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Last year I made a pretty big article going over who to keep and who to protect on the 40 man roster for next year - I think this time around it'd be better to keep it to just who to protect. Here are my notes:

Locks
P Woods-Richardson - Looks like he's getting added to the 40 man roster this weekend. He is well deserving of it, but he'll have to jockey for starts next year against Winder, Sands, and Varland. Please stay healthy!
2B Julien - He's been deserving of a promotion to AAA for some time now, has an insane .441 OBP and .931 OPS, Could debut early next year.


Possible/Likely
P Canterino - Would be a lock if not for injuries, but they kept Enlow around despite his surgery this time last year, and will probably do so for Canterino. This reminds me of Nick Burdi, when we didn't protect him and lost him in the R5 draft.
P Headrick - Dominated A+ and then got slowed down at AA, he is a bit old for a prospect who just arrived at Wichita (will be 25 next year), but he generates strikeouts. Decent chance he's a reliever if he makes it to the majors.
3B Severino - I'm not that high on him, but he's had a very strong year and he's only 22. He jumped from 8 HRs in 425 PAs to 19 in 351 PAs, and maintains a strong OBP. I suspect they could sneak him through the R5 process as I think he's too green right now and doesn't have a super high ceiling. 

 

Outside Chance
C/1B Isola - He'd be a likely keep if he could be a full-time catcher, but that does not appear to be the case. 
P Mooney - He had a fine year at Cedar Rapids, but hasn't made it to AA yet and will be 25 next year. Great strikeout rate, but too many walks, and only 60 innings pitched this year.
OF Urbina - Still has a super high ceiling, but he simply hasn't done much with only 656 PAs in his MILB career. Will only be 21 next year, and it'd be unfair for him to see MLB pitching as a R5 pick.
INF Helman -  Had a great year but he's maybe a utility infielder in the bigs. 20 HRs and 40 SBs is impressive, Gives me some Niko Goodrum vibes.
RP Sisk - Dramatically improved from a shaky 2021 season, all he has left to do is lower the walk rate. The Twins may have been better off giving him innings in September over Pagan/Megill... but it is also a sign that they don't think much of him.

 

Thoughts?

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To give the other side of the coin, we have likely and possible drops, just ar a glance:

Archer
Bundy
Fulmer
Pagan
Cave
Contreras
B Hamilton

Sands?
C Hamilton?
Leon?
Palacios?
Sano?
Garlick?

That's 7-13 spots. Lots of room to protect, and keep a few of the above ?s

Although I should note that C Hamilton or Leon would probably be replaced by a FA catcher

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We know Sano will be dropped and Leon is a FA so they are locks. I’ve seen enough of Palacios and C Hamilton to add them to the list of locks. I would take Sands off your list.

We still have a number of major leaguers who are on the 60 day IL who will need to be put on the 40 man for the winter, Kirilloff, Larnach, Paddack, Maeda, Lewis and Alcala.

Others on the 60 day that are more questionable include Coulombe, Stashak, and Romero. 

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7 hours ago, Danchat said:

Thoughts?

SWR, Julien, Canterino, and Headrick (just because he is our top LH starting pitcher in the minors and we traded the other two away).

No but maybe - Severino and Sisk (again, just because he's a LH, but the Twins didn't bring him up in September)

No - Isola (doesn't catch enough), Mooney, Urbina and Helman (I think the only reason the Twins didn't bring him up is to try to keep him without putting him on the 40 man).

Two other players to think about - Jair Camargo (he actually catches more than playing other positions) and DaShawn Keirsey Jr. (easier to stash on a MLB roster because he can provide great OF defense and is a great base stealer, with over 40 stolen bases this year).

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4 hours ago, ToddlerHarmon said:

Archer
Bundy
Fulmer
Pagan
Cave
Contreras
B Hamilton

Sands?
C Hamilton?
Leon?
Palacios?
Sano?
Garlick?

For now, I see Sands and Pagan on the 40 man (I don't want Pagan but just think the Twins will keep him). Palacios may stay on there for awhile but be cut when a 1 year FA shortstop is signed. I had him on the 40 man to stay until his performance with the Twins in September.

Fulmer won't be on the 40 man as he is a free agent but the Twins could resign him at some point.

Gary Sanchez and Urshela are two that also could be coming off our 40 man.

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6 hours ago, ToddlerHarmon said:

To give the other side of the coin, we have likely and possible drops, just ar a glance:

Archer
Bundy
Fulmer
Pagan
Cave
Contreras
B Hamilton

Sands?
C Hamilton?
Leon?
Palacios?
Sano?
Garlick?

