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John Bonnes
08-27-2012, 11:33 PM
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SpantheMan
08-28-2012, 12:11 AM
"That isn’t good. The Indians are the only American League team that’s worse. The three teams who have the most runs over .500 also happen to be the division leaders. The outlier is the Orioles, who are 45 runs under .500 but still have a shot at the wild card. But for the most part, the teams that are around 40 games over .500 have a decent chance at a playoff spot."
40 games over is 101 wins... 40 runs over?

Shane Wahl
08-28-2012, 01:03 AM
It is all about starting pitching and one top pitcher and one prospect/arb-eligible good pitcher would guarantee a turnaround at 15 million a year combined for 3-4 years. Aside from that they have Gibson, Diamond, and Hendriks (really the next best three), and Walters, Vasquez, DeVries, Hernandez, Bromberg, Deduno, and Devries there as potentially capable 5th starters.

old nurse
08-28-2012, 01:43 AM
If your glass is empty because you drank what was in it, Diamond, Hendricks and Gibson are very good starters and all you need to pick up is another quality arm. From the rest of the collection there will come an adequate 5th starter. Perkins, Burton, Robertson, Fien, Duensing, Swarzak and Slama make a formidable bullpen. Arcia, Revere, Willingham, Doumit, Paramlee, Maurer, Morneau make for a formidable outfield/1b/C combo. Ploufe stays healthy and two competent slick fielding infielders make up the bottom. It make take a second glass to truly believe, but a fan has to have some hope.

Top Gun
08-28-2012, 01:46 AM
A new front office would help more!

old nurse
08-28-2012, 01:47 AM
Did I need to add that Jeff Gray is in AAA in case things go horribly wrong?

joeboo_22
08-28-2012, 01:58 AM
I think you have to start saying who do you want in the rotation next year. Right now I say Diamond is in, Hendricks probably deserves to be, but after that there isn't a ton out there. Walters was a so-so starter but has struggled pretty bad with his rehab starts in AAA. Gibson even if 100% I don't see the Twins pitching him more then 100 innings (prolly closer to 60 innings). So I wouldn't be surprised if he is put in the pen. DeVries is similar to Deduno are guys that I just don't see being effective in the majors long term. They may be able to hold the #5 spot but I just don't see long term MLB starter stuff in them. Deduno too many walks, DeVries just doesn't have major league stuff. It can last for awhile with them but it will catch up. Other then that Bromberg could make the roster, maybe they push Hermsen who has as much upside as any starter in the organization right now. But other then that I don't see much internally.

So you start with
Diamond
Hendricks
and then you have to wonder. I'm guessing 1 of the guys you mentions makes the team as the 5th starter but that means 2 have to be found for relatively cheap price. Could be a problem.

clutterheart
08-28-2012, 05:02 AM
They cannot compete with the current pitching staff
So they must overpay for two starting pitchers:
1 - 26 million a year
2 - 8 - 10 million a year

If the Twins refuse to pay market prices to fix this team, they need to follow the mold of the Red Sox and blow it all up.

AM.
08-28-2012, 06:13 AM
My stating rotation, from existing options, would be Diamond, Hendriks, Gibson, Baker, and Bromberg. My preference would be to trade for a rookie arm; (say Span or Morneau for Randall Delgado or Mike Minor or a Texas arm), or sign someone in free agency (I would try to split the difference between a Marquis-type and a Greinke-type.

A trade for MN-native Josh Johnson would also fit the bill, but that would take more than MLB-ready players.

How about a Johnson-Baker-Diamond-Hendriks-Gibson rotation? That sounds at least average to me.

Riverbrian
08-28-2012, 08:09 AM
They are very close to being watchable but they are far from contention.

Not enough positional depth at the moment to cover for the injuries down the line that will happen.

And the pitching staff isn't even close. We can't just pick 5 arms and call it good. Some of those 5 guys will get hurt and some will flat out fail.

We need choices at AAA as well. This may be the worst Starting pitching in all of baseball. It's a tough thing to fix and a long way to go.

With that said... C'mon Twins... You can do it.

