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  1. Rolls Royce, Austin Martin and now a Mercedes. Go spend the rest on pitchers.
    7 points
  2. Yet it's tough to imagine Greinke not being an excellent mentor for young pitchers like Ober and Ryan. I can already see the conversation. Slow down your fastball, stop throwing your slider, save your arm! Strikeouts are overrated, induce weak contact, you'll breeze through 9 innings then! WAIT.....A.....MINUTE. This all seems vaguely familiar. What's Rick Anderson up to? Couldn't we just bring him in much cheaper to teach our youngsters this philosophy?
    6 points
  3. Others signed by the Twins today... (per Ben Badler, Baseball America.) Yasser Mercedes, OF, Dominican Republic Yilber Herrera, SS, Dominican Republic Bryan Acuña, SS, Venezuela Jose Rodriguez, OF, Dominican Republic Anderson Nova, OF, Dominican Republic Juan Zapata, SS, Dominican Republic Daniel Peña, C, Twins
    5 points
  4. So the age-old question becomes... Would you rather see the Twins sign one $4 million guy or four $1 million guy... or 40 guys at $100,000?
    4 points
  5. Not for me. Grienke is not the kind of mentor/team player that you describe for our young rotation. He is a very independent person who goes his own route. I see him on a very good team filling out a rotation. Give me Rodon.
    4 points
  6. Grienke will likely only get one year offers from teams. Why would he choose the Twins?
    4 points
  7. I think he would be a few steps up from Bundy anyway, though I think we can do better through the trade route.
    4 points
  8. Especially if you can find a Whitey Ford in the group. (Or maybe a new GM...)
    4 points
  9. NO...........this will end badly....again!
    3 points
  10. No minor league signing is going to move the needle. Needle-movers get major league contract offers, usually multiple offers from teams wanting their needle moved. And yet, every organization sign minor leaguers every year. Every organization. Every year. This guy, at least, is still a bit young and could be a decent substitute if he starts out hot and a roster vacancy occurs. He's 25 and may be just a later bloomer. He's not some 30-year old with no remaining upside.
    3 points
  11. Well that's a little over half of their allotted amount leaving them with about 2.6 million left if I calculate correctly. Still lot's of room to gain more lotto tickets with that amount left. Looks like a decent class but I say that every year. At 16 it is just way too early to know if these guys will be able develop into an MLB player. The odds of making it are 5% or under I believe so it's not easy.
    3 points
  12. dxpavelka

    How good are we?

    I've learned that guys like Olney are NEVER wrong. Not even sure why the Twins are planning to play this season.
    2 points
  13. International signings are even more of a crap shoot than most drafts. They are so young and you have no real clue how they will grow and develop. It used to be you also had no clue how old they really were too, but that seems to be less of issues these days. Here is to hoping one of them work out well, or like the Sano, Polonco, Kepler trio all make the majors. Some years you hit jackpots, and some years you swing and miss.
    2 points
  14. Heiny

    Bring on the kids

    C - Garver 1B - Kirriloff 2B - Polanco 3B - Miranda SS - Story LF - Martin CF - Buxton RF - Larnach DH - Sano/Donaldson spelling 1B/3B Kepler/Arraez packaged for SP Gordon - utility IF/CF Jeffers - backup C Billy Hamilton - backup OF/with Celestino and Rooker in minors ready to contribute. SP - Rodon, Pineda, Ober, Ryan, Bundy/Dobnak - depending on whether we can get a SP for the Kepler/Arraez trade. RP - Rogers, Duffy, Alcala, Garza, Stashack, Thielbar, Thorpe. With plenty of arms in the minors for injuries and tryouts. This means we need to be active in the leftover FA market, but I think these are all do-able. And I also think this is a team that can compete for the division. And no, I don't drink or smoke dope.
    2 points
  15. I'll split the difference, Seth. Two at a million and 20 averaging $100K. Actually, this year is working out well. Hopefully, several of those mentioned beyond the top three were paid a couple hundred thousand, but they still have lots of room to add good prospects.