That's 7-13 spots. Lots of room to protect, and keep a few of the above ?s

Although I should note that C Hamilton or Leon would probably be replaced by a FA catcher

Dropping 13 doesn’t give them lots of room because I think they currently have 50 on the 40-man.  To get 5 spots for prospects, plus a catcher and one bullpen arm means they have to part ways with at least 17.

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3 hours ago, FlyingFinn said:

Gary Sanchez and Urshela are two that also could be coming off our 40 man.

There’s been plenty of discussion about Urshela, with near unanimity that he should be retained. He would be in his final arbitration year. OTOH, Sánchez is a FA and unlikely to return. 

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We have to look at minor league free agents. Camargo fits into that category. I would keep him over Hamilton at this point. Wander Javier, a high-signed bonus guy, will probably finally leave the Twins.

Heck, I would've brought up SIsk at this point. No need to send out Megill anymore. Cut him now.

Canterino will be an interesting watch. Yes, will a team grab him like Burdi? They would have to pay him major league money all season on the 60-day IL. 

Twins purposely kept Julien at AA. I bet they try and have him go thru Rule 5. Although I would probably try Helman, if push came to shove, and keep Julien in the end. Helman could come up now, Julien is still a half-season away.

Helman is an interesting player. Would you keep him over, say, a Cave or Garlick? That he can also play the infield and has some speed, could he be that "reserve" guy you wish you ahd coming off the bench? A lot depends on who the Twins think can start the season at shortstop in 2023. Do they need to keep Palacios? Would they move over Polanco and play Arraz at second, if they go to arbitration with Gio?

They have already added the important pieces: Wallner, Woods Richardson, Varland.

Be inteesting to see what they do with names like COotreras (I would keep Helman over him), Cave, Caleb Hamilton, Stashak, Coulombe, Romero, Garlick, Smeltzer (would you keep Sisk over Smeltzer right now?). 

The pain is the players you can't remove: like Enlow, or Balazovic. They would be grabbed by pretty much any other organization. Do you feel they are worth keeping, or will they be quickly passed by others?

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17 hours ago, FlyingFinn said:

For now, I see Sands and Pagan on the 40 man (I don't want Pagan but just think the Twins will keep him). Palacios may stay on there for awhile but be cut when a 1 year FA shortstop is signed. I had him on the 40 man to stay until his performance with the Twins in September.

Fulmer won't be on the 40 man as he is a free agent but the Twins could resign him at some point.

Gary Sanchez and Urshela are two that also could be coming off our 40 man.

I believe Fulmer is a re-sign. Gut feeling. Unless they can grab someone better,  but I'm not sure they can without serious $ being involved. I like Fulmer, but either way, he or someone better is added and Pagan is ultimately traded for a bag of balls or dropped. He's not only bad, but he doesn't have a role, IMO, going forward.

The Twins have a number of young SP candidates for depth and competition and any of them could be a very good middle/long bullpen option, which is needed and been abhorantly overlooked. Which is why I think Sands is kept over Pagan. 

I have a good feeling about Palacios, but he hasn't shown enough in his audition to be protected unless the Twins are just convinced he will hit better given every day, or nearly so, as a fill-in while waiting for Lewis. I see him kept then. But if not, or they do sign someone on a 1yr, then he's off the 40 man. Would be nice to keep him around on a milb deal if possible.

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I like the initial list and generally agree. I waiver on Severino as a strong pssible. There's a lot of talent and potential there. Is he about ready to unlock it? Would be a shame to risk losing him so close to perhaps doing so. I just don't know that he's a strong possible.

Canterino has to be a lock doesn't he? TJ fixes his arm, there is just so much talent there I think you have to give him a spot. And Headrick is a virtual lock for me. Is he really a future rotation possibility? I'm not sure. But being LH and breathing and coming off a solid year, I'd be willing to bet someone grabs him. And I see him as being a perfect LH middle/long/,swing man, perhaps as early as sometime in 2023.

Don't they just have to keep at least one of Carmago or Isola at catcher? Carmage is the better defensive player, it appears, and has played there more. But Isola has the better bat and is going to the AFL. Does that mean he's kept depending on his performance? Gotta keep one of them.

Sisk is 100% grabbed by someone if not protected. The  BB remain high, but LH and productive, I just don't see how you don't keep him. 

