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Rundown: On Trading Kepler, DRC+, LeMahieu and More

Dan Hayes of The Athletic wondered if the Twins might trade Max Kepler to address some other areas of need. It’s a good piece, as Dan hashes out all the reasons to believe the best is yet to come for Max, but he also writes that the Twins would find the possible returns enticing. There is Aaron Hicks-like disaster potential for the Twins in any deal that sends Kepler away, but might it be worth it?
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The cold, hard reality is Kepler has posted below average offensive numbers the past three seasons. How long until you just accept that’s who he is? That’s an excellent question. Sorry, I don’t have an answer for it.

When you look at all the under the surface numbers, it doesn’t make any sense why Max has failed to post better overall numbers. He hits the ball hard, posting an 89.5 mph average exit velocity, that's in the top 30 percent in the league, but his BABIP was .236, third-worst among qualified hitters.

He’s got breakout written all over him in big, bold letters. Add in the excellent defense he provides, that’s not a player I’m especially motivated to move.

One thing to consider in potentially sending Kepler away, however, is that there are plenty of intriguing outfield replacement options available on the open market. The Twins also already have guys like Jake Cave, Zack Granite, Michael Reed and LaMonte Wade on the 40-man roster, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Alex Kirilloff is pounding at the door by the second half of this upcoming season.

I offered up a potential Kepler trade in my offseason blueprint, which had the Twins changing course and focusing more on a rebuilding effort. I wrote that back before Halloween, and while I still believe that strategy may make sense for this Twins team, the talk of Cleveland potentially selling off more pieces has definitely swayed my preference toward the Twins giving themselves a real chance to win the division in 2019.

Baseball Prospectus rolled out a new hitting metric: DRC+, or Deserved Runs Created. Jonathan Judge wrote both an introduction to the stat and a case that it’s more accurate than other advanced metrics like wOBA, wRC+ and OPS+. Among the things it does a better job of is park adjustments and factoring in quality of opponent. He also whipped together a nice video explaining how it works:



Swinging back to Kepler, he had a 111 DRC+ last season, which was only two points shy of Eddie Rosario and three points less than Eduardo Escobar. Meanwhile, Kepler only had a .727 OPS, Rosie was at .803 and Escobar posted an .824 OPS on the year. BP has also already factored DRC+ into their WARP calculation. Rosario now comes in at 3.8 WARP and Kepler is right on his heels at 3.6 WARP and Escobar had a 2.9 WARP.

In an article for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal noted that one of the biggest beneficiaries of DRC+ is free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu now has a 4.8 WARP from 2018 per B-Pro, that’s the 18th-best in all of baseball.

His home/road splits have been extreme over his career, but in 2018 he actually hit the ball harder on the road than he did at Coors Field. His 90.8 mph average exit velocity was inside the top 10 percent in all of baseball, just behind Mike Trout, but he averaged slightly better (91.1 mph) on the road.

Rhett Bolinger of MLB.com ran through some of the closer options for the Twins. Among the seven options he highlighted, I think Joakim Soria is the guy who aligns with the Twins in terms of need and expected contract. He’s 34, so it’s not like you’ll need to give him a long-term contract, but he does have 220 career saves. Last season he had a 3.12 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 11.1 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 (4.69 K:BB ratio) for the White Sox and Brewers. MLB Trade Rumors projected he’d get a two-year, $18 million deal.

The market is starting to move. Patrick Corbin signed with the Nationals, Nathan Eovaldi is returning to Boston and Paul Goldschmidt was traded to the Cardinals. That could make things a little more interesting at the upcoming Baseball Winter Meetings, though as Craig Calcaterra noted over at Hardball Talk, things just aren’t what they used to be.

Jayson Stark wrote a well-researched piece about the shift over at The Athletic. He also reported that support for banning the shift is picking up steam. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs provided some more items to consider in a piece titled Banning the Shift Is a Solution in Search of a Problem. If any rule changes were to be implemented for the 2019 season, they would more than likely be agreed upon at the Winter Meetings.

