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  1. Danchat

    Michael Reed traded

    With Granite and Reed out of the way, Cave should have the 4th OF job locked down. This also clears out room for LaMonte Wade to be the obvious next OF coming up from the minors.
    6 points
  2. ashbury

    Michael Reed traded

    For the other reasons you outlined, the trade is pretty even IMO. Players lose some value as soon as they are added to anyone's 40-man, and then they lose additional value when their last minor league option is used up. Reed might be a better overall player than Andreoli, but ability that can't show up on the field due to all the roster rules (and by having 4 or 5 guys deemed better in front of him) is not of value at all. Reed seems like the clear winner here. Good for him.
    5 points
  3. Feel free to always ask for marital advice on this forum...
    5 points
  4. Nobody is keeping track.
    3 points
  5. imo the real winner would appear to be Jake Cave. If a player like Andreoli were to see significant time with the Twins in 2019 then the Twins would likely be in trouble. I see Andreoli as AAA depth and nothing more.
    3 points
  6. Yeah, I could almost understand standing pat with the rotation as I didn’t like the free agent starters at all. However, the bullpen could have easily supported three legit additions, and there were plenty of good relievers available for very cheap. Even plenty good ones who had to settle for minor league deals. I’d like to hear the reasoning for not trying for even the Tyler Clippard/Bud Norris/Adam Warren types.
    3 points
  7. If Austudillo makes the team and if the manager thinks he plays a major league third base, I see Marwin moving around before Sanó returns.
    3 points
  8. I don't know but I do know this. You will never win a debate with your wife.
    3 points
  9. Today, six days before Minnesota welcomes the Cleveland Indians to Target Field, the Twins sent star pitcher Fernando Romero to Triple-A. The once highly-touted starting pitching prospect had been transitioned to relief work this spring. He was talked up as having electric stuff and being a real weapon out of Rocco Baldelli’s pen. Unfortunately, when the rubber met the road, there was more seasoning to be had. That isn’t the problem, but the fallout is. Across 9.2 IP down in Fort Myers, Romero coughed up 10 runs (nine earned) and fanned seven while walking eight. He had started out strong, and really faltered down the stretch. With Opening Day firmly in focus, the decision had to be made. Romero was going to need more time settling into his new role for Rochester. While it’s more than fair to suggest keeping Romero stretched out as a starter would’ve made sense, the consensus could be that he simply isn’t cut out for it. Regardless of the feelings from 1 Twins Way, the reality is that Romero is now going to upstate New York and will work a couple times a week throwing something like 20 pitches per outing. It will groom him for the role outlined for him in 2019 but doesn’t do much to help development as a rotation factor in the years ahead. We now know Romero’s path, and it was written on the wall for a matter of days now, but this is where Minnesota’s offseason starts to fall apart. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine failed to address pitching in almost any capacity. Blake Parker and Martin Perez have the chops to be nice additions, but they do little to raise the overall water level of the group, and don’t enhance depth at all. Going into Spring Training, Romero was viewed as (and talked about from team officials) as a key cog in this pitching staff. The minute that didn’t happen, things start to crumble. Add in the fact that Addison Reed hasn’t looked good at all, is now hurt with a trip to the IL possible, and things get rather bleak quick. Non-roster invitees Ryne Harper and Tim Collins are the two biggest names left in camp vying for one bullpen spot. Both have shown incredibly well, and Collins was a big name a few years ago for the Royals. It’s commendable that both have seized their opportunity, but them factoring onto an Opening Day roster that should have a divisional opportunity in front of them is a result of poor planning. Collins threw just over 20 innings with the Nationals last year. He was just ok, and he hasn’t been a big-league staple since 2013. His last (and only) truly good year was 2012, and he’s now both aged and gone under the knife since then. Harper has displayed a Bugs Bunny curveball but he’s a near-30-year-old career minor leaguer. He posted a 5.19 ERA at Triple-A Rochester last season, and while the strikeout and walk rates have both been great on the farm, no one has ever deemed it worthy of a callup. Neither option, Collins or Harper, is at fault for this. If nothing else, they’re doing everything in their power to be the solution to an organizational problem. By relying solely on the emergence of Romero, or the breakout of Matt Magill, Minnesota’s brass balked at opportunities to sign Joakim Soria, Kelvin Herrera, Brad Brach, Adam Ottavino, or even Craig Kimbrel. Martin Perez could’ve been added with another starter, allowing the “loser” to go to the pen. Any number of options could’ve been explored, but the suggestion was that we have this figured out. Maybe a handful of months from now we’ll look back on this as much ado about nothing. Romero could figure it out quick at Triple-A, come up and immediately be the weapon he was billed as. Maybe Collins or Harper will stick, and the front office will look great for their conviction. The flip side, however, is that the already non-existent depth is being exposed before Opening Day, and we know more names are going to be called upon. Paying relievers, and pitchers in general, is a fickle business practice. Good teams don’t let the elite pitchers get away and cashing in on high quality relievers before they go belly up is a smart practice. Playing in the minefield of free agency for these types is dicey, but unless you have a reliable stable on your own, targeting strong depth that pushes everyone else down a rung makes a ton of sense. The expectation for this club should be, and will remain, that the lineup will hit. Production 1-9 from this group should be plenty to win games on a nightly basis. Where they might lose the credibility comes in the form of trust placed on a suspect pitching staff serving up many more questions than answers. Right now, the front office believes in depth arms, I’m not ready to support them in that though. Here’s to hoping it’s this blogger with egg on his face. For more from Off The Baggy, click here. Follow @tlschwerz
    2 points
  10. twins_89

