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  1. Signing premium players is a good thing. We don't want to overthink this.
    12 points
  2. My 89 year old Aunt Stella passed away last week. She was a HUGE Twins fan as evidence by her urn - yes that is a Twins batting helmet! Aunt Stella used to take the North Star from Brainerd to Target Field a few times a year - even while she was well in her eighties. She did not need analytics to tell her about the game. Comments like "they should pinch hit for this player since he can't hit lefties worth a darn" or "Don't bring in so and so to face this guy as he demolishes curve balls" were some of the comments she would astutely make. Her son gave the family remembrance and closed by saying "now that you are there, "touch-em-all" Mama!' How appropriate...
    8 points
  3. Cleveland tried the "wait and see," approach last season and we saw what happened. A hot start from MN and a few key injuries wrecked their season. If the Twins think they can roll into 2020 with Berrios, Odorizzi, Pineda (after his 2 month suspension) and a bunch of bodies then they're begging for disaster. If one of Odo or Berrios goes down for any significant amount of time in the first half a trade at deadline might be too little too late. If you can guarantee me that MN will use the money they have at their disposal to pay a front line starter than I'm fine with passing on Donaldson. I wouldn't say I'm particularly confident they'll find a suitable match, let alone be willing to pay the price for said starter. IMO the likeliest scenario is signing a bounce back option or two and swinging a trade for another mid rotation arm; which means there will be plenty of $$ left for Donaldson.
    7 points
  4. 6 points
  5. I know its not apples to apples and I am generally a pitching and defense guy but JD had a 6.4 WAR last year to Cron's 1.4. Games are won by a lot of different things and pitching is just one of them. More offeense and better defense is a factor also. Why say we are set for offense just because last year was a great year. Why not try to get better on offense as well since it seems to be an easier get than pitching? Budget his contract at 40 mil this year, 30 mil next year and 12-15 mil the next two years. I'm not saying this is a must guy to get but he would look pretty good over at third with Sano at 1st and Sano at DH after that.
    6 points
  6. I was at #1 and #2... #2 - Paul Allen gave me four tickets to two games that season for being a guest on his radio show for two years. One of those games was the Thome walk-off. Khalid El-Amin was sitting in the front row, three rows in front of us. When Thome hit it, we all jumped and yelled. El-Amin came up and was high-fiving everyone! It was so loud. Just amazing. #1 - I was in the press box, thinking I really needed to get going to make my 7 hour trek home... but I wanted to see how the Twins had Mauer exit the game. I thought maybe sometime he'd get pulled off the field, get a standing ovation and I'd leave. Then he had the late-inning double and I figured he'd leave for a pinch runner. Then came that ninth inning. I was sitting by Brandon Warne in the press box, and it was eerily quiet, and then slowly the crowd started cheering, and there we saw Mauer walking out of the dugout. Even in the press box, we rose... Trying to be professional while trying to hold back tears... what a moment. Then after the game, getting to go down and be part of that press conference and talking to other players about the day... Just amazing... I will never forget that day. Seeing his little daughters give him a big hug after that press conference. Seeing his whole family down there. Chatting with Jake for awhile. Just incredible. Getting goosebumps even now just thinking about it. Oh, and I left there later... and only drove halfway home. Texted my boss and said I'd try to make it in by noon.
    4 points
  7. Please, could we get to the point where we never see Ryne Harper on a list for the Twins?
    4 points
  8. Nelson Cruz signed a 4 year deal, age 34-38, and it worked out pretty well! There is always risk, no guarantee, etc, but Donaldson was perhaps good enough at age 33 that he has some room to age over the next few years and still be a valuable contributor.
