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  1. I can really get behind that White Sox part. I've found them more and more difficult to root against over the past few years, but I'm ready to hate again, lol
    6 points
  2. According to baseballtradevalues.com, your own trade value is such that Bonnes would have to include both Seth Stohs and himself in the deal, just to receive a 7-year old still learning his ABCs as a prospect / lottery ticket from the Rockies in return. Oh and yes, violence begets violence, but also vice versa. That's the paradox people tend to overlook.
    3 points
  3. Amen, my brother. These two really struck a chord with me: I resolve to never take for granted enjoying a beer (Mt. Dew, I don't drink alcohol) and a bratwurst at a baseball stadium again. I resolve to find my bone-deep hatred for the Chicago White Sox again... It's been a long time since I "hated" one of the Twins opponents in a baseball game. This might be fun to really fire up the rivalry for the White Sox games in 2021. I wish the Sox nothing but losses and regression during the 2021 season in regard their on field results. LaRussa is the least likable figure in baseball since the time of Barry Bonds.
    3 points
  4. #22) Never take out your best pitcher after 75 pitches when he's cruising!
    3 points
  5. Love it! Can we throw in extensions for Berrios and Buxton before they breakout into Cy Young and MVP contenders?
    3 points
  6. Regionally liked Twins Daily writer offers his resolutions for the 2021 season.Some might call these New Year's resolutions. I prefer to think of it as one person's manifesto for better fandom in 2021. I resolve to find the executives who make the decisions to pull Twins (and Wild and Timberwolves) games off the air as they resolve and/or exploit carriage disputes and give them wedgies. Powerful, unrelenting wedgies. The kind you walk funny from for a good day or two. Yes, violence begets violence, but I see no other option. I resolve to give my calf to Josh Donaldson if he needs it. I’m much older than him, but my calves are in working order. I’ll take his bum one if it’s a one-for-one thing. I resolve to never take for granted enjoying a beer and a bratwurst at a baseball stadium again. I resolve to never take for granted finding a bar or taproom before the game starts to save money on the beers and talk to a guy in a Jason Kubel jersey who’s in town from Pipestone or something. I resolve to find my bone-deep hatred for the Chicago White Sox again. I had my doubts, but the hiring of the galactically unlikeable Tony La Russa will help this so much. I resolve to not get my hopes up that this will be the season that the Twins will win a playoff game, and instead be pleasantly dumbstruck if and/or when it happens. I resolve to walk to a St. Paul Saints game and enjoy recognizing the veteran major leaguer rehabbing/hanging on for dear life for the other AAA team. If I’m within eight blocks of, like, Brad Hawpe, I’m not going to miss my shot. I resolve to not rely on tired tropes about Rocco Baldelli being handsome and Joe Mauer being kind of boring for my Twins Daily content this year. LOL that’s a lie I’m going to beat those dead horses until Bonnes trades me to a Rockies blog for someone who understands xFIP. I resolve to find the guys who throw back the opposing team’s home run ball rather than give it to a nearby kid and tell them I’m glad their third wife is cheating on them. Finally, I resolve to start a fruitless and juvenile social media rivalry with one of the local beat writers. Welcome to hell, Dan Hayes. Click here to view the article
    2 points
  7. Great write up. Nodded my head with everyone of them. Well articulated
    2 points
  8. I think baseball as a whole is waiting to see how the actual free agent market will play out this year. Once a couple of guys start signing will give a good idea if the contracts will be subpar as well as the length, partly due to still some uncertainities about the upcoming full/not-full season. There are an awful lot of players out there. Especially curious to see how the minor leagues pan out, especially for those minor veterans vs. all those players cut loose with little place to go because of elimination of a team and, thusly, the non-need for major league teams to house/play up to 25 players that they can snatch from what remains of indy ball (now controlled, in most part, by mlb). The Twins need: One solid starter A closer would be nice, or a dominant arm (I vote for Hand). A DH who can also play 1B or the OF (wait, they have Rooker). If they grab a shortstop, they should be set for bench/field backup.
    2 points
  9. Hitting AA pitching better than he has is a good start.
    2 points
  10. Let's just go with NO going forward. Archer has never put up numbers that have matched the hype, SABRmetrics, peripherals, potential, etc... that everybody thinks he should. Call me old school, out-dated or whatever, performance matters to me and he has not performed. Do not go after him. Period.
    2 points
  11. dougd