    Michael Reed traded

    The deal makes sense in that the Twins needed a AAA center fielder and they were probably convinced Reed wouldn't make it through waivers. With the losses of Granite and Reed Minnesota would have been getting pretty thin on major league ready players who you'd feel comfortable playing CF for any length of time.
    2 points
  11. Gonzalez has been doing much better the last week. Also of note: He was nursing a right shoulder injury earlier the spring and not sure how much that had to do with his earlier ineffectiveness. Third base will be maned by committee in April with Gonzalez likely getting most of the starts. Sano is about a week ahead of schedule as well, so he might return before May. Lots of off days in April.
    2 points
  12. I would not pencil in Cave to the 25 man roster yet. Last week Adrianza, Astrudillo, and Cruz all played the outfield, and both Kepler and Rosario can play centerfield if needed. I think that Cave, Astrudillo, and Hildenberger are in a fight for the last 2 spots.
    2 points
  13. Good for Reed, the SF outfield situation is awful, he should get plenty of ABs. Good luck guy!
    2 points
  14. Astudillo should start at 3B and catch once a week. Work Gonzalez in when La Tortuga takes an off day after catching and then let him spell Schoop once a week until he's warmed up. If Austin doesn't make the team, then Garver can give Cron a breather at first once a week. Don't just play Marwin because he's making $10.5 mill. Free La Tortuga!
    2 points
  15. Dman

