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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano has begun a critical offseason in his so-far-frustrating career with the Minnesota Twins , who plan to keep close tabs on the slugging third baseman frequently waylaid by injuries.“The plan is to have very consistent touch points,” general manager Thad Levine said, “both by phone and quite frankly face to face.”Sano left Minnesota last week for his native Dominican Republic, where he was involved in an incident with police outside a nightclub that left an officer with a broken leg. The incident was deemed an accident and no criminal charges were brought. Last winter, Sano was accused of assaulting a woman but Major League Baseball did not punish him after an investigation yielded insufficient evidence.For now, though, the focus is on Sano’s physical condition. After losing the last six weeks of the 2017 season due to a lower left leg injury that required surgery, Sano missed time in May with a left hamstring injury. Then a hard slide in September resulted in soreness in his left knee, keeping him out of all but one more game the remainder of the season. In between, he was struggling so badly at the plate that he was sent to the minor leagues for about six weeks for a holistic reconditioning.In a wide-ranging conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Levine and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey expressed the customary optimism about Sano’s attitude toward trying to re-establish himself as an All-Star. He’ll be asked to make periodic appearances at the team’s minor league facility in Fort Myers, Florida, with the possibility of also playing some winter ball. Sano will meet Monday with strength and conditioning staff at the organization’s academy in the Dominican Republic.“We know he’s at an important crossroads in his career. He had a tough offseason last year Roger Maris Jersey ,” Falvey said. “This is now an opportunity with what we expect a fully healthy offseason to take meaningful steps forward.”Once his knee is back to normal, Sano will be expected to work on his conditioning. During the last week of the season, he said his goal for 2019 was to report between 245 and 255 pounds. The 6-foot-4 Sano has weighed as much as 290 pounds, but the Twins don’t have a specific target in mind for him. They’re just aiming for him to be in shape to play a full season, after the 25-year-old batted .199 with 115 strikeouts in 299 plate appearances in 2018.“We may have been a little bit critical of him at the beginning of the season, relative to the shape,” Levine said. “We all know what transpired at the end of the season as a result of that, but I think he deserves some credit. He did shave off some weight.”On other subjects:— There’s no timetable for a decision by Paul Molitor, who was dismissed last week as manager , about whether he’ll take a job in baseball operations to stay with the organization. Falvey said the Twins remain optimistic he’ll accept.— With the process of interviewing candidates for Molitor’s replacement in full swing, Falvey said there’s no target timeline to make a hire despite the competition of five other teams simultaneously searching.— The Twins have given first baseman Joe Mauer space to spend time with his family as he mulls his future amid the likelihood he’ll retire. They don’t anticipate an answer until after the World Series, but if Mauer decides he’s interested in continuing his playing career, Falvey said , the Twins would be interested in retaining him.“Obviously there is a lot that goes into signing somebody,” Falvey said. “We’ve always told him we’d welcome Joe back, certainly.”— Center fielder Byron Buxton, who was shut down for the season in September after struggling through more injuries and hitting troubles, was reported to be upset by not being called back up to the Twins from Triple-A. Falvey said recent conversations with Buxton about the future were positive.“I feel good about where he’s headed with us going forward,” Falvey said.— Ehire Adrianza, who served as the regular third baseman when Sano was hurt after filling in frequently at shortstop while Jorge Polanco served his 80-game suspension for a performance-enhancing substance, had surgery Tuesday on his non-throwing shoulder to repair a torn labrum that limited him down the stretch. Adrianza will need three to four months to recover, Levine said, which could affect his availability at the beginning of spring training. Syndergaard, deGrom, Archer and Fulmer have six All-Star appearances between them. And to some degree or another, the talent that made those possible is still alive within each of them.To boot Tim McCarver Jersey , each boasts plenty of team control. The Mets control deGrom through 2020 and Syndergaard through 2021. Archer is signed to a team-friendly contract with options through 2021. Fulmer, meanwhile, isn't slated for free agency until after 2022.Pitchers like these aren't going to be moved for anything less than a massive package of young talent. Think the Jose Quintana trade or the Chris Sale trade, each of which was headlined bytwo name-brand prospects.Not many teams can do a deal like that. But of the few that can, the Padres would be nigh impossible to beat in a bidding war.Once Francisco Mejia, a top catching prospect, came over in the trade that sent Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians, San Diego's list of prospects in's top 100 suddenly included an MLB-high 10 names:MLB Pipeline MLBPipeline#Padres already had an MLB-best 9 Top 馃挴 prospects. This gives them 10: TuTZgd5PTS3. Fernando Tatis Jr13. MacKenzie Gore15. Francisco Mejia29. Luis Urias32. Cal Quantrill33. Michel Baez42. Adrian Morejon75. Anderson Espinoza95. Chris Paddack97. Logan AllenThe normal protocol for a rebuilder is to hold on to prospect depth until it gradually becomes major league depth. Then, one thing will hopefully lead to another, and a World Series championship will materialize.However, the Padres are in a unique position.They already have Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers locked up for the long haul, as well as potential franchise cornerstones at catcher (Austin Hedges), second base (Jose Pirela) , third base (Christian Villanueva), center field (Manuel Margot) and right field (Hunter Renfroe). In left-hander Joey Lucchesi, they also have at least one such player in their starting rotation.The Padres thus have license to wonder if they have more prospects than they truly need. If nothing else, they almost certainly have more prospects than they can protect from the Rule 5 draft this winter."The question we have moving forward is, when do we cash in on our [prospect] depth and add to our major league team?" general manager A.J. Preller told Sherman. "We have multiple prospects in different spots. We have to figure the right guy to bite down on."Since deGrom, Syndergaard, Archer or Fulmer would immediately shoot to the top of San Diego's rotation, everyone on the Padres' radar fits the bill of "the right guy."Eric HosmerJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe cautionary tale that can't be ignored is the Padres' 2014-15 offseason in which Preller tried to build a contender overnightby adding Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, James Shields and Craig Kimbrel. It didn't work. The Padres crashed and burned in 2015 and steadily broke up their newly formed band.But the idea this time around wouldn't seem to involve building a contender overnight. The Padres have to know that 2018 is long gone and that contending in 2019 is probably a long shot.Instead, the real target is 2020.If nothing else, the NL West could be vulnerable for the taking by then. The Colorado Rockies (Nolan Arenado), Arizona Diamondbacks (Paul Goldschmidt) and San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner) stand to lose key superstars to free agency after 2019. The Los Angeles Dodgers will still be there Ken Boyer Jersey , but Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner could be past their primes by then.Due to their sheer prospect depth, the Padres are all but assured to get better between now and then no matter what. But if they can bring aboardan ace next week, they'll have an easier time completing the ensemble with free agents after 2018 and 2019. Maybe they won't be able to offer the most money, but they'll be able to extend a chance to join a rising power built on a foundation of youthful and veteran talent.It's either this or the Padres can wait on their prospects. But while that's hardly a bad Plan B, it means signing up for: (a) a longer timeline until contention and (b) the risk of having their best prospects lose value or flame out entirely.In all, the question here isn't why the lowly Padres are considering a huge splash at the trade deadline.It's whyshouldn't they?

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