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Twins Daily Roundtable: Grading the Front Office

Twins Daily Roundtable is a weekly series. As part of this series, a question will be posed to the site’s writers and they will respond in 200 words or less (Some writers don’t like to stick to this limit). This will give readers an opportunity to see multiple points of view and then add their own point of view in the comments section.

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are two years into their tenure running the Minnesota Twins. In their first season, the club made a surprise run to the postseason and the team managed to have a solid off-season in 2018. With two drafts and trade deadlines under their belt, the farm system has been rebuilt into one of the best in baseball.

This week’s roundtable discussion question is: “How would you grade the front office’s performance? Why?”
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Nick Nelson
Short-term planning is hard sometimes. No one could have predicted last offseason that returning core players like Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Ervin Santana — as well as new additions like Lance Lynn, Logan Morrison and Addison Reed — would collectively contribute so little in 2018 after the years they had in 2017. This turn of events completely sabotaged any chance of contention this season, and there's little the front office could have done about it without the benefit of hindsight.

I still like the moves they made, especially because they were geared toward big-picture success. The Twins can move on from Lynn and Morrison after this season and managed to reload the pipeline with savvy trades in late July. They've set themselves up for tremendous spending flexibility this winter. Falvey and Levine have shown a penchant for opportunistically acquiring useful talents — such as Tyler Austin, Jake Cave and Gabriel Moya — at low costs. And, crucially, they've also overseen two drafts that look like absolute slam dunks so far, shoring up a sore spot from the latter years of Terry Ryan's tenure.

The 2018 season has been a bummer but I feel extremely optimistic about the organization's leadership going forward.

Seth Stohs
Always a tough question because what's more important, process or results? Obviously results matter, but that's too easy. We all loved the offseason, for the most part, and adding the likes of Lance Lynn and Logan Morrison to one-year deals in spring training was immensely exciting. It didn't pan out. At all.

But I think they've continued to add personnel and systems behind the scenes that should have Twins fans excited.

In season, I think they've been fine. They've been willing to work and make changes to the 24th and 25th men on the active roster, and they've been willing to grab guys on the back end of the 40-man roster.

I may not agree with every single decision, but I do trust the process. I do like what they did at the trade deadline and as they like to say, the way they've developed "waves" of prospects to hopefully put the Twins in a position to compete for playoff spots for the next decade or two!

Grade: I don't know. B?

Cody Christie
Last week’s roundtable revolved around trying to give a grade to Paul Molitor. Managers get too much of the credit when a team wins or loses. For the front office, it takes a long-term approach to revamp an entire organization. The Twins were amid some bad seasons, but the farm system had some good pieces. There are lots of things to consider when looking at the front office as a whole.

In their first season leading the organization, Falvey and Levine kept a lot of the previous front office pieces in place to reevaluate everyone. They started overhauling some of the pieces last off-season so it’s hard to know how well those pieces have worked out.

Even though the wins haven’t piled up, I’d give the front office an A for last off-season. It helps to have the number one overall pick, but the minor league system has moved from middle of the road to a top-10 system in all of baseball. I’d give them a solid B+ for their drafting so far with the potential of it moving higher based on results in the years ahead.

I feel their approach with Sano and Buxton this season was also appropriate. There are few teams that would send a former All-Star all the way down to High-A to “find themselves.” All things considered, I’d give them an A- at this point.

Tom Froemming
This is a tough question to answer, given that Derek Falvey has only been around since October of 2016. There are a lot of areas where I would give an incomplete grade at this point, but overall, I'd give them a C.

Nothing jumps out to me that suggests they're either clearly above or clearly below average.

What's really going to make or break this front office in the end is how they draft. So far, they appear to me to be very good at draft strategy, though having the No. 1 overall pick their first year certainly didn't hurt.