    Michael Reed traded

    This looks like a something is better than nothing trade. Reeds profile is significantly better than Andreoli but Andreoli doesn't take a up a 40 man spot and he could help the MLB club in a pinch. He is a no power onbase guy in the mold of Zach Granite I presume. This deal is better than nothing but the Giants are the clear winners here IMO.
    2 points
  16. I understand Harper has no MLB time and the others do. (Although not recently). And I understand ST numbers are usually not a basis to make a roster decision. But Harper has been outstanding, steady, and has flat out out-pitched his competition. At some point dont you ride the guy on a hot streak performing the best?
    2 points
  17. If you have a bad bullpen the only thing riskier than signing free agent relievers is not singing free agent relievers. That had nothing to lose and did nothing I don’t get them
    2 points
  18. So... is the bullpen going to be May, Parker, Hildenberger, Rogers, Mejia, Magill, and Perez (for a week and half)? Yikes, that's not good. Oh, and let's not pretend Matt Magill has had a good Spring Training either, as he's posted a solid 9.53 ERA. I guess Harper and Morin will have shots at the 8th spot in the bullpen too, but that's not going to make a huge difference. I wonder if Harper might be the guy who gets the call up as he'll have 3 option years, while Morin would be yet another guy with no options. (Outside of Harper, only Hildenberger and Rogers have options.) I don't understand Falvey/Levine's plan of fixing the lineup with several good positional players, but then adding a single pitcher to a MLB deal. It seems like, once again, we're partially competing and partially trying not to win.
    2 points
  19. It was so frustrating seeing them pass on so many bargains out there that could have been helpful. Bud Norris, Brad Branch, Greg Holland, Tony Sipp, Nick Vincent, Hunter Strickland, & Brad Boxberger, I only chose RP's that signed for less than $5M. I would hate to see them actually spend money to win a division that nobody wants to win if you look at what Cleveland has done this off season.
    2 points
  20. But it's not wise to take any of it! :)
    2 points
  21. I won't take the time to state how much I like and believe in our FO and all the moves and changes they have made from the top on down. I won't do so brevity, as well as the fact that this particular situation is not only on topic, but glaring. It is one thing to accept the volatility of FA, overall but especially in regard to RP, and history showing that just making a signing guarantees nothing. (A Reed for example). It is also a singular thing to look at arms on hand and projecting what might be. But is entirely different to bank on a return to prominence for a veteran coming off a poor season and a group of young arms to suddenly produce for what was clearly a glaring weakness. There have been some very smart moves, and a couple questionable moves...Perez...that could be smart. But to make Parker the only bullpen addition is reprehensible. There were so many options available this offseason, just be smart, you are supposed to be aggressive and smart, and sign at least ONE GUY who could make a legitimate difference! Yes, Magill actually offers up some surprising potential. So does Harper. (Who's milb track record makes you wonder why the he'll he hasn't had a cup of coffee at least). And you're right Ted when you state a few weeks, or months, from now we could have a different opinion as things work themselves out. But with the season about to start, the pen is looking like hope and prayers. What a difference just ONE known and proven quality would add to Rogers, May, Parker and maybe Hildy and Mejia. HUGE mistake and missed opportunity!
    2 points
  22. His numbers never really matched his stuff.. or his other numbers. .. basically, I've come to the conclusion that if your stuff can't strike out minor leaguers at 10+/9ip you probably don't have that great of stuff. Doubly so for guys like Romero who give up fair numbers of hits and walks. That's why I don't understand why we use k's/9ip rather than k%. If you're consistently facing extra batters, you should be getting more k's. To me, Romero profiles as a back end starter/primary competent reliever. Not so much an ace or shut down guy.
    2 points
  23. "99% sure" is a trap. All married men should know this.
    2 points
  24. The 9 th inning is simply different. Just ask LaTroy Hawkins. Great reliever. Great stuff. Melted under 9th inning pressure. Fluorished setting up Eddie, who had nowhere near the raw stuff of Hawkins. Some guys just don’t have it upstairs. Some do. That’s why the ones that do are still going to get theirs.
    2 points
  25. Thanks for the help everyone. This was resolved way quicker than I expected. Twins daily readers are the best
    2 points
  26. I would have like this, but the individual is wearing a White Sox Jersey.
    2 points
  27. While they're at it, they should take the numbers out of drinking too -- no more 3.2 beer!
    2 points
  28. The save didn’t ruin relief pitching, the idea that a closer must pitch one inning did.
    2 points
  29. Obviously battling injury most all last season, and trying to play through it and compensate, ruined his season. Whether or not he can duplicate/approach his 2017 season is open for debate. Healthy, and still young, he could easily do so. But he put up solid numbers in both 2015 and '16 as well. I'm pretty excited to see what he does in 2019 even though I agree he's really slotted as 6-7 hitter. He could be an excellent 1 year rental, giving way to another prospect a year from now...OR...worthy of a possible re-sign to buy more time for Lewis, Javier, etc, to be ready. A very smart signing.
    2 points
  30. Lineup: C - Castro 1B - Cron 2B - School SS - Polanco 3B - Gonzalez LF - Rosario CF - Buxton RF - Kepler Bench: C: Garver IF: Adrianza OF: Cave Util: Astudillo Rotation: Berrios Pineda Gibson Odorizzi Bullpen: May Rogers (L) Parker Mejia (L) Perez (L) Hildenberger Magill Harper IL: Sano, Addison Reed, Moya
    1 point
  31. twins_89

    Michael Reed traded

    Astudillo played CF for the Twins last year, but I have no desire to see him out there again. After Buxton and Kepler there aren't a lot CF options that inspire confidence. I'm personally not a fan of Cave's CF defense and really don't want to see him manning the position for any extended stretch. With Granite and Reed gone the cupboard was also pretty bare at AAA/AA in terms of competent defensive center fielders.
    1 point
  32. If people are willing to overpay, you take it. And people were willing to overpay for Pressly. Don't get me wrong, he's a very good pitcher. But they really overpayed for 1.3 years of service.
    1 point
  33. Dman

