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  1. I've seen plenty of outlandish trade proposals by fans, but I think many of the astute posters at TD sometimes undervalue the Twins--almost an overreaction to the "Duensing for Kersharw" type trades.. If the Pirates are looking for a CF, SS, and RP, all three of those guys could contribute, probably right out of the gate. That isn't a bad trade for them at all.
    11 points
  2. First, I think Cole has a fairly reasonable floor - he was an innings eater last year but still manage ~3 WAR, and prior to that he has averaged at least 4 WAR/200 innings. So that is good, especially considering where the Twins rotation is. Second, I think there is still a lot of upside. He just completed his age-26 season, so he is younger than anyone on the free agent market. He throws HARD, averaging over 95+ on his fastball. He has all the ingredients to make a leap in the next two seasons. It obviously isn't a given that he will, but he certainly can. And it isn't unheard of for pitchers to take their game to another level in their late-20s: Scherzer, Arrieta, and Kluber all went from slightly-better-than-league-average to Cy Young contender at age 28. That is the bet I'm making when I'm advocating for Cole. So that is what I think we are getting. A reasonable floor over the next two seasons with legitimate top-of-the-rotation upside. I think that is a good bet for the Twins to take right now.
    10 points
  3. If that would be the actual cost for Cole, I'm doing that trade. While a lot of people love Archer and his stuff, I'd honestly rather have Cole for what the price will be, and I've always thought of Archer as an enigma. To me he has the weirdest, non-competitive demeanor on the mound I've ever seen. Now, it's not like that has prevented him from striking a bunch of guys out and dominating at times, but something is just "off" there for me. Also, Archer's career WAR vs. Cole's WAR is only 11.9 to 11.4 (bref), and Cole has pitched one less season. Archer put up 4.3 in 2015 and Cole 4.5 that same season. They both gave up a bunch of HR's last year, but before that Cole was very good at keeping the ball in the yard while Archer's been giving them up at that rate 2+ seasons. What I'm saying is, I don't think Archer is far and away better than Cole to justify the price difference in a trade that it seems it's going to require. My first choice is sign Yu Darvish, but trading for Cole would be my second option and I don't see why they couldn't do both if they really wanted. Trading for Archer is a distant option for me and I realize I may be the minority on that.
    8 points
  4. I would, too! If there is any truth to that, I'm thinking ... why isn't it done already??? (And that it not being done already, I wonder at its truth. )
    8 points
  5. I'd love to have the chance to blow the WS.
    7 points
  6. How about we do that trade for Cole AND we sign Darvish and stup ****ing half-assing it? Why not both? The only good answer is that the Twins have never done something that aggressive before, and frankly, that's a terrible answer.
    7 points
  7. While you hope you don't have to rely on them in CF, they are plenty capable to fill in. There are literally numerous corner OF options. On the 40-man: Grossman, Garver, Adrianza. In the minors: LaMonte Wade, Edgar Corcino. Then they are a dime a dozen on FA market. Granite should not hold anything up.
    6 points
  8. Um, Rosario and Kepler say hello. They can handle it. Plenty of guys who can fill in a corner.
    6 points
  9. My least favorite option. Just not a believer
    6 points
  10. Archer has been through the ringer of the AL East and has still come away as one of the division's top starters. He also misses a boatload of bats. Cole's consistency, injury history and lifetime in the NL makes me nervous. Plus the four years instead of two is huge. The fact that Archer is on such a small contract could also mean he'd be amenable to ripping up that contract and increasing his current base pay in exchange for adding on a couple of years, should the team want to extend him that is.
    6 points
  11. Wow, rumor of a solid proposal. I would do that trade.
    6 points
  12. I would make that trade for Cole in a heartbeat.
    6 points
  13. gocgo

    I hate the Yankees...

    that's all I wanted to say. I consider it good for baseball if they don't win the World Series next year. Feel free to vent below. Also, is Jeter trying to improve the team he owns or his old team? I mean, why would you do that trade prior to the Winter meetings where he may have gotten a better offer? I realize Stanton could nix other potential trade and that this was about dumping salary, but shouldn't you try to get something better for a superstar? Just my 2 pennies.
    5 points
  14. I have a hard time imagining why TB would want to trade Archer - he checks all the boxes for the kind of pitcher everybody wants. IMO, it would take elite talent to even get them to think about it: yeah, Buxton or Sano type players.