Jim Crikket
08-28-2012, 08:19 AM
I've been in the "just need to improve the rotation to at least become competitive" camp all season. I'm not smart enough to know exactly how to do that, but if fans have to listen to the front office tell us that all the improvement needed is available internally, whether Gibson, Vasquez, a re-signed Baker, or any other combination of question marks, we'll know the organization isn't even trying to improve.

Brock Beauchamp
08-28-2012, 08:22 AM
It shouldn't be hard to pull the team into mediocrity. One good FA pitcher, another scrub (Baker would be my choice), and one of Gibson/Hendriks to step up.

To contend, it would require all that and a considerable dose of luck. Not impossible, but unlikely.

Shane Wahl
08-28-2012, 08:27 AM
A FA pitcher, an arbi-eligible pitcher traded for Morneau, and Baker signed for cheap would cost less than $20 million. Easily done.

Winston Smith
08-28-2012, 08:41 AM
60 games under 500 over the last 2 years would cause most people to think maybe it's time to make some serious changes. But we get maybe a tweak here or there and we'll be ok. Don't trade anyone they are all great players, it's add one or two pitchers and we'll be a contender (around 500 in the Central) again.
Getting to the end of two years of some very bad baseball and thinking this team is not far away is silly, imo. Our record is worse than the Royals the last two years, does anyone think the Royals are a player or two away from contending?

beckmt
08-28-2012, 09:46 AM
I still like Marcum as a free agent choice. Maybe look at Stephen Drew as a one or two year player who needs a chance to turn it around, Need some pitchers with stuff, not all of the soft tossers we have. Most of the Twins starters will get lit up by the better hitting clubs. Trade with Seattle or Tampa Bay will make sense if we can get some of their better prospects back.

Thegrin
08-28-2012, 10:09 AM
I've been watching baseball since 1955. High priced free agents rarely are a value. Trading position players for arms is almost always a very bad bargain. Look at the Twins arms we let go: Mays, Lohse, Bonser etc. Rarely was it a mistake. The only way seems to be to get one mediocre FA pitcher with proven durability, or a good but injury plagued starter and otherwise work with what we have.

nick5253
08-28-2012, 11:02 AM
Here is what I would do to make a serious run:
Trade Morneau for a prospect (unload his entire salary, so you won't likely get an MLB-ready SP back, but something of quality for the long-term, saves 14 mil)

Sign Zack Greinke (29), 5-6 yrs, 22 mil
Sign Anibal Sanchez (28), 4 yrs, 13 mil

Position players remain the same except for Parmelee slides into 1B.
Bullpen remains largely the same, adding back Duensing

Starting Rotaion:
1. Greinke
2. Diamond
3. Sanchez
4. Hendricks
5. Gibson, Baker (cheap, incentive laden deal), DeVries, Deduno, Walters, replacement level waiver claim, etc

Total payroll would come in around 100 Mil and the core of the team would be signed through 2014.

cr9617
08-28-2012, 11:36 AM
Here is what I would do to make a serious run:
Trade Morneau for a prospect (unload his entire salary, so you won't likely get an MLB-ready SP back, but something of quality for the long-term, saves 14 mil)

Sign Zack Greinke (29), 5-6 yrs, 22 mil
Sign Anibal Sanchez (28), 4 yrs, 13 mil

Position players remain the same except for Parmelee slides into 1B.
Bullpen remains largely the same, adding back Duensing

Starting Rotaion:
1. Greinke
2. Diamond
3. Sanchez
4. Hendricks
5. Gibson, Baker (cheap, incentive laden deal), DeVries, Deduno, Walters, replacement level waiver claim, etc

Total payroll would come in around 100 Mil and the core of the team would be signed through 2014.

If it were only that easy to sign quailty SP's.

Grienke will get a minimum of 10 mill per season, probably more like 12-13 per..or higher.

I'm not sure what Sanchez will command, but it will certainly be more than 3 mil per season.

I don't see the Twins making any sort of splash in the free agent market. If they do, It will be of the low-end, washed veteran type...like Marquis, Pavano.