May not have room for Helman, which would be a shame if someone snagged him. At his age, he's old for a "prospect" but he's only played 4yrs of pro ball. His ability to play all over and hit, get OB, provide pop and speed has to make him intriguing as a utility player. IMO, he should have been up a month ago over some of the other promotions that have languished on the bench. I just don't know there is room to protect him. But it sure would be nice to have him back in the organization next year.

 

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Twins have a lot of 40 man roster moving to deal with this off-season.  They had so many on 60 man that when you look at the FA and most likely denied options, we still have 42 on current 40 man roster, I believe.  Meaning we have to DFA 2 right off the bat.  

Then we need to decide who else gets cut to make room for the new guys coming in that need to be added.  Right now we have 51 players on our 40 man, since SWR just got added.  We have 8 either FA or likely opt outs, that being Archer, Bundy, Fulmer, Leon, Sanchez, Correa, Sano, and B Hamilton.  That leaves 43 on a 40 man, mean 3 get DFA before we talk about others being added.  

I think fur sure DFA: Cave, Contreras, Smeltzer.  That gets us to the 40.  Then they have to decide who gets DFA and who gets added.  SWR just did so he is a lock now.  I agree with Julien and I think Canenterio will too, because a team could take him in rule 5, put him on 60 day for the season, or most of it and stash him in pen for the last few weeks if he ever is ready then they can send him down the next year.  Unless we think he is never going to help us at MLB level I think they want to add him.  

To make room for those 2, I could see Garlick and Enlow get the DFA.  Then if there is any other younger guys they want to make sure I think Sands or Stashak are next out.  Of course some may not get claimed and may stay.  

The fact is all these 60 man IL moves really has crunched our roster decisions.  Of course I agree SWR would have made the cut anyways and many of the add ons would have if needed as well, so not crazy, just made the moves early. 

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5 hours ago, Trov said:

Twins have a lot of 40 man roster moving to deal with this off-season.  They had so many on 60 man that when you look at the FA and most likely denied options, we still have 42 on current 40 man roster, I believe.  Meaning we have to DFA 2 right off the bat.  

Then we need to decide who else gets cut to make room for the new guys coming in that need to be added.  Right now we have 51 players on our 40 man, since SWR just got added.  We have 8 either FA or likely opt outs, that being Archer, Bundy, Fulmer, Leon, Sanchez, Correa, Sano, and B Hamilton.  That leaves 43 on a 40 man, mean 3 get DFA before we talk about others being added.  

I think fur sure DFA: Cave, Contreras, Smeltzer.  That gets us to the 40.  Then they have to decide who gets DFA and who gets added.  SWR just did so he is a lock now.  I agree with Julien and I think Canenterio will too, because a team could take him in rule 5, put him on 60 day for the season, or most of it and stash him in pen for the last few weeks if he ever is ready then they can send him down the next year.  Unless we think he is never going to help us at MLB level I think they want to add him.  

To make room for those 2, I could see Garlick and Enlow get the DFA.  Then if there is any other younger guys they want to make sure I think Sands or Stashak are next out.  Of course some may not get claimed and may stay.  

The fact is all these 60 man IL moves really has crunched our roster decisions.  Of course I agree SWR would have made the cut anyways and many of the add ons would have if needed as well, so not crazy, just made the moves early. 

Agree that Cave (non-tender), Smeltzer and Contreras will be off the 40-man roster. Smeltzer might be arb eligible, so that would mean a non-tender for him. I think Caleb Hamilton is a definite DFA, despite the lack of catching depth. From the 60-day IL, Romero will probably get a DFA and Coulombe would get non-tendered. Next on the list to clear roster space IMHO is Stashak. Garlick isn’t young, had three separate injury stints this year and is regarded as a specialist. I think he will get a DFA. I think the Twins  like Enlow and Balazovic enough to hold on to them. Pagán has put up such poor numbers that I believe he will be DFAed as well. Finally, I think Palacios gets DFAed. My guesses would bring the team down to 33, assuming no options picked up, except for Sonny Gray. Add back several minor leaguers and perhaps save a couple slots for free agents. 
 

 

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23 hours ago, Trov said:

Twins have a lot of 40 man roster moving to deal with this off-season.  They had so many on 60 man that when you look at the FA and most likely denied options, we still have 42 on current 40 man roster, I believe.  Meaning we have to DFA 2 right off the bat.  

Then we need to decide who else gets cut to make room for the new guys coming in that need to be added.  Right now we have 51 players on our 40 man, since SWR just got added.  We have 8 either FA or likely opt outs, that being Archer, Bundy, Fulmer, Leon, Sanchez, Correa, Sano, and B Hamilton.  That leaves 43 on a 40 man, mean 3 get DFA before we talk about others being added.  