I liked how decisive they were at this year's deadline, but there have been a number of odd scrap-heap additions while guys performing down on the farm have struggled to find opportunities. The more Falvey and Thad Levine put their fingerprints on the org, the more we'll know. I think the next 12 months could be particularly telling

Ted Schwerzler
I've considered this as a significantly loaded question at multiple points during this 2018 season. The offseason was one in which the front office hit it out of the park. They aimed high (Darvish), and they shot often (multiple FAs). When the dust settled, they brought in a crop of players that signified a large talent leap and did so by boasting an all-time high payroll.

From there, things went downhill. A good number of those new players flopped (which isn't the fault of the front office), and the answers sought seemed less than satisfactory. I haven't found myself a fan of many roster moves made during the season and think more games could've been won with better promotions from the farm. As a whole, it's been a strong step forward from the late years of the Terry Ryan regime, but this duo isn't yet to the point of breaking through.

Jamie Cameron
It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutia of what the front office does and doesn't do, particularly with roster management. While some of the roster decisions have been odd (if not extremely poor), there are so many facets of the organization the front office has excelled at.

Early indicators suggest the front office has drafted well in both drafts. Additionally, the Twins offseason was both strong and opportunistic (despite not translating on to the field). Finally, the team worked hard to acquire some exciting pieces at the deadline and took advantage of impending free agents.

One other key lever when examining the front office. We tend to give equal weight to all aspects of the work of the front office in evaluating them. In reality, the number -one pick decision is vastly higher leverage than in-season roster management in a season where they were unlikely to reach the playoffs anyway. While the front office has some areas for refinement, their biggest decisions have been huge wins for the organization.

Steve Lein
Two years into evaluating any long-term “plan” Falvine and company may have is still a bit quick on the trigger, but I am on board with a lot of the things they have done to this point in the short-term sense.

I liked that they struck on a colder free agent market to bring in guys like Addison Reed, Zach Duke, Lance Lynn, and Logan Morrison on short deals. On paper they improved some areas that needed it after a playoff appearance, which is what we all asked for. I’ll concede this didn’t work out, but when it didn’t they unloaded those and other short-term assets for future returns.

I also approve of how they seem to be running the minor league system. For once, I don’t have the impression prospects are being held back as a whole. Top prospects Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, and Brusdar Graterol were all promoted after a half-season in Cedar Rapids, where such prospects often would spend an entire season no matter how they performed under old leadership. Fernando Romero made his MLB debut after just four starts in Triple-A, as examples.

What I haven’t liked is their usage of the 40-man roster, both heading into the season with whom they protected/lost, and who has been bypassed with moves on the waiver wire. Small potatoes here, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows with them yet.

To assign a letter grade, I’ll say B-minus, trending up.

SD Buhr
The best “grade” I can give this front office is “Incomplete.” It hasn’t had time to fail, but the results on the field haven’t been anything to get TOO excited about, either. I’m sure some will give them a partial pass simply because they were not allowed to hire their “own man” as manager, instead being required by ownership to retain Paul Molitor. I think that’s a cop out.

“Falvine” has only had one full offseason and I think most of us felt they did a decent job assembling a roster over the offseason. I’m also certain that a lot of people are impressed with the way this FO has modernized its approach to everything from scouting to assembling and utilizing advanced data.

I just think running a professional baseball organization is about more than that. It’s also about relationship building – with players, agents, other GMs/executives, affiliates, fans, media and, I’m sure, many more stakeholders.

It’s just too early for me to give a pass or fail grade at this point.

If you missed any of the most recent roundtable discussions, here are the links:
Grading Molitor
Closing Time
Prospect Promotions
Hall of Fame Impact
Baseball in 2028

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On a related note, I keep reading in different posts that the Twins and Falvine 'will have a boatload of money to spend on free agency'.

I don't see it.

The free agent market last year was funky, few signings until late, and for less money. If I'm Falvine I'd let the market self correct downward for another year, keep building the farm system, see how Sano, Buxton, Rosario, Kepler, Polanco, Berrios,etc. develop and shoot for 2020 to spend this boatload of money.

