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#101 Seth Stohs

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:24 PM

I just read this whole thread.

I had to stop half way through and make some popcorn.

Big fun.


hard to believe we're over 100 comments now! :)

#102 goulik

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:39 PM

Achter, Darnell, Vargas, Watts, Wimmers, Kepler, Polanco, Dean, Ibarra, Oliveros, Rodriguez

#103 Shane Wahl

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:41 PM

Has Nate Roberts been eliminated from contention here?

Reynaldo Rodriguez, Nate Hanson, Manuel Soliman, Ryan O'Rourke are other players in the system eligible this year and who have some semblance of talent.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:42 PM

This thread is single handed lay moving me from Single A to AA member :P

And if it is not Rodriguez, who the #*{€ is it?

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:43 PM

Has Nate Roberts been eliminated from contention here?

Reynaldo Rodriguez, Nate Hanson, Manuel Soliman, Ryan O'Rourke are other players in the system eligible this year and who have some semblance of talent.

Soliman was eliminated

#106 Shane Wahl

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:50 PM

If it isn't Roberts, it should have been Beresford (!!!!), but whatever.

#107 Seth Stohs

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:11 PM

This thread is single handed lay moving me from Single A to AA member :P

And if it is not Rodriguez, who the #*{€ is it?


Congratulations... you deserved the promotion...

And, no, it's definitely not Rodriguez.

#108 Seth Stohs

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:14 PM

If it isn't Roberts, it should have been Beresford (!!!!), but whatever.


Not sure when Roberts will play next... and I already explained the Beresford thing. At this point, the only name missing is the #11 guy, and he's not at all likely to be added, so it may just be guessing at this point. There are a ton of players eligible (again, as shown in Jeremy's roster & payroll page), so it's a guess... there are probably 3-5 guys that #11 could have been, and as you know, it's just an opinion piece, and this contest is just for fun.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:43 AM

I'll check the handbook out. 4.95 not bad. That's about the same price as a venti caramel macchiato at starbucks.
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#110 goulik

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:22 AM

I have no more ideas Seth, I surrender as I think all the best candidates are exhausted

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 11:53 AM

hard to believe we're over 100 comments now! :)


Yeah, and it's only the fourth inning. Could be the Best Game Thread Evar!

#112 Shane Wahl

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:51 PM

Oh, believe me, Jeremy's page has been central to this!

#113 Shane Wahl

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:27 PM

If I were the Twins, I would certainly protect Beresford and Danny Ortiz, but here is a list of other players off the top of my head (some mentioned before, some not):

Angel Morales
Tom Stuifbergen
Jose Gonzalez
Nate Hanson
Mike Kvasnicka

(it's Kvasnicka, isn't it Seth?)

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:15 AM

Has J.D. Williams been mentioned? He might make sense as the 11th most likely add.

Achter, Darnell, Vargas, Kepler, Watts, Wimmers, Polanco, Oliveros, Dean, Ibarra, Williams

...As a lurker attempting to profit off the hard work of Shane and goulik, consider this an entry in goulik's name.

#115 Shane Wahl

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:31 AM

Goulik deserves it. The correct answer is Kvasnicka. I didn't consider him really, but I look at his stats for this year and was a bit taken aback. Not bad at all and they might as well consider him. I doubt anyone would select him. I do think Beresford should be protected.

#116 Shane Wahl

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:32 AM

JD is eligible for the rule 5 in 2014. Don't make me think about next year right now!

#117 Shane Wahl

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:33 AM

Anti-climatic rain-shortened game. Sorry.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:47 AM

JD is eligible for the rule 5 in 2014. Don't make me think about next year right now!

Ah... yup, good call.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 11:38 AM

Want to see a sample? Take a look at our 2013 Offseason Handbook and read last year's handbook.


This comment prompted me to re-read last year's book. Good stuff, and highly interesting to read with 20/20 hindsight.

Assuming the plan is to offer Blueprints by each of the site founders, I would like to see them include one more thing: what is the fallback plan if some major assumptions fall through? For instance, with 20/20 hindsight, it looks like almost all the proposed free-agent acquisitions were based on very low estimates of what it would take to sign players, and if the aim was to keep within a certain budget, what would the blueprint become (in very general terms) if all the planned moves cost a total of $10M more than budgeted?

Hopefully it's not too late in the editorial process to add a paragraph with this kind of scenario-based thinking that a real GM has to go through.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:29 AM

Assuming the plan is to offer Blueprints by each of the site founders, I would like to see them include one more thing: what is the fallback plan if some major assumptions fall through? For instance, with 20/20 hindsight, it looks like almost all the proposed free-agent acquisitions were based on very low estimates of what it would take to sign players, and if the aim was to keep within a certain budget, what would the blueprint become (in very general terms) if all the planned moves cost a total of $10M more than budgeted?

Hopefully it's not too late in the editorial process to add a paragraph with this kind of scenario-based thinking that a real GM has to go through.

Honestly, if there was an offseason this would be overkill, it's this one. The Twins have (1) $23.8 million coming off payroll from Opening Day last year, (2) $25 million in new revenue from the new national TV deal, and (3) opened 2013 with a payroll $31.45 million lower than two years prior, and we know for sure the payroll cap was $10-20 million higher last year than what we actually spent. Unless a plan just goes nuts with spending, it's not unrealistic to think Plan B could be, "Make the same moves but spend more money."