    4 points
  9. I'm not sure why people are so quick to want to sign Donaldson when the Twins have enough bats already and shouldn't be meeting his demands anyways of a 4 year deal he is seeking. It may look good for 2020, but he is already 34 years old and teams shouldn't be paying players that high of contract when they are 36-38. I would rather not be stuck in a long term deal that the team would regret in a couple of years. Sign Eric Thames or Todd Frazier to 1 year deal and see how the minor league prospects develop i for 2021. Just because the team has the money to spend doesn't mean they need to be foolish with it. They can always be looking for a trade for a SP now or during the season and take on a contract that way.
    3 points
  10. Much has changed over the past 10 years. The fact really hits home when you consider that, heading into this decade, Target Field had not yet opened its gates. As we turn the page on the 2010s, I thought it might be fun to reflect on some of the best and most memorable moments through 10 years at The Bullseye.10: Outdoor baseball returns to Minnesota (4/12/10) On April 12th, 2010, the Twins christened their new ballpark, hosting the Red Sox on a cloudy and cool Monday afternoon. It wasn't the team's first game at Target Field (a pair of exhibitions against the Cards had been played there 10 days earlier) but this one made it official. For the first time in almost 30 years, Twins fans were able to watch meaningful baseball at home under blue skies rather than a Teflon roof. It was a crisply played 5-2 victory for Minnesota, keyed by Carl Pavano's six strong innings along with three-hit games from Jason Kubel and reigning MVP Joe Mauer. The Twins went on to win their first four series at Target Field and finished 53-28 (.654) at home in the new stadium's inaugural season. 9: Byron Buxton races for record-setting inside-the-park home run (8/18/17) As with many of the moments on this list, I picked this one because it is emblematic of the man behind it. Buxton has had plenty of amazing moments at Target Field since debuting there in 2015, but his inside-the-parker against Arizona in August of 2017 epitomizes the electricity and incredible athleticism that make him such a tremendous joy to watch. Blazing around the bases in 13.85 seconds after his towering drive caromed off the wall in right-center, Buxton set a new Statcast record for the feat, breaking... his own. (Of course.) 6: Eddie Rosario homers on first MLB pitch (5/6/15) From the Department of Can't-Make-This-Stuff-Up: Rosario's big-league debut. Stepping up for his first major-league at-bat in 2015, with his family watching from the Target Field stands, Eddie offered at the first pitch he saw from A's lefty Scott Kazmir and sent it over the left-field wall. For fans, it was the perfect introduction to Rosario, conveying his confidence, aggressive approach, and flare for theatrics. 5: Brian Dozier caps epic comeback against Tigers (7/10/15) Two months after his splashy arrival, Rosario played a role in one of the most exhilarating victories of the decade, setting the stage for Dozier's heroics. The Twins, flirting with contention for the first time in years, were looking to finish out the first half strong with a series against Detroit heading into the break. They'd fallen in the first game and were at risk of another setback, with a 6-1 deficit entering the bottom of the ninth. Rosario delivered an RBI single to bring Minnesota within four. A bases-loaded HBP from Kurt Suzuki and two-run single from Danny Santana trimmed the Tigers' lead to one. Then the lineup turned over and up came Dozier – days away from his first All-Star Game – with two on and one out. Joakim Soria hung a breaking ball, and he paid for it. Any "Best Twins Player of the Decade" discussion should probably start with Dozier. He was the beating heart of those upstart, fringy playoff teams in 2015 and 2017. His 42-homer outburst in 2016 was one of the sole positives in a trainwreck campaign. Twins Daily named Dozier team MVP three straight times. That walk-off shot was perhaps the most transcendent moment in a career full of special ones. 4: Johan Santana is elected to Twins Hall of Fame (8/4/18) While it's fun reminiscing about the last 10 years, and thinking back to the days of Ben Revere catching a Vladimir Guerrero drive off of Carl Pavano, it does emphasize just how LONG ago that was. As we head into the 2020s, distance grows from a bygone era of Twins baseball filled with so many great players, moments, and memories. Johan's Hall of Fame induction in August of 2018 was a big highlight of this decade for me, because it channeled so much of the franchise's past into Target Field – if for one fleeting ceremony. Santana will forever be one of the great success stories in Twins history, and to see him celebrated alongside many of those cherished fellow fixtures from the late Metrodome run – Brad Radke, Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Eddie Guardado – was cool. Especially on a day where Jose Berrios, who is striving to inherit Santana's mantle (an ace that can ACTUALLY beat the Yankees in October), was Minnesota's starting pitcher. 