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Twins Trade Graterol to Dodgers for Kenta Maeda in Blockbuster Deal


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I hate to break it to the Twinsdaily faithful.    We just acquired a major league talent for the next 4 years for 3 million a year plus incentives. A contract like that isn't going to be cheap to acqu

Big arm to give up, but the Twins were still in need of starting pitching. 4 years of control.    I think I come down in favor of this deal. At the least, gotta give Falvine credit for courage.   This

Exactly. I never thought I would witness an offseason where they sign a free agent for $20+ million AAV, AND trade a top prospect for established pitching. This is what I’ve wanted for years and I’m g

Who knows on Graterol?

 

What are the odds he pans out as a starter? Low.

 

As a reliever? Better.

 

Maeda is a solid starter, which Twins need going forward even beyond this year.

 

This is a move you make when you know your team is solid.

 

Will Twins miss Graterol in 2020? No.

 

Will Maeda win them a pennant?

 

That's why you play the games.

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Certainly unexpected. Four years of a guy that has been good or better in the majors for six years of a guy that hasn't really pitched in the majors. It seems to make sense. As chief said, if you won't pay in free agency, this is the price you pay.

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Bad deal if Graterol turns out to be a very good starter.  If just a reliever than this deal is fine as Japanese pitchers seem to last longer than most.  Maeda has been good and helps with payroll over the next few years.  High risk, High reward.

The operative word here is "if."  Maeda is a known quantity at the ML level, Graterol is not.  These are the dice that get rolled when dealing prospects for established players. 

 

The Twins now have a competent staff to go with a world-beating batting order, and a reliable bullpen to back both up.  I'm looking into flights and tickets for a big September. 

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Yeah I suppose I can rally behind the idea that, injuries or idiotic suspensions notwithstanding, we have three legit SP going into next season. With the deadline and the offseason to hopefully find a 1 or 1A.

Getting an actual ace at the deadline is a surefire way to dismantle your entire farm system for a year or two of service

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I've also wondered about Graterol's body. type He's not tall and he weighs 265 according to the Twins web site. I'm not calling him out for conditioning etc., but questioning whether a guy with that type of body can be durable while throwing triple digits.

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We don't know how this will turn out but we got a "Win Now" piece that we needed, and I am just impressed as he** that our FO is wheeling and dealing with a purpose that most of us can understand. Dang, we are pushing in the chips... and we didn't lose Kiriloff, Larnach or Lewis.

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I've also wondered about Graterol's body. type He's not tall and he weighs 265 according to the Twins web site. I'm not calling him out for conditioning etc., but questioning whether a guy with that type of body can be durable while throwing triple digits.

http://images.performgroup.com/di/library/omnisport/92/2a/bartolo-colon-110717-usnews-getty-ftr_1xp2rbniqrmrq1etrzwyg0wky4.jpg?t=-1719394857

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I don’t hate this trade: I remember Graterol throwing 100+, but if it’s straight, major league hitters can rip that. 

It had plenty of movement on it, was almost a slider. Go all in for an ace, an this team is the front runners for the title. Top lineup and bullpen, and a solid rotation.

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I was shocked at first, but I like this move. Maybe they think Graterol's arm won't hold up or he's a reliever long term. Falvine have earned the benefit of the doubt from me, but even if Graterol turns into a stud starter in 5 years, I won't be mad for 1 second. Window is wide open, let's win now. 

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As much as I loved Bartolo I don’t think he was breaking the century mark. However I also agree that with pitchers I don’t put much stock in “body type”

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