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  1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    Enjoy your Rock Cats updates, Andrew.

    On the Ace, I think a lot of people were clamoring for an Ace before the 2009 and 2010 seasons -- and an Ace might have made a difference then. Some even begged before the 2011 season -- when we didn't know that injuries would decimate the line-up. But I think a lot of people who watch this team closely admitted that trying to find and pay an Ace for 2012 was likely to be a waste of money.

    What I wanted to see -- and still want to see -- is them using the next year or so to either harbor money to buy an Ace or investing in several players with Ace potential in hopes that one of them may pan out.

    In late 2010 I posted that I wasn't sure how they could improve upon a team that won 94 games and yet was still dead in the water in the playoffs (and acknowledged that I was pretty depressed about the team's prospects given the repeated playoff failures). I felt then -- and continue to feel -- that they need to rexamine everything from top to bottom (including front office, medical and traing staffs and coaching in addition to players and the minor league process) Yes, I would call it rebuilding -- and it is likely to be pretty painful. But guess what? What happened last year and so far this year is painful too. To me, acknowledging that you need to rebuild and undertaking the process is like the old days when the doctor actually gave you a shot. It hurt at the time but you got better a lot faster.
  2. MWLFan's Avatar
    I was shocked that ESPN understands that the Yankees play regular season games against someone besides the Red Sox. I will say that the Yankees are kind of looking a bit old out there. Not as scary as they did a few years ago. As far the Jeter coverage, come on. Do you expect something different. If both the Yankees and the Red Sox should collapse things in Bristol might implode until Football season starts, imagine if they had to find Kansas City and send someone to cover a KC-Blue Jays game sometime. The horror. But it is the price we pay for having a entity like ESPN with it's coverage, production values and in many cases strong programming. They need to feed the monster and the storyline the know that sells to the masses is Red Sox and Yankees. But it does give us something in return, a deeply held belief that the world is against our plucky little team from the northern plains.
  3. Gernzy's Avatar
    At least the game was on ESPN. Nice to have two national games already.
    I'm used to us not getting coverage on SC. It's annoying but I don't even think of it anymore. They think everyone cares about the Yankees when almost everyone hates them.
  4. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Colabello is 28 years old. From 2005 through 2011 he played for the Worcester Tornados (in Massachusetts). They are actually part of the Canadian-American Association independent league. So this is his first year in affiliated baseball, as far as I can tell. And he's doing well. Too old to be a top prospect? Probably. Fun to watch? Yes.

    From what I saw in person (last week), Turpen had good velocity. I think he got it up to 92, and that's when it was about 43 degrees out. I'll let you know what I see from him this weekend.
  5. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    To me, the $18 million dollar payroll cut would have been a little more palatable if they had just acknowledged that they needed to rebuild. While I am mindful of the fact that the 2010 team won 94 games, this really IS a different team.

    The losses of Cuddyer, Kubel, Young, Punto, Hardy, Hudson, Nathan, Crain, Guerrier, Rauch, Mijares and others mean that about 1/2 of the team has turned over. But more than that, the players that remain from that 2010 squad aren't the same as they were then -- and aren't necessarily better. Joe Mauer doesn't walk on water -- and may not recapture the glory of 2009 and earlier years. Justin Morneau remains a giant question mark. Span's health was iffy. Pavano is 2 years older (and that does mean something in your 30's unless you are Jaime Moyer or Tim Wakefield). And as we're seeing, adding a couple of years to the arms of Baker, Blackburn et. al. seems to have adverse effects as well.

    There are enough faces gone from that 2010 team -- and enough health concerns among those that remain -- that it is a matter of rebuilding, not reloading. And, although that team won 94 game in the regular season, they continued their utter futility in the playoffs -- that alone should have merited some strategical changes.

    I hope that the powers-that-be acknowledge among themselves that they are in a rebuilding process even if they won't acknowledge it to fans. I'd hate to see another summer of squandering player assets without much return. And, please, please, please make those 2012 draft picks count.
  6. MWLFan's Avatar
    Slowey took the loss in AAA last night. Maybe the Twins actually got what he was worth in the trade?
  7. Han Joelo's Avatar
    Remind me again where Colabello came from, please. Morales is tearing it up in Ft. Myers; would be cool to see him promoted after it warms up a bit. I know the popular belief is the Twins sold low on Slowey, but this Turpen kid looks alright.

