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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 09:38 PM

The Twins are reportedly interested in J.A. Happ, which may or not really mean anything at all. We can assume the Twins are interested in a lot of guys, right? Welcome to the offseason!

There are some other rumblings coming out of the GM Meetings, as well as other happenings in the baseball world that are worth turning your attention to. Let’s get to it ...What are your thoughts on J.A. Happ?

Happ has been a great starting pitcher over the past four seasons, posting a 3.48 ERA (121 ERA+) and 1.21 WHIP for the Mariners, Pirates, Blue Jays and Yankees. The problem is that means he’s good enough to command a multi-year deal, though he’s already 36-years-old. The Twins could use a left-handed starting pitcher, and Happ would also add some experience and leadership.

MLB Trade Rumors had Happ has their No. 9 free agent and predicted he'll receive a three-year, $48 million deal (from the Angels) while FanGraphs had him ranked 21st and projected a two-year $28 million.

There were some rumblings of a Seattle fire sale brewing, but GM Jerry Dipoto downplayed that possibility, telling MLB.com “we're not looking to rip our club down. We're just too talented to do that.” Dipoto being Dipoto, he went ahead and made a deal tonight, sending catcher Mike Zunino to Tampa Bay for outfielder Mallex Smith. This is a situation worth keeping an eye on, a the M’s have pieces on their pitching staff and infield that could represent upgrades for the Twins.

High-profile agent Scott Boras name dropped the Twins, and not in a favorable manner.

OK. The Twins are a lower-market payroll team and attendance isn’t booming, but of all the teams you’re gonna take a cheap shot at Minnesota? Really? Per USA Today, the Twins had the 16th-highest Opening Day payroll and per ESPN they were 20th in attendance. Maybe Scott should stick to marketing his clients instead of shooting off super lame jokes.

Of course, it’s when his clients arrive when Twins fans are really gonna show up.


Earlier this week, Nick shared his offseason blueprint that envisioned the Twins as big spenders. The site has been booming with blueprints, as both the forums and the blog section have been active. Grab a copy of the Offseason Handbook for whatever price you feel is appropriate and put together your own blueprint today.

Matt Eddy of Baseball America shared a list of 520 minor league free agents. One name that really jumped out to me was Dilson Herrera. He’s a 24-year-old second baseman who has some MLB time (108 games) with the Mets and Reds. Herrera has a .290/.349/.461 (.809 OPS) batting line in 1,305 plate appearances in Triple A. The Twins will certainly aim higher in their search for a second baseman, but Herrera is an interesting fallback option.

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported that it won’t be too long before the Twins hear final word on Joe Mauer’s future.

Also over at The Athletic, Jim Bowdenshared five potential landing spots for J.T. Realmuto, should the Marlins decide to deal him. Spoiler alert! Twins are not listed.

Kennys Vargas signed with Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:42 PM

I was very surprised by the news that Kirilloff is now a Boras client (along with Royce). Kirilloff just switched to Boras less than two weeks ago. 

 

I don't know what to make of that. 

 

But, I was trying to figure out some of the Twins players who were also Boras clients.

 

 

Lewis, Kirilloff, Eades. 

 

Jeff Manship, Kenny Rogers, Carlos Gomez. Who else?

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:59 PM

Both Lewis and Kirilloff are Boris clients? Oh boy ... neither is going to sign here long term. Once they are able to go they are gone.
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 11:58 PM

 

Both Lewis and Kirilloff are Boris clients? Oh boy ... neither is going to sign here long term. Once they are able to go they are gone.

 

I don't necessarily think that is true, and obviously it's not something we would need to worry about for 7-8 years. 

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 12:47 AM

 

I was very surprised by the news that Kirilloff is now a Boras client (along with Royce). Kirilloff just switched to Boras less than two weeks ago. 

 

I don't know what to make of that. 

 

But, I was trying to figure out some of the Twins players who were also Boras clients.

 

 

Lewis, Kirilloff, Eades. 

 

Jeff Manship, Kenny Rogers, Carlos Gomez. Who else?

 

Here's a look at who could be a Boras client and a Twin

 

Others who were:

 

Joe Crede

Alex Meyer

Big Mike Pelfrey

 

Does Jason Varitek count?

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:17 AM

The Twins had a 1rst round pick that was a first baseman. ... Travis Lee i think...

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:28 AM

Once you rub the Twins Fan off of yourself for a moment. 

 

The joke is actually kinda funny. 

 

 

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:31 AM

I know Boras is a lot of hot air and that’s a big part of his job as an agent. When his parasitic host... err I mean client eats well, he eats well. It’s part of the game and you have to accept it to some degree.

But I just can’t shake how he in particular actually makes me root for ownership and MLB league leadership. Think I need to get my head checked.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:33 AM

 

Here's a look at who could be a Boras client and a Twin

 

Others who were:

 

Joe Crede

Alex Meyer

Big Mike Pelfrey

 

Does Jason Varitek count?