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There are two posters in here saying that Kepler is easily replaceable, and suggest trading him for a front of the rotation pitcher.
Why on earth would a team trade us front line pitching, the second hardest position to fill in all of sports, for such an easily replaceable player??

Teams have different needs. Kepler provides good defensive value and below average offense, who can play CF in a pinch. He's under control for 3 more seasons. He's coming off a career high WAR year, but since he's been a starter, averages 2-3 WAR a season. Overall, a solid player... We're not talking about a player with little value, and teams can use that skillset.

When it comes to the Twins, I believe Buxton will be given every opportunity to start and live up to his potential. His value also comes from great defense, and below average offense. IMO Buxton is going to saturate his teammates' defensive value no matter who it is. He covers a ton of grass out there, making the opportunities for Kepler to also generate a bunch of value defensively scarce. I'm not buying in on Kepler matching his 10 DRS or 10.8 UZR with Buxton out there. That's where his value comes from unless he puts it all together at the plate.

The Twins are better off finding a corner OF where his value is driven from offensive performance, instead of defense. There are players in FA currently that matched or even beat Kepler's WAR production last season, primarily with the bat.
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Count me as one of those who don't think Kepler has reached his potential yet. And with that in mind, I don't think what we'd get for him in a trade would be nearly enough to satisfy the team or the fans. Imagine another Aaron Hicks type trade. Ugh ...no thanks. Let's keep him for now.

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Count me as one of those who don't think Kepler has reached his potential yet. And with that in mind, I don't think what we'd get for him in a trade would be nearly enough to satisfy the team or the fans. Imagine another Aaron Hicks type trade. Ugh ... no thanks. Let's keep him for now.


The person that made the Hicks trade isn't here anymore. Don't you think Falvine makes better trades than the past regime so far?

Too me the funniest part of much of this discussion is our (and I say our, because I include myself in this) reactions when we feel that a player we really like or love to follow is disparaged.

 

We become invested these guys and young men. Speaking for myself, I've felt this way since I was a little kid watching the games or listening on the radio, and then snagging the sports section the next day to pour over the baseball section and listed stat sheets and box scores. At one point I could tell you the active roster and the main stats for every team in the majors (stat geek!) Heck, I still do that today... although it's a lot more high tech and in real time :), annnnd perhaps a little less obsessive about the numbers.

 

So... at least for me, I get the "over love" for certain players. It's in our baseball DNA since we were kids. These were our heroes, our idols and while most of us really don't use those words to describe them anymore (at least not in public ;)), the emotional response lingers.

 

I'll eventually get to a point... maybe.

 

Kepler for example. I personally think he's a fantastic athlete, and has the mental makeup and physical tools to be an exceptional baseball player. Will he ever fully realize that potential??? I honestly don't know, and in many ways (IMHO) it isn't really that important. Baseball, like life, isn't about the destination. It's about the journey, the steps and stops you take along the way.

 

So, if Kepler (or Cave, or any of the others don't meet great success, are "league average" or just "meh"), I'll be disappointed but ultimately ok with it. There will be other players who come along and other players to root for.

 

We should all relax some, and enjoy the journey.

 

Merry Christmas everyone :)!   

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And that's the problem, Vanimal.This new FO seems totally adverse to trades.Other than the Odorizzi transaction, in which the Rays were clearly in a dumping mode, this FO has shown no imagination or risk taking to engage in meaningful trades - IN TWO FULL YEARS!Why is that?

 

This offseason would be a good time to change this pattern, given the improvement in the Minor League system, together with a dearth of FA building blocks in the Twins price range(that's a whole other column, btw).To date, the FO this offseason has followed a pattern of picking up DFA players on one year contracts in the hopes they rebound to previous heights.Not a bad strategy if you have some bona fide lineup studs to build around.That not being the case, the Twins are obviously counting on rebounds from their tattered core plus these new one year signees.Isn't this like drawing to an inside straight?What it isn't, is a recipe for moving into playoff contention.

 

Granted, the offseason isn't over.I fully expect the Twins to add a couple of bullpen options and maybe an OF/DH type and/or a #4 or #5 rotation filler, but will any of this really move the needle in 2019?Very, very doubtful and with the division seemingl;y more competitive, together with the Twins' payroll space and quantity of tradable minor leaguers, this conservatism on the part of Falvine is truly inexplicable.