$43 million comes off the books - Mauer, Erv, and LoMo. In 2019 they have $32.5 million in committed dollars so far (Pineda, Castro, Reed)

I don't recall a time when I paid attention to payroll where the Twins had this much flexibility.

I don't expect them to match this year's payroll total, but even at a conservative $100 million payroll they have $30-40 million to play with this winter.
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Don Walcott
Aug 29 2018 02:04 PM

I do not agree that the FO handled Buxton correctly. He had a broken toe! Why send him out there with a broken toe? Buxton was not helped out by this. And the fact that we hadn't prepared for a contingency of not having him in the lineup and patrolling center field made things worse.

 

I agree with the mid-season handling of Sano, but it was too late. He didn't have a proper off-season due to having a rod put into his leg, and he shouldn't have been trotted out in the beginning of the season.

 

I don't agree with keeping Grossman on the roster. I don't agree with signing Belisle.

 

I'm hopeful that the long-term plan is coming together, and I'm hoping for some major signings this off-season.

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I'm not sure what to 'grade' them as there are things that are incomplete. Maybe overall, a C. I give the players the same. And Molitor a D.

 

I think the FO did a good, not great but good, job this past off-season. I think they've done well in the two drafts they had, but ... some of that is yet to be seen, and incomplete. Trades ... whether or not you agree with need to trade, they did ... but whether or not it's good, is yet to be seen. If our added prospects add enough depth to make for a good trade this off-season? That will make a difference. Or if some of those pieces contribute to future success, that will also make a difference, but, unknown at this time. But some of the roster decisions this year were more than baffling to me ... who came up, who came down, when, who was added, removed, who they stuck with ... I mean, LoMo? Belisle? These were things that just made me feel uncertain and made me question, 'What the heck is their plan here?'

 

So, some good, some really bad, and a lot 'don't know yet.' I grade them a C.

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RaymondLuxuryYacht
Aug 29 2018 03:03 PM

What I believe is that they were hired spcifically for the upcoming off-season, and that everything they have done up to this point was in preparation for implementing their plan over the next few months.

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And the fact that we hadn't prepared for a contingency of not having him in the lineup and patrolling center field made things worse.

I thought the minor-league deal for Jake Cave and the signing of Ryan LaMarre was this contingency. Not a starter - Byron Buxton was still Plan A, and either starter on the corner could be tapped for CF duty in a pinch. But "if Buxton goes down", these two were the plan. Something stronger would be akin to having four starting outfielders on the 40-man; hard to do.

 

The jury's out on the front office's drafts, and so I'd combine a B for that with a C- for how they've handled the 40-man overall - if their offseason moves had worked out, it would be better, but process only goes so far and results are results.. Like some others, a Gentlemen's C overall, at this still-early stage. I have yet to see moves that make me say, "wow, something under the hood such as their Analytics team is really strong" - in fact their sifting through the Rule-5 dustbin has been embarrasingly bad.

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I don't think the Twins spend much on free agency this coming year. They will be looking for utility type player where they can fill the holes for second and third and they will be looking for veteran reliever to spot into the bull pen. I would think they will also might sign Mauer but I thinks that's still a big if. I think most people think weregoing to compete next year but here's food for thought they may just tear down whole thing again and start over. Meaning if Buxton and Sano have repeat of this year I could see them trading away this core and look to rebuild from scratch with their people but I would say this will be hard one for fans to swallow especially after almost 10 years of loosing. But there are to many ifs for this team to be winner right now.

 

Buxton and Sano have minimal trade value now. The only players the Twins could look to sell would be Berrios, Rosario and Gibson. I don't see the Twins doing that. And it hasn't been 10 years of losing. They made the playoffs. Last year.

