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Twins have traded for Michael Taylor from Royals


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2 minutes ago, I wish the twins were good said:

Is this insurance for Buxton? They needed right handed bats but he can't hit. Great fielder but so is Kepler. They don't steal. Why they are bothering with this.

He’s a great CF, unlike Kepler who doesn’t play there anymore. And yes, insurance for Buxton is a very good idea. 

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I know Buxton is an ELITE defender, but do you think this could possibly mean that Taylor will play center and Buxton mostly DH closer to full time in an effort to keep Byron healthy and in the lineup? Gallo plays right, Larnach plays left with Kirilloff at first base? Kepler then moved for something?

With the new bases and pickoff limitations, keeping Byron healthy and in the lineup are more important than ever before. If he plays a full season, he could steal 75 bases. I wonder if this is an effort to do this??

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Just now, AstrosTwins said:

I know Buxton is an ELITE defender, but do you think this could possibly mean that Taylor will play center and Buxton mostly DH in an effort to keep Byron healthy and in the lineup? Gallo plays right, Larnach plays left with Kirilloff at first base? Kepler then moved for something?

I think buxton was going to play a quality amount of DH regardless. Taylor just gives them a true, quality center fielder as a backup. 

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Sure, why not. Sisk might turn out, but we didn't give him a shot last year and our relief prospects usually flame out, so it's no big loss. It's about time they find a real backup CF after pretending like Cave and Celestino/others were good enough backups to Buxton. 

It definitely feels like one OF is still going to be moved, I feel like Kepler is the odd man out. If Larnach is good to go I'd rather have his bat in the lineup, especially with plus defenders in Buxton, Gallo, and Taylor on the team.

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13 minutes ago, AstrosTwins said:

I know Buxton is an ELITE defender, but do you think this could possibly mean that Taylor will play center and Buxton mostly DH closer to full time in an effort to keep Byron healthy and in the lineup? Gallo plays right, Larnach plays left with Kirilloff at first base? Kepler then moved for something?

With the new bases and pickoff limitations, keeping Byron healthy and in the lineup are more important than ever before. If he plays a full season, he could steal 75 bases. I wonder if this is an effort to do this??

I think we’ll see Buxton DHed more but he’s a better defender than Taylor so he’ll still get plenty of reps in center. 

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16 minutes ago, Danchat said:

Sure, why not. Sisk might turn out, but we didn't give him a shot last year and our relief prospects usually flame out, so it's no big loss.

Sisk's splits last year at AA and AAA label him to me as a LOOGY. Right handed batters OPSed .677 against him, which might look serviceable in a bullpen until you factor in that major league hitters will probably be .100 points better than that, making him below par against the majority of batters out there.  LOOGYs sometimes carve out long careers but the rules were changed recently to stack the odds against one-batter relievers, so I concur on your view that he's a pretty cheap asset to have moved.

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47 minutes ago, Danchat said:

Sure, why not. Sisk might turn out, but we didn't give him a shot last year and our relief prospects usually flame out, so it's no big loss. It's about time they find a real backup CF after pretending like Cave and Celestino/others were good enough backups to Buxton. 

It definitely feels like one OF is still going to be moved, I feel like Kepler is the odd man out. If Larnach is good to go I'd rather have his bat in the lineup, especially with plus defenders in Buxton, Gallo, and Taylor on the team.

Considering what Kepler will be paid, 8ish MM, he's going to be about dead even value wise, so won't be surprised if they don't get anything back for him. He's certainly a "change of scenery" type. Good luck, sir....er, auf wiedersehen or whatever. Now some other team can enjoy hearing the ballet backstory retold by literally every bored away announcer at least once a series any time they play anywhere else outside the AL Central.

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1 hour ago, AstrosTwins said:

I know Buxton is an ELITE defender, but do you think this could possibly mean that Taylor will play center and Buxton mostly DH closer to full time in an effort to keep Byron healthy and in the lineup? Gallo plays right, Larnach plays left with Kirilloff at first base? Kepler then moved for something?

With the new bases and pickoff limitations, keeping Byron healthy and in the lineup are more important than ever before. If he plays a full season, he could steal 75 bases. I wonder if this is an effort to do this??

Personally, I don't think stolen bases are on the Twins radar at all.  Not until teams start doing it to them.  The Twins seem very reactive not necessarily proactive over the last few years.

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4 minutes ago, Twodogs said:

Personally, I don't think stolen bases are on the Twins radar at all.  Not until teams start doing it to them.  The Twins seem very reactive not necessarily proactive over the last few years.

You might be right, but if you are, it will be a poor organizational decision by the front office. I think you’re going to be surprised. The moves this team has made already signals a different organizational direction. They are getting aggressive. With the new base size and pick off limitation rules, any team that isn’t trying to run more, is going to be significantly behind the sport. I’m hoping the Twins will get out in front.

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11 minutes ago, AstrosTwins said:

You might be right, but if you are, it will be a poor organizational decision by the front office. I think you’re going to be surprised. The moves this team has made already signals a different organizational direction. They are getting aggressive. With the new base size and pick off limitation rules, any team that isn’t trying to run more, is going to be significantly behind the sport. I’m hoping the Twins will get out in front.

I'd love to see the Twins steal more. But it won't be Buxton. The Twins don't let Buxton run, in the misguided belief it helps keep him on the field.

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