    Thanks for the write up.
  8. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    I am glad for Colabello. Now if Dolenc is removed from that lineup (promoting Angel Morales would help), it could be potent. I am hopeful for Evan Bigley to turn it around this year.
  9. Top Gun's Avatar
    You need more than Greinke! Hahaha
  10. Jeff P's Avatar
    18M seems optimistic for Greinke given Cain's deal but in any case I like the plan, whether it is Greinke or someone who is clearly at least an above average starter, we need much better starting pitching.

    Hopefully Gibson, Wimmers, and Hendriks can all turn into at least average starters. They will be cheap for a number of years and this will free up money to spend on a couple of free agents.

    Jeff
  11. MWLFan's Avatar
    Living here in Wisconsin there is some concern over being able to hold onto Greinke, but there is a confidence that it will get done. Having Prince leave was probably the factor that will play into that as the Brewers don't want to lose another star player. But wacky things happen. I have always like Geinke and think that Milwaukee or Minnesota would be two places that work for him, I don't see him as a Boston, LA or NY type.
  12. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking
    I'd love Greinke, but I think a deal to remain with the Brewers is pretty close to a lock. They seem to be willing to spend the money and he seems to like it there. He even requested to be an off season scout to check out college arms for the up coming draft.

    Cole Hamels is probably also going to be resigned but I think he has a better chance of hitting the market. In 2014, Tim Lincicum, Josh Johnson, Matt Garza and Johan Santana are all free agents. They all have question marks but who knows what their values will be in 2 years. Twins certainly need an ace or two, and if they don't get one with the #2 pick in this draft, I think it's fair to say they will never develop one themselves. Trade or free agency are really the only options then.
    Thanks for the comment. I don't think Greinkie is a lock for the Brewers, though.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/0...ion-talks.html

    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/147239965.html

    I think the odds are definitely in their favor, but we'll see!
  13. nicksaviking's Avatar
    I'd love Greinke, but I think a deal to remain with the Brewers is pretty close to a lock. They seem to be willing to spend the money and he seems to like it there. He even requested to be an off season scout to check out college arms for the up coming draft.

    Cole Hamels is probably also going to be resigned but I think he has a better chance of hitting the market. In 2014, Tim Lincicum, Josh Johnson, Matt Garza and Johan Santana are all free agents. They all have question marks but who knows what their values will be in 2 years. Twins certainly need an ace or two, and if they don't get one with the #2 pick in this draft, I think it's fair to say they will never develop one themselves. Trade or free agency are really the only options then.
  14. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
    In 2014, Hendriks will likely still be making something like $600,000. Won't jump in salary until 2015 season.
    Good catch, Seth.
  15. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    In 2014, Hendriks will likely still be making something like $600,000. Won't jump in salary until 2015 season.
  16. ltwedt's Avatar
    I like it!!! I have not been a Pavano/Baker/Liriano/Blackburn/Duensing/latest guy to be "stretched out" guy for a long time. True Pavs eats innings, and also true Baker has had flashes of being a MLB pitcher - but for the most part, this bunch has been tender, unreliable. and average.

    Twins would do well to sign Greinke, and build around him with Hendricks, Wimmers and Gibson. Finally a stopper, and some arms that have that good gas at 92-95 mph.

    Oh - and while we are at it, maybe a 3rd baser coach who actually understands baseball and the art of baserunning. That will eliminate Liddle and Ulger right there - I'm thinking maybe Molitor or the Dazzle Man - in a "grooming them for the manager's position" mode.
  17. shs_59's Avatar
    hey guys, also tonight 3B Miguel Sano of the Midwest LG (Beloit)
    went 0-1, with 3 Walks, YES 3 BB's and not one of them was intentional walk.

    GOOD for Sano. That is a great sign there, he actually has the same amount of walks as K's so far in this early season. Sano did have 1 Error while playing 3rd base however.

    GO Hicks GO
    GO Sano GO
    GO Rosario GO
  18. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    As I have been saying about Hicks . . . he is A: ready for MLB defensively, B: ready for MLB with plate discipline, and C: ready to bust out this year.

    Yes the AFL is a hitter's league, but he was a A+ player playing in a AA/AAA prospects league.
  19. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
    The AFL might have be a precursor to a more high octane result. Here's hoping to it!
  20. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    He may have filled out a little, but I don't recall thinking he was bulky by any means.
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