3: Glen Perkins closes out the 2014 All-Star Game (7/15/14) When he retired after the 2017 season, I wrote that if a Twins Daily Hall of Fame were ever established, Perkins would be the first inductee. He was one of the team's best players throughout the site's early years of existence. He once bought a round of beers from the bullpen for TD Pub Crawl attendees. He's an amazing homegrown success story. Oh, and in his post-playing days he's now being described as "Minnesota's Ron Swanson." Sadly, Perk's career peak aligned directly with the grimmest part of the decade for the club. He was an elite closer on a terrible team, and his shoulder gave out just as the Twins began to finally emerge from the struggle. Perkins flat-out deserved to have things play out exactly as they did when the All-Star Game came to Minneapolis in 2014 and shined a national spotlight on Target Field. Trailing early, the American League came back to take a two-run lead, setting up a save opportunity for Minnesota's shutdown closer. Perkins trotted out to his mound, with Twins batterymate and fellow All-Star Kurt Suzuki on the other end, and retired the side in order to seal a win for the AL. You could have hardly scripted a better sequence for his All-Star appearance in front of the home crowd. 2: Jim Thome blasts first Target Field walk-off HR against White Sox (8/17/10) Choosing just one Thome moment (Thoment?) for inclusion on this list was a challenge. In his brief but spectacular Target Field tenure to start the decade, the Hall of Famer gave us plenty of lasting memories, which would largely come to define the ballpark's early legacy. There was the against the Royals in September of 2010. There was his the next summer, estimated at the time as the longest in the stadium's short history at 490 feet. There were his two jacks against Tampa Bay in July of 2010 to tie and then surpass Harmon Killebrew on the all-time home run list. But for me, nothing can beat the clutch tater that Thome thumped against the White Sox in August of 2010. With the Twins down by a run in the bottom of the 10th, the slugger launched a majestic two-run bomb into the plaza, notching the first walk-off home run in Target Field history. That legendary blast sealed a key division win for a team just three games up in the standings, and led to one of the best photos in Twins history. It's a tough moment for any other to top. More than eight years would pass before it finally happened. 1: Joe Mauer dons catcher's gear for one last time (9/30/18) A lot of things needed to go right, and an array of carefully crafted plans had to reach fruition, for Mauer's farewell to play out as it did. Dan Hayes meticulously detailed the story for The Athletic, and it's one of my favorite things he's written. When everything fell into place on the final day of the 2018 season, pure magic was the result. Mauer hadn't explicitly confirmed he was playing his last game as a big-leaguer, but that , and became crystal-clear in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the Twins leading 5-4, Mauer stepped onto the diamond in catcher's gear for the first time in more than five years. He tearfully saluted fans during a lengthy ovation, received one pitch from Matt Belisle, and then walked off Target Field into the proverbial sunset, leaving behind an extraordinary 15-year career.
    3 points
  11. Given a $800K contract with an opportunity to win a spot in the starting rotation. Good for Kohl! Hope he makes the most out of it!
    3 points
  12. They lost the ALCS in 6 games to the eventual WS champs. For reference, that Toronto team came closer to a WS than the Twins have been in almost 30 years. They also won more playoff games that postseason than MN has won this entire decade. I'd say the Jays are an argument for pushing in, rather than shooting for sustained mediocrity.