 

It sure would be nice to see some transparency by ownership and Falvey what their long range plan is here because so far it seems they have none - other than muddling thru.

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And that's the problem, Vanimal. This new FO seems totally adverse to trades. Other than the Odorizzi transaction, in which the Rays were clearly in a dumping mode, this FO has shown no imagination or risk taking to engage in meaningful trades - IN TWO FULL YEARS! Why is that?

This offseason would be a good time to change this pattern, given the improvement in the Minor League system, together with a dearth of FA building blocks in the Twins price range(that's a whole other column, btw). To date, the FO this offseason has followed a pattern of picking up DFA players on one year contracts in the hopes they rebound to previous heights. Not a bad strategy if you have some bona fide lineup studs to build around. That not being the case, the Twins are obviously counting on rebounds from their tattered core plus these new one year signees. Isn't this like drawing to an inside straight? What it isn't, is a recipe for moving into playoff contention.

Granted, the offseason isn't over. I fully expect the Twins to add a couple of bullpen options and maybe an OF/DH type and/or a #4 or #5 rotation filler, but will any of this really move the needle in 2019? Very, very doubtful and with the division seemingl;y more competitive, together with the Twins' payroll space and quantity of tradable minor leaguers, this conservatism on the part of Falvine is truly inexplicable.

It sure would be nice to see some transparency by ownership and Falvey what their long range plan is here because so far it seems they have none - other than muddling thru.


I completely relate with the frustration. Now is the time to make a risky trade when prices are suppressed and more teams are trying to lose more than win.
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ChrisKnutson
Dec 07 2018 08:48 AM
If Kep’s a below average player, then why are so many teams interested in him?? Simultaneously, why trade Kep if he’s about to breakout?? And why attach Romero and Lewis to the very same deal?? This is the why I’m not a fan of trading for “Thor,” because they’ll “undervalue” guys like Kepler and Romero, but overvalue Syndergaard to the point where Lewis is has to be included. In other words, I think other teams are trying to rip us off, and why wouldn’t they?? I just hope the FO doesn’t fall for it.
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I'm all for trading Kepler and other prospects for top end pitching. There's plenty of corner OFs available in FA right now that can match or beat Kepler's WAR value.

After Harper there would be hoping Brantley could stay healthy or players that hope they can overcome old age.

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There are two posters in here saying that Kepler is easily replaceable, and suggest trading him for a front of the rotation pitcher.
Why on earth would a team trade us front line pitching, the second hardest position to fill in all of sports, for such an easily replaceable player??

Duensing syndrome?

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LA VIkes Fan
Dec 07 2018 10:05 AM

I think you keep Kepler and he and Cave are locked into a battle royale for the RF position this year. Based on last year's performance, Cave gets the first shot but on a pretty short leash. Kepler starts as a 4th OF/LH 1B so he gets ABs. You have both of them available if Buxton gets hurt again or flames out again, or if there's an injury. This gives you good roster flexibility. 

 

Don't trade Kepler unless you can get a significant pitching upgrade. Seems unlikely, so don't trade Kepler. 

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The person that made the Hicks trade isn't here anymore. Don't you think Falvine makes better trades than the past regime so far?

We're not even close to knowing how good the new FO's trades have been but I don't think they've made any great trades yet. Palacios for Odorizzi? Gil for Cave, maybe? Obviously it's too early to worry about the July deadline trades last year but I remember looking at the 2017 trades and they didn't hold up all that well in hindsight. And we've traded/released assets for basically nothing (Burdi, Chargois, Goodrum) or salary relief (Comp pick). Way too early to praise the new FO on this front.

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We're not even close to knowing how good the new FO's trades have been but I don't think they've made any great trades yet. Palacios for Odorizzi? Gil for Cave, maybe? Obviously it's too early to worry about the July deadline trades last year but I remember looking at the 2017 trades and they didn't hold up all that well in hindsight. And we've traded/released assets for basically nothing (Burdi, Chargois, Goodrum) or salary relief (Comp pick). Way too early to praise the new FO on this front.