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Don Walcott
Aug 29 2018 03:32 PM

 

I thought the minor-league deal for Jake Cave and the signing of Ryan LaMarre was this contingency. Not a starter - Byron Buxton was still Plan A, and either starter on the corner could be tapped for CF duty in a pinch. But "if Buxton goes down", these two were the plan. Something stronger would be akin to having four starting outfielders on the 40-man; hard to do.

 

The jury's out on the front office's drafts, and so I'd combine a B for that with a C- for how they've handled the 40-man overall. Like some others, a Gentlemen's C overall, at this still-early stage. I have yet to see moves that make me say, "wow, something under the hood such as their Analytics team is really cooking."

I agree with Cave being a decent 4th outfielder who can play center field in a pinch. However, if Lamarre and Cave were considered viable options, why did they have Buxton play through it? It just seemed like they were having him play because they had no other choice. I believe it hurt the team, and hurt Buxton to do that. Part of having a Plan B is that you use it when Plan A isn't working or isn't available.

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I am happy with both of their drafts = A. I am happy with their trades for the prospects after missing on Ohteni= A. I was happy with both offseasons = A-. I was highly disappointed the team didnt do anything to plug a few holes early in the season when the shiznitt hit the fan but before we fell too far back. We had Lynn, Escobar, and Ehire. We needed a 1B/DH, and a C, and maybe an OF. We could have aquired a few of these pieces at a low to medium cost = F COWARDS... you should get a refund on your season tickets last May when this happened as it was obvious then that the front office gave up on the season before the quarter point. Mid season trades for prospects = C- no teams top 10 prospects and appeared to start quitting on 2019 too with Pressley trade. Nice pick up of Cave in spring training... overall they overall they get a C ....quitting on a season before the quarter point is a fireable offense and should never happen again. Honestly if i spent 130 million off your recommendations, i would prefer to throw a few million more in season to get a return on my investment. It would have helped fan interest.... On the future/ prospect side they get an A.

 

I'd love to hear your argument. Note, circa 2009, BA did a long article by their standards on how a mid-market team rebuilds. It's pretty much what TR did. Tear down, play for draft choices, don't encumber yourself with long term commitments, etc. 

 

We may have different ideas of what a rebuild is, but this is how I see it, and classify this comparison made:

 

The Cubs burned it to the ground to rebuild if your comparing to the Twins, who maybe started a small campfire.

 

Through Free Agency, Trades, and Drafting, the Cubs added 54 WAR to their team that won the title in 2016. (source: http://www.chicagotr...htmlstory.html#). This...isn't even in the realm of a comparison to where the Twins are now.

 

Epstein traded Ryan Dempster, Steve Clevenger, Scott Feldman, Matt Garza, Jason Hammel, and Jeff Samardzija to get back Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrietta, Pedro Strop, and Addison Russell. 

 

TR traded Denard Span, Ben Revere, Delmon Young, and Francisco Liriano to get back...Trevor May and Eduardo Escobar.

 

They were trying to stay relevant, not do a true rebuild.

 

If they were doing that:

 

Cuddyer should have been traded. Glen Perkins should have been traded. Oswaldo Arcia should have been traded. Jason Kubel should have been traded. Josh Willingham should have been traded a year sooner. Justin Morneau should have been traded a year sooner...............(I'm probably leaving out others too)

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Signing past their prime veterans to fill in a veteran roster mostly void of young talent while languishing at the bottom of a bad division and not trading away the few assets that they do have for most of a decade does not constitute a rebuild in my view. It may fit yours, but it doesn't fit mine.

 

Also exactly this.

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D - I am unimpressed and those who read my posts know I am a critic.They had a wildcard team and almost blew it because it shocked them.They were in the sell mode and suddenly the team was doing so well something needed to be done.  

 

These are not men without MLB experience.They hired a ton of coaches and so far I am unable to see what Pickler, Rowson, Alston and numerous others have done to help Molitor or change the culture.

