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  1. Dman

    Johnny Cueto rumor

    I am only going to say this meekly as I ended up being wrong about the SS scenario but I have to believe the price is just too high right now for Montas. If this ends up being a Pittsburgh Overpay scenario then I will be happy the Twins are out of the running. There has to be other ways to get what we need.
    8 points
  2. DocBauer

    Johnny Cueto rumor

    I've always been OK with him or Pineda as an experienced, "short term" veteran to just be solid, give the team a chance, and be replaceable for one of the prospects. I would have preferred Pineda, but not going to complain here. I do think a trade is still very possible, but I'm no longer 100% on it. I'm probably 75-80%. And I think everyone is correct about asking prices. If you believe all the rumors put there, half the league is being linked to Oakland and other potentially available arms. Wouldn't surprise me a bit if the prices are ridiculous right now. Also wouldn't surprise me if the FO just moves on from Oakland and suddenly makes a deal with someone else. Sure wouldn't be the first time they surprised us.
    7 points
  3. I would disagree with “square one”. I would expect the Twins will know a lot more about both Martin and Lewis and would know if either would be ready to step in or if they would have to bridge to them or look for a different permanent solution. That Lewis hasn’t played since 2019 and Martin is newly acquired really leaves a lot of unknowns at the forefront. These are among the very top prospects on the team and highly regarded (top 100) in baseball.
    7 points
  4. nicksaviking

