and
■ they simply are not good enough hitters to fill key lineup roles on a quality team.
As seventh- and eight-place hitters, sure. But neither should be hitting leadoff or cleanup on a team with playoff ambitions. They make too many outs.
Is there a market for either? I can't say for certain, but I suspect that both New York clubs might think Plouffe an upgrade on their current third baseman.
The Arcia move
The Twins last week designated Oswaldo Arcia for assignment, which took the 25-year-old slugger off the 40-man roster and started a 10-day countdown to do something with his contract — trade him, release him, outright him to Triple A if nobody claims him on waivers.
About time. I argued on my blog repeatedly during the offseason that Arcia's presence on the 40-man roster served no real purpose. He had no trade value after a wasted 2015 in which he hit under .200 in Triple A, and he ranked too low among the team's outfield candidates to be a genuine possibility to crack the lineup.
Arcia has two pluses, maybe three. One, he has legitimate power, and that is the single most important tool. Two, he's still young. And third, he's left-handed, which could make him a counterbalance to the right-handed Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, who should be the cornerstones of this roster. (But Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario also hit left-handed, and Robbie Grossman switch hits, so there's no real advantage for him over those three.)
Everything else about Arcia is subpar. He's a terrible defensive outfielder, he's a poor baserunner, he's struggled with left-handed pitching and he seems frequently to lose track of his strike zone. And despite all the optimistic happy talk this spring, he's not really improved in any of those aspects.
Perhaps there will be a buyer for Arcia, somebody who will at the least claim him on waivers. And maybe a change of scenery will do him good.
The Tigers may well be interested in Arcia after J.D. Martinez' injury. And maybe being around Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez would convince Arcia that the neck-high fastball isn't a pitch to hack at.
It wasn't working here for Arcia, and it wasn't going to.