    2 points
  16. I've been a huge fan of Greinke for a long time, but everything about him right now suggests that he's at the end of the line. Will he get crushed and be an embarrassment out there? Eh, probably not, because he's such a smart pitcher that he'll still be able to get over more times than he should...but hoo boy. There's just not anything in his numbers (and age is a number too) that suggests to me he's going to find any kind of resurgence or even hold with last year's pace. There's real risk that Greinke is JA Happ, Part 2. The upside is the hope that he can grind out 150 innings at a 4.50 ERA. Not sure I'm excited about that? Now, considering how short we are in starters...maybe 1 year of Greinke isn't so bad while the young guys find their footing. The odds are very good that Greinke will at least start the season healthy and ready, and a short spring training probably won't hurt him as much as some? But this ain't Greinke from 5 years ago and we need to understand that.
    2 points
  17. I think the decision to add Greinke depends totally on what the Twins plan to do with the rotation. If the front office is planning to trade for a front line starter and add Pineda or a second starter by trade, then I don't think adding Greinke makes any sense. If the Twins plan to start the season with Ober, Ryan, Dobnak, and one of the prospects like Winder or Canterino in the rotation, then adding Greinke as a mentor would have some merit. Greinke knows how to pitch and would certainly be a good bench presence for the young arms, and would help them learn the ropes. I am not saying I want the Twins to go with the young rotation. I am simply saying if they do, Greinke would make some sense.
    2 points
  18. Scouting here is so important, but so is realistic "projection" of what the player "could" be. I agree that international signing is a potential gold mine for talent. The thing is, so many of these guys are SO YOUNG that many of us will have forgotten about them for a couple years while they grow and mature in the low minors and then suddenly "remember" who they were once they finally get to High A or Double A. I'm glad we got 3 highly thought of players but I also know that the BEST one might be one of the other guys we signed later.
    2 points
  19. Sorry, but I don’t think I’m the only one who couldn’t care less if the Twins won 75 games or 55 games. These guys do nothing to win the club a World Series. If all the team is willing to do is make extremely minimal effort improvements, it’s better to make no improvements at all. I’d rather hold onto he trade equity and give more innings and experience to the prospects. When the best adjective for a free agent is “serviceable” keep walking.
    2 points
  20. The international market has been a key source of talent in the Twins system, yielding not only big-league players like Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, and Miguel Sanó, but also several of their current most intriguing prospects. They'll be adding to that pool when the following expected signings become official. The Twins have a $5,721,500 bonus pool for international signings this year and it appears this is how they'll be divvying up a large chunk of it. Yasser Mercedes, OF – Dominican Republic ($1.7 million) DOB: 11/16/2004 (17 years old) 6'3", 180 lbs | Bats R, Throws R Ranked #17 by MLB Pipeline Read our profile on Mercedes The headliner of this year's Twins international class is a big lean outfielder with an impressive and balanced skill set. Speed and defense are considered his biggest strengths currently, leading many to believe he can stick in center field. According to MLB Pipeline, "Mercedes has some of the best tools in this year’s class, but it’s his ability to use those tools in games that’s helped him become one of the most intriguing prospects on the international market." Yilber Herrera, SS – Dominican Republic ($700K) DOB: 1/15/2005 (17 years old) 6'0", 155 lbs | B: S, T: R Ranked #35 by MLB Pipeline Read our profile on Herrera "Think of a young Jorge Polanco. That’s the best way to describe the athletic Herrera." So claims MLB Pipeline's writeup on this switch-hitting shortstop, and this description comes as music to the ears of Twins fans. The Venezuelan infielder is currently known as more of a contact hitter with quick hands, but there is hope he'll start to develop substantial power as he grows into his frame. That's basically the path Polanco took on his way to becoming one of the best slugging middle infielders in the majors. Bryan Acuña , SS – Venezuela ($650K) DOB: 8/11/2005 (16 years old) 5'11", 155 lbs | B: R, T: R Ranked #39 by MLB Pipeline Read our profile on Acuña You probably recognize the last name. Yes, Bryan is the younger brother of Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. He's been on the international scouting radar for sometime, and while he's not viewed as one of the premier talents in this class, it bears noting that his older brother signed with Atlanta for a mere $100K back in 2014. He's currently listed as a shortstop, but Acuña is unlikely to stick there. His bat is expected to be his ticket to advancement; he already has a good feel for hitting and the hope is that he'll add power he muscles up. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Order the Offseason Handbook — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
    2 points
  21. No No, No. Odorizzi was not even trusted enough to take the post season mound when the Astros needed a starter. How many pitcher leave the horror of Rockies stadium and then perform well elsewhere? If this is as high as we are reaching start the Duran/Balazovic/Winder/Sands/Jax/Dobnak/Canterino/Richardson/Strotman merry-go-round and let's see what we have.