I think fur sure DFA: Cave, Contreras, Smeltzer.  That gets us to the 40.  Then they have to decide who gets DFA and who gets added.  SWR just did so he is a lock now.  I agree with Julien and I think Canenterio will too, because a team could take him in rule 5, put him on 60 day for the season, or most of it and stash him in pen for the last few weeks if he ever is ready then they can send him down the next year.  Unless we think he is never going to help us at MLB level I think they want to add him.  

To make room for those 2, I could see Garlick and Enlow get the DFA.  Then if there is any other younger guys they want to make sure I think Sands or Stashak are next out.  Of course some may not get claimed and may stay.  

The fact is all these 60 man IL moves really has crunched our roster decisions.  Of course I agree SWR would have made the cut anyways and many of the add ons would have if needed as well, so not crazy, just made the moves early. 

KEEPERS: Duran, Gray, Henriquez, Jax, Maeda, Moran, Ober, Ryan, Varland, Winder, Woods Richardson, Jeffers, Lewis, Miranda, Polanco, Buxton, Celestino, Kirilloff, Gordon, Larnach, Kepler, Wallner.

FREE AGENTS: Bundy, Archer, Fulmer, Leon, Correa, Sanchez, Sano, B. Hamilton

ARBITRATION: Urshela, Pagan, Paddack, Mahle, Alcala, Stashak, Thielbar, Coulombe, Cave, Lopez, Arraez

REPLACEMENT LEVEL: Romero, Megill, Palacios, Garlick, Contreras, C. Hamilton

QUESTIONABLE PROSPECTS: Smeltzer, Sands, Enlow, Balazovic

So, 8 free agents leaving, 6 guys that could easily be replaced thru minor league conracts, maybe 2 of questionable prospect gone, and 3-6 that could easily not reach an arbitration decision (Coulombe, Stashak, Cave probably, Urshela, Pagan, Thielbar in limbo).

MINOR LEAGUE CONSIDERATIONS: Helman, Sisk, Severino, Canterino, Julien, Headrick, Funderburk, Prato, Isola. Javier (free agent), Camargo (free agent), Probably, at this point, only NEED to keep 3-4 of these fer sure.

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On 10/1/2022 at 11:08 AM, stringer bell said:

There’s been plenty of discussion about Urshela, with near unanimity that he should be retained. He would be in his final arbitration year. OTOH, Sánchez is a FA and unlikely to return. 

Agree on keeping Urshela. At the least with Sanchez being a FA is that he can be taken off the 40. 

Can someone clarify how a contract like Dobnak's fits in here. Does having a guaranteed contract mean they have to put him back on the 40? 

 

 

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3 hours ago, IndianaTwin said:

Agree on keeping Urshela. At the least with Sanchez being a FA is that he can be taken off the 40. 

Can someone clarify how a contract like Dobnak's fits in here. Does having a guaranteed contract mean they have to put him back on the 40? 

 

 

He is off the 40-man roster and doesn't have to be restored.

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5 hours ago, Rosterman said:

KEEPERS: Duran, Gray, Henriquez, Jax, Maeda, Moran, Ober, Ryan, Varland, Winder, Woods Richardson, Jeffers, Lewis, Miranda, Polanco, Buxton, Celestino, Kirilloff, Gordon, Larnach, Kepler, Wallner.

FREE AGENTS: Bundy, Archer, Fulmer, Leon, Correa, Sanchez, Sano, B. Hamilton

ARBITRATION: Urshela, Pagan, Paddack, Mahle, Alcala, Stashak, Thielbar, Coulombe, Cave, Lopez, Arraez

REPLACEMENT LEVEL: Romero, Megill, Palacios, Garlick, Contreras, C. Hamilton

QUESTIONABLE PROSPECTS: Smeltzer, Sands, Enlow, Balazovic

So, 8 free agents leaving, 6 guys that could easily be repalced thru minor league conracts, maybe 2 of questionable prospect gone, and 3-6 that could easily not reach an arbitration decision (Coulombe, Stashak, Cave probablky, Urshela, Pagan, Thielbar in limbo).

MINOR LEAGUE CONSIDERATIONS: Helman, Sisk, Severino, Canterino, Julien, Headrick, Funderburk, Severino, Prato, Isola. Javier (free agent), Camargo (free agent), Probably, at this point, only NEED to keep 3-4 of these fer sure.