    3 points
  13. The Redskins didn't add any pitching either, IIRC.
    3 points
  14. Well obviously I know the answer to that, but before I divulge it publicly, I need to see if Falvine knows it.
    3 points
  15. To be frank, Donaldson was never in MY plans for this team. My hopes were tied to just one really good SP FA option. No more debating or whining, it simply was not to be. So, while trading for an arm is a viable and import move to make, you can STILL add to your team. It is never a bad thing to add to your offense or your defense even if another area of your team still needs work. You are still adding to the WHOLE that is the team. I'd guess he's worth the money for the first 2 years, decent but probably not worth full value the 3rd yr, and not worth the 4th season. But overall, he will be a quality contributor for the duration as a 3B/DH. I'm still waiting for the Braves to give in and offer up the 4th year though and sign him.
    3 points
  16. We're probably five bullpen injuries away from seeing him pitch. That's good enough for me. In addition to Matthew's Honorable Mentions list. we might see any of Jovani Moran, Edwar Colina, Graterol, or Duran before we see Ryne Harper again. Pretty decent buffer, I'd say.
    3 points
  17. marwin wasn't even a league average hitter last year. That's a really bad idea.
    3 points
  18. I'm hopeful that you will have more faith in Duffey and May a couple months into the season. Both pitchers have electric fastballs and they can control it. Trevor May really took a step forward after that mid-season rough-up when he kept throwing that curveball that wasn't fooling anyone. Take a look at his season trajectory after giving up his fourth curveball home run - a three-run 0-2 shot to Dominic Smith on 7/17. He was lights out, except for a bad day against Chicago, in August and September (34K/6BB). Tyler Duffey has worked to use his pitches more effectively. This is probably the best article that I have read about it. The improvements have made him a real weapon. They both have to come back and do it again in 2020, but I like their chances.
    3 points
  19. Thanks for the memories Nick! I was at the game in 2011 when Revere made that catch - we could not believe he caught it. Was the only positive thing that happened that night, unfortunately...
    3 points
  20. By all accounts, Josh Donaldson appears to be a special hitting mind on par with guys like Nelson Cruz. Clearly the Twins front office believes so as well considering they've reportedly offered him $100 million. Donaldson is still an elite defender and offensive player. Signing him wouldn't be spending just to spend. He improves our infield defense tremendously which is honestly our 2nd biggest issue behind starting pitching, which Donaldson's defense would help with as well. Donaldson's defense may age poorly, but he would be a great option for DH if it gets too bad in future years. His bat shows no signs of slowing down and on a pure value basis in terms of adding wins to this team, he's the kind of player that could easily end up being an MVP on this team that has a lot of other very good players. Signing Donaldson would be a multi faceted improvement to the entire roster and he'd instantly become a core player for the next 3-5 years.
    3 points
  21. You don't really have to worry about it. The Twins made a 4-year offer already. If he wanted to be here, he would be already. They are either light on their offer, or he is waiting for the Braves to get close. Seriously, I'd give it a 15% chance at best we get him.
    3 points
  22. What a terrific stroll down memory lane Nick, for a decade of memories. Here's to many more decades of our favorite team at Target Field giving us reason to cheer.
    3 points
  23. Thanks for the list Nick. Hard to argue with any of these, but I would have added Perkins's final game as well. It was great to see him out there again after the labrum issue, and seeing his emotion in the dugout and afterwards, you knew his career was over. https://www.mlb.com/news/glen-perkins-may-have-pitched-final-twins-game-c257001106
    3 points
  24. As things stand right now, Dobnak, Smeltzer, and Thorpe are all in the rotation on opening day. It's surely too early to panic, but I'd put the odds at well over 50/50 that two of these guys are in the rotation to start the year. I think they can make due with that for 39 games until Pineda is back, they've always been open to one rookie in the #5 spot. Starting the year with all 3 of these guys though would be just asking to lose the division. That would be an F- offseason if that happens in my opinion regardless of anything they do from now until opening day.