    2 points
  22. Good conversation piece, Cody. I would be interested in these options IF the Twins had signed a significant free agent and were looking to fill out the rotation. But as it stands, I don't think any of them would move the needle. As with all trades, it depends on what it costs to acquire someone, but frankly I think Pineda may bring as much to the table as these three in my humble opinion.
    2 points
  23. Sure, why not? I’ve pretty much given up on this off-season, may as well put a cherry on top of my disappointment sundae.
    2 points
  24. TheLeviathan

    Fix the Vikings

    Let's have some fun! How do we get our Vikings on the right track? I'm using Spotrac to do some roster management and I'm going full aggressive rebuild here: Hire Bills OC Brian Daboll as head coach. We saw him run circles around Belichek on Saturday night. He has turned Josh Allen into a running and throwing nightmare for defenses. Let him hire some smart, savvy coaches and let's get to work: Resigning Free Agents: I'm cutting everyone but two. That means Barr, Peterson, Conklin, Cole, Richardson, Hill, Vigil, Griffin, etc. They are all gone. I am resigning these guys: K Greg Joseph - 3 years 4.5M I like what I saw, I'll invest in keeping the kid around. P Jordan Berry - 1 year 1.2M Solid enough guy to keep That means we enter the offseason over the cap with dead money from Barr and all sorts of other moves. Here comes some more dead money but we do it for the children. By which I mean....future Vikings teams. Trades If you watched the finale of the NFL season you know this team can't stop the run: DT Michael Pierce to the Chargers for Pick 79 - This moves saves about 6M in cap room with 4M in dead cap and 2M the following year. Guy can't stay healthy and I prefer to just let Tomlinson go back to NT. Three team deal: QB Kirk Cousins to Cleveland, Baker Mayfield to the Denver Broncos, Picks 40 and 78 to the Vikings- The Browns are all-in and Baker isn't getting it done. Stefanski gets his man, the Vikings hit reset, and the Broncos get an upside play at QB for a 2nd rounder. This will save the Vikings 35M on this season but it allows the team to hit reset. SS Harrison Smith to the Bengals for Pick 57. This one is going to hurt, but at this point I'm gutting "Zimmer's Guys" from the roster. We eat dead cap hits of 7M, 5M, 3M, and 1.5M to do this but it saves 6M, 12M, 14M, 19M over the next four years. Worth it. Finally....and people will hate it but screw it.....RB Dalvin Cook to Miami for CB Nelson Igbinoghene and Pick 22. This will dead cap the Vikings 9M, 6M, and 3M so there are almost no savings this year but 12M and 13M are saved the following two years. We're out of cap hell and we're no longer relying on a back that simply can't stay on the field. (Tried to be realistic, maybe I was too generous with trade returns. Always hard to say) Free Agents (Projected available space 35M) 1. We need a veteran QB that can hold the fort while we develop the next guy. Daboll brings in a guy he knows (and we do too, you won't like it): 2 year deal for QB Mitch Trubisky for 6M. 2. DT Tim Settle from the WFT - young DT with 5 sacks this year. He can push the pocket and shown flashes, I want to invest in guys on the young side of free agency. 3 years 21M 3. S Terrell Edmunds - a talented safety from one of the league's best defenses. A ton of experience but still really young, 3 years 24M 4. CB Donte Jackson - another young player with upside and a glut at his position on Carolina. 3 years 24M. We may need to sign some cheap options for filler but there is room for that. Draft: Current picks are 12, 22 40, 46, 57, 77, 78, 79. 154, 184, 192, 207, 228 (using https://www.nflmockdraftdatabase.com/mock-draft-simulator ) Pick 12: DT DeMarvin Leal - a pass rushing dynamo. Who else is sick of seeing zero pocket push from our DTs? *Raises hand* Well. We just ended that. With Settle and Tomlinson we can ease the kid in. It wasn't the plan he'd be available, but since he is....we'll take the next Chris Jones. Pick 22: CB Kair Elam - a big, physical corner. 6'2 and feisty. Pick 40: QB Desmond Ridder - gutty, athletic, competitive player. Yeah, he didn't look great against 'Bama, but that was a low end D1 team against an NFL team. He played with guts and I'll take that with the talent he shows. Let Daboll work his magic. Pick 46: CB Daxton Hill - another tough, physical corner Pick 57: RB Isaiah Spiller - his shiftiness and vision as a runner are ridiculous. This kid is going to fit great. 