    5 points
  15. Interesting Read: http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/12/relationship-with-twins-gm-thad-levine-could-be-game-changer-for-yu-darvish/ Says in here that Darvish reached out to Gimenez over Thanksgiving to discuss Twins and the city.
    5 points
  16. Hate to lose Gordon, but Wade and Granite are the same to me. Jay might be great, or never heathy. I probably do that deal, but only if the plan is to also add a free agent or three. Two years is very short term, so if you do this, you should commit money too.
    5 points
  17. No team has a CF whose even close on defense. Rosario can fill in if push comes to shove. We can't stop a move for the starting pitcher we so desperately need, by being concerned about a lightweight like Granite.
    5 points
  18. You all suck and most of you should be incarcerated do a good job of keeping things running smoothly.
    5 points
  19. Shame on the MLB for allowing this ownership group to take over Miami. Nothing has changed from past ownership. There's really no excuse for Miami to act like a small market team.
    5 points
  20. Seth, Darvish wouldn't cost a draft pick. You have that wrong. He was traded to the Dodgers, so no draft pick compensation is attached.
    5 points
  21. My favorite thing is reading comment after comment, each of them convincing, and having my mind changed, or at least opened a little, to new points of view, in such a collegial and friendly manner. I love that differing opinions are not an occasion to bluster and get huffy, but are mutually considered the very thing we come here to seek out. That open-minded curiosity creates a sense of community, intellectual stimulation, and shared fun. It feels like a warm hearth to gather around and chat, in what can be a cold, cruel world. So, thanks to literally everyone! But especially to the moderators, who make it all happen so seamlessly you don't even know they're there. Well done indeed.
    5 points
  22. No chance I trade two pitchers for 1 year of Machado. Zero. Nada. Nil. Zilch. I can't even imagine why the Twins would do that.
    4 points
  23. its funny cause the person who asked the question was asking Erica if you were the Twins would you take it? and Eric answered in the POV of the Pirates.
    4 points
  24. I don't think it's rude ... I think there is a certain to truth to it ... on BOTH sides. (The 'being right' part.) I've followed this debate each and every time it's come up and there is absolutely nothing new being said ... it's the same old arguments on both sides, back and forth, back and forth. There are a few acknowledgements of understanding the others' points of view, even if disagreed with (and I say few, very few) vs people just digging in for the long haul, with the 'tone' of "I'm right, gosh darn it!" So, at this point, as a moderator, I'm putting this out here: If you've said it already, you've said it. Move on. There is no 'convincing' of anyone of anything here as most here have decided opinions. On TD, I don't care how much you believe in what you believe, or how right you may be proven in hindsight, or how right you think you are in foresight, no one is right or wrong here, only expressing opinions. Disagree with those opinions all you want, have a good debate, even heated as long as you remain respectful. But at this point, this subject has been debated many times over, and it will soon teeter over (and has) into jabs at one another and their reasoning as to why they think as they do which then becomes bickering. So, unless you have something new to add or are just refuting what you've already refuted time and again, stop. And while I'm at it ... stop with the jabs, especially if you meant them to be unfriendly. And stop being easily offended with perception without truly knowing and responding equally. (Especially the 'responding equally' part.) If you truly feel whatever someone said was meant as an insult, report it. (And even though I quoted Mike here, I am addressing EVERYONE. He just gave me a 'good jumping off' point.)
    4 points
  25. The rumor comes from a Pirates fan site, not Seth. Which gives it more credibility than if it came from "us" And actually, the reaction from what seemed like Pirates fans on Twitter, was positive.
    4 points
  26. I do Cole for Gordon, Jay & Granite in a heartbeat. Offer Cole a deal in the 4-year / $40-48mil range and buy out his remaining remaining two arb years & first two years of FA. The guy could be a horse.
    4 points
  27. Cheers...Twins Daily is the best!
    4 points
  28. I don't include Royce Lewis in any trade, unless it's a reasonably priced top 5 MLB pitcher with plenty of team control remaining AKA - I'm not trading Royce Lewis
    4 points
  29. I thought a trade for Cole would have to include Gordon and Romero/Gonsalves but I think Jay and Granite is a roughly equal to that. I like Gordon a lot (I think he's our #1 prospect) and Jay could be an absolute killer in the pen but his injury history is such that I think its ok to move on. But he could really come back to bite us. But Cole could be a nice piece in our rotation. I think the deal is fair - might be a bit too kind to Pitt and maybe they need to throw in a small piece back - but it's certainly a decent starting place for a negotiation.
