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MLBTR posted its top 50 free agents predictions, which include contract predictions and the individual writers' guesses at the team to sign each player:
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/11/mlb-trade-rumors-top-50-free-agents-predictions-2022-23.html

All 4 of their writers guessed the Twins will sign a high-end position player: one predicting they'll retain Correa and one each for Bogaerts, Swanson, and Willson Contreras.

They collectively didn't predict the Twins for much of the higher-end pitching, but that's a small group with a lot of teams looking to sign them, so I guess it's not really surprising that a sample of 4 writers would pick other landing spots. One of the writers did have the Twins signing Bassitt, and another had them getting Kenley Jansen for the bullpen.

One writer predicted the Twins for José Abreu as well. That doesn't seem like the best positional fit, but I wouldn't be upset if it happened.

Overall, while these writers are just making guesses with perhaps more industry sources than the average fan, I like that they predict the Twins aiming for a few players at the top end of the market, rather than supposed "value" deals at the back end.

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16 minutes ago, Rosterman said:

BRENT ROOKER is gobbled up by the A's. Twins lose out on chance to big a right-handed outfielder/first prospect with an option year left back into the fold.

 

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/11/athletics-claim-brent-rooker-waivers-royals.html

Bottom feeders gonna bottom feed.

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16 minutes ago, Vanimal46 said:

Cody Bellinger was not tendered arbitration. What a strange career trajectory he’s had. 24 year old MVP in 2019 to completely broken 3 years later. 

A really bad team should take a flyer for sure. If he somehow comes back, gold. But no contender can take him on at this point, I don't think. Not on a major league deal.

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Congrats to Fred McGriff getting into the HOF. He was one of those players who came on the scene just when I was startng to memorize the back of baseball cards, and he was a great player until right at the end. If you would have polled voters in 1999, they probably would have said he was a sure fire HOFer. But retiring in 2004 was different as his eligibility and career stats got caught in the wash of the PED scandals.

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Looks like the Rule 5 draft (the major-league part) is complete:
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/12/2022-rule-5-draft-results.html

Half the teams made picks in the first round. Mostly pitchers. No team made a second pick. The Twins didn't lose anybody.

Interestingly, even with only 15 picks overall, the Red Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, and Guardians lost 2-3 players each.

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