Brock Beauchamp
08-28-2012, 11:39 AM
Here is what I would do to make a serious run:
Trade Morneau for a prospect (unload his entire salary, so you won't likely get an MLB-ready SP back, but something of quality for the long-term, saves 14 mil)

Sign Zack Greinke (29), 5-6 yrs, 22 mil
Sign Anibal Sanchez (28), 4 yrs, 13 mil

Position players remain the same except for Parmelee slides into 1B.
Bullpen remains largely the same, adding back Duensing

Starting Rotaion:
1. Greinke
2. Diamond
3. Sanchez
4. Hendricks
5. Gibson, Baker (cheap, incentive laden deal), DeVries, Deduno, Walters, replacement level waiver claim, etc

Total payroll would come in around 100 Mil and the core of the team would be signed through 2014.

If it were only that easy to sign quailty SP's.

Grienke will get a minimum of 10 mill per season, probably more like 12-13 per..or higher.

I'm not sure what Sanchez will command, but it will certainly be more than 3 mil per season.

I don't see the Twins making any sort of splash in the free agent market. If they do, It will be of the low-end, washed veteran type...like Marquis, Pavano.

I'm pretty sure Nick's numbers are per year. I think Greinke will get in the $15-18m per year range while Jackson/Sanchez will be more in the $12-15m per year range. Then you have guys like Liriano, who will probably get somewhere in the $10m per year range.

Of course, Greinke has spent the past 2-3 months systematically destroying his FA value. Hard to say what he'll get on the market. A lot is riding on his September and October, assuming the Angels even get to the postseason.

In any case, there is no way the Twins sign a top shelf and a second tier FA pitcher. Even the Yankees can't accomplish that most seasons. The best they can hope for is to snag one of the second tier guys.

nick5253
08-28-2012, 12:46 PM
Here is what I would do to make a serious run:
Trade Morneau for a prospect (unload his entire salary, so you won't likely get an MLB-ready SP back, but something of quality for the long-term, saves 14 mil)

Sign Zack Greinke (29), 5-6 yrs, 22 mil
Sign Anibal Sanchez (28), 4 yrs, 13 mil

Position players remain the same except for Parmelee slides into 1B.
Bullpen remains largely the same, adding back Duensing

Starting Rotaion:
1. Greinke
2. Diamond
3. Sanchez
4. Hendricks
5. Gibson, Baker (cheap, incentive laden deal), DeVries, Deduno, Walters, replacement level waiver claim, etc

Total payroll would come in around 100 Mil and the core of the team would be signed through 2014.

If it were only that easy to sign quailty SP's.

Grienke will get a minimum of 10 mill per season, probably more like 12-13 per..or higher.

I'm not sure what Sanchez will command, but it will certainly be more than 3 mil per season.

I don't see the Twins making any sort of splash in the free agent market. If they do, It will be of the low-end, washed veteran type...like Marquis, Pavano.

I'm pretty sure Nick's numbers are per year. I think Greinke will get in the $15-18m per year range while Jackson/Sanchez will be more in the $12-15m per year range. Then you have guys like Liriano, who will probably get somewhere in the $10m per year range.

Of course, Greinke has spent the past 2-3 months systematically destroying his FA value. Hard to say what he'll get on the market. A lot is riding on his September and October, assuming the Angels even get to the postseason.

In any case, there is no way the Twins sign a top shelf and a second tier FA pitcher. Even the Yankees can't accomplish that most seasons. The best they can hope for is to snag one of the second tier guys.

Yes, those figures were per year. Obviously it will be hard to sign both, but I said "Here's what I would do" and you all likely don't know I'm extremely at gifted in pursuading free agent starting pitchers to come to Minnesota. The skill has not paid off for me yet, but someday....

StormJH1
08-28-2012, 01:13 PM
It's too early for me to answer this question right now because we don't know what exactly will happen in the offseason. Even if the budget for new acquisitions is somewhat limited, I have to think this team adds at least one veteran starter to the mix b/c they simply don't have the MLB-ready manpower to fill out a staff.