77, 78, 79 - Vikings trade up to land EDGE Ebiketie and LB Brandon Smith from Penn State. First they deal 78 and 79 for pick 59 and 92. Then deal 79 and 92 to move back up to pick 61 to land the two players. The rest of the picks are roster filler. Roster: QB - Trubisky, Ridder, Mond RB - Mattison, Spiller, Nwangwu FB - Ham WR - Jefferson, Thielen, Osborn, Johnson, Smith-Marsete, Chisena TE - Irv, Ellefson, Davidson OL - Darrisaw-Cleveland-Bradbury-Davis-O'Neill basically unchanged (but poised for future cap room to change that) DL - Settle, Tomlinson, Watts, Leal, Robinson, Wonnom, Hunter, Lynch, Jones, Ebiketie LB - Dye, Surrat, Bradon Smith, Kendricks, Connelly, Lynch CB - Elam, Hill, Igbinoghene, Dantzler, Jackson, Boyd S - Edmunds, Bynum, Metellus, Hand Is this team going to make anyone super thrilled? Maybe not. I didn't take any OL so that's going to bug some people. (hated the options in the draft frankly) But we're younger, tougher, and more physical in the secondary. We got a LOT more athletic and havoc-wreaking caliber talents in our front seven (Leal, Smith, Ebiketie). We have a young, cheap RB. A future franchise QB (I hope) And....wait for it.....a team that might have upwards of 60-70M in cap space to build around an ascending QB.
    1 point
  25. The international signing period officially opens today. The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with three players ranked among the top 40 talents in this year's class, and now we know the dollar totals of their agreements. Read on to learn more about Yasser Mercedes, Yilber Herrera, and Bryan Acuña. The international market has been a key source of talent in the Twins system, yielding not only big-league players like Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, and Miguel Sanó, but also several of their current most intriguing prospects. They'll be adding to that pool when the following expected signings become official. The Twins have a $5,721,500 bonus pool for international signings this year and it appears this is how they'll be divvying up a large chunk of it. Yasser Mercedes, OF – Dominican Republic ($1.7 million) DOB: 11/16/2004 (17 years old) 6'3", 180 lbs | Bats R, Throws R Ranked #17 by MLB Pipeline Read our profile on Mercedes The headliner of this year's Twins international class is a big lean outfielder with an impressive and balanced skill set. Speed and defense are considered his biggest strengths currently, leading many to believe he can stick in center field. According to MLB Pipeline, "Mercedes has some of the best tools in this year’s class, but it’s his ability to use those tools in games that’s helped him become one of the most intriguing prospects on the international market." Yilber Herrera, SS – Dominican Republic ($700K) DOB: 1/15/2005 (17 years old) 6'0", 155 lbs | B: S, T: R Ranked #35 by MLB Pipeline Read our profile on Herrera "Think of a young Jorge Polanco. That’s the best way to describe the athletic Herrera." So claims MLB Pipeline's writeup on this switch-hitting shortstop, and this description comes as music to the ears of Twins fans. The Venezuelan infielder is currently known as more of a contact hitter with quick hands, but there is hope he'll start to develop substantial power as he grows into his frame. That's basically the path Polanco took on his way to becoming one of the best slugging middle infielders in the majors. Bryan Acuña , SS – Venezuela ($650K) DOB: 8/11/2005 (16 years old) 5'11", 155 lbs | B: R, T: R Ranked #39 by MLB Pipeline Read our profile on Acuña You probably recognize the last name. Yes, Bryan is the younger brother of Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. He's been on the international scouting radar for sometime, and while he's not viewed as one of the premier talents in this class, it bears noting that his older brother signed with Atlanta for a mere $100K back in 2014. He's currently listed as a shortstop, but Acuña is unlikely to stick there. His bat is expected to be his ticket to advancement; he already has a good feel for hitting and the hope is that he'll add power he muscles up. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Order the Offseason Handbook — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email View full article
    1 point
  26. I’m that petty where I cancel Kellen Moore’s interview solely for the QB draw play call with 14 seconds left and 0 timeouts. That was mind boggling bad. Also, weird, both 7 seeds are getting smoked.