My point is it is kind of irrational to worry about making a Hicks-esc trade when the people who made that trade aren't here anymore. If we hold on to that fear we'll never make a trade again because a trade went sideways 3 years ago.
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The funny thing is I'm baffled why the over-love for Kepler. People have to dig deep into the analytics to find positive things about his offense. The stats on the back of his baseball card haven't changed in nearly 3 full seasons. I'll take the guy who can find holes and get hits on balls in play instead of Kepler's lazy fly balls.

 

It's a fair critique of Kepler, and the fear we all should have on him: this may be exactly the hitter he is. but there's also been enough bursts to tease people. He's still only 25 (same age as Cave). Look at his splits from 2018: crushed it in March/April. Below average in May. Awful in June. Killed it in July. Average in Aug. Poor in September. He's all over the place as a hitter, but he's got all these peripherals that suggest he's capable of being good as well as a track record in the high minors that makes you think he can hit. And the D is stellar (better than anyone else on the roster save Buxton). This could be a make or break season for him. 

 

It's also why the people suggesting moving Kepler to 1B need to stop. His hitting his the problem. It's fine in CF. It's questionable in RF. Even if he's as good a defender at 1B as Mauer became, it's just not enough at 1B.

 

Kepler has interesting trade value because he played enough CF to be attractive to other teams. His D there isn't one of the high elite but it's darn good. He can play other OF positions and not be too much of a drag on your offense. But since we don't know if Buxton is going to make it he's also got value to the Twins who know they can slot him in there and not have to worry about Cave being a fluke.

 

certainty is really helpful in baseball. We know Kepler's floor, I think. The question is does he have much more of a ceiling?

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diehardtwinsfan
Dec 07 2018 01:58 PM

I don't think they would get enough value out of Kepler to be worth a trade... just my thought. And yes, I think he could break out in a big way. 

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Battle ur tail off
Dec 07 2018 02:11 PM

 

The person that made the Hicks trade isn't here anymore. Don't you think Falvine makes better trades than the past regime so far?

 

They haven't made any very significant trades yet, other than Odorizi(good one actually) They have given away expiring contracts for lottery picks. Not exactly risky and/or groundbreaking. Hard to really say if they have done good or not yet?

 

 

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Battle ur tail off
Dec 07 2018 02:26 PM

 

My point is it is kind of irrational to worry about making a Hicks-esc trade when the people who made that trade aren't here anymore. If we hold on to that fear we'll never make a trade again because a trade went sideways 3 years ago.

 

It wasn't a big trade though. They missed opportunities to package Hicks up and bring back real talent. Instead they dumped him at his lowest point for a catcher that is flat terrible. 

 

At some point you have to take risks. Whether that is trading your best thought of "prospects" or signing someone to a big dollar deal, or trading some of your best players for prospects you think might be something special. Always going the easy/safe way has put the Twins in the same positions they always are. 

Either miss the playoffs totally, or make them then get bounced right away.

It wasn't a big trade though. They missed opportunities to package Hicks up and bring back real talent. Instead they dumped him at his lowest point for a catcher that is flat terrible.

At some point you have to take risks. Whether that is trading your best thought of "prospects" or signing someone to a big dollar deal, or trading some of your best players for prospects you think might be something special. Always going the easy/safe way has put the Twins in the same positions they always are.
Either miss the playoffs totally, or make them then get bounced right away.


You're preaching to the choir. I've wanted this regime to be bold the last 2 off-seasons. Hence why I have no hesitations packaging Kepler with top prospects to acquire a difference maker. You can find my interest and desire in most any rumors thread for top end pitching.
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LA VIkes Fan
Dec 07 2018 03:08 PM

 

It's a fair critique of Kepler, and the fear we all should have on him: this may be exactly the hitter he is. but there's also been enough bursts to tease people. He's still only 25 (same age as Cave). Look at his splits from 2018: crushed it in March/April. Below average in May. Awful in June. Killed it in July. Average in Aug. Poor in September. He's all over the place as a hitter, but he's got all these peripherals that suggest he's capable of being good as well as a track record in the high minors that makes you think he can hit. And the D is stellar (better than anyone else on the roster save Buxton). This could be a make or break season for him. 