IN: Diamond, Hendriks
POSSIBLE: Gibson, Baker
RESERVES: Deduno, DeVries, Walters, Vasquez

As you can see, I'm not convinced we've seen the last of Scott Baker on the Twins. Both he and the club might not have any significantly better options until he proves himself healthy. Gibson could be great, but likewise, we can't COUNT on anything from him until we see it.

Like the poster above said, it would probably be a guy like Anibal Sanchez that we could look to sign. He'll be 29 years old next year, and his track record in FLA really was pretty good. But he feels like at least a 6-8 million/year pitcher to me on the open market, even if he's been somewhat terrible for Detroit.

If they got somebody like Sanchez and a Marquis-type signing to fill out the rotation (with better results, hopefully), I think that's about as realistic of an improvement as you can expect, and I would feel confident we could be 70+ win team next year.

Otherwise....yuck. When you consider that we had a healthy Mauer AND Morneau this year, AND a career year from Willingham, do you really expect all three of those things to happen again? Moreover, aside from Plouffe hopefully staying healthy and having a breakout year, there isn't any other IMMEDIATE help on the way. In 2-3 years, yes, things may start to look up, but not next year.

stringer bell
08-28-2012, 01:24 PM
It is a crapshoot to project even as far as next year. Let's say the Twins do as well with starting pitching in the offseason as they did with position players and the bullpen this year. They would have the ingredients to be a contender. As a previous poster noted, the Twins have been bad despite a healthy Mauer and Morneau and with a career year from Willingham. The chances of all three of those guys doing the same thing are pretty small.

jokin
08-28-2012, 01:42 PM
They are very close to being watchable but they are far from contention.



This may be the worst Starting pitching in all of baseball.



Leaving room for doubt is what makes you the voice of reason on Twins Daily. That's the least glass-half-full sentiment that you've ever expressed, RB!:s-ctf:

jay
08-28-2012, 02:17 PM
In any case, there is no way the Twins sign a top shelf and a second tier FA pitcher. Even the Yankees can't accomplish that most seasons. The best they can hope for is to snag one of the second tier guys.

That's what they said about the Wild until not all too long ago...

Let us dream!

Twins Twerp
08-28-2012, 03:51 PM
Baker will get his team option declined, and resigned for a cool 3-4 mill is my guess. I hope they make it a deal for 2-3 years, extremely incentive based. Coming off of the surgery he had, he will not be back to 100 percent until 2014 or later, why not sign him for cheap with team options in-case he comes back stronger than he was before.

Teflon
08-28-2012, 05:27 PM
To have a chance at 81 wins in 2012, the Twins have to improve their run differential by 200 runs. (They scored 619 last year and allowed 804) I'm interested in your opinions on how many runs you think the various player changes and returns to health can account for. I'll start by saying that I think having Ben Revere in left field instead of Delmon Young accounts for 10 fewer runs allowed simply based on the number of additional fly balls that Revere will get to. I think it will be more than that but am accounting for some of the exta bases Young's arm may have limited that Revere's will not. 190 runs to go...

111 runs is actually an improvement from last year - providing we don't double that in the last month of the season. You have to credit Willingham's arrival plus the semi return-to-form of Mauer and Morneau to have bettered the run discrepancy outlook.

Jack Torse
08-28-2012, 05:59 PM
I think you have to start saying who do you want in the rotation next year. Right now I say Diamond is in, Hendricks probably deserves to be, but after that there isn't a ton out there. Walters was a so-so starter but has struggled pretty bad with his rehab starts in AAA. Gibson even if 100% I don't see the Twins pitching him more then 100 innings (prolly closer to 60 innings). So I wouldn't be surprised if he is put in the pen. DeVries is similar to Deduno are guys that I just don't see being effective in the majors long term. They may be able to hold the #5 spot but I just don't see long term MLB starter stuff in them. Deduno too many walks, DeVries just doesn't have major league stuff. It can last for awhile with them but it will catch up. Other then that Bromberg could make the roster, maybe they push Hermsen who has as much upside as any starter in the organization right now. But other then that I don't see much internally.