    1 point
  27. I looked at this a couple years ago. Definitely not one $4M guy. The $1-1.5M dollar guys have done as well or better than the $3M+ guys. My guess is forty 100K guys would net better odds too but that would take some effort to figure out. The approach they are taking this year is basically 1/2 on more modestly price premium guys and the rest spread out among many players seems like a pretty ideal compromise..
    1 point
  28. Wow, I guess I got myself into a firestorm here. I didn't define anything. I simply took the premise of the article, which was we needed quantity as much as we needed quality. Am I missing something here? Didn't Cody put that right in his article? I simply said two things: number one, I don't believe in quantity over quality, I think any team should take the opposite approach. I also said, if I can only have quantity and not necessarily quality I would go for all of his suggestions instead of just one, assuming the price was reasonable. Where that came out so wrong is confusing to me, but I will cede to brighter minds than mine.........I guess...........at least this time...........I guess.
    1 point
  29. 3 $1M position players and 10 $100,000 pitchers.
    1 point
  30. The issue is not your analogy. The issue is how you have defined the problem. The Twins need to build an entire staff including a couple front of the rotation types if we are to have a reasonable shot at reaching the playoffs and then having a shot at post season success. Signing 3 back of the rotation SPs when you don’t have any front of the rotation SPs is a really bad plan. One, we will be bad. Two, we will assure this mediocrity continues by minimizing the opportunity to develop the numerous pitching prospects that are ready or will be throughout the course of 2022.
    1 point
  31. Looks like an interesting crop. Anderson Nova and Juan Zapata are MLB-ready in the name department.
    1 point
  32. Assuming there is anything close to a full season of games played...and hopefully a full 162...the Twins need GS and IP. Adding to the rotation is basically a necessity. And one way or another, it's going to happen. The problem is, we aren't really sure what the plan is the FO has in mind. Other than some rumors about kicking the tires on Gray, and despite this FO always playing things close to the vest, they clearly were out on the FA SP market this year. Now, they could absolutely blow us away and surprise us and sign Rodon, even to a 1yr, and then sign or trade for someone else help fill in the front of the rotation behind him. I'm not expecting that, but I've been surprised by many of their signings in the past, including Donaldson. So you can never say never with our FO. But the issue/problem as I see it, why would they trade for a guy or two, and give up prospects they've worked so hard to draft and trade for, for a couple short term deals of 1 or 2yrs? They could have spent $, kept all their prospects, and still not exceeded 3 or 4yr deals for a number of the FA they passed on. Again, the FO could totally surprise us. They have before. But from the outside looking in it sure appears they are looking to promote/audition/roll through a number of young arms in 2022 to build for the future, while looking for BP pieces that have options and relying on an offense that could/should be potent to "compete". (Debate all you want to about being competitive in this scenario, that's not the point I'm addressing directly at the moment). Cody, I appreciate your work and speculation here, but Oddo is the only guy that makes sense here, IMO. He makes sense because he's familiar to the Twins, and vice versa, has had a solid career that is "proven", and could probably be obtained on the cheap from a Houston team where he doesn't seem to "fit". But the others? I just don't see it. Why not keep your prospects and re-sign Pineda? He's an almost lock for 25-26 GS and 130IP. Tyler Anderson and Kikuchi are LH options that only cost a little $, no prospects, and each pitched over 100 innings in 2021. Kikuchi in particular intrigues me because it seems he hasn't performed yet to what his stuff says should play. How about a 1+1 for a "young-ish" LH that might take another step with a different organization and a different staff? If we're trying to build something, and we aren't going to make major FA signings or major trades because we have so many young arms with potential we need to start seeing and working with, then just re-sign Pineda and sign Kikuchi to go along with Bundy, Ober, Ryan, Dobnak, Winder, Strotman, Balazovic and Sands and add a couple interesting or proven arms for the pen and run with a collection of #3 arms and tons of depth and a deep pen and quality lineup and try to compete in 2022...which COULD happen...and build for 2023. Your finances are FINE in 2023 and beyond to add and make moves. But just don't give up young talent to add to the staff where just $ can add as good or better while you re-tooling said staff.