I don’t know about Megill. Since he got back on the 40-man, the Twins saved his remaining option. He does have plus velocity, so I think they’ll give him another shot—he has been disappointing the last month or so. Sands is another close call, but I think the Twins will keep him too. 

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If healthy, that's a big if, Twins could have rotation of Mahle, Gray, Ryan, Maeda, and Ober with AAA rotation of Winder, Varland, SWR, Henriquez, Headrick, and Dobnak as 6th. Twins appear to have developed some depth at SP, hope a few of these develop into top to middle of rotation SP, have plenty of back of rotation SP. At least next years Twins should not have to go to the scrap heap to find a couple of SP to fill out rotation to start year.

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13 minutes ago, 4twinsJA said:

If healthy, that's a big if, Twins could have rotation of Mahle, Gray, Ryan, Maeda, and Ober with AAA rotation of Winder, Varland, SWR, Henriquez, Headrick, and Dobnak as 6th. Twins appear to have developed some depth at SP, hope a few of these develop into top to middle of rotation SP, have plenty of back of rotation SP. At least next years Twins should not have to go to the scrap heap to find a couple of SP to fill out rotation to start year.

If not healthy the rotation could be Gray, Ryan, Varland, SWR and Henriquez. Get another starting pitcher.

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On 9/30/2022 at 10:49 PM, Danchat said:

Last year I made a pretty big article going over who to keep and who to protect on the 40 man roster for next year - I think this time around it'd be better to keep it to just who to protect. Here are my notes:

Locks
P Woods-Richardson - Looks like he's getting added to the 40 man roster this weekend. He is well deserving of it, but he'll have to jockey for starts next year against Winder, Sands, and Varland. Please stay healthy!
2B Julien - He's been deserving of a promotion to AAA for some time now, has an insane .441 OBP and .931 OPS, Could debut early next year.


Possible/Likely
P Canterino - Would be a lock if not for injuries, but they kept Enlow around despite his surgery this time last year, and will probably do so for Canterino. This reminds me of Nick Burdi, when we didn't protect him and lost him in the R5 draft.
P Headrick - Dominated A+ and then got slowed down at AA, he is a bit old for a prospect who just arrived at Wichita (will be 25 next year), but he generates strikeouts. Decent chance he's a reliever if he makes it to the majors.
3B Severino - I'm not that high on him, but he's had a very strong year and he's only 22. He jumped from 8 HRs in 425 PAs to 19 in 351 PAs, and maintains a strong OBP. I suspect they could sneak him through the R5 process as I think he's too green right now and doesn't have a super high ceiling. 

 

Outside Chance
C/1B Isola - He'd be a likely keep if he could be a full-time catcher, but that does not appear to be the case. 
P Mooney - He had a fine year at Cedar Rapids, but hasn't made it to AA yet and will be 25 next year. Great strikeout rate, but too many walks, and only 60 innings pitched this year.
OF Urbina - Still has a super high ceiling, but he simply hasn't done much with only 656 PAs in his MILB career. Will only be 21 next year, and it'd be unfair for him to see MLB pitching as a R5 pick.
INF Helman -  Had a great year but he's maybe a utility infielder in the bigs. 20 HRs and 40 SBs is impressive, Gives me some Niko Goodrum vibes.
RP Sisk - Dramatically improved from a shaky 2021 season, all he has left to do is lower the walk rate. The Twins may have been better off giving him innings in September over Pagan/Megill... but it is also a sign that they don't think much of him.

 

Thoughts?

I dont know if I would be upset if they brought julien up right away, whether replacing Polanco or Polanco moving back to SS (which I dont think FO wants to do).

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Who is your right-handed hitting outfielder, Unless you ticket Wallner for St Paul, you have 5 left-handed hitting outfielders and only Celestino and Garlick from the right side. The alternative would be Helman (I don't know if he is a right handed hitter).  Would not want to use Gordon in the infield any more(he just doesn't pass my eye test).  Would like to introduce more pest and contact types and remove some of the swing and miss we seemed to have issues with this year.  Maybe you DFA Garlick and hope you can resign or find his replacement.  Would add a couple of the young outfielders from the marginal list, only because you will be moving on from Kepler after this year and would not want to lose them.

Sisk, would definitely add, maybe remove Sands (I see him as more of a AAAA type).  Should be a wild ride, lots of propects, but little guarantee how good any of them will be.  