So you start with
Diamond
Hendricks
and then you have to wonder. I'm guessing 1 of the guys you mentions makes the team as the 5th starter but that means 2 have to be found for relatively cheap price. Could be a problem.

First time I've heard anbody say that Hendricks deserves a rotation spot.

TheLeviathan
08-28-2012, 06:16 PM
A long, long way from contention is the only conclusion if you honestly look at this team. Not just the actual talent but the likelihhod of repeat seasons and health. This team has actually had good health, offensive spikes, and multiple pleasant surprises. Red flags.

Badsmerf
08-28-2012, 06:55 PM
Here is what I would do to make a serious run:
Trade Morneau for a prospect (unload his entire salary, so you won't likely get an MLB-ready SP back, but something of quality for the long-term, saves 14 mil)

Sign Zack Greinke (29), 5-6 yrs, 22 mil
Sign Anibal Sanchez (28), 4 yrs, 13 mil

Position players remain the same except for Parmelee slides into 1B.
Bullpen remains largely the same, adding back Duensing

Starting Rotaion:
1. Greinke
2. Diamond
3. Sanchez
4. Hendricks
5. Gibson, Baker (cheap, incentive laden deal), DeVries, Deduno, Walters, replacement level waiver claim, etc

Total payroll would come in around 100 Mil and the core of the team would be signed through 2014.

Exactly my take, with the exception of Sanchez. I'm not sure the Twins would be able to swing that, but if they could I'd be all for it. This would be a playoff team with these additions.

Riverbrian
08-28-2012, 06:56 PM
They are very close to being watchable but they are far from contention.



This may be the worst Starting pitching in all of baseball.



Leaving room for doubt is what makes you the voice of reason on Twins Daily. That's the least glass-half-full sentiment that you've ever expressed, RB!:s-ctf:

LOL... It was hard to type... But the pitching situation is overwhelming. Storm says Diamond and Hendriks are in for next year... I say Diamond is in for next year.

Scott Diamond is your #1 right now. That makes it hard to sleep at night.

Now for the optimism. Teams can compete regardless of what it says on paper. Hell... Kent State University could move into the American League and win 40 games. Baseball works that way. If you are good enough to be a major league player... You are good... You have the skill to win. Something just has to happen to pull it all together from a team standpoint.

Now for the negative on the other hand.

Damn hard to do without pitching.

The Greatest Poster Alive
08-28-2012, 06:59 PM
A lot of this relies on how Gibson responds. He's gonna be able to get a lot of good rehab between the end of the AAA season and the AFL.

If he can get himself healthy he could really solidify the back end of this rotation, and potentially become the #2 or #3 pitcher this team really needs.

If Gibson isn't rotation ready... the Twins have a low-end #2 and a bunch of #5 options in house right now. Next to impossible to fill 3/5ths of a rotation in one offseason.

Jack Torse
08-28-2012, 07:26 PM
When was the last time the Twins signed ANY incoming free agent pitcher to a multi year contract? Maybe they have once but I cant think of a single pitcher since the 80's. They won't this year either as it's just not anywhere in their DNA to spend. It's been said by those in baseball, Kenny Williams among them, that if the Twins would have spent any money at all during the last decade they would have won multiple world series. When they had great teams the Pholads and their Billions woundn't budge an inch. Now, with their baseball model in its depression era, folly is anybody to think they are going to spend any of their capital gains on back to back terrible teams.

glunn
08-28-2012, 08:56 PM
As I have said on other threads, the chances of the Twins signing Greinke seem very remote. Why would Greinke want to move from a contender to a cellar dweller? And I can think of many teams who would bid high to get Greinke.

The Greatest Poster Alive
08-28-2012, 09:14 PM
As I have said on other threads, the chances of the Twins signing Greinke seem very remote. Why would Greinke want to move from a contender to a cellar dweller? And I can think of many teams who would bid high to get Greinke.

Really why would we want Grienke if he would come here?