 

Not while with the Twins but Denard Span is a Boras client now.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:35 AM

 

Both Lewis and Kirilloff are Boris clients? Oh boy ... neither is going to sign here long term. Once they are able to go they are gone.

 

Boras is 66.The Twins have up to 7-8 years of control of these 2 before they become free agents.He might be retired by then :) 

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:41 AM

Boras is 66.The Twins have up to 7-8 years of control of these 2 before they become free agents.He might be retired by then :)


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:51 AM

I know it's just a joke by Boras, and it's actually sort of clever, but there's a reason he used the Twins.One of Falvey/Levine's jobs (and ownership's job) is to remove the perception from fans, players and agents that the Twins are the backwater of MLB.

 

For fans, the Twins need to figure out how to become as hot a topic as the Vikings in the region. Or at least a close second, rather than the very distant second they are currently. It can be done.

 

As for players and agents, It's not just about money when players decide who to play for. When Verlander was up for trade from Detroit, one of the primary arguments used here against the idea was "he won't come to the Twins." If that's true, it's a problem, and one that needs fixing. 

 

The first thing they have to do, IMO, is to start taking themselves seriously. Way less talk about what they can't do, and way more action proving they not only can, but will, play at the highest level. No free agent is "too expensive." No contract is too much. 

 

They obviously do have restrictions. They can't sign everyone, and some contracts are just bad ideas. But there's no reason Manny Machado should be out of reach, and there needs to be a change where nobody, including Machado, thinks he's out of reach.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:12 AM

 

 

 

They can't sign everyone, and some contracts are just bad ideas. But there's no reason Manny Machado should be out of reach, and there needs to be a change where nobody, including Machado, thinks he's out of reach.

 

There is a good reason that Machado should be out of reach:  

Unless they spend that $ for a true ace and get a LHSP who can be a true two so these 2 can at least on paper match with the top 2 of Cleveland, Houston, and Boston,and unless they invest decent amount of $ in their pen, Machado would be just yet another layer of lipstick on a pig.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:38 AM

 

There is a good reason that Machado should be out of reach:  

Unless they spend that $ for a true ace and get a LHSP who can be a true two so these 2 can at least on paper match with the top 2 of Cleveland, Houston, and Boston,and unless they invest decent amount of $ in their pen, Machado would be just yet another layer of lipstick on a pig.

You've missed the point.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:57 AM

I was very surprised by the news that Kirilloff is now a Boras client (along with Royce). Kirilloff just switched to Boras less than two weeks ago.

I don't know what to make of that.

But, I was trying to figure out some of the Twins players who were also Boras clients.


Lewis, Kirilloff, Eades.

Jeff Manship, Kenny Rogers, Carlos Gomez. Who else?


I thought Kyle Lohse was. I could be wrong.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:58 AM

I know this was a semi joke. I do agree Twins need to spend major money on pitching to get to the next level.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:08 AM

I know this was a semi joke. I do agree Twins need to spend major money on pitching to get to the next level.


As the staff stands now, yes. However, Falvey has said he is looking to create a model for sustainable success (not sure exact wording). That means drafting and developing better pitchers. Frankly, that’s true for any team.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:30 AM

Boras had been saving that joke for awhile, and it was a poor one. Not in bad taste, just really, really dumb. While the Twins may not have made smart moves last winter, they did make a lot of moves. I'd bet there were few teams that gave out more MLB contracts to free agents than the Twins last year. If anything, Boras is just stung that the Twins waited until after many of those guys were willing to take a discount. If that's the case, blame the other teams, at least the Twins did sign these vets instead of rolling with youngsters on league minimum contracts like 70% of the other clubs did.

 

Also, we can't overcome the fact that Minnesota is geographically unattractive to a majority of players. Boras needs to stop pretending that he wants the Twins to spend more on free agents. What he really wants is the Twins to BID more on free agents to drive up their prices for the more attractive markets.

 

That said, if Lewis and Kirilloff are studs and leave us for the big lights of NY and the beaches of LA, that's on them, not Boras. They choose their agent because they want what the agent can provide; the agent doesn't pick the players.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:33 AM

How many of Scott Boras' "clients" actually get any time with Scott Boras himself? It's one of the reasons you see guys changing agents, not unusual for some of them to realize they may have signed with the super-agent, but he spends most of his time with other people. I'm certainly not worried about a couple of our minor league guys being signed with a blowhard agent who insults the franchise; they're already signed to the team.

 

Don't know that I love Happ as a signing...I suspect if he gets a 3-year deal; that last year is going to be crap. (ineffective and/or injured) I keep thinking it about it this way: Kyle Gibson right now is our #2 starter. I'd like anyone we sign to be better than Kyle Gibson. Not sure Happ is that guy, he feels more like a 3 or 4 guy and seems unlikely to be as good next year as he was this year (and definitely not as good as he was for NY)


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:35 AM

Living somewhat near NDFan...in his honor (I was going to make the list all on paragraph...but that was too much work), here's the MLBTR Agency List for Boras Corp.

 

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