    3 points
  25. Romero's oddly disastrous season has to be a fluke, doesn't it? How can a guy come up and dominate as a starter for 5 starts one year then he can't even find the plate the next? You gotta think a guy like him with his talent picks it up a bit this year. Romero along with Alcala give us some potential bullpen depth with big talent. Looking forward to watching it play out.
    3 points
  26. Good place for him. He'll get lots of work, and maybe he can figure it out. I wish him lots of luck, he's a good kid, and has been dutifully toiling in the vineyards doing everything asked of him. Good luck, Kohl! (Just don't come back to haunt us, OK?)
    3 points
  27. Polanco has value with his extension. Why not trade him in a Story/Gray trade. Story would give Lewis two years to be ready. Story and Gray would give us a chance to contend the next two years. There would have to be more attached to Polanco to even up the trade but I think the Rockies would love to have that contract and a shortsop if they trade Story.
    3 points
  28. Good to have 5 guys that can be trusted in the 7th or later, I think Littell will step up and I am hoping on Romero’s upside at some point in the first half.
    3 points
  29. Live two hours from Target Field so don't get there as often as I'd like. Was 15 when Metrodome opened, so saw a lot of games there. Mother's Day 2010, walked into the ballpark through the Hrbek gate with my then 13-year old son. Perfect sunny day. Was heaven. Took a DEEP breath of fresh air and told him when I die, just cremate me and spread my ashes on the field. Great memories over the last 10 years there with my two sons and my dad. Personally, being there for Johan's HOF induction, Nathan's induction and Mauer's number retirement are right at the top.
    3 points
  30. When Donaldson is 37 he will likely still be able to put up a .750+ OPS. He walks alot and power is the last thing to go. His average will drop as he ages. Think .220-.230/.320/.430. His defense will drop as well but should still be adequate. He will basically be Todd Frazier at 37. That's still worth around 10 million. So I am fine signing Donaldson. Now is the time we need his bat the most. If he is worth 10 million and on that last year we are paying 24-25 million we are paying that extra 14-15 million for the production the first 2 years of the deal. This is not a tragic overpay. I suspect though that this is worst case scenario. He could be moved to 1B/DH and hit better and field better at 1B. It's his reaction times that will drop not his fundamentals.
    3 points
  31. Because it's easier to trust one guy, than two? If Sano is at 1B, that means we upgraded defensively at 3B. If Castellanos is at 1B, that means Sano is still at 3B...
    3 points
  32. After the signings of Sergio Romo and Tyler Clippard, the Twins’ bullpen appears to be set for 2020. But what will the pecking order be for the bullpen next season? Let’s dig in and talk about it.Heading into 2020, rosters will be expanded to 26 players, and most likely the Twins will divide up their roster to have thirteen position players and five starting pitchers. That leaves eight arms in the bullpen for us to figure out how they will fit into the pecking order. I will rank them in order from lowest leverage guys to highest. In 2019 the Twins had 26 players pitch out of the bullpen so obviously the bullpen pecking order will be continuously changing, but for the purpose of this exercise I’ll work out what I believe will be the order on opening day. Honorable Mentions A few guys that I don’t believe will make the Opening Day bullpen but should end up in the bullpen at some point. Ryne HarperFernando RomeroJorge AlcalaLewis ThorpeDevin SmeltzerSean PoppenThe Lowest of Leverages8. Matt Wisler The first move that the Minnesota Twins made this offseason was claiming RHP Matt Wisler off waivers from the Mariners. Wisler was a former highly regarded prospect who had yet to break out in the majors. He had a disappointing 5.61 ERA in 2019, but his 63/16 K/BB ratio is certainly appealing. The Twins handing Wisler a guaranteed contract makes me think he will make the Opening Day roster, however I don’t think he will be entrusted in any scenario other than the lowest of leverage spots