It would show he has no competitive spirit, and can't handle pressure if he chose to go to a team in our situation.

ashburyjohn
08-28-2012, 09:36 PM
AND a career year from Willingham

Don't look now but JWillie is drifting back down to his career norms, and is on a pace to reach there by season's end. Which still is a good acquisition, don't get me wrong.

TheLeviathan
08-28-2012, 10:34 PM
Otherwise....yuck. When you consider that we had a healthy Mauer AND Morneau this year, AND a career year from Willingham, do you really expect all three of those things to happen again? Moreover, aside from Plouffe hopefully staying healthy and having a breakout year, there isn't any other IMMEDIATE help on the way. In 2-3 years, yes, things may start to look up, but not next year.

Well said. You forgot about the insane month that Plouffe had that completely defied his past career, Doumit's unusually healthy season, Diamond going from AAA filler to a part of this team going forward, Fien and Burton, and Revere becoming a force. Not all of these things will fail, but people are acting like everything has gone wrong this year.

Everything went wrong LAST year. This year, one could argue they've been relatively lucky. Certainly not unlucky. When you're the worst team in the AL and you weren't unlucky, talking "contention" the next year with no immediate AAA help seems pretty silly.

CDog
08-28-2012, 11:22 PM
Otherwise....yuck. When you consider that we had a healthy Mauer AND Morneau this year, AND a career year from Willingham, do you really expect all three of those things to happen again? Moreover, aside from Plouffe hopefully staying healthy and having a breakout year, there isn't any other IMMEDIATE help on the way. In 2-3 years, yes, things may start to look up, but not next year.

Well said. You forgot about the insane month that Plouffe had that completely defied his past career, Doumit's unusually healthy season, Diamond going from AAA filler to a part of this team going forward, Fien and Burton, and Revere becoming a force. Not all of these things will fail, but people are acting like everything has gone wrong this year.

Everything went wrong LAST year. This year, one could argue they've been relatively lucky. Certainly not unlucky. When you're the worst team in the AL and you weren't unlucky, talking "contention" the next year with no immediate AAA help seems pretty silly.

I will continue to put the list of Valencia, Capps, Pavano, Baker, Blackburn, Marquis and the rest of the hurt or performing below expectations against the list of "unexpected" successes any day.

mlhouse
08-29-2012, 02:24 AM
The Twins are far, far, far away from contention, and the truth of the matter is that the only way to get into contention is to become worse. In 2013 the Twins need to do what they should have done THIS year. REBUILD.

Our lineup 2013 should be:

LF Oswaldo Arcia (Willingham traded)
CF Ben Revere (Span traded)
RF Aaron Hicks
3B Trevor Plouffe
SS Pedro Florimon
2B Eddie Rosario
1B Justin Mourneau (trade possible, but hard to do with his contract)
C Joe Mauer (trade possible, but almost impossible because of PR)
DH Chris Parmalee

Utility Brian Dozier Doumit Joe Benson

Rotation: Diamond, and combinations of players we have tried this year, Kyle Gibson

This team will be terrible, but from this group will rise the players that will form a rebuilt team. Think 1982, and the 102 loss team. But from that team came the core group of players that won both the 1987 and 1991 World Series, including Hrbek, Gaetti, Brunansky, andViola.

Other players, like Sano and Buxton, will have to be added over the next couple of years to take the places of players that do not pan out just as the 1987 team added Kirby Puckett and Greg Gagne.

But, the issue is you can develop players at the major league level if you have the managers at the top that are willing to work with the young players and take the losses. Right now, the Twins do not have such a group.

TheLeviathan
08-29-2012, 06:16 AM
I will continue to put the list of Valencia, Capps, Pavano, Baker, Blackburn, Marquis and the rest of the hurt or performing below expectations against the list of "unexpected" successes any day.