    Johnny Cueto rumor

    I've looked at the free agent list. There's not a name on there I'd rather see over the internal young guys. Nobody available on the open market has any business being anything higher than a #5, maybe a #4 on a contending team. They already got Bundy for the annual eye-roll rotation signing this season. The last thing I want the Correa signing to do is to make the organization press and put a bunch of washed up vets in the rotation trying to make the impossible happen in this one year window. If trades aren't likely or reasonable, stay the course and go with the young guys.
    6 points
  5. (obligatory) He put up good numbers last year at age 26, but mainly in double-A ball, and as a reliever. Having 3 minor league options preserves some value, but conversely means no one ever thought to put him on a 40-man roster until age 27. All this together paints a picture for me. Any slight perturbation to the roster, such as signing a legit major leaguer, means he's off it, either to another team who claims him next or else to sit in St Paul with Chi Chi and the others waiting for good luck and good timing. Speaking of timing, this claim occurred in sync with putting Dobnak on the 60-day IL. So in effect it's a free shot at claiming then waiving a player of some minor value for use at AAA, using an empty roster spot that might otherwise go unused until something more productive presents itself in a day or three. If he's claimed when another player is added to the roster so be it - nothing ventured nothing gained.
    6 points
  6. Romero has all 3 of his option years remaining, as his call-up in September 2021 was the first time he had been placed on a 40-man roster. (September 2021 was also the first time he even reached AAA.)
    6 points
  7. MiLB track record looks pretty good on Romero. Hopefully, he was a victim of numbers and can add some value in the pen. As far as Dobber goes ....
    6 points
  8. The problem I have in giving up anyone off this top 5 list is that for 3 of them we would be selling low. Ryan isn't going to be traded because then we're just upgrading a starting slot, not filling one. Miranda is the only one we would be selling "high" on, and there seems to be a perception (manufactured, perhaps, by teams hoping to get him cheaper?) that his season might have been a fluke. Martin, Lewis, and Balazovic are all coming off seasons where they had varying degrees of injury and difficulty, and when you sell low on a prospect it usually means you're adding in more guys...which increases the odds of the whole thing backfiring on you. I'm happier moving prospects that are rising, like what we did with Petty. He's a terrific talent, but could have a ton of bumps in the road. But the potential projections on him are terrific. All of the guys on this list are getting downgraded to some extent because they're close to the majors (or already there) and prospect evaluators almost always rank potential over actuality. Because you can always talk yourself into projecting development. The reality is, you should value guys that are closer to the majors more, because there fewer obstacles in their development path and you should know more about who they are and will be as players. But it doesn't seem to work that way...
    6 points
  9. hmmm ... guessing the A's price tag was too much? Although, they had been linked to him earlier
    6 points
  10. I voted A+ mostly because I have never been so shockingly pleased by a Twins signing. I’m still saying ‘Correa?! Holy ****! Is this for real?’
    6 points
  11. I'm going out on a limb here, but I don't see $8m over the next 5 seasons as something requiring a roster spot.
    6 points
  12. Spring training is fully underway but that doesn't mean Hot Stove SZN is over. The Twins made a huge addition over the weekend and seemingly have at least one more on tap. Pressure is building to check off the final boxes ahead of the season opener in just 18 days. What does the front office still need to accomplish and what are their options? Donaldson Trade Clears the Books I posted the last of these offseason status updates last Sunday night, figuring that at 9:22 PM I could safely assume the news cycle had settled, and the whirlwind weekend's moves were finished. But if there's been one lesson from the past week, it's that the news cycle never sleeps. Literally minutes after clicking publish on an article reviewing the Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Sonny Gray trades, I learned of another blockbuster going down: the Twins dealt Josh Donaldson, along with Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt, to the Yankees in exchange for Gary Sánchez, Gio Urshela, and a bunch of salary relief. With that, Minnesota's short-lived and unfulfilling engagement with Donaldson came to an end. It was a signing that ultimately illustrated the hazards of spending big on aging veteran talent. The Twins can consider themselves