 

I was a naysayer about free agents and I remain a naysayer.I wanted to give the young players a chance instead of the mercenaries.Can anyone tell me that bringing Kennys would not have at least matched Morrison and I am not even a Vargas fan.

 

Buxton and Sano needed a reset, why did it take so long to see it?

 

The BP is below league standards so we sign Belisle.Give me a break.I was against Darvish - check it out - and than god we did not succeed or imagine where we would be.

 

The minor league BP prospects are as questionable as ever, shouldn't we have figured that out by now?  

 

Since Kepler continues to under produce will we have him follow Buxton and Sano for a reset?  

 

We lost Castro and filled in with Wilson - does anyone see that as a positive?

 

Escobar was our shining light and he is gone - can we get him back?

 

No resolution on Mauer leaves us with a blocking decision before we take new steps.

 

We have some really good players in the minors - we said the same thing when TR left.How do we make them major leaguers>

 

No I do not see a plan, a pattern, a success to build on.Let me be wrong, let the team surge next year.I think Romero, Berrios, Mejia, Gibson can do it.And hopefully we will start to see some hitters come up and contribute, but do not tell me that they are better than TR.I was not a TR fan, but more than changing nametags is needed to improve.

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Compared to Terry Ryan they get a AAA+. I just can't disagree with much that they've done. They evaluate the team better and appear to be trying to build a team that can win a World Series. Ryan just seemed happy with attempting to be a middle of the road team, even when it was obvious a full rebuild was necessary or they were close to being a championship club. Not to mention he didn't do much with a lot of fairly high draft picks ( not as high as the cubs and astros who were actually trying to rebuild).

I would like them to choose their own manager. It just doesn't seem like Molitor sees things the same way as the front office. Could be wrong about that though.

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yarnivek1972
Aug 29 2018 04:45 PM

D - I am unimpressed and those who read my posts know I am a critic. They had a wildcard team and almost blew it because it shocked them. They were in the sell mode and suddenly the team was doing so well something needed to be done.

These are not men without MLB experience. They hired a ton of coaches and so far I am unable to see what Pickler, Rowson, Alston and numerous others have done to help Molitor or change the culture.

I was a naysayer about free agents and I remain a naysayer. I wanted to give the young players a chance instead of the mercenaries. Can anyone tell me that bringing Kennys would not have at least matched Morrison and I am not even a Vargas fan.

Buxton and Sano needed a reset, why did it take so long to see it?

The BP is below league standards so we sign Belisle. Give me a break. I was against Darvish - check it out - and than god we did not succeed or imagine where we would be.

The minor league BP prospects are as questionable as ever, shouldn't we have figured that out by now?

Since Kepler continues to under produce will we have him follow Buxton and Sano for a reset?

We lost Castro and filled in with Wilson - does anyone see that as a positive?

Escobar was our shining light and he is gone - can we get him back?

No resolution on Mauer leaves us with a blocking decision before we take new steps.

We have some really good players in the minors - we said the same thing when TR left. How do we make them major leaguers>

No I do not see a plan, a pattern, a success to build on. Let me be wrong, let the team surge next year. I think Romero, Berrios, Mejia, Gibson can do it. And hopefully we will start to see some hitters come up and contribute, but do not tell me that they are better than TR. I was not a TR fan, but more than changing nametags is needed to improve.



Kepler has 2.5 bWAR. Sano and Buxton are both in negative territory.

The situations aren’t remotely comparable.
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Kepler has 2.5 bWAR. Sano and Buxton are both in negative territory.

The situations aren’t remotely comparable.

Exactly.

 

P.SAnd 2.3 fWAR...

I think that it is complicated, and the grade I give the FO right now is I (Incomplete).Why?

 

I believe that the came in with a 5 year plan to turn a pathetic team into a contender, and the 2017 unexpected quasi-success aberration threw them off a bit (more on this later).I will wait the 5 years for a grade other than incomplete.  

