Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:30 AM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:43 AM
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:02 PM
e.g. Will that allow them to keep payroll somewhat higher in 2013 than it would have been otherwise. Does it change their payroll = 50% of income rule? Will they try to sign guys to extensions before that money causes inflation in contracts in a couple years?
Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:27 PM
The Twins will spend approximately $27 million on player payroll at the catching position next season and $14 milion at first base. The position players, Mauer and Morneau, are expected to be among the best in baseball. Why has there been a reluctance by the Twins to field similar caliber talent when it comes to starting pitching, even if it means that you have to pay on the open market for such talent? Certainly it cannot be simply because the pitchers are not homegrown, or are more injury-prone than our own star players.
Given the difficulty of developing top-level pitching talent, isn't paying market value for reliable starting pitching (meaning pitchers that are superior in talent to "league average" pitchers such as Carl Pavano and "innings-eaters" like Jason Marquis) just the way that it has to be done sometimes in order to field a team that can at least win half its games?
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:33 PM
regarding the expected logjam in the OF if the Twins best prospects start showing they are ML ready
while we still have the current group.
For instance: is the Muaer / AJ pattern to trade starters before the next player is ready preferable?
Or would he prefer to hold the current players until the new players are proven at the major league level?
Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:51 PM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:58 PM
edit: I'd also be curious to know whether he intends to be aggressive early this offseason, or take a wait and see what's left in January approach, to signing FAs
Edited by Willihammer, 17 October 2012 - 01:01 PM.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:01 PM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:20 PM
1. Does he have plans to bring in middle infield starters or competition for the current crop we have now.
2. Does he expect to be active in the FA market?
3. Does he think he can get enough starting pitching talent to make a fair assessment of Gardy and Rick Anderson at the end of next season?
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:33 PM
interestng to query Ryan on how he uses the bottom of the 40 man roster while the Twins have such high
waiver picks (again).
How much or how little an advantage (in his opinion) is it to have high waiver priority for 40 man rosters
moves (like Rule V and in-season waiver claims, not so much the draft which is more self evident)?
Was Mr. Ryan prepared or surprised by how high the waiver claim priority the Twins had for the 2nd entire
season? Did he feel he fully exploited the opportunities that came up?
Do any advantages from high waiver priorities decline as you have them for longer period of times, (like 2 straight
Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:01 PM
I'd like to know what qualifications Vavra has to be an infield coach?
I believe he was an infielder in the minors.
Yup, a utility IF...just the guy you want instructing our guys...since those are the kind of IFs we have and those seem to be the kind the team covets. Wouldn't want to decide who is best at each position and then PLAY them there as much as possible. Gardy has to move them all around to try and make himself look like a genius. It does the opposite. Gardy even said, before Hardy was traded, that even if Hardy was still on the team, Casilla would compete for the starting job at shortstop with him AND others..
Edited by ThePuck, 17 October 2012 - 02:42 PM.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:03 PM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:14 PM
Edited by PseudoSABR, 17 October 2012 - 04:39 PM.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:52 PM
I'd like to ask you about accountability. Many of us worry that the recent dismissals and reshuffling of the front office and major league staff represent a form of (and pardon the phrase) scapegoating. Perhaps you can easy our worries by walking us through the thinking of the front office; what were the coaching problems that can be remedied as a result of the moves, how can we improve in that area? How has the front office changed in the past year with you back at the healm, how does it differ from your first tenure with the team? Lastly, in what ways are the Twins medical and training staffs improving?
Excellent question. This gets my vote.