    Michael Reed traded

    I totally agree with your line of thinking. I wasn't digging that deep in my analysis. Just comparing the two players current ability and ceilings. Reed is fast, has decent OBP numbers and seemed to be gaining HR power. I don't know much about Andreoli but a quick look at his numbers and he appears to have good speed and likely better than average defense and that is about it. So his ceiling appears limited IMO. That's why I initially felt the Giants won that deal. You are correct though that the Twins couldn;t justify keeping Reed so maybe it is a more even deal than I thought at first. I guess you could say they traded Granite for 700,000 in International bonus and then got Granite back again in the form of Abdreoli. Not a bad get for just claiming a player. Here's hoping they signed a decent international player or two with the money.
    1 point
  34. Reason # 12 why Ehire Adrianza isn’t going anywhere.
    1 point
  35. My dad suggested last week that Romero would not make the team. I didn't agree with him and mentioned that there would be riots at Twins Daily if that happened. Unfortunately Romero's performance changed all that. My dad was right - he is not ready. Here is hoping he can be lights out in Rochester and help the Twins down the road.
    1 point
  36. Back in the Dark Ages (1970) before teams decided they needed 12-13 pitchers, the closer combination of Ron Peranoski and Stan Williams was 17-9 with 49 saves. They each pitched 67-68 games and each had just over 110 IPs. And somehow they often pitched more than one inning in a game. May and Rogers for closer combo until they prove they can't handle it.
    1 point
  37. The problem with this debate with your wife is that if you show her you are correct, you actually lose. I recommend that you concede the fact that she is correct and take her out to dinner and keep your correctness smugly in your own mind and never bring this up again. Then permanently delete all these responses. Good luck my brother. It is a long and perilous road we married men walk.
    1 point
  38. Now that you've been proven right, you'll be back. Then, you'll stumble your way to the sports bar... all bets are off from there. Moderation is light and so is the beer (not really the beer, Summit EPA is a favorite but we can debate if you're feeling foggy).
    1 point
  39. I guess I don’t agree with resting Pineda now. He’s presumably strong now. If he needs a break at some point, that’s what a “tired arm” diagnosis and DL stint is for. The best way to build up his arm is consistent work.
    1 point
  40. Let’s just end this experiment already. Romero is a starter, he just needs more time. Even more so, Madson and Kimbrel are still on the market. We could easily improve our bullpen, but we choose not to. If money was really a problem, then why did we sign Marwin when we could’ve shored up our biggest need with a HoF caliber player?
    1 point
  41. I like your idea, but I think with Pineda coming off TJ that they will use at least a 4 man rotation so as to give the guys some more rest early on, especially Pineda.
    1 point
  42. Isn't there a bar up there called the 573 Club? I assume it is part of that bar's branding.
    1 point
  43. "The models - they are confused." I always wondered why they walk so funny down that runway. Saw three flights of geese headed north this morning and a coon ripped down my wife's bird feeder last night before breaking into my grill and licking off last summer's grease. Counted ten deer in the backyard this morning, sleeping in. Based on those sure signs of spring I predict south winds, lots of antacids and hangovers for the Home Opener. Oh, and 55 degrees. I am one with nature.
    1 point
  44. You did hit the key to this story, Seth. Of all the players listed, he is the only true German. By that I mean he is a native German who grew up playing baseball in Germany. The others are all some combination of U.S. Military kids who were born in Germany, but probably grew up playing ball in the U.S. And a few were born there, but moved to the U.S. and played their youth ball here. So Max is really one of a kind. And I believe he is going to have one heck of a year.
    1 point
  45. There is going to be a lot of frustrated fans if Romero is in the AAA bullpen.
    1 point
  46. It is. But part of getting into scoring position involves getting on base. Until Buxton shows some ability to do that, he should not hit lead off. Kepler’s career obp isn’t very good either, but his BB rate is team best aside from Cruz. The skills are there to be a successful leadoff hitter. It remains to be seen if he can actually do it. Personally, I feel it is far more likely that Kepler will increase his .236 BABIP from 2018 (and in so doing increase all his slash numbers) than Buxton will significantly increase his career obp from .285.
    1 point
  47. I second this suggestion. Just go and pay for parking. Bring some snacks, if you can’t get tix for the big leagues, watch the minors in the backfields. Minor league games are loads of fun.
    1 point
  48. I'm sure Houston's adjustments helped him achieve those absurd numbers in August & Sept, but we can fairly assume he was gonna have a monster second half no matter where he was. The dude was throwing unbelievably well when the Twins traded him. He had a 0.90 ERA, .523 opponents' OPS and 17% swinging strike rate in 10 July appearances for the Twins before they dealt him. He's one of the nastiest pitchers in baseball, plain and simple. That was evident before he was moved. It just seems so odd to me that they invested all that time and effort into developing him into such a weapon, then just as they were starting to fully reap the benefits, they trade him for another project.
    1 point
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