lucky to get out of the last two years, even though they had to actively worsen their roster to do it. In the wake of this shakeup, many unknowns were in play. But among the few things we DID know: "The Twins now have all kinds of flexibility to make at least one HUGE move." What would it be? Twins Shock the World with Correa Signing For five days, we all sat mired in uncertainty, wondering how the Twins planned to flex their newfound financial clout. As reports emerged of Trevor Story leaning toward other destinations, anxiety started to rise. Had the front office boxed itself into a corner? Nah. They went out and signed the No. 1 free agent on the entire market, landing Carlos Correa in an absolute game-changing stunner. The three-year, $105.3 million contract makes Correa the highest-paid infielder in the game, and addresses the club's need at shortstop decisively. (For now.) In all likelihood, it'll end up being a one-year deal, as Correa has the ability to opt out following either the 2022 or 2023 season. His aim is clearly to put together a good year, return to a less-crowded FA shortstop market next year, and score the $300+ million payday he desired. But that's okay. Getting an MVP-caliber player at age 27 on a one-year pact is a win, even if the framework of the deal creates a bit of team risk. On Sunday, Story signed with the Red Sox for six years and $140 million, prioritizing length of the deal over AAV. Meanwhile, the Yankees were basically left out in the cold. You hate to see it. Still in Need of a Starter Perhaps New York can still claim a victory in all of this late offseason action. They are reportedly among the teams in on Oakland's Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea. With so much steam around the two front-line starters and their availability, that situation feels like the last big domino yet to fall. The Twins have also been repeatedly connected to the Athletics in rumors, which only makes sense because they let every free agent starter come off the board while failing to adequately address their starting pitching needs. Even fallback mid-tier options like Michael Pineda and Tyler Anderson are now gone, and Minnesota has a glaring hole after (or ahead of?) Gray atop their rotation. Chi Chi Gonzalez might add some welcome veteran depth on a minors deal, but he's not moving the MLB needle in any way. The Twins almost HAVE to make a trade in order to put the finishing touches on a complete offseason. Are they willing to meet the extraordinary price that extracting Montas will surely require? Or will they opt instead for Manaea, who has only one year of team control left but will command a lesser return? Could they acquire ... both? Given how the Twins have operated this offseason – conditioning us to expect the unexpected – something tells me the most likely outcome is none of the above. They'll find a way to surprise us by zagging while everyone anticipates the zig. Stay tuned. Bullpen Gets a Veteran Boost With all the attention being paid to starting pitchers and shortstops, the team's bullpen needs have been more or less on the backburner. Outside of grabbing Jharel Cotton before the lockout, and bringing back the likes of Juan Minaya and Danny Coulombe on minors deals, the Twins hadn't taken much action to offset their various question marks in relief. On Saturday they did something about that, signing veteran right-hander Joe Smith to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. I would describe this as a low-wattage signing; the sidearmer, who turns 38 on Tuesday, hasn't put together a complete quality season since 2017. But he's been a pretty reliable righty specialist throughout his career and that was a need. We'll see if the front office has anything else in store for the bullpen. Remaining options are limited. I wouldn't be the least surprised to see them lean primarily on internal arms in rounding out this unit. Griffin Jax looked really good in his first spring appearance and is one to watch. Lewis Thorpe is out of options. Roster & Payroll Projection Accounting for all of this wheeling and dealing, here's an updated look at the Twins' projected roster and spending commitments for this season. The payroll currently stands at about $122.5M, which is $7.5M short of their baseline target. With the news that Randy Dobnak is still bothered by his finger and unlikely for Opening Day, I've moved him out of the bullpen picture and added his (meager) guaranteed salary to the "Dead Money" section." I still see opportunities to add a fourth outfielder and one or two bullpen arms, though each of those needs could reasonably be filled with existing options. The remaining hole in the rotation, however, needs an external fix. For what it's worth, Montas is expected to earn around $5.5M via arbitration this year, and Manaea $10.2M. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email — Become a Twins Daily caretaker
    5 points
  13. cHawk