    Winter league update

    All the usual winter leagues are playing baseball, but there is not a lot of news. Jose Miranda has played 15 games for the Criollos de Caguas in the Liga de Roberto Clemente. He is playing third base, batting 3rd or 4th, .302 BA and 849 OPS. Celestino had started the year in the Dominican for the Gigantes and played 4 games in November. Then there was a league-wide Covid pause for over a week, and he hasn't played since. There are huge roster changes in this league, and there could be plenty of reasons why he is not currently playing. Fernando Romero played for the same team, but hasn't played since signing in Japan. Astudillo is playing mostly LF in Venezuela for the Caribes, batting 5th with 914 OPS. Tomas Telis plays for the same team as catcher or1B, bats third with 821 OPS. Lachlan Wells is pitching for Sydney (is he still our property?). They are just getting started, it seems. There could be others. With no minor league box scores last year, I am not as familiar with Caribbean prospects in particular. In the olden days you could just go to mlb/stats/offseason leagues and click on the Twins logo to see the stats for all the Twins players in the winter leagues. Apparently mlb has lost so much money they can't do that anymore (or there is something about my computer). I have heard it said that mlb tried to get funding for several full-time employees to do this work in the recent stimulus bill, but my sources deep within Congress said someone influential who lost his minor league team squashed it. And including the Venezuela stats raised alarms.
    1 point
  12. I watch the Australian Baseball League at my night shift weekend job. I am pleased to report that old friend Delmon Young has returned for another season with defending champ Melbourne Aces.
    1 point
  13. Agreed. It's been fun disliking Cleveland the past few years, but there's nothing like that special hatred for the Sox. I didn't realize how much I missed it until last year.
    1 point
  14. Ted, outstanding piece! Agree 100%! I am not a successful businessman, much less a billionaire, lol. But it seems to me that a successful businessman knows when to invest in the market or his company even when the economy may be down, buying stocks or investing in expansion, etc, playing the long game. The Twins are in that arena right now. The FO preaches competitive sustainability. And analytics, new approaches to development, smart drafts and trades, this team is in a wide open window right now and a window that doesn't have to close anytime soon unless they get silly or stupid with moves. I don't see that happening. Our FO reminds me a lot of another Midwestern franchise in the Cardinals. They just do about everything right. They seldom have a "tank" season and are almost always in the mix and occasionally make a big move to further their opportunity. And by no means do I think our FO is going to copy them. What I see is a FO that is very smart and progressive in so many ways and borrowing from experience from various archetypes to build a foundation. The structure is in place. Now it may take another year or two to see some of the fruits of their labor to see the results despite a couple recent outstanding seasons. And even though we have a top 5-10 farm system in place, not quite as good as the Padres system, do we want to follow their plan exactly? IMO, our current roster and prospect depth is pretty damn nice. And with a FA pool that is so deep, why would we follow the Padres example exactly? In other words, why not keep what we have for NOW and use $ available to complete the roster? Agents...yes agents...have spoken out loud as to how well the Twins handled 2020 and arbitration. They have spoken that they believe the Twins are buyers. Jim Pohland has stated the Twins are not looking to recoup 2020 "loses". Where there is enough smoke, I figure there is a fire brewing. Unless bargains fall in their lap, I think the idea of a $125M payroll may be an illusion. I am thinking the FO will hold on to their milb talent for the future and ownership will keep the 2021 payroll around the $135-ish mark of last year. With that number, give or take a couple $M, they can keep Cruz, sign one of the top 3 SS, add a quality SP, add another RP, another INF and maybe have a $M or 2 left over for a 5th SP option. The Twins don't HAVE to trade anyone to complete their roster. They can keep what they have, make a couple additions, and keep payroll around the $135-138M mark and still be one of the best teams in MLB. Follow the Padres? Yes in regards to being aggressive and taking advantage of the market and opportunity. No in trading half of your system top 20 when you have $ to spend on various 1yr and 2yr deals.
    1 point
  15. #12) Would that be Jake over-easy?
    1 point
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  17. Not to nitpick, BUT, just winning a playoff game doesn't cut it for me and it shouldn't for this organization. Winning the World Series should be the resolution.
    1 point
  18. I don't know, the Twins farm is pretty good, but the Padres was a bonanza of top prospects when they started making moves. I don't think the Twins have enough top prospects to develop a young home-grown core AND make giant splashy trades. I think it has to be one or the other, or a just a little bit of both.
    1 point
  19. Concur. I see this and will up it one. A forgotten guy is David Robertson. After being shut down from his TJS recovery in August, the hope was for him to still be ready by spring training. If he's still on target, I'd use a million or so of your savings to sign him, with similar bonuses (on games/innings pitched, rather than games finished) to what they used on Robles, along with an option for 2022.
    1 point
  20. I believe that is what spring training is for. If Robles and Rogers are no better than they were last year they are just fillers and not to be relied upon. If Colina got rid of his jitters last year he might be the option. So far this is a BP that still looks very shaky to me. Duffy and Alcala are the best two arms at this stage, Stashak is a dependable arm. Then we hope to be pleasantly surprised.
    1 point
  21. I'd be up for trying him out in the backend of the bullpen, and give him higher leverage chances if he proves himself. But throwing him right into the closer role after how he pitched last year? No thanks!
    1 point
  22. This is a good point. I was actually thinking the other day that if they acquired an SS, Polanco would likely be penciled in as Opening Day DH. It's just hard for me to imagine a scenario where he's not out there for the opener, even with the understanding that he'll see very regular time in the utility role. Down year in 2020 aside, he's been a fixture atop the lineup for years and arguably their most reliable player overall. And he's one year removed from being an All-Star. Zero chance they are done. Don't worry.
    1 point
  23. The whole thing is just a microcosm of what's wrong with MLB.
    1 point
  24. Both teams and players need to know and prepare for rule changes. This is true whether it involves the DH or strike zone. Rules should be set at least 12 months prior to the scheduled start to a new season. Can you imagine the NBA changing back to only 2 point shots the week before the season begins. Of course, this is. a different sport and just an example, but the failure of baseball to set their rules is poor. Set the roster size, declare if this restricts number of pitchers on roster, set the IL, make a call on the DH, and announce any and all changes by March 15th for the following competitive schedule. So the 2022 season has EVERYTHING set by March 15, 2021. Enough of amateur hour in MLB. This also includes any decisions on revenue sharing, payroll tax, or matching contracts; everything set a year in advance.
    1 point
  25. You're missing the point. We can't sign Cruz until he establishes his value on the open market. MLB is not saying what the open market is. My point is not about wether the DH should be in the game for both leagues, it's why can't they just say what it is so teams can evaluate their needs
    1 point
  26. We're really not in any different spot than we've been in 46 of the last 47 years. However, since you insist, I'll fix it. All clubs are free to use or not use the DH in any manner they choose. If NL clubs want to not use it in games between themselves, so be it. If AL clubs wish to use it in ALL games so be it. Problem solved.
    1 point
  27. Wish we hadn't traded for Maeda. A Hansel and Graterol bullpen that got eaten by the rest of the AL would have been fun.
    1 point
  28. twinfan

