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Time for a Changing of the Guard


8 hours ago, TopGunn#22 said:

 

Sano needs to go.  I don't care how little they get back, he is a prime example of addition by subtraction.  SOMEBODY should be intrigued with his power potential.  Maybe the Rockies after their one year look at CJ Cron is done would have some interest.   I don't really care what we would get back.  I just want to spend his $12 million or so next season more effectively.

Wouldn't every other team also prefer to spend his $12M salary more effectively?  Another team is not taking him right now without us taking back salary which kind of defeats the purpose unless the deal was for the Twins to eat his 2021 salary and the trade partner covers 2022.  I think we need to hope he finds his 2019 form real soon and becomes tradable.  His wRC+ is 122 over the past 3 weeks so it's not a great leap.  He just needs to be more consistent than he has been lately.

I would love for them to move Donaldson too.  It's too soon to get carried away on Miranda but he looks to have taken a leap forward and could be the next position player to earn a promotion.  Let's hope his success continues because Kirilloff / Larnach / Miranda and eventually Lewis could be a very good core of position players.  Plus, all that young (cheap) talent would leave us with significant payroll budget to add talent.

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4 hours ago, TheBoofIsLoose said:

It's almost as if Baldelli doesn't have complete control over who is on the roster and has to use the players he's given. So rather than trash talk one of his players he gives a non-answer.

I can't disagree with that, but I'm not sure if ANY MLB managers "have complete control of their roster."  Saying that, I cannot believe Falvey/Levine are dictating to Rocco that Shoemaker MUST remain in rotation.  That seems 100% Rocco's decision, which, imo, is 100% asinine.

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43 minutes ago, darwin22 said:

I can't disagree with that, but I'm not sure if ANY MLB managers "have complete control of their roster."  Saying that, I cannot believe Falvey/Levine are dictating to Rocco that Shoemaker MUST remain in rotation.  That seems 100% Rocco's decision, which, imo, is 100% asinine.

They're probably not saying he has to remain in the rotation, but they are almost certainly saying he has to remain on the 26 man roster. If Rocco is lobbying the FO to keep him, you're right that's entirely the wrong decision. However, it's almost a pick your poison scenario, they'll never say it publicly but they don't trust him starting, but they also don't trust him in the bullpen either. That's a longwinded way to say it's a bad signing that for some reason this team seems reluctant to admit to.

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11 hours ago, Vanimal46 said:

Well, get your pitchforks out. Shoemaker is staying in the rotation for now. 
 

We don't really know what they are thinking just because they say the rotation is "staying the same for now".  They might be thinking they need to jettison Shoemaker as soon as possible but don't feel they have anyone ready at the moment.  They might be thinking they will get a look or 2 at Ober and Jax and then make a move.  Perhaps they want a couple more weeks for Duran or maybe they want to shuffle some SPs and get Winder moved up to AAA.  We should no better than to assume the statement by Rocco indicates they don't see a need to make a change.  It sounds to me like a nice way of saying we need a moment to get our ducks in a row.

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