That said:

 

Things that this FO did well:

 

  • Take a $ hit to get rid of players like Hughes
  • DL people right away to have 25 able bodies with the team instead of 21 with a bunch of day-to-days
  • Trade people in season and get something before they leave for nothing
  • Go out and be a player in high level FAs
  • Take risks and cut the cord when they don't
  • Much better in season roster management; the above, plus rotating arms via the minors
  • Go out and get players in the off-season (but, see below)
  • Promote players even when not ready (but, see below)

 

Things that this FO did not do well:

 

  • Kept too much of Ryan's staff around, including proven disappointments like the head of the player personnel and the head of the draft, and even the head of player development; areas the Twins have proven to be behind the rest of the league
  • Likely misguided by 2017 but keeping Santana and Dozier in the off-season was a disappointment
  • Going half ass with pitching instead of going for proven arms when they did not get what they wanted in FA; again likely misguided by 2017 and/or an effort to put butts on seats.Their closer is a 7th inning pitcher in a competitive team, their star FA starter took 2 months to throw strikes, and their opening day trade is a 5 in a competitive team on a good day (but they were all inexpensive)
  • Expose non-ready players with major flaws (like Gonsalves) thus potentially dropping their value in a trade.

Yet to see:

 

  • The ability to trade prospects to fill holes, such as an ace or all star level closer.
  • Cutting ties with Mauer for baseball reasons vs re-signing him for " PR reasons

 

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yarnivek1972
Aug 29 2018 05:19 PM

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I think that it is complicated, and the grade I give the FO right now is I (Incomplete). Why?

I believe that the came in with a 5 year plan to turn a pathetic team into a contender, and the 2017 unexpected quasi-success aberration threw them off a bit (more on this later). I will wait the 5 years for a grade other than incomplete.
That said:

Things that this FO did well:

  • Take a $ hit to get rid of players like Hughes
  • DL people right away to have 25 able bodies with the team instead of 21 with a bunch of day-to-days
  • Trade people in season and get something before they leave for nothing
  • Go out and be a player in high level FAs
  • Take risks and cut the cord when they don't
  • Much better in season roster management; the above, plus rotating arms via the minors
  • Go out and get players in the off-season (but, see below)
  • Promote players even when not ready (but, see below)

Things that this FO did not do well:
  • Kept too much of Ryan's staff around, including proven disappointments like the head of the player personnel and the head of the draft, and even the head of player development; areas the Twins have proven to be behind the rest of the league
  • Likely misguided by 2017 but keeping Santana and Dozier in the off-season was a disappointment
  • Going half ass with pitching instead of going for proven arms when they did not get what they wanted in FA; again likely misguided by 2017 and/or an effort to put butts on seats. Their closer is a 7th inning pitcher in a competitive team, their star FA starter took 2 months to throw strikes, and their opening day trade is a 5 in a competitive team on a good day (but they were all inexpensive)
  • Expose non-ready players with major flaws (like Gonsalves) thus potentially dropping their value in a trade.
Yet to see:
  • The ability to trade prospects to fill holes, such as an ace or all star level closer.

Since you mention having a 25 man roster, I think a definite thing to add to the not well category is not cutting bait on Hughes and Kinley fast enough so that there were 25 actual players on the roster. I get that cutting Hughes is likely a decision that Pohlad had to approve, but I doubt Kinley was. Kinley was only used 4 times but was on the roster all of April.
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Cuddyer should have been traded. Glen Perkins should have been traded. Oswaldo Arcia should have been traded. Jason Kubel should have been traded. Josh Willingham should have been traded a year sooner. Justin Morneau should have been traded a year sooner...............(I'm probably leaving out others too)


Cuddyer brought back Berrios as a comp pick. Kubel... Luke Bard, who hasn't turned out but he was a pretty high pick.