    1 point
  33. Most of the top young talent in the league comes from these international signings. Fingers crossed. The Twins absolutely have to start finding their Accuna’s, Tatis’s, Guerrero’s and Soto’s here.
    1 point
  34. I’m feeling the Padres have a couple of potential pitchers within Twins budget range Paddock. & Clevinger . There is some risk with Clevinger coming off TJ surgery & may be July of 22 before he makes the mlb. Paddock had a down year & he is young. The Twins could trade Larnach & Vallimont. Clevinger is 30 yrs. old, FA in 23, salary $6m. Paddock is 26 yrs. old, FA in 24, salary $2m. The Padres may be interested in this trade as the Padres are near about $20m from the luxury tax line.
    1 point
  35. I love it when guys on TD propose trades. It ALWAYS makes for good discussion, so Thank You 21bdl21 ! I agree with the comments that we don't need MORE prospects, especially pitchers. We have something like 16 legit pitching prospects so acquiring more just leads to 40-man roster headaches. If I'm giving up Arraez, I'm looking for a legit Big League pitcher who can help the Twins in 2022 and beyond with an extension. With a value (MLB Trade Values) of 27.9 Arraez is the Twins BEST trade piece NOT named Polanco. Arraez has defensive versatility and elite bat to ball skills. He should be able to bring back a very good pitcher...or TWO. Bassitt and Manaea from Oakland have a combined value of 35.5. (Bassitt 17.0 and Manaea 18.5). The Twins should be talking to Oakland about a deal centered around Arraez and looking to bring back Montas (39.6 value) or BOTH Bassitt and Manaea. The Twins should NOT be punting 2022. They should be building to compete in 2022 and beyond.
    1 point
  36. There is no question that the Twins will need to make some additions to their starting staff when the offseason comes back, whenever that is. Many of the top free agent starting pitchers are no longer available. The Twins did sign Dylan Bundy to team with Bailey Ober and Joe Ryan in the rotation, but clearly they will add more. They may need to do so with some creative trades. Here are three such options that the Twins might consider. Kyle Freeland Freeland has been a serviceable pitcher throughout his career which is an impressive statement to make considering he’s spent five seasons in Colorado. Freeland owns a career 4.20 ERA which is a fair baseline of what to expect from the southpaw moving forward. He flew under the radar posting a 4.33 ERA in 2021 with 120 innings pitched and had peripherals to match. Even if he doesn’t get a bump from moving out of the worst pitching environment in baseball, Freeland would already slot in nicely as the Twins #3 in the rotation for a bargain in regards to payroll. At 29 years old, Freeland is due $7m in 2022 with another year of control in 2023. For the Rockies who have no shot at contending in the next two years, this is the exact type of player that should be shopped to get a hold of any type of young talent that could be a part of their next contending window while relieving some payroll. The Twins could easily put together a trade package consisting of young players far from the top of their prospect rankings. It may just be a matter of whether the Rockies front office comes to their senses and gets realistic about their future. Luke Weaver Much like Freeland, Weaver would be a multi-year acquisition. The 28-year-old right-hander has had an up-and-down career in terms of performance and health. The former first round pick sports a 4.64 career ERA and has averaged over a strikeout per inning in his six seasons. In those seasons, however, Weaver has eclipsed 65 innings only once and that was in 2018. For the right price, the upside could be worth the gamble. With a fastball averaging around 94 mph, a wipeout changeup, and 60-grade command, finding a way to work a full season out of Luke Weaver could have a huge payoff. The Diamondbacks are likely a bit more realistic than their division mates in Colorado, although it’s worth noting that Weaver is only due $2.4m in 2022. They have some nice pieces but don’t quite have a clear cut core in place to build around. Given Weaver’s injuries and contract status, they may see more upside in taking a few prospects that fit their timeline than gambling on Weaver and potentially