    Johnny Cueto rumor

    I wouldn’t be against signing Cueto as a #5 starter, but don’t sign multiple #5 starters. It didn’t go so well for the Twins last year when they did that.
    5 points
  14. If the rotation is Gray - Bundy - Ober - Ryan - Cueto and then Winder and Balazovic get an opportunity to start later on this year, and then Maeda comes back in the second half of the season….I think that works. Would I prefer a trade for Montas? Maybe, but if the cost is either Lewis or Martin, plus Winder or Balazovic, I think I’d pass on that. I’m thinking “be careful what you wish for” and people might have misgivings if a trade comes to fruition at the actual cost.
    5 points
  15. twins_89

    Johnny Cueto rumor

    It wouldn't be a Falvey and LeVine offseason without signing a seriously over the hill starter whose production is poised to fall off a cliff.
    5 points
  16. They just need to find the customer service button and claim they ordered a regular Uber but got conned when an Uber XL showed up. Might get a partial refund.
    5 points
  17. Backs can flair up at any time but the fact that he was healthy all last season and is under 30 I don't see it as a "huge" risk for what the Twins signed on for. Remember any player can get hurt at any time and miss most of a season. Correa has a lot to play for this year so odds are he will be keeping himself in tip top shape and work to mitigate his injury risk. The potential downside of the Correa deal seem limited based on the opt outs and length of the deal IMO. I can see however, where that back issue coupled with the fact that he isn't exactly fast for the SS position had teams somewhat scared off doing a long term deal. He wants up the middle money but it seems unlikely he will play there through the length of that contract. So he needs to stay healthy and have another good year to put those worries about him to rest. Correa could still get seriously injured and this could end up a bad deal. That is certainly one of the many potential outcomes but as a team\FO you take on risk with every contract from Dobnak to Buxton to Correa. To field a good team you have to take on some risk. Every team does. The Twins have an All-Star player very motivated to get a long term contact so I think this was a worthwhile risk for them to take. Even if this deal does go sideways you can't blame the FO for being aggressive and trying to compete this year.
    5 points
  18. Thanks for the warning - Donaldson for Correa - both have injury issues, but Correa when healthy gives us coverage at a critical position. I will take the trade off.
    5 points
  19. Yeah I am wondering if the Twins are going to need to Zag on Montas. I can't imagine what the hold up is on Oaklands end. Either they aren't getting the return they want for Montas or teams keep trying to outdo each other to grab him. If the bidding is getting high might be time to go with Manea unless of course they are making it a package deal. There must be other teams out there that the Twins could deal with if the Oakland deal falls through. Like I said I don't know what the holdup is. Billy has traded everyone else except the two pitchers that multiple teams are interested in. Thorpe with 4 K's in his first two innings of work. Did anyone get a chance to see how he looked? I know it is small samples size and he was facing the equivalent of AAA starters but still that looked like a nice outing. While I don't have a ton of faith I am pulling for him. Still shocked the Twins managed to get Correa so who knows what else they might be able to do.
    5 points
  20. That is extremely short sighted. It is the reason the 60 day DL exists.
    5 points
  21. The Twins signed an elite player at a position of need. They may or may not have him beyond this season. The next three years should be Correa’s peak years and if he does stay for all three years the Twins wouldn’t be paying for his declining years. If Correa leaves next year or the year after, the Twins should have payroll space to add substantial talent.
    5 points
  22. My plea to the Twins all winter was to field a team that has a fighting chance. As constructed before the lockout, the Twins were looking at another down year, with speculation looming of a rebuild, retool, or anything in-between. They’ve made their decision. After signing Correa to a quasi-one-year deal and trading first-round pick Chase Petty for Sonny Gray, the Twins can't go back now. It’s time to push more chips into the pile. Rumors are swirling about a Frankie Montas addition, and Luis Castillo is still in Cincinnati, where the Reds have told everyone the party is over. The Twins need to supplement a less-than-stellar rotation, but the bullpen is also lacking in the hard-throwing right-hander department. Enter Jhoan Duran, who turned heads Saturday with a truly dazzling spring appearance. Duran threw 19 pitches, with three at 99 mph or more. He struck out two over two perfect innings. Duran has the repertoire to be a dominant starter, with a 70-grade fastball and developing breaking stuff. The hope is he remains a future rotation member, with the Twins crossing their fingers for a healthy summer ahead. He’s thrown only 16 game innings since 2019, so ramping him up in 2022 is critical. It wouldn't be easy to convince me that Duran, 24, couldn’t help the Twins immediately. He’s an electric young arm, similar to former Twins flamethrower Brusdar Graterol. Understanding they needed to help the 2020 team in any possible way, the Twins first decided to move Graterol to a bullpen role, tracking him to make the team on Opening Day. Then, further recognizing a need to supplement, the Twins traded Graterol to the Dodgers for Kenta Maeda. The Twins made both decisions knowing they had to aid a preseason American League Central favorite in any way possible. After signing Correa, how is this year any different? Duran may be part of a package that returns Montas, Sean Manaea, Castillo, or Tyler Mahle, but that’s not what I’m proposing. Let Duran cook. He’s 24, needs innings, and looks ready to contribute. A bullpen move isn’t a death sentence. White Sox starter Michael Kopech is a great example. A hard-throwing right-hander coming off an injury, the White Sox let him eat out of the bullpen in 2021, and he now resides in their rotation. The Twins’ bullpen consists of Taylor Rogers, Tyler Duffey, Jorge Alcalá, Caleb Thielbar, recently-added Joe Smith, Jharel Cotton, and perhaps Randy Dobnak or Jovani Morán. It’s an OK group but could use a boost. Even if the Twins sign a high-leverage, right-handed reliever, Duran could fill a key role. Duran and Alcalá would form a potentially dominant pairing of right-handed flamethrowers, setting up for Duffey and Rogers. Duran could pitch in low, medium, and high leverage and even open some games. He’d be a swiss-army knife for Rocco Baldelli and a potentially valuable one. The Twins have decided they want to win in 2022. By moving Duran to the bullpen, they’re pushing more chips into the pot, which I’ve been calling for since the offseason commenced. What do you think? Should the Twins move Jhoan Duran to the bullpen for 2022? Comment below! 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
