05-22-2014, 01:30 PM #41
That tells you all you need to know about how bullish I was on Hughes. I was ecstatic when the Twins signed him for 3/$24m.
05-22-2014, 01:36 PM #42
05-22-2014, 01:38 PM #43
If there's a place where Phil Hughes can flourish over the long term, I think it's here.
05-22-2014, 01:51 PM #44
05-22-2014, 01:55 PM #45
Regarding Hughes: I know I made note of it earlier, but there might be something to the Christian-ness of Hughes and Gibson (and now, we know, Dozier) that also might contribute to something here. Not in a weird way, but in a community way for these players to feel more comfortable in their surroundings. I do not want to get into a crazy discussion here and this comment feels ironic to me, but I just mean that being in such a situation might be impactful.
05-22-2014, 02:06 PM #46
But I was genuinely excited about Hughes, which definitely cast Nolasco in a better light (and happened just 1-3 days after Nolasco).
05-22-2014, 02:15 PM #47
Anyway, the Twins must trade Suzuki at or near the deadline. Extending seems ridiculous. Fryer is a player with fewer possibilities than Herrmann. Matt Koch is the next guy deserving of a chance. He should move to AAA. Pinto-Herrmann-Rohlfing-Koch provides the Twins with possibilities, especially if Suzuki being traded means some kind of good prospect.
05-22-2014, 02:18 PM #48
I just looked at his stats and saw that he has pitched 55.1 innings through Sunday (game 42) -- about on track with where he would be expected to be at this point in the season based on his history. His performance is not as good as the Twins might have hoped but not a complete disaster either.
But about the only thing I feel like I've learned about him is that he hates the cold and is, I think, into some kind of extreme fighting or maybe it is boxing - just something I remembers seeing on Twitter. He just feels like a bit of a non-entity to me at this point. There haven't been many (if any) main stream media stories about him. And not much on TD either.
In general I feel some emotional investment in the way most of the players on this team do -- even Mike Pelfrey. But I just haven't found/heard anything that gives me a clue about Nolasco.
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05-28-2014, 05:31 PM #53
This doesn't add a lot but Berardino had a little story about the possibility of extending Suzuki:
Not much new info except a Twins official saying "It's too soon".