losing. Like Freeland, there’s likely a prospect package that makes sense for both teams. Jake Odorizzi Despite his 4.21 ERA in 100+ innings last year, Jake Odorizzi may not have a rotation spot in Houston given their depth of young starting pitching. I can’t blame anyone who wants to turn the page on the Twins teams of the last three Twins seasons, but this former Twin fits right into the next steps of this organization. Odorizzi has shown plenty of signs of being the same pitcher he has been during his whole career. Vintage Jake Odorizzi would go a long way in shoring up a currently rookie-led rotation and provide some much-needed innings. Signed to fill in for an injured Framber Valdez last spring, Odorizzi is set to make a $3.0 million signing bonus and $5.0 million in base salary for 2022. He gets half a million for 100 innings and an extra million for 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150 innings pitched. In 2023, he’s due $6.5 million with a $3.25 million buyout. His stuff would likely play up in a bullpen role in Houston, but it’s likely to cause some waves with a pitcher who wants to start and may have already ruffled some feathers in the organization. It may just be mutually beneficial for all parties. The Astros save some money, the Twins add an arm, and Odorizzi gets to start. It seems like a match made in heaven. People’s interest in bona fide stud pitchers is understandable, but the Twins need quantity just as much as quality. Are there any middle of the rotation arms you’d like to see the Twins pick up before Spring Training? — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email — Follow Cody Pirkl on Twitter here
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  37. Justin Dunn as the headliner doesn't get it done for me. He looks most likely to be a reliever, his K rate is below average and he has control problems. We have this guy in our system taking up a 40 man spot right now and his name is Chris Vallimont. Stoudt is 24 and while he has a really good changeup and OK fastball he is someone who would need to be protected right away and we already have a half dozen or more guys that project as good or better than him so he would likely be lost anyway. Campbell is a complete unknown who also would need to be protected. This trade just doesn't make sense for the Twins at all. If they are not going to give us a legit MLB starter then at a minimum and I mean minimum they would need to start a package built around Connor Phillips. He is 20 and was taken in the 2020 draft. He has a legit fastball and decent K numbers. He has solid potential and wouldn't need to be added for another three years. If the Twins can't get someone to give up a decent starter then they should try to go younger and keep the pipeline producing for the future by going with high upside.
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  38. Thanks 21bdp21, for presenting this trade. Arraez makes the most sense to trade but I wouldn't use him for these 3 lottery tickets and further add to our 40 man dilemma. We have a lot of pitching prospects, what we don't have is established pitching. I don't see SEA. as a trading partner because they'll want to hang unto their established pitching.
    1 point
  39. They already have a bunch of prospects that profile as back of the rotation or bullpen piece, I would not move Arraez unless it's for a SP with higher upside or a legit SS prospect.
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  40. I am sure he would waive the no trade clause if his option were picked up. (Note: I wouldn't advocate picking up his option to trade him, but he will want to go where it is most likely to vest) But I would want a SP included in any trade for Elvis. It would be fun to have Elvis on the Twins. I wonder which Elvis song would be his walkup. but I disagree with Montas as getting Bassit would be significantly cheaper, and we could sign him to a 3 year 40 - 45 million or 4-year contract I the 60-64 million range basically getting 4 years of Berrios for the cost of 3.
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  41. I wouldn't be opposed to it if he was included with Montas and Manaea, especially as he would likely lessen the cost on our side. Worst case, he's designated make way for Lewis or Martin.