to begin the year. Like, Twins are up 13-2 in the seventh inning-type spot. Low Leverage 7. Cody Stashak Stashak was a surprise breakthrough for the Minnesota Twins bullpen in 2019. While he had been a great pitcher in each of his stops in the minor leagues, he didn’t show any signs of struggle adjusting to major league hitters. Stashak faced 104 batters with the Twins in 2019 and walked just one (!) of them. Stashak is still young and doesn’t quite have the track record of the other bullpen arms, leaving him in a low leverage spot to start the 2020 season. Medium Leverage 6. Zack Littell At this time last year, Twins nation was all up in arms over the lack of impact additions to the bullpen by the front office. If at that time I told you that the Minnesota Twins “medium leverage” bullpen pitcher would be a guy who threw up a 2.68 ERA and a 172 ERA+ the year prior you would be absolutely thrilled. That’s the position that this Twins’ bullpen is in now. Littell was outstanding for the Minnesota Twins in 2019, but with the amount of depth in this bullpen, he’s in a position where he is sixth in the bullpen pecking order and expected to be a medium leverage guy. Medium-High Leverage/Platoon Guys 5. Tyler Clippard When the Twins signed Clippard last week, they acquired a two-time All-Star with over 10 years of big league experience. Clippard has a career 3.14 ERA and is coming off of a great season with Cleveland where he posted a 2.90 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. What makes Clippard extremely valuable for the Twins is that even though he is a RHP by biology, he acts as a lefty, allowing a career .187 BA to left-handed hitters. I expect Clippard to be a sixth- or seventh-inning pitcher and be called upon to face left-handers in medium-high leverage situations in 2020. 4. Sergio Romo While Tyler Clippard has shown extreme success against lefties throughout his career, Sergio Romo has done the same against right-handed hitters. In his career, Romo has allowed righties to hit just a .577 OPS compared to .677 OPS for lefties. I expect both Clippard and Romo to work in similar roles in 2020 as medium-high leverage/platoon guys, dominating opposing lefties and righties respectively. High Leverage 3. Trevor May A once-promising starting pitching prospect for the Minnesota Twins, Trevor May has finally put it all together in the bullpen over the past two seasons. Working under Wes Johnson, May was able to get his average fastball velocity up to 95 MPH, which he threw a whopping 62% of the time in 2019. With a K% of 30, the Twins will need to count on May in big spots in 2020, and I have confidence that he will come through. 2. Tyler Duffey There was no bigger revelation on the entire Minnesota Twins team in 2019 than Tyler Duffey. Coming into the 2019 season, Duffey had a career 5.46 ERA. In 2019, though, Duffey quickly pushed himself into the upper echelon of relief pitchers in all of baseball with his 2.50 ERA, .201 BAA and 34.4 K%. Duffey was frequently called upon as the “fireman” in 2019, and I expect him to be further cemented in as a high leverage pitcher in 2020. The Highest of Leverages 1. Taylor Rogers There aren’t enough superlatives to discuss how good Taylor Rogers was in 2019, finishing the season with a 2.61 ERA, 32.4% K%, and 2.1 fWAR (second best in American League). Additionally, Rogers was excellent in high leverage positions, being thrown in to 50 games where he faced high leverage situations, he allowed just a .626 OPS. Rogers is the cream of the crop in terms of baseball relief pitchers and he will undoubtedly be first in the Twins bullpen pecking order heading into 2020. What are your thoughts on the bullpen pecking order that I laid out? Any changes or disagreements? Do you have a good feeling for where the bullpen is at in 2020? Leave a comment below and start the conversation. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email Click here to view the article
    2 points
  33. I was at opening day the first year. It was a beautiful sunny day....far from cloudy.
    2 points
  34. Angles have urgency and money and lost out on the FA. My guess is it will be them
    2 points
  35. 3.1 bWAR for $6.25M (Sano) seems like a better value than 1.2 bWAR for $6.1M (Cron) to me.