 

It's also why the people suggesting moving Kepler to 1B need to stop. His hitting his the problem. It's fine in CF. It's questionable in RF. Even if he's as good a defender at 1B as Mauer became, it's just not enough at 1B.

 

Kepler has interesting trade value because he played enough CF to be attractive to other teams. His D there isn't one of the high elite but it's darn good. He can play other OF positions and not be too much of a drag on your offense. But since we don't know if Buxton is going to make it he's also got value to the Twins who know they can slot him in there and not have to worry about Cave being a fluke.

 

certainty is really helpful in baseball. We know Kepler's floor, I think. The question is does he have much more of a ceiling?

The reason we should think about moving Kepler to 1B part time is otherwise he probably doesn't play at all other than a two or three days a week as the 4th OF or as a DH. You can't start him in the OF over Cave, Buxton or Rosario. Cave hit better last year and Cave was the CF when Buxton went down, not Kepler. Suggests that at least the last manager saw Cave as the better fielder. Cave has earned the right to start at the beginning of the season over Kepler based on last year. Buxton you have to play based on potential. He hasn't earned it over the other 3 but his defense is so good and his upside is so high you have to trot him out there. Rosario has earned a starting spot over the other 3 by far. 

 

I think we want to give consistent ABs to all 4 of these guys. Rosario and Cave have middle of the order results (Rosario) or potential (Cave). Buxton has the highest ceiling of them all and is the best defender. Kepler has shown over 3 years that he isn't a middle of the order bat but it's too early to give up on him as a quality complementary player, something he isn't right now. Someone has to move somewhere to get all 4 in every day and 1B is the open spot if you assume Cron is really a DH. So who goes there? Not Buxton or Rosario for sure. Kepler is 6'4" and has played there before at least a little. Cave is 6'0" and hasn't. There is at least a decent argument as to which one is a better defensive outfielder so there isn't a strong defensive reason to move one over the other from the OF and Kepler seems like the more natural, logical choice to go to 1B so he can play. Cave is the better hitter, at least so far. 

 

It seems like the "why move Kepler to 1B" group may be assuming that he would otherwise start in RF every day. I just thinkthat's a flawed assumption.I think that he needs to find another position or he is just the 4th OF playing 3-4 days a week between the OF and DH. I would like to see him get consistent ABs, although the stats suggest he isn't good enough for that, but we can't give Kepler those ABs at the expense of Rosario, Buxton or Cave based on performance. We have a potential opening for a LH hitting 1B. Seems like a good spot for him, especially when the alternative is the bench. 

 

That's why you move Kepler to 1B, at least part time. 

 

 

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birdwatcher
Dec 07 2018 04:38 PM

 

It's totally legal in the rule book to sign another OF if Kepler is traded.

 

 

But show me the line on which that OF addition has signed, and then we'll talk. Let's stop trading from already-thin areas. 

 

Frankly, I'd go in the opposite direction. I'd sign Cutch if possible, then play matchup with RF/1B/DH. I'm skeptical about Cave, and would put equal money on a light bulb going off for Kepler and a wet blanket being thrown over Cave. And if (when?) Kirilloff becomes a real thing, wouldn't Kepler be nice as a 4th OF who can handle a bat AND play good defense? And if Cave is the real thing too, but Kepler id the better player, guess which 4th OF gets moved? Right, the second best one. Reed, Granite, and Wade? So far, they look like commodity items to me.

 

I want more predictability in 2019. I have enough unpredictability as it is without adding more.

