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  1. This is the best Twins Daily thread I've ever...

    This is the best Twins Daily thread I've ever read. Thank you, Jack. In case you happen to come back...

    For food, get the rib tips from Butcher and the Boar out on the RF plaza. Best thing I've...
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    Expectations for Free Agent Starting Pitchers

    The incredibly wide range of current performance (both good and bad) from our four free agent starting pitchers got me thinking: what can we realistically expect from free agent pitchers?

    Feel...
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    I don't know anyone who exclusively advocates it,...

    I don't know anyone who exclusively advocates it, but when 4/5's of your rotation going into the season were signed as free agents in the last 2 seasons... it starts getting hard to not call that...
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    That money part is an incredibly big difference...

    That money part is an incredibly big difference though. I do agree that both are crapshoots, if that's what you were saying. Free agency is just a much, much more expensive crapshoot for ALL...
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    This perfectly exemplifies how difficult it is to...

    This perfectly exemplifies how difficult it is to BUILD from free agency. For whatever reason you prescribe to, the Twins had/have a shortage of MLB starting pitcher talent. When looking to build...
  6. Mike, I think the 'no sliders' thing is a myth at...

    Mike, I think the 'no sliders' thing is a myth at this point. From SD Buhr's interview with Kohl a few weeks ago:

    Finally, there has been some concern among a segment of the fan base with regard...
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    Great comment. Several others have echoed this...

    Great comment. Several others have echoed this as well. I think it's fair to say that Terry and team have been successful in the past targeting those A-level players, who certainly aren't sure...
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    Great in theory, but this is one of those fan...

    Great in theory, but this is one of those fan ideas that just doesn't play out in reality.



    Your argument here is the same one that can be made for an extension. Neither price would ever be...
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    Yes, this. Barring a silly offer, trading Suzuki...

    Yes, this. Barring a silly offer, trading Suzuki leaves the Twins too thin at C. I'd be fine with extending him for a year with a team option for '16. If he doesn't want that deal now and he keeps...
  10. I can understand why this is happening given the...

    I can understand why this is happening given the circumstances, but can anyone recall the Twins calling a player up to debut in the bigs from single A? I can't...
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    Bowden - Hitters Who Could Be Dealt

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post?id=9629

    On a list of 21 names, 3 Twins made it:

    Josh Willingham | LF | Minnesota Twins

    Another outfielder who makes sense in Cincinnati,...
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    This would certainly open up the rarely-seen...

    This would certainly open up the rarely-seen option to take advantage of matchups by moving him to the outfield for a batter or two and then back to the mound...

    ... of course, only if it doesn't...
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    More on this in Bollinger's Sunday notebook:...

    More on this in Bollinger's Sunday notebook:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140622&content_id=81053080&notebook_id=81054760&vkey=notebook_min&c_id=min

    I don't get it... and his chances...
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    We're really re-hashing some old history with...

    We're really re-hashing some old history with this Willingham debate. Regardless of what we think the Twins could or should have done, how many examples exist of trading a player 3 months in to a 3+...
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    Definitely a cool park. If beer is your thing,...

    Definitely a cool park.

    If beer is your thing, check out Great River Brewery. They have a nice little taproom at the brewery and it's about a mile stroll to the ballpark. ...
  16. Problem is, you can quite easily spend 15 million...

    Problem is, you can quite easily spend 15 million and not know the guy will be good...
  17. I think you're correct in stating that the Twins...

    I think you're correct in stating that the Twins have been making FA deals for the last couple years. However, it's an awful big simplification to say that signing a slugger at $12M/year in June is...
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    Precisely. The statistical inputs are HRs...

    Precisely. The statistical inputs are HRs (flyballs in xFIP), walks, and strikeouts. Deduno's strengths of a groundball rate approaching 60% (see: 3 inning ending DPs last night) and weak contact...
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    I'm not sure it makes sense to use small samples...

    I'm not sure it makes sense to use small samples to illustrate how he's not good (defense and OPS) AND argue that his small sample numbers (BB%) are due for regression in the same post.

    FWIW, I...
  20. Who would play Colabello in his movie? Maybe...

    Who would play Colabello in his movie?

    Maybe Chris Evans? Formerly Captain America, shares a first name and both are even from Mass...
    Ryan Reynolds? Chris Pine?
  21. I seriously hope someone buys movie rights to his...

    I seriously hope someone buys movie rights to his story and puts together one of the best baseball stories of all time.

    Perseverance. Hard work. Determination. Sacrifice. The plot is golden!
  22. If look at who signed 2 year deals -- Arroyo,...

    If look at who signed 2 year deals -- Arroyo, Colon, Hudson, Kazmir -- and some of who signed 1 year deals for > ML min -- Haren, Johnson, Hammel, Chen, Floyd, Vogelsong, Volquez -- it's pretty easy...
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    The money piece of it is one part of the issue. ...

    The money piece of it is one part of the issue. Which, for the record, I don't see how one could justify incurring that kind of cost to drop Bartlett a day earlier in order to keep Mastro. They'll...
  24. Favorite current Twin would have to be my 2013...

    Favorite current Twin would have to be my 2013 Adopt-A-Prospect, Chris Colabello.

    Can't beat the sweet, salty, spicy combination of pineapple, bacon, jalapenos on a pizza.
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    You're right -- not everyone, I'd even say most...

    You're right -- not everyone, I'd even say most everyone, agrees. From the same article (which is actually Chris Crawford's work, not KLaw as I originally mentioned):
    "It's exponentially worse to...
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