    2 points
  36. Wow. Another example of using baseball and its profits as business. Except, baseball is a closed club. One must be approved to buy a team. Calvin Griffith had to sell to the Pohlads for MLB. Except, baseball clubs (exception SF Giants) have the public fund their businesses like getting stadiums. Except, the dollars we read are all estimates because these are private businesses and we DO NOT know. The Pohlads are decent citizens by many accounts and I have supported them, but they certainly don't need a legion of apologists for how they handle their money. I can't decide which is worse, ripping the Pohlads or being their public defender. To the topic though ... I would like to see the Twins take a chance once or twice on a player. It sure seemed like there were years when the Twins won the division under Gardy when one or two players could have helped. It sure seems like one or two players now could help now too. The Wild took a chance and even their disappointed fans appreciate that effort. One last item - Kansas City was really a fun team to watch and their fans remember those teams fondly.
    2 points
  37. a. Never is a long time. Pohlad got 2 World Series and had the Twins' payroll on the top half of the league's payroll in the late 80s - early 90s. b. (The facts for this are here.) The Minnesota Twins had $14 Million operating income (AKA "profit") last season. The were half a big contract away from losing money. It is not like they are making a whole bunch of $. From that previous link, their franchise value is $1.2 Billion (btw they are 23rd in value in MLB, and their player payroll was 18th, so they are overspending if anything.) That $14 million return of an $1.2 Billion investment is 1.16%, which is way way under-performing even savings accounts. If anything, the Twins are overspending, if you look at it as a business; in other words, they are investing more in their business to reap future profits. c. Also, the last few seasons the Twins have invested more money than ever in player development, coaches, facilities, academies, etc. They must have quadrupled their previous investment in that area by now, and that has started to pay dividends and will continue to do so in an even higher degree.
    2 points
  38. The Reds didn't have a lot of consistent producers throughout the period that they extended Votto for. I don't like looking at counting stats like runs and RBI because both a product of circumstance. Votto has been the on base machine for years, but when you have such a dropoff in the hitters around him, teams will let him take his walks since he likely won't score. In terms of RBI, look no further than Eddie Rosario in 2019 picking up a career high 109 RBI from the leadoff spot despite having his worst season in 3 years. Votto was an elite hitter for years and deserved the money he got, but he wasn't the type of hitter that could drive an entire offense with no help the way Trout has made the Angels dangerous even when the rest of the lineup has been bad. Maybe the money they spent on Votto would have been better used being dispersed throughout the lineup, but that's often the argument people make when small market teams sign generational talents to crazy contracts (See Joe Mauer complaints). Obviously Trout's talent will decrease as he gets into his 30s but for a player that could retire today and have an argument for the hall of fame at 28, the Angels have no choice but to give him that contract. The plus side is that they've at least added Rendon and will have Ohtani for years to come. That team may never be a juggernaut, but I don't think we'll ever see Angels fans arguing that they shouldn't have ponied up.
    2 points
  39. Big Sexy's first start as a Twin turned out (predictably) awful but the energy in the crowd that night for the first four innings or so was the best I've witnessed at Target Field. One of the sportswriters (Souhan, perhaps) described it as a "carnival-like atmosphere" and that seems fairly fitting.
    2 points
  40. Highlight of the second decade of Target Field: MIguel Sano hits a home run over the third deck in left field.
    2 points
  41. If the Twins can sign JD, then it is incomprehensible why any Twin fan would be opposed to a contract in the 4/$100M range (I will predict 4/$90M) for him. Donaldson makes any team in baseball better. Perhaps the Cole contract is too rich for the Twins (he was never a consideration by the team), but JD and others are not. The Twins will show a profit with a payroll of $150M in 2020, more profit with a lower payroll. As far as Donaldson goes, I want the Twins to add players that make them better; he does.
    2 points
  42. Even if he's only good for the first year of a four year deal - which is not unrealistic - it's still worth signing him. His contract will in no way limit how much the Pohlads can spend on payroll in his final three years. I don't think people realize how ridiculous the money in MLB is right now. I'm not trying to turn this into another cheap Pohlads debate, just saying that we do not need to worry about any contract crippling the future of this team. They can afford bad contracts - stop worrying about it.
