09-09-2013, 11:32 PM #41
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Thanks for the daily minor league updates, Seth & Company. Your write-ups were a morning staple, with my first cup of coffee in the morning. Nice work.
09-10-2013, 12:22 AM #42
There is something to rewarding these guys and adding them to the 40-man, with the prospect that it might encourage them to resign as minor league free agents with you again in 2014 if they don't get better offers...the major league salary for 20+ games is surely a great seasonal bonus.
Is there someone more deserving, that might open the season with the Twins next year, and not on the 40-man. That is the question to ask.
I thought there might be. And maybe even like another poster said, more innings for Trevor May in blowouts (who is on the 40-man) for example.
No one was truly cut, so that is a blessing.
But it may be brutal this offseason. And some of these AAA guys will stay on (shades of Drew Butera) in case the Twins need roster adjustment/movement further down the road. (Which is when Deduno may be cut if his injury is year long...other rosters are set waaay too well and you can usually sneak a guy or two thru during the winter meetings or the end of the free agency period that will still stay in the organization in some capacity).
Plus, it is pretty amazing how many 41st-44th players are out there or as minor league free agents. We saw a few of them this season with the Twins, and short-term in the Twins system.
09-10-2013, 10:29 AM #43
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Therefore, this begs the question, why call anyone up, then, but to give each organizational guy his service medal? Has Josmil Pinto benefitted his career prospects from his September call-up? If Tonkin puts a series of zeroes up over the last 3 weeks, does it help him or hurt him going into Spring Training? And how does not getting Major League experience in the lower-stress environment of out-of-contention September, help guys like May and the other more legit prospects who actually have good chances of building on that experience going into next year? And I don't recall anyone saying that non-prospects playing is the end of the world, just that it's a waste of resources and opportunities. And to follow the logic in your post, since in your view, the club is just looking to reward organizational guys, why not call up all 40 on the roster, they all pretty much fill the bill as "organizational guys", don't they? Wouldn't that be even more "classy"?, or would that be the kind of move that's "silly"?
This looks like another way that some can find to defend the Twins at all costs, even in the midst of the third consecutively comical and drearily dreadful season of 90+ losses. That changes and reprioritizations aren't critically necessary at this point in breaking the cycle, sending a message that enough is enough, and consciously changing the direction of the club, says a lot about those in charge, and the element of the fan base still willing to wallow in the financially-tax-subsidized success, but on-field failure, Stockholm-syndrome style.
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09-10-2013, 11:55 AM #44
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I am a little surprised that Danny Santana didn't get a call up. SS has hardly been a bastion of stellar play and Santana could either show he is ready or give the message to Florimon that he needs to improve to keep the job. Since Santana is already on the 40 man it wouldn't have taken any roster moves.
09-10-2013, 02:08 PM #45
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Besides, I can think of only one poster at TD who defends the front office at all costs (and I suspect he would disagree with that). I'm not sure why arguments are constantly being tailored in this way. It really does sell short a lot of good arguments. Just something to think about.
09-10-2013, 07:10 PM #46
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I agree with diehard. It isn't a matter of defending the front office at all costs, it is picking fights that matter. Of course Pinto is helping his cause a bit for the future. He is getting to play everyday. Whoever the 31st and 32nd guys are, won't. It might as well be Fryer and Martis as anybody else you might name. Also there are other considerations that get miminized or ignored. Some pitchers have put in a lot of innings already(such as May) and may get more (May in the AFL). I think largely, the late season promotion thing can be interesting, but because it is such a small sample, its results tend to be overblown. Clearly most of the evaluation on these guys is based on their season long work, not some potential few innings or games at the end of a long season. Even if they occur in the majors.