    Chris Archer: Update

    I've always liked Archer's arm but his major league career has never panned out. I'd give him 5 mil for a 2 year contract if he is healthy. Right now that is the big question.
    1 point
  29. A salary cap isn't the only solution. One can use various draft incentives, a salary floor, and more rigorous luxury taxes to increase overall competitiveness. Except none of those things will likely happen, as MLB long ago showed us how much it's willing to sacrifice the quality of the sport for short-term profits. Every year, it's becoming more apparent to me that baseball needs a complete overhaul to avoid being left behind by more exciting, flexible sports. Those changes include both on-field and top-level changes that drastically change how the sport operates.
    1 point
  30. At $2M, you can still think of him almost like that. He is out of options but probably will pass through waivers, if he stinks and they need to send him down. If it's worse than that and they need to cut him entirely, the contract won't cause them excessive heartburn.
    1 point
  31. I think the frustrating part is that the Twins and the Padres are pretty similar in their payroll abilities. The Pads will be about 150 this year and I think we all would have expected that from the Twins in a normal 2021. The Pads are doing what I think we all wish the Twins would and treating 2020 as an outlier loss year and taking advantage of the most obvious market inefficiency ever...90% of the league trying to cut money. They are mixing their young, cheap talent (to be fair Twins don't have a Tatis Jr) with expensive veterans to build a complete team. If Kiriloff, Larnach, Lewis, Balazovich, and Duran all hit (not likely, unfortunately) they will be in a spot to have 5 uber cheaper core players for the next 3 years and reasonably priced for the 3 or 4 after that. The Pads believed in their system and took swings on Meyers, Hosmer, and Machado before they saw what all their kids could do and now they're doubling down. Would be fun to see the Twins do the same. If you think Kiriloff and Larnach are ready to be above average MLB bats pencil them in and take a chance or 2 on guys to fill other holes. If you think Lewis is ready some point this year don't spend on a utility IF and make a splash with a deal for Castellanos and Castillo. The Twins could do what the Pads are doing. I get why they aren't, but man it must be fun to be a Padre fan today.
    1 point
  32. I think most of us agree that the Twins need a SS. I want one who is a really good defensive SS. There is enough hitting to make up for any lack of offense at SS. I would rather have Simmons for 3 years and keep our prospects, than Baez for1 year. and trade away one or several of our top 20 prospects, one or more of whom will become solid ML players in a year or two.
    1 point
  33. AZTwin

    Chris Archer: Update

    This boards obsession with loving Archer (and hating on Rosario) is bizarre. Archer was never that great of a player and this board has always wanted to give up the farm for him.
    1 point
  34. I would like to see Sano traded and Kiriloff at 1B, Larnach, Rooker, Buxton and Kepler as our outfielder mix. Maybe move Cave in a Sano deal too.
    1 point
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