Any list that says Nick Blackburn being awful was "unexpected" is trying WAY too hard. And almost all of the others have similar issues.

twinswon1991
08-29-2012, 07:09 AM
60 games under 500 over the last 2 years would cause most people to think maybe it's time to make some serious changes. But we get maybe a tweak here or there and we'll be ok. Don't trade anyone they are all great players, it's add one or two pitchers and we'll be a contender (around 500 in the Central) again.
Getting to the end of two years of some very bad baseball and thinking this team is not far away is silly, imo. Our record is worse than the Royals the last two years, does anyone think the Royals are a player or two away from contending?

A voice of reason. Diamond is a #5 starter or long man on a contending team and that is their best guy. Without great health from the M & M boys next year this team will challenge the Stros for worst record.

The biggest issue is TR is too clueless to realize this team is not close and he failed to cash inall the guys who could've brought back sp prospects that our scouting dept cant seem to find.

CDog
08-29-2012, 08:42 AM
I will continue to put the list of Valencia, Capps, Pavano, Baker, Blackburn, Marquis and the rest of the hurt or performing below expectations against the list of "unexpected" successes any day.

Any list that says Nick Blackburn being awful was "unexpected" is trying WAY too hard. And almost all of the others have similar issues.

Well...there's the fact that he was worse than career averages AND worse than the last few years AND by fairly wide margins. So there's that. (And there's Mauer being on your "unexpected" and "lucky" list when he's pretty much right smack in the middle of what he's done in prior years.) But ignoring that is fine...I guess.

phalvorson
08-29-2012, 09:36 AM
How come nobody ever advocates that the Twins re-sign Liriano at the end of the season, assuming that the White Sox don't sign him to an extension? Unless Frankie goes lights out (and he hasn't so far) in the next month, he ought to be available for under $10M/yr and be serviceable rotation filler. If the Twins couldn't get much back in trade for him due to lack of interest at the trade deadline, surely there won't be much of a market for him in free agency either for the Twins to compete against. And you know how they like to re-sign the known quantities (ironically, in Liriano's case, being his inconsistency) over going after another team's unknown (to them) players.

TheLeviathan
08-29-2012, 07:52 PM
ell...there's the fact that he was worse than career averages AND worse than the last few years AND by fairly wide margins. So there's that. (And there's Mauer being on your "unexpected" and "lucky" list when he's pretty much right smack in the middle of what he's done in prior years.) But ignoring that is fine...I guess.

Mauers health....not production. Do you really want to double down on that dumb notion about Blackburn? Your schtick is snipe and run but I will gladly retort - just want to give you a chance to back pff that plank.

CDog
08-29-2012, 11:57 PM
ell...there's the fact that he was worse than career averages AND worse than the last few years AND by fairly wide margins. So there's that. (And there's Mauer being on your "unexpected" and "lucky" list when he's pretty much right smack in the middle of what he's done in prior years.) But ignoring that is fine...I guess.

Mauers health....not production. Do you really want to double down on that dumb notion about Blackburn? Your schtick is snipe and run but I will gladly retort - just want to give you a chance to back pff that plank.

And your schtick is to tell lies about things I have said or done. But yeah, I'd love to see you show that this wasn't Blackburn's worst year.

Nick Nelson
08-30-2012, 12:24 AM
Mauers health....not production. Do you really want to double down on that dumb notion about Blackburn? Your schtick is snipe and run but I will gladly retort - just want to give you a chance to back pff that plank.
Blackburn over the past two years averaged 150 innings with a 4.98 ERA and 1.52 WHIP while being affected by injuries (which were, in both cases, purportedly corrected after the season). Certainly not good numbers, but borderline palatable for a fifth starter and far better than the muck we've seen this year. When you take into account how sharp he looked in spring training, I think it's pretty tough to make the case that anyone truly should have expected him to be anywhere near as bad as he's been.

TheLeviathan
08-30-2012, 05:34 AM
Those stats belong to a bad pitcher - Blackburn's negative impact is more related to our insistence on running him out there than on bad luck because he was some degree more awful then what we could have reasonably suspected. T

he only truly unlucky breaks have been Span,Plouffe, and Capps injuries. And all teams have that happen - I'll keep saying it so next year when the "we are two silver bullett free agents away!" crowd has a wakeup just how forseeable it really was.

Nice start by Deduno though!