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I think some of you people better go back and look at some Cave's numbers and it is pretty small sample size but there are some glaring weaknesses in his numbers. First is he is striking already out at 36% of time he comes to bat. I willing to bet that number will increase further come this year as teams have gotten more data on him and have found out what they can exploit on him. Compare this to Kepler he strikes out half the rate Cave does. Second Caves walk rate is half of Keplers walk rate so were dealing with player that put ball in play last year on short sample size got high percentage of hits with ball put into play. This is something i would worry about for the coming year. People on Kepler keep coming back to his numbers have been same for three years but the things i have seen in three years is marked improvement in his at bats they have become more professional in that he has been working the counts in his favor more but he has lapses in his at bats at pitch selections but it has improved each year. Second thing is two years ago he had absolute terrible numbers against left hand pitching but last year he proved he could hit left hand pitching. I look at his swing and way he barrels up the baseball you can see that he's going to hit and other thing is he works on his game and it reported that he works hard on improving his game meaning its only time before everything comes together because he has ability and the effort for this to happen. I also think another factor for him has been i think he has gotten worn down durning the season in past and it learning curve by players to get there body in shape for major league season. The big thing is he has continued to play and hasn't been hurt to where he hasn't played which alot of young players don't achieve. Like i have said earlier he's young player ready to break out become a star player and i hope this front office see's that also.

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jorgenswest
Dec 08 2018 07:56 AM
Trading Kepler for A prospects or part of a deal to get a top of the rotation pitcher is a no brainer. I would not move him for lesser prospects. We don’t need another JR Murphy deal.

I don’t think he brings in that top prospect or pitcher so I am keeping him. His strikeout and walk rates are trending the right way. His defense in RF is a plus. He may not have any single stand out skill but his all around game is the reason steamer projects him for more WAR than any other Twin position player in 2019.

If Kep’s a below average player, then why are so many teams interested in him?? Simultaneously, why trade Kep if he’s about to breakout?? And why attach Romero and Lewis to the very same deal?? This is the why I’m not a fan of trading for “Thor,” because they’ll “undervalue” guys like Kepler and Romero, but overvalue Syndergaard to the point where Lewis is has to be included. In other words, I think other teams are trying to rip us off, and why wouldn’t they?? I just hope the FO doesn’t fall for it.

 

Chris, as one who advocated going all in for Thor( I actually proposed a trade including Sano, Kepler and one of our catchers - not Lewis or Kirillof), I must admit that it would be much harder to include Kepler rather than Sano.I say this because of all the tantalizing improvements Max seems to make, together with his lack of playing time before signing.Sano on the other hand, while showing flashes of greatness, carries too heavy a burden in terms of temperament, character and lack of conditioning to be able to count on as a core member of a contending club.But the real issue is how the trade partner values each player.No real way of knowing. 

 

I included both Sano and Kepler only because each is unproven as a potential all star and short of giving up one of our two uber-prospects, these two are the most likely major-league - ready players we have.Sure they would leave holes in an already porous lineup but to get an ace pitcher you must give up quality.While the Donaldson ship has already sailed, there are some 3B replacements on the FA market and even more for the corner outfield position.Yes, it would take boldness to trade two of our "starters" but a Syndergaard does not become available every offseason.

 

As it turns out, the Mets' likelihood of trading Thor has diminished since the first flurry of rumors, so perhaps this whole topic is a moot point, but if a #1 or #2 starter can be pried loose(and signed to a long term deal), this FO should be making an all-out effort to complete such a trade.Aces don't come along often but when they do, a contending organization must take the risk(see Boston/Sale and Houston/Verlander).Why not the Twins?

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Kelly Vance
Dec 08 2018 05:56 PM

Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD do something.Keps tries hard every play.I'd be patient with him. 

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Dennesey55347
Dec 09 2018 01:52 AM

Every playoff team has very good pitching, a smattering of power, and a few .300ish hitters. The Twins are furthest away from the third. While pitching is obviously crucial, we have absolutely no one racking up hits from March to Oct. Surprising this fact is relatively unspoken this offseason.

Every playoff team has very good pitching, a smattering of power, and a few .300ish hitters. The Twins are furthest away from the third. While pitching is obviously crucial, we have absolutely no one racking up hits from March to Oct. Surprising this fact is relatively unspoken this offseason.


The 10 playoff teams from last year COMBINED to have 8 players hit. 300 or higher. Only 16 players in the entire MLB hit .300+.
Nobody hits for average anymore. Walks and HR's rule the day now, whether we like it or not.