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On 10/3/2022 at 12:24 PM, 4twinsJA said:

If healthy, that's a big if, Twins could have rotation of Mahle, Gray, Ryan, Maeda, and Ober with AAA rotation of Winder, Varland, SWR, Henriquez, Headrick, and Dobnak as 6th. Twins appear to have developed some depth at SP, hope a few of these develop into top to middle of rotation SP, have plenty of back of rotation SP. At least next years Twins should not have to go to the scrap heap to find a couple of SP to fill out rotation to start year.

Winder will be 26 when next season starts and Varland 25 they need to be on the Twins or traded away. You can't have guys that old taking up 40 man spots and be in the minors. I don't think either should be traded so that means I believe they need a spot on the major league team to start the season.

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1 hour ago, TwinsDr2021 said:

Winder will be 26 when next season starts and Varland 25 they need to be on the Twins or traded away. You can't have guys that old taking up 40 man spots and be in the minors. I don't think either should be traded so that means I believe they need a spot on the major league team to start the season.

Don’t the Twins need some players with options that can shuttle back and forth as Moran did this year? The alternative is to shuttle through minor league free agents and try to pass them back through DFA. All teams need to shuttle through some minor league free agents but I think Winder and Varland would be better options.

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7 minutes ago, jorgenswest said:

Don’t the Twins need some players with options that can shuttle back and forth as Moran did this year? The alternative is to shuttle through minor league free agents and try to pass them back through DFA. All teams need to shuttle through some minor league free agents but I think Winder and Varland would be better options.

Sorry I was not saying they couldn't go and down if needed, hopefully not because that means they probably aren't the pitchers we are hoping they are. I was saying taking up 40 man spots for guys that old that are only the backup plan for the major league starters is not a wise use of the 40.

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2 minutes ago, TwinsDr2021 said:

Sorry I was not saying they couldn't go and down if needed, hopefully not because that means they probably aren't the pitchers we are hoping they are. I was saying taking up 40 man spots for guys that old that are only the backup plan for the major league starters is not a wise use of the 40.

It would be better if they were under 25 like Woods-Richardson. However I do think it will benefit the team to have those two with options available in St. Paul in a 7th or 8th starter role. They will have until their options expire to show their value. They appear to me to be better than replacement value and worthy of a spot on the 40.

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2 hours ago, beckmt said:

Who is your right-handed hitting outfielder, Unless you ticket Wallner for St Paul, you have 5 left-handed hitting outfielders and only Celestino and Garlick from the right side.

Buxton is a righthanded batter.

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A lot to do with the 40 man between now and opening day 2023. So many 60 day IL makes it a bit messier then normal.

I'd like the Twins to protect Sisk, Headrick, Julien, Canterino and Severino. Plus add a FA RH outfielder, frontline starter and a couple quality BP arms..With 52 on the 40 man now there may be a few Akil Baddoo's that may get grabbed. So don't put your pitchforks and torches away just yet.

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A little sidebar here--is it still the case that teams get to protect additional guys if one of their players is chosen in the Rule V draft? So, for example if someone like Camargo or Isola is picked in the Rule V, the Twins could pull back more players, like Sisk and Headrick (if they were originally unprotected). While it looked bad in 2021, the loss of Baddoo (also another LH hitter) doesn't sting so much following his sophomore year. The Twins lost Wells in 2021, as well, and that looks like the larger loss because Wells looks like he will be a serviceable pitcher for some time. 

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29 minutes ago, stringer bell said:

A little sidebar here--is it still the case that teams get to protect additional guys if one of their players is chosen in the Rule V draft? So, for example if someone like Camargo or Isola is picked in the Rule V, the Twins could pull back more players, like Sisk and Headrick (if they were originally unprotected). While it looked bad in 2021, the loss of Baddoo (also another LH hitter) doesn't sting so much following his sophomore year. The Twins lost Wells in 2021, as well, and that looks like the larger loss because Wells looks like he will be a serviceable pitcher for some time. 

I believe that's how it works in the expansion draft, not the Rule 5 draft.

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40 man staff

Pitchers (23)-- Gray, Ryan, Maeda, Mahle, Ober, Duran, Lopez, Jax, Thielbar, Moran, Winder, Varland, SWR, Henriquez, Alcala, Balazovic, Enlow, Paddock, Heidrick, Canterino, Sands, MeGill, Lawyerson, 

 

Positions (17) - Arreaz, Buxton, Polanco, Kirilloff , Larnach, Celistino, Urshela, Miranda, Wallner, Jeffers, Lewis, Julien, Camargo, Gordan, Kepler, Palacios, Severino

 

I expect at least 1 trade out of this group and probably 2-3 names dropped as free agents adds are made

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