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#41 Rosterman

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:06 AM

For someone who was seeking a $50 million contract in the off-season, he can't use the excuse that he wasn't in shape to start the season.

 

No explanation for all the walks.

 

There is still a chance that ALL he guys who will be hungry free-agents come season's end will produce BIG: Mauer, Dozier, Santana, Lynn, Gibson, Escobar, Rodney and a few more bullpen arms. Otherwise, finding a decent payday in 2019 will be slim...or none. Especially if the team you play for is a .500 team (or worse).

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:08 AM

 

Can you move him to the minors? He can't have any more options. He'd have to pretend to be injured and make rehab starts.

Great question. I think they can do it with his consent.Without his consent he may have to clear waivers in which case if a team claims him then Mike's wish comes true anyway. Pretending injury could work. I just remember Crain and Liriano both telling Gardy they had no idea where there fastball was going and they both got "fixed" at the lower level, whether it was because of a lower stress environment or because of instruction they got there, I don't know. I just don't want to keep trotting him out there to walk a guy per inning and I don't see how bullpen work can help him either.Mike and I are on the same page there. If its possible to have him in the minors I would do it rather than just release him.

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#43 Mike Sixel

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:24 AM

Great question. I think they can do it with his consent. Without his consent he may have to clear waivers in which case if a team claims him then Mike's wish comes true anyway. Pretending injury could work. I just remember Crain and Liriano both telling Gardy they had no idea where there fastball was going and they both got "fixed" at the lower level, whether it was because of a lower stress environment or because of instruction they got there, I don't know. I just don't want to keep trotting him out there to walk a guy per inning and I don't see how bullpen work can help him either. Mike and I are on the same page there. If its possible to have him in the minors I would do it rather than just release him.


It's not my wish. My wish is he's great.

Most players turn down trips to the minors, if they can. I think my realistic scenario is he says no, and difficult decisions need to be made.

These are hard decisions, no doubt. But, I can't see a path where he is suddenly good. So, I agree, if he'd go to the minors, I'd do that. If not, I'd let him walk and take my chances on Santana and Gonsalves and Slegers being better.

I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:06 AM

 

You can't put Lynn in the minors, he's long out of options I'm sure.

 

His track record also shows a troubling over-reliance on fastballs and issues with conditioning. Those are issues that are as concerning as his control and likely part of the contributing factors for his lack of it.

 

He needs a full off-season with a club and he needs to dramatically change his approach and his repertoire. The Twins are just throwing away starts if they think what ails Lance Lynn can be fixed on the fly mid-season.

 

He should move to the pen, that's going to be his final destination anyway, just as everyone was saying from the day he was called up his rookie year.

If what ails him can't be fixed on the fly mid-season then I don't want him in the pen either.We've already got a guy that we don't trust with any kind of high level innings and I don't care to add another. His career says 3.5 ERA and it is not SSS.I like comparing things to my golf game.When I am bad, just doing the same thing over and over just makes me worse.Every once in a while someone might say something or I might try something different and it just clicks. After it clicks a couple range sessions and I am back to decent. My point is it is possible to correct things in mid season. Maybe its a grip ro a shoulder turn or foot work. I just want him to work on it somewhere else other than a Twins game for the time being.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:24 PM

 

May is starting today in Rochester. 

 

Early game. Stat line:

 

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Trevor May (L, 0-1) 4.0 3 1 1 2 5 0 2.25

60 pitches, 41 strikes

It's great to get out of the cellar ... as long as you bring something with you.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:42 PM

The problem with a “pretend” injury is that the player has to sign off on it too, if I am not mistaken. What’s the upside of going on the DL for Lynn?

His only chance at cashing in this offseason is taking his turn every 5 days and doing well at the MLB level. Going on the DL and “rehabbing” isn’t going to help at all, even if he does well down there.

#47 Mike Sixel

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:55 PM

He doesn't have to pretend to be hurt....he can just accept an assignment to AAA. It's possible he can get right, no doubt. I'd rather have him trying to get right in AAA than MN right now. I still believe this team can make the playoffs, but throwing away every fifth start isn't going to cut it.

I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:59 PM

6 non-competitive starts out of 8. If the Twins haven't formed an opinion, there can't be too much more they need to see.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:11 PM

 

6 non-competitive starts out of 8. If the Twins haven't formed an opinion, there can't be too much more they need to see.

 

I'm pretty sure they have formed an opinion about those 8 starts.:)

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:30 PM

I get the desire to just to toss him aside. Lynn hasn't been good. However... it happens and like Dantes said a few posts ago. It could be something mechanical. 

 

All in All, this type of stuff happens. 

 

Toronto is probably a little concerned about Marcus Stroman right now. 

Kansas City is bummed about Danny Duffy right now. 

The Dodgers are wondering about Rich Hill right now. 

The Giants are not in love with what Jeff Samardzija is doing right now. 

The Yankees were expecting a lot more out of Sonny Gray. 

Matt Moore in Texas, Lucas Giolito in Chicago, Mike Leake and King Felix in Seattle, Matt Harvey and Luis Castillo in Cincinnati, David Price in Boston and Jordan Zimmerman ever since he landed in Detroit. 

 

Plus a couple of guys that I would have loved to see the Twins acquire this off-season... Chris Archer and Yu Darvish. 

 

All of these above names had much higher expectations.  