Perkins is about the only guy in that list who would have brought back anything. I looked into it awhile back and found Soria was a decent comp, and he did return Corey Knebel. But we didn't have an asset to land an Addison Russell or Anthony Rizzo, and I think Arrieta and Hendricks might represent more coaching/development achievements than trade achievements (although both aspects are involved).

Should we have gotten more from Meyer and May? Or targeted different players in trade?
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2017 was a couple of games better than 2015. Molitor being Manager of the Year for that is a joke. So they inherited around a .500 team really, and now will be considerably worse than last year. 

 

What really matters? Results. The rest is hopes and dreams and smoke and no fire. I can't live there. Regardless of players doing what is expected or not, the buck stops with the controller. This team has gotten worse in the 2 years of control. Their "great drafts" and trades and restructuring of coaches and managers, have produced, overall in the farm, an unimpressive set of team records. Will the great drafts really produce where it matters? Time will tell. They will be graded appropriately.

 

Results.

Seasons still happen, whether you want to grade them or not.

Seasons are complete.

We all live through them.

 

Baseball doesn't get incompletes, even if one feels like they should have mercy.

This season's grade?

Solid D.

Great comments by everyone on this thread.
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diehardtwinsfan
Aug 29 2018 06:18 PM

yeah, I'd say it's a bit too soon to grade them. What I like is that there seems to be an increased use of analytics and a much more decisive approach. Their drafts have been very good, and they've made some wholesale organizational changes on the development side.Problem is those things take time. 

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Kepler has 2.5 bWAR. Sano and Buxton are both in negative territory.

The situations aren’t remotely comparable.

If this is the level you expected for Kepler, you had lower expectations than I did. 

 

If this is the level you expected for Kepler, you had lower expectations than I did. 

 

He's a 25 year-old producing a league average or better WAR figure for the third year now.

 

Were you expecting perennial all-star out of the gate?

 

Compared to Buxton/Sano expectations-to-production, he's blowing both of them out of the water, combined.

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yarnivek1972
Aug 29 2018 07:25 PM

If this is the level you expected for Kepler, you had lower expectations than I did.


It was 2.0 last year. He’ll probably end up at 2.7 - 3. I’d say that’s solid improvement. Perhaps your expectations were unrealistic.
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Obviously it should be incomplete at this point, but if I had to give a grade I'd go with a straight C.Their first draft is looking pretty good right now, but still very early.This year's draft too early to tell.I like they've been a little more aggressive in free agency, although it didn't pan out.They've put some resources into the organization which will hopefully produce some results down the road.

 

On the negative side, their skills at identifying talent seem to be overstated as they've let some players go (JT Chargois, Derek Rodriguez) that wouldn't look too bad right now on the roster.I really didn't like selling the draft pick to San Diego.Nearly 2 minor league seasons in and player development still seems to be lacking, especially the pitchers don't seem at all prepared to pitch at the MLB level.Also I'd rather give some younger relief pitchers a shot that are sitting in AAA than some of the guys they've picked up off the scrap heap.  

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FargoFanMan
Aug 29 2018 09:12 PM
TR did a mighty big disservice to this team for many years before 2011. Also never tearing it down after 2011. Like many said he held the franchise back by trying to field a competitive team every year when a full on rebuild was staring him in the face. Never made any moves to jump to one side or the other. Build a winner or rebuild. Instead he stood in the middle of the road and never committed to one side or the other in order to put as many fans in the seats as possible. He chose to keep feeding an alcoholic drinks in hopes he would quit instead of just sending him to rehab. There are many analogies to describe this but the fact is he kept doing the same thing hoping for different results every year. Anyone that could have been traded should have. No questions. Short term pain for long term gain. Who did that? Houston. Chicago. Who ironically have both won a World Series since then. Where are the Twins? Still wondering when they will make a legitimate playoff appearance and still wondering if next year is the year. That year should have been many ago now. There is no excuse. Why are we where we are. TR and his staff. I would also throw the pohlads in there for not having the balls to commit either.
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