    2 points
  43. Glad for the optimism, but Duffey and May do not present the level I would like to see in the get the game to Rogers scenario. Two old guys with wit, but not great stuff make it on the margin - Clippard and Romo - and a little slip makes them fail. There is a lot to be concerned about in this mix.
    2 points
  44. My only quibble with your order is that I would flip-flop Clippard and Romo. The thing that is so encouraging to me is that Trevor May FINALLY started to look like the guy I felt he could be and when I watched Duffy throw, I thought he was a right-handed version of Taylor Rogers without the control. BAM !!! Last year his fastball and curveball just SNAPPED. I know bullpens can be kind of tricky from year to year but this bullpen looks to be what truly separates the Twins from the Indians and White Sox in the division.
    2 points
  45. Rosario’s first at bat, first pitch, ever in the majors ... home run. And then seeing his family’s reaction. But the Mauer one ... that still makes me teary. The game against Detroit where we came back in the 9th from a ... was it a 6-run deficit I think? ... that was awesome, Dozier was awesome.
    2 points
  46. I think it was reported on TD that he is in line for a 4th option. http://twinsdaily.com/_/minnesota-twins-news/minnesota-twins/the-hazy-future-of-fernando-romero-r8320 I think you need to go down to comments and maybe another link.
    2 points
  47. I like a Story and Gray deal better with the Rockies especially if we could get Donaldson. (I would prefer to have Aranado over Donaldson but I don't believe that the Twins are willing to swallow that contract). So here's how I would go about swinging a deal for Story and Gray. The Cubs are willing to trade their all-star catcher Contreras, and they want to move Baez to SS.So trade Arraez and Thorpe for Contreras. The Rockies need a catcher so flip Contreras and package Contreras, Rosario, and Duran for Story and Gray. This allows the Twins to move Polanco to 2b which greatly improves their middle infield defense with Story at short, and adds a quality starting pitcher. Cave or Kirilloff goes to left to replace Rosario.
    2 points
  48. Id be surprised if they get a top young pitcher without dealing Balazovic, Lewis or Kirillof.
    2 points
  49. How is Jon Gray like Gibson? Gray is 28, Gibson 32. Gray has an ERA+ over 130 in 2 of the last 3 years, has only had one year below 100 after his short first season in MLB (where he only played 9 games) and has a career average ERA+ of 110. Gibson has never had an ERA+ of 130. Gibson has never had an ERA+ of 120. Gibson has only had an ERA+ over 100 in 2 seasons in his career. About the only thing Gibson has ever done better than Gray is pitch more innings in a season...which might have more to do with Gray having to pitch in Colorado than anything else. Gray is a terrific trade target and I'd love to grab him. He profiles a lot like Berrios and would improve the top of the rotation significantly. But the reality is a trade is more likely to be done with minor league assets over MLB ones. Sano has more trade value than Rosario; he's a better hitter at a better price, could slot in at 3B/1B/DH and be a force in almost any team's lineup. Rosario's trade value is closer to Cave's (Rosario is more proven, with more power; Cave is cheaper, probably a bit better defensively). You don't give either away, but neither is the centerpiece for a trade for a top line MLB pitcher. Thorpe is really hard to value right now: maybe he's a mid-rotation starter, maybe he's a guy who needs to re-tool and end up in the bullpen. No one knows yet, though I think he's more to the first than the latter. He's got a lot of value right now...but he's also the most likely internal candidate ready to fill in the rotation NOW. So he's not a good trade chip in a lot of ways. The best trade assets the Twins have in MLB are actually Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Mitch Garver, and Luis Arraez...but these are in the Twins core and unlikely to be dealt for anything. (Buxton is probably ahead of Garver but his injury history means he's more tradeable)
    2 points
  50. Name the last time in Twins history that we have ever traded our top prospects for an SP.
    2 points
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