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  42. Good point. I didn't realize he had a player option. It's not a great solution to begin with so this takes it off the table.
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  43. oh boy,......let's go get a light hitting shortstop with good defense.........where have I heard that before?
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  44. I echo Mike that this is an excellent monster of a summary. This article has pretty much everything you need as a Twins prospect watcher. Really appreciated the Tags with the players organized like that. I sometimes like to go back and see where a player was or what we collectively were thinking about a player before they break out. Seth really appreciate all the work you put into this. Until I found this site I was never really interested in looking into prospects or how teams get put together. Your work and this site have now made it a passion of mine. Thanks for giving me the other side of baseball. I have enjoyed it!
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  45. Almost certainly zero. Almost all of these guys (probably not Canterino, but maybe him too?) will have a chance to at least get their feet wet in the majors this year, and if the likes of Ober and Ryan are any indication then there's a good chance that most or all of them will prove to have a little MLB stickiness about them.
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  46. Seth chats with the Varland brothers. Gus Varland is a pitching prospect who spent 2021 with the Dodgers AA affiliate. Louie Varland was the Twins minor league pitcher of the year in 2021, splitting time between Low-A and High-A. We'll see how the brothers have helped each other since their young days through today when they work together toward their goal of pitching in the big leagues.
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  47. Minnesota selected Rodríguez with a sixth-round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft out of high school in Florida. At the time, the organization drafted him as an outfielder, and that’s where he started his professional career. From 2011-2013, he played regularly as an outfielder in the rookie leagues while hitting .216/.279/.336 (.615) in 129 games. Rodríguez was a good athlete with a big arm, so the organization shifted him to the mound. He spent all of 2014 with Elizabethton and posted a 1.05 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP. All of his appearances were from the bullpen, and he combined for a 19 to 8 strikeout to walk ratio in 25 2/3 innings. During the 2015 seasons, he pitched as a starter at three different levels and reached High-A by posting a 3.35 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 75 1/3 innings. Over the next two seasons, he continued to move up the ladder and finished the 2017 season at the Double-A level. Rodríguez was making improvements, but now another team took notice. Because he started his pro career as an outfielder, Minnesota lost organizational control of Rodríguez following the 2017 season. He quickly signed with the San Francisco Giants as a minor league free agent. He began the next season at Triple-A, where he posted a 3.40 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP with 53 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings over nine starts before making his big-league debut. His rookie campaign made it look like the Twins made a mistake in their evaluation process. He posted a 2.81 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP with 89 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings over 19 starts. While his numbers looked great on the surface, some outlying numbers pointed to a potential decline. He struck out fewer than seven batters per nine innings and posted a 3.73 FIP. Rodríguez saw his big-league numbers decline over the next two seasons. He began the 2019 season in the Giant rotation and struggled with an ERA north of 5.00 in eight starts. In late May, he returned to the majors as a reliever, and he’d filled that role for the remainder of the season. As a reliever at the big-league level, he has pitched 31 innings and posted a 6.39 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP. Even though he was still under team control through 2024, San Francisco parted ways with him following the 2020 campaign. Last season, Rodríguez pitched the entire season as a starter at the Triple-A level in the Rockies organization. In 85 2/3 innings, he posted a 6.72 ERA and 1.66 WHIP with an 87 to 30 strikeout to walk ratio. These numbers don’t exactly jump off the page, but Rodríguez has a reputation as a hard worker and a good teammate. Minnesota will likely extend him a non-roster invite for spring training, especially with questions surrounding the team’s pitching staff in 2022. What are your thoughts on the Rodríguez signing? Do you think he can impact the 2022 Twins? MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or emai
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  48. Carew won SEVEN batting titles as a Twin. I think we can let him slide.
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  49. He’s in the HoF as a Twin. I think that gets him his number retired.
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  50. Wait... Rod Carew shouldn't have his number retired by the Twins? His best years and most of his hits came in a Twins uniform. He's the all-time leader in WAR for all Twins players in 60+ seasons. Jim Kaat spent like 12-13 seasons with the Twins (and a few with the Senators).
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