 

It happens and it's happening to Lance Lynn Right now. The only one on the above list that was released was Matt Harvey and the Reds were quick to step up and trade for him. 

 

The Majority of above guys... if they were released based on current performance. We'd have some Twins Daily members saying "Pick Them Up" but because Lance Lynn is melting in front of our eyes and melting while competing for our team, we tend to get pissed and then we have some who want to release him pronto. 

 

It happens... Patience, keep working with him. There is a difference between fixable and broken beyond repair. If he is broken beyond repair... the Twins will say goodbye. 

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#51 Mike Sixel

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:36 PM

 

I get the desire to just to toss him aside. Lynn hasn't been good. However... it happens and like Dantes said a few posts ago. It could be something mechanical. 

 

All in All, this type of stuff happens. 

 

Toronto is probably a little concerned about Marcus Stroman right now. 

Kansas City is bummed about Danny Duffy right now. 

The Dodgers are wondering about Rich Hill right now. 

The Giants are not in love with what Jeff Samardzija is doing right now. 

The Yankees were expecting a lot more out of Sonny Gray. 

Matt Moore in Texas, Lucas Giolito in Chicago, Mike Leake and King Felix in Seattle, Matt Harvey and Luis Castillo in Cincinnati, David Price in Boston and Jordan Zimmerman ever since he landed in Detroit. 

 

Plus a couple of guys that I would have loved to see the Twins acquire this off-season... Chris Archer and Yu Darvish. 

 

All of these above names had much higher expectations.  

 

It happens and it's happening to Lance Lynn Right now. The only one on the above list that was released was Matt Harvey and the Reds were quick to step up and trade for him. 

 

The Majority of above guys... if they were released based on current performance. We'd have some Twins Daily members saying "Pick Them Up" but because Lance Lynn is melting in front of our eyes and melting while competing for our team, we tend to get pissed and then we have some who want to release him pronto. 

 

It happens... Patience, keep working with him. There is a difference between fixable and broken beyond repair. If he is broken beyond repair... the Twins will say goodbye. 

 

How many more horrible starts would you keep him?

 

And, anyone that wants King Felix at this point is not paying attention the last few years. Most of those teams, though not all, are NOT playoff contendors, or if they are, are so good elsewhere they can take chances. 

 

Also, do those teams have Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA right now?

 

I might want 3-4 of those names, maybe, and not as starters right now. Some of them are inexperienced enough to have options, and can be sent down by their current teams....

I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:36 PM

 

The problem with a “pretend” injury is that the player has to sign off on it too, if I am not mistaken. What’s the upside of going on the DL for Lynn?

His only chance at cashing in this offseason is taking his turn every 5 days and doing well at the MLB level. Going on the DL and “rehabbing” isn’t going to help at all, even if he does well down there.

I think its in Lynn's best interests to figure things out.All he's doing now is padding stats in the wrong direction.They might give him a longer leash in the minors. If he struggles another month and then gets better it would be like a rest button for him. Fresh start after some time away can do wonders.  

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:49 PM

 

How many more horrible starts would you keep him?

 

And, anyone that wants King Felix at this point is not paying attention the last few years. Most of those teams, though not all, are NOT playoff contendors, or if they are, are so good elsewhere they can take chances. 

 

Also, do those teams have Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA right now?

 

I might want 3-4 of those names, maybe, and not as starters right now. Some of them are inexperienced enough to have options, and can be sent down by their current teams....

 

How many more horrible starts would you keep him?

 

6... However... I want to be clear that I just made a number.:)

 

Most of those teams, though not all, are NOT playoff contendors, or if they are, are so good elsewhere they can take chances.

 

My point was that with the exception of the Dark Knight, Nobody is just tossing them away. I suspect that the Mets may have been fed up with something about Matt Harvey beyond his performance and I only suspect that because... nobody is just tossing these guys away. As bad as Harvey has been... the Mets were still able to get a Catcher with a little track record in return. There are contenders on the list and there are non-contenders. Teams do not willingly reduce depth especially multi-million dollar depth. Waiting for the Twins to do something nobody else is doing will probably be a little bit of a wait. Tossing Lynn instead of working with him to get back to past form is an over-reaction in my opinion and a waste of a lot of money especially if he signs with the Pirates and starts pitching like he used to. 

 

Also, do those teams have Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA right now?

 

To my knowledge... the Minnesota Twins are the only team that has Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA Right now.:)

 

The other teams have other guys with different names. 

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:59 PM

How many more horrible starts would you keep him?

6... However... I want to be clear that I just made a number. :)

Most of those teams, though not all, are NOT playoff contendors, or if they are, are so good elsewhere they can take chances.

My point was that with the exception of the Dark Knight, Nobody is just tossing them away. I suspect that the Mets may have been fed up with something about Matt Harvey beyond his performance and I only suspect that because... nobody is just tossing these guys away. As bad as Harvey has been... the Mets were still able to get a Catcher with a little track record in return. There are contenders on the list and there are non-contenders. Teams do not willingly reduce depth especially multi-million dollar depth. Waiting for the Twins to do something nobody else is doing will probably be a little bit of a wait. Tossing Lynn instead of working with him to get back to past form is an over-reaction in my opinion and a waste of a lot of money especially if he signs with the Pirates and starts pitching like he used to.

Also, do those teams have Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA right now?

To my knowledge... the Minnesota Twins are the only team that has Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA Right now. :)

The other teams have other guys with different names.


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I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.




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