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  1. Or just keep Perkins because he's 1.) good, and 2.) paid fairly for his current role, and 3.) if someone takes his role, he's still not overpaid. I don't want to keep trading guys. I want the team to have as many good players as possible.
    5 points
  2. We shave our heads... That solves that problem. Now per Ash's hint, let's get this one back on topic.
    3 points
  3. I don't want to trade an All-Star for more prospects. I want to trade prospects for another All-Star, or better yet, a young major-league player with a floor of Very Good. It's a 40-man roster, not a 50-man roster. The system is loaded- use it or lose it.
    2 points
  4. Ryan traded a ton of guys at or near the peak of their value - Revere, Span, AJ, Milton, Knobby. Kielty, Buchanan, Romero etc.
    2 points
  5. Man is it exciting to see all of these prospects develop and potentially join Arcia, Santana, Vargas, May, Gibson and the likes, the future is bright indeed. I know not all of these guys will pan out but we have a fighting chance with that many potential good ones. I can see Detroit having a massive fall off with no farm system as Cabrera and Verlander get older
    2 points
  6. Perk is unlikely to be traded. His contract is not uncomfortable for the Twins and he is a local guy who signed it to stay near home. If a Reed or Burdi show up, he may want to go somewhere else instead of being moved to set up man. Until that time, the Twins will hope he rebounds well this year.
    2 points
  7. I am pessimistic if this season is supposed to be a winning year - look at the other clubs in our division and what they did and have, but optimistic about next year and the future - if we do not get enamored with the players who can make this a 500 club. Get the youth on board - it is easier to be a fan of a young team working its way up in the standings that a bunch of fringe okay players collecting their paychecks.
    2 points
  8. Platoon

    Optimism/Pessimism

    The other day I asked rhetorically "what am I missing". Someone alertly noted, "optimism"! There are several scenarios here: They start the season well, then fade, and then slowly start bring in some young talent. The record is slightly better than last year. They start the season and don't fade, but are always on the outer fringes of contention. TR signs an aging (fill in the blank) to get us over the hump. We don't! No matter how they start the season the FO accepts this is the beginning of a rebuild. If a player is in the way, he is moved, this years performance only affects his trade value. All of the above preclude a contender. And frankly I don't care if we are a distant second or 5th. What I would like to see is real movement to the future. If I see that I will be optimistic, regardless of the won loss.
    2 points
  9. No. Just me being a bit of a wisenheimer. I don't actually see much hope for Milone being an asset in the rotation. He was worth Fuld though.
    2 points
  10. I will be at spring training for the fourth straight year. I have watched three straight non-contending teams gear up for a disappointing regular season. I have seen impressive individual performances that didn't stand up to regular season pressures. I have seen guys showing obvious potential take a step from prospect to established player and others not be able to establish themselves. I have seen comments that seem to espouse an open competition for almost every spot on the roster and also have seen arguments that spring training means either very little or nothing at all. I think spring training means different things to different players. Established players are there to get in shape for the grind of a 162 game season and perhaps work on a new skill or weakness. Some guys are just trying to make a good impression, so that if a vacancy occurs or there is a chance for a role player with a specific skill, they have the confidence of the field staff. Finally, some are competing for roster spots or places in the rotation. Here's my take on each member of the 40-man roster: Established veterans: All of these guys have a place guaranteed on the Opening Day roster and are all but certain in their role going into the season. Spring Training is a time for them to get ready for the season ahead, with no stress about making the club or getting opportunities to contribute. Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco, Ervin Santana, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Kurt Suzuki, Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Oswaldo Arcia, and Torii Hunter. That is almost half of the spots on the Opening Day Roster. Young players looking to establish themselves: Players that may have been with the team for most of 2014, but haven't performed well enough long enough to be sure things. Caleb Thielbar, Kyle Gibson, Kennys Vargas, Danny Santana. Players looking to expand or enlarge their role: Guys penciled in for utility roles or perhaps a pitcher looking for a bigger role in games. Eduardo Escobar, Eduardo Nuñez, Jordan Schafer, Tim Stauffer and perhaps Josmil Pinto. Role players making a case: LOOGy and 3rd catchers hoping that their particular skill will get them a recall at some point. Aaron Thompson, Logan Darnell, and Chris Herrmann. Competitors for bullpen, rotation and center field: These guys could win a spot on the team going north or be sent out to the minors. It largely depends on how they, and the guys they are competing with, perform during spring training. JR Graham, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Mike Pelfrey, Tommy Milone, Lester Oliveros, Michael Tonkin, Aaron Hicks, and perhaps Eddie Rosario. No chance to make the roster, plenty of chance to impress: AJ Achter, Stephen Pryor, Jason Wheeler, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano, and perhaps Eddie Rosario.
    1 point
  11. gunnarthor

    Reusse on Shibuya

    This is part of the ST tradition that I enjoy - the article about some 24 year old in A+. Say what you want about Reusse, he seems to love baseball. http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/291926801.html
    1 point
  12. Andrew McCutchen has a fabulous piece on the difficulties of getting noticed if you are from a lower income bracket. The story is a bit about Jackie Robinson West being stripped of the little league title but it is more of a personal account of moving up the travel ranks and getting noticed. It touches on so many things we've talked about -- minor league pay, minority participation and more. Interesting perspective. Give it a read. http://www.theplayerstribune.com/left-out/
    1 point
  13. Baseball Prospectus released their 2015 Top-101 list today. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25538 Eight Twins made the list, including a few surprise rankings: #1 Buxton // A little surprising to see him still at #1 #12 Sano // Moved up 2 spots even with TJ. #14 Meyer // Wow. 7th best pitcher in the minors. #28 Stewart #48 Berrios #70 Gordon #91 Thorpe // Another surprise. They must not be concerned about his elbow. #99 Burdi Overall, great to see both the unexpected names (Burdi and Thorpe) making the list as well as the expected names ranked so high. I think this is the most pro-Twins list I've seen so far this offseason.
    1 point
  14. Paul Pleiss

    Hunter needling Hicks

    So you're saying it doesn't matter, but in the same comment you're saying that you'd have some players tone things down. SO IT DOES MATTER! The image of these players matters to their teams. There's a reason Michael Vick didn't have 32 job offers after he got out of prison. I agree, however, that I think it's typically best for players to keep their private lives private, but when they make things public, when they openly endorse certain political positions, then those opinions are part of the public consciousness and those opinions matter, some more than other. If Brian Dozier called a press conference tomorrow to talk about how Ray Rice was black-balled by the NFL, and talked about a man having a right to keep his woman in line, you better believe that's going to matter. For better or for worse, players personal lives are part of the big picture. Especially in the club house. Chemistry matters. It's hard to quantify or qualify, but it matters. As professionals I hope that those guys can put those things off when they're playing between the lines, but that doesn't mean those things don't matter.
    1 point
  15. It is always a good feeling to be ranked or recognized as being or having one of the best. This ranking certainly makes us giddy with hope for the future. I guess I'm less concerned about the individual rank than the overall picture. Thse lists just verify the Twins have a boatload of talent coming versus other teams, expecially the AL Central. Since talent wins the future appears bright. For those willing to trade Perkins, why trade a position of strength when there is not a "certifiable" replacement waiting? Plus, having a closer that can help put games in the win column is important for at least 2 reasons. First, it keeps us moving in the right direction by adding wins now and second it helps change the culture of losing into winning. And finally, with all the clamoring to let the kids play, what would we go after? And would that block our prospects? I doubt very much that trading Perk would net us enough to speed up this transition to a competitive/winning club.
    1 point
  16. This is about the farm system, though, right?
    1 point
  17. My caveat to this is let's make sure his replacement, when MLB ready, is not a drop-off for us. Keep the best relievers, regardless of role, and don't worry about how close we are to competing for the division title, since that can happen sooner than we expect it. And we may soon have a numbers of fairly high-quality trade chips. Plouffe and Dozier come to mind, and we may even have a starter or two that will at least garner Grade C+ or better prospects. Nice change from Butera for Sulbaran or Fuld for Milone.
    1 point
  18. The verdict's in. Billy Beane is an idiot. Terry Ryan is a genius. Cut and dried.
    1 point
  19. TheLeviathan

    Put on Your GM Shoes

    There is a passionate bunch of baseball fans out there that want to minimize any successes Dayton Moore has so years of memes still have play. As for this thread, I think with what the Twins have coming up we may just have to embrace the masher mentality. Interestingly, we're basically becoming the mid 2000s White Sox model we used to mock.
    1 point
  20. That was an outstanding read, thank you. To me baseball has to fix three things if it wants to get baseball back in the minds of young kids from poor or sparsely populated areas: 1) Most importantly they need to make minor league life worth living and enticing. Paying them peanuts so they eat cereal for dinner is part of the problem. McCutcheon says it exactly right - if you want the big dollars from being a baseball player you basically need to grind it out for 4-10 years before you get there. In other sports it's a fraction of that time. So double every minor league player's pay and provide them housing. 2) Invest in those communities in more than just creating nice ballparks. Make sure every little league and tournament is free for any kid that wants it. Basically - scholarship that stuff so guys like Jimmy Rutland don't have to sponser the next McCutcheon. 3) Speed up the game and make it fun again. Let players have personality and punish the hell out of "old school" guys that try to retaliate that element out of the game. Pick up the pace of games. Make baseball something kids want to watch and want to play.
    1 point
  21. nater79a

    2015 draft thread

    Even Kolby Allard would be a good pick if you like the prep hurlers. Scouts say he has Aiken type stuff, although he's smaller in stature.
    1 point
  22. Would it be socially acceptable to play MLB baseball with a southern flag tattoo'd on your face? A swastika? Obviously I'm going to an extreme here, and this is maybe a little off topic, but I think that at some level, this is the extreme view of discussing Torii's public views on certain issues. But to be honest, I think the autograph lines for Torii Hunter at Twins Fest speak a lot louder than those of us who disagreed with the Hunter signing. His lines were ridiculously long for a declining player with the league's worst defensive skills in 2015. The lines said that the fans care about Torii. They want him. Even if some of us who disagree with his views about homosexuality or sabrmetrics, by and large it seems that Twins fans love Torii for what he has done for this ball club, and it's hard to argue with that.
    1 point
  23. Paul Pleiss

    Hunter needling Hicks

    I'm not sure we should separate politics from sports. Torii Hunter's views should matter to a baseball team. To the ownership, the club house, and the fans. It matters. It may not matter between the lines, but it maters.
    1 point
  24. Twins fan for 40 years. I lurk about mostly in Wisconsin.
    1 point
  25. Well I always did assume guys who develop a receding hairline in their early 20's probably have to at least consider the possibility giving up on their dreams. I tell ya, I'm not sure how you poor balding SOB's find the will power to get up in the morning. Bravo to all of you!
    1 point
  26. Paul Pleiss

    Ten worst contracts

    Essentially I don't care how bad Joe Mauer performs as he finishes out his contract. Nor would I have been too irate if the Twins had given him a $300mil contract. I would, however, have lost a lot of love for the Twins had Joe Mauer and the Twins not found a way to make things work and for him to stay in Minnesota. If Joe had signed with the Yankees, and the Twins had not at least offerend a matching contract, I probably would have found a new favorite team. I just don't see how the Twins could not have found a way to sign Joe Mauer, and it's through that light that I say when I said at the beginning of this comment. No matter how bad he gets, his contract was a win for the Twins. A no doubt, slam dunk, grand salami of a win.
    1 point
  27. Since Milone is so terrible, I'm sure Meyer, May et al will have no problem beating him out, so everyone can relax.
    1 point
  28. Beane said he made those trades because he saw the weakness and that the team would be going downhill in the 2nd half and he brought in players to ensure he didn't get out of the playoff picture. I wonder how bad it would have been if he hadn't done what he did. Cespedes is a pretty overrated player. He doesn't get on base and regardless of that one beautiful throw we all know, he's a below average defender. He's not a difference maker, IMO.
    1 point
  29. yep, all because they let Milone go. :-)
    1 point
  30. USAFChief

    2015 draft thread

    I know nothing of these, but I am already hoping for Funkhouser. I love the name, but what I really, really want is to hear Bert pronounce it.
    1 point
  31. Because they would have been better mentors for Hicks? (Getting back to the thread topic... hint hint)
    1 point
  32. tobi0040

    Hunter needling Hicks

    I am not going to comment on how Justin feels about Torii because I don't know. However we have seen glimpses where Torii has not kept his cool and been the veteran mentor the media and Twins think he is. The clubhouse fight is one example. He snapped and threw a ball at a pitcher. He totally unnecesarily comments about gay marriage, which is a distaction. And his actions at his introductory press conference, which was supposed to be a great time for the Twins to unveil their new mentor was at best childish. I think it is fair to call out those gaps and frankly, off base to assume we have any idea how his teammates view him. When the Fox North crew catch up with Hicks in the locker room and say "how great has it been to have Torii Hunter around?" you are likely going to get a positive answer. Not knowing either of them, the answer will be "it has been really great, I always looked up to Torii. He has been that veteran in the clubhouse and shows guys like me how to go about things on a daily basis. He has really helped me with x, y, and z".
    1 point
  33. Will Myers and others for James Shields. Helped put Royals in World Series and Myers was higher ranked prospect than Gordon. The New Twins Way
    1 point
  34. jimmer

    Put on Your GM Shoes

    we're going to trade a well thought of (by some) prospect? Is Ryan still GM in your scenario? :-)
    1 point
  35. jimmer

    Put on Your GM Shoes

    With the understanding that I don't necessarily agree with the idea that 'the pitching getting better and providing many more close contest' is happening, for sure, any time soon along with the understanding that the kind of OBP and normal run creating ability Mauer has shouldn't be anywhere near the bottom three of the lineup while still with the team, I'd go with B. It has Dozier and it doesn't have Rosario or Suzuki. I'm not convinced either lineup is optimal either in personnel or construction 1-9. I think people who aren't even on our radar will likely be in the mix all the way out to 2023. That's nine seasons away.
    1 point
  36. big dog

    Hunter needling Hicks

    Slow news day. We need spring training to start, fast.
    1 point
  37. No, I don't think his "good teammate" reputation is simply "taken as if it's a fact." It may be exaggerated by some in the media and elsewhere, but It's supported by a great deal of anecdotal evidence. Unlike your own assertion that the Twins signed him mainly as a PR stunt. Now THAT statement should not be taken as a fact, right? It's fair to cite a couple of instances, like you have, that bring into question his good guy reputation. I actually share your skepticism about what an all-around great guy he is, and what a selfless, inspirational leader he is. And I'm happy to see that our friends here on TD are less than effusive about it for the most part.
    1 point
  38. jimmer

    Hunter needling Hicks

    I also have to question how one would know he is a good teammate. How will he be when things get bad? We've already seen him say he's gonna look at what they young outfielders are doing right and doing wrong and then talk to them about the things they are doing wrong. Maybe they think, he's a our teammate not a coach. People take things in different ways. And, of course, if any of them are gay...
    1 point
  39. Who is Hunter blocking? Schafer?
    1 point
  40. 'If there's one thing that we know about Burdi - besides the big fastball, crazy slide, etc. - is that he is not at all lacking in confidence. He'd fit that closer role very well.' with relief pitching being the new vague thing, it would have been a good idea to trade Perkins and his friendly contract to get some more prospects before he starts going too far downhill. may have missed that window to get real value for him.
    1 point
  41. If there's one thing that we know about Burdi - besides the big fastball, crazy slide, etc. - is that he is not at all lacking in confidence. He'd fit that closer role very well.
    1 point
  42. tobi0040

    Hunter needling Hicks

    On a side note, day 1 and Hunter was seen talking to Hicks. Walking with Hicks. Grabbing bats together and Hunter (for the camera) making a joke. This story is going to become overdone very, very quickly.
    1 point
  43. In last year's TD over/under contest, the Twins were at 70.5. More people took the over than the under. But none of us picked well enough to do much braggin'. Predicting baseball is hard.
    1 point
  44. Jeeeeez, Diaz, Minier, Gonsalves,Thorpe, and mystery 2015 Draft 6th pick give me hope that even when the current crop of prospects has largely graduated (except Gordon and Stewart I guess) we'll still have a top tier farm system.
    1 point
  45. Maybe they buy into the "tall guys are late bloomers" ideal.
    1 point
  46. In Mauer's case, I don't think it's there because it literally does not hurt their payroll. Sure it's a large percentage of it, and you would hope for production better than last years at that price, but you also have to consider that the Twins have been spending more money on FA's then they ever have the past few seasons, all while his contract was part of it. Granted, you can say "well that's because they never spent such money" and I think you have a point, but it has not been an albatross preventing them from doing anything like some would like you to think.
    1 point
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  48. I've always viewed these lists as best seen through a composite and the composite is awfully positive, even if one might be too generous or not generous enough.
    1 point
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