    4 points
  30. Do not know his status or his agent, but Lewis should be here in 2019 or 2020 and Twins have many middle infield prospects. Would hate to lose Gordon and or Jay, but cannot see the message the Twins are satisfied with a wild card spot, will make it tough to land top flight talent in the future. Remember the White Sox see their window opening about 2020 and they are one of the top ranked farm systems (like the Twins were a couple of years ago). Let's not blow this.
    4 points
  31. If the rumored trade proposal is accurate then I would think the reason MN is hesitating is because internally they are very high on Jay. You have to give some to get some so it's pretty obvious Gordon would be included. While I like Granite and think he's a valuable 4th OF for us this year, you don't hesitate to add to the front end of your pitching staff because of a 4th OF. So it has to be about Jay and the ceiling/floor our front office views for him.
    4 points
  32. Everything in moderation...that's what I say...except for good beer. Thanks moderators!
    4 points
  33. Yuk! Terrible trade! I like Archer but not giving up Sano! Terrible!
    4 points
  34. I'd rather pull the trigger for Archer & it isn't that close. If I'm giving up prospects for pitching, I want that pitcher around for 4+ years, not 2 years. That's likely going to cost more in prospects so let's go big. Let's package Sano, Gordon, Jay & another prospect for Archer & Longoria. With a cheap contract for Archer, let's use the savings to sign Brian Shaw. Let's not dip our toe in the water. Instead, let's make a splash.
    4 points
  35. The Morris HOF debate has been going on for years, and not because of team affiliation. It’s about people who believe that bWAR and ERA+ are the most important rating systems, and anyone who disagrees is “old school” and less enlightened. It’s more about a group of people wanting to be right than it is about Twins fans, or Braves fans, or Tigers fans.
    4 points
  36. That would be a no brainier trade. At that cost, there is still plenty left to make other moves.
    4 points
  37. You have to have 11, before you can have 12. That's just math.
    4 points
  38. Six years ago we were promoting guys that were failing in the minors (Ok, failing might be strong but certainly not guys we were itching to see based on their performances). Guys like Seger may or may not thrive in the majors but at least we have several pitchers in the minors that have earned a shot rather than just get promoted because there is no one else.
    4 points
  39. Excellent article. Oh, and is the answer that they both have eleven letters in their names?
    4 points
  40. My question for many of the folks who say Gonsalves only has 4-5 range "stuff and potential"... have any of you seen him pitch or looked at his track record through the minors? There is a reason that he's one of the top rated LH starting prospects by MLB. I'm not saying he (or Romero) are untouchable, but... seriously?? He has potential, the kind you don't lightly give away. I get the whole shiny, new toy syndrome or the allure of selling your cow for some "magic" beans, I do (I also really despise the Yankees and the SEC/Alabama... but that's another story and rant), but at a certain times you have to stand back and trust some of the cards you have in your hand.
    4 points
  41. I had this response too. (among others)
    3 points
  42. drjim

    General politics

    And called for Jones. Never a doubt...
    3 points
  43. Lots of people questioned the Haley move, when he was taken/traded for, and during the year. This isn't simple hindsight.
    3 points
  44. Yikes. Not me. To me you don't trade the number 1 overall pick, when that pick is a position player, and especially when that pick is going to be a middle-of-the-field defender, to obtain any pitcher. At least not until that number 1 pick has had a chance to show you some cracks that will limit that ceiling. That day may come for Lewis (I sincerely hope it doesn't)...but I don't think we're there at this point. Too soon. Now when I say "any" pitcher.....well, let's just say Archer would not be an exception to the rule.
    3 points
  45. I would make that trade in a heartbeat. I have Gordon as the no. 5 prospect in the system behind Gonsalves, Lewis, Romero, and Rooker. I think Gordon needs another year at AA to get those strikeouts down. Jay was good in Fort Myers in 2016, but there is nothing else to rely on in terms of a long-term projection as a starter. Granite is very expendable with the likes of Rooker and Wade behind him. It seems pretty obvious to me. I understand potentially being hesitant about parting with Gordon, but Polanco and Escobar are there at the moment. Obviously this all would change if the Twins decided to trade Dozier.
    3 points
  46. To realize that puts Sano and Buxton another year closer to free agency? Eventually you have to try to win.
    3 points
  47. My first choice is both! (Yeah, I know ... humming 'The Impossible Dream' to myself now.)
    3 points
  48. Aren't minor leaguers really the magic beans, and veterans the cow here? Hardly any minor league players make a serious contribution in the majors.
    3 points
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