    4 points
  23. I believe Arraez is worth more because he has proven himself. According to BTV Arraez has a higher trading value than any of these. OAK is going through a salary dump not necessarily a rebuild. So they may consider Arraez if he's offered
    4 points
  24. Both Arraez and Urshela are good MLB players and the Twins have Miranda too leaving a little bit of a surplus. While it would be cool if the Twins can retain Arraez and pick up a starting pitcher, I would think he would have more value than Manaea. I'm a little surprised at the difficulty of the current market. Oakland, Miami, San Diego, and Cincinnati may want to drive the market at their prices but each stands to lose if they do not make a few simple moves. Miami could move Jazz to CF. He wasn't that great at 2B and a Urshela or Arraez would boost their team as would Kepler, but the Twins need Kepler's glove. How about Arraez, Larnach, Duran, and a player from outside the 40 person for Pablo Lopez? San Diego would benefit from Kepler too and even Larnach may help them while it seems their team could use a Arraez or Urshela. Cueto doesn't move the needle much.
    4 points
  25. I was hoping for a 4-5 SP in Cueto or Archer. Here's hoping a trade is still on the table.
    4 points
  26. Twins fans are familiar with injuries to star players as the team was able to sign oft-injured Byron Buxton to a team-friendly extension. Correa and Buxton were the first two picks in the 2012 MLB Draft, and Correa has played 259 more games than Buxton. However, Correa has missed time with injuries throughout his career. 2017: Correa injured a thumb ligament when he slid into a catcher's shin guard on a slide into home. While this may seem like a fluke injury, he missed 42 games, and he aggravated the injury in the postseason. Houston won the World Series that season and Correa was a crucial cog in that championship run. 2018: During the 2018 campaign, Correa landed on the IL for 36 games due to a back injury. He returned from the injury, but it was one of his worst big-league seasons. In 110 games, he posted a .728 OPS with 20 doubles and 15 home runs. His back was still bothering him, but he tried to play through the injury as the Astros made another run to the ALCS. 2019: Correa's back injury didn't completely go away as he missed time in August and September of 2019. His most considerable injury came in 2019 when he missed two months with a cracked rib. One might think this was caused by a diving play or a fastball to the rib cage, but those would be incorrect guesses. An in-home massage caused his rib injury, and he was limited to 75 games this season. 2020: The shortened 2020 season impacted players differently, but it was Correa's worst at the big-league level. His .709 OPS was almost 20 points lower than his 2018 campaign when he tried to play through his back injury. Even with the poor performance, he played nearly every game of the shortened season. Correa's only missed time was in September when he fouled a ball off his ankle. He helped the Astros defeat the Twins during the playoffs. He went 3-for-6 with a home run. 2021: Correa played 148 games last season, which is the second-highest total of his career. His only missed time was when he was placed on the IL due to health and safety protocols. He had one of his best offensive seasons, finishing fifth for the AL MVP and winning the Platinum Glove as the AL's best defender. When taking out the shortened 2020 season, Correa has averaged over 115 games per season since he debuted in 2015. He hasn't been Cal Ripken Jr. at the shortstop position, but few players are ironmen in today's game. Correa has dealt with back issues throughout his career, which can worsen as players age. Minnesota fans and Correa can hope he stays healthy this season and posts monster numbers. It will likely mean his Twins tenure is short, but he will undoubtedly be fun to watch in the season ahead. Are you concerned by Correa's injury history? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
    4 points
  27. I'm sorry, are you saying that this signing is bad because we previously drafted Royce Lewis?
    4 points
  28. Played 148 games last year and had 630ABs. From a Twins' fan perspective, that's not an "injury prone" player. We know what that phrase means, and Correa ain't it. He's going to play more games than Donaldson this year, I'm betting.
    4 points
  29. I realize Twins don't want to sell the farm, however with one of the best minor leagues in baseball it makes sense to trade from strength. We need quality starting pitching!! You can't get it without losing any assets unless you sign a FA. And those are pretty much done. It's going to cost some young " prospects " to acquire some. Use them. I am sure they have something coming. I must admit I was very skeptical but it appears I may have been a little hasty in my judgement of the FO. Let's wait and see how this all shakes out. I'm sure they didn't sign Correa with the intent of being a last place format. I love the prospect of being a contender.
    4 points
  30. I just clicked on this discussion to see if anyone replied with something like "it sucks because they didn't somehow find a way to sign a starting pitcher in the same transaction."
    4 points
  31. It’s only a matter of time until Albers is a Twin again.
    3 points
  32. Sounds like the baseball version of smash, marry, kill. Marry (extend) Rogers Smash(go year by year) Arraez Kill (sign & trade) Sanchez
    3 points
  33. Brandon

    Johnny Cueto rumor

    Cueto could be a Dobnak replacement since he is now out. maybe Ryan and Ober and Bundy are competing for 2 spots in the rotation out of the gate and we still make a trade. Maybe we are signing Cueto because we need to include Ryan or Ober in the trade for Montas. So many potential twists and turns.
    3 points
  34. Right now, there is zero benefit to releasing him, as opposed to simply putting him on the 60-day IL when you need the 40-man roster spot for someone else. He’s not taking a roster spot from anyone at the moment. Come November, when the 60-day IL goes away for the off-season, there may be a benefit to waiving him and outrighting him off the roster if he clears.
    3 points
  35. Trov

    Johnny Cueto rumor

    I do not think even signing Cueto will mean they are out on possible trade. However, being trade has not happened yet, I think they plan to wait it out. The fact they pivoted quickly with Correa when story was not agreeing, shows the FO will change it up fast if needed. I wonder if Oakland is just saying we can wait it out until maybe more teams get in the mix.
    3 points
  36. Also, I believe that tweet misspelled his name -- it's "Johnny" like Klippstein, not "Jhonny" like Peralta. Unless we're signing a totally different guy.
    3 points
  37. Everyone saying "just have the surgery".....humans like to avoid cutting into their bodies if it can be avoided. They tried not doing that, and may continue to try that. I'm ok with that. As for the signing, I never got it, but....it is a drop in the bucket. If he'd stay healthy, it would be hailed as a genius move, imo.
    3 points
  38. It was a low risk, decent upside play. And frankly, I'm still not convinced it wasn't a savvy signing. We literally haven't seen Dobnak healthy for a decent stretch since that time - which sucks but can happen to any pitcher - and I still think he's a capable pitcher if he can ever get healthy. And Randy is an eminently likable character with a fantastic story. If, at the end of a few years, the Twins essentially donated a few million dollars to him, all I can say is "cool".
    3 points
  39. thanks for all the thoughtful responses. i can't wait to get to target field and see some live baseball - it may be the one thing that covid took away from me (seeing live games) that i missed the most. just sitting in a park watching a game. i do miss the small ball - bunts for singles, hits to where they ain't, etc. but still love baseball. when the big plays, the ricky plays, do come, it's all the more exciting now...though i wish it wasn't as rare. steal home - do it! see you at the park.
    3 points
  40. I'm also confused by this take. So the Twins shouldn't sign great players? For what it's worth the analytics geniuses around the industry predict he'll be somewhere around the 5 or 6 WAR mark. So high end all star bordering on MVP level performance. And you're mad that they signed him because they drafted Royce Lewis then saw him lose 2 years to a pandemic and ACL injury? Are you suggesting the Twins should pass on signing someone like Correa to ensure they have room for a prospect who literally hasn't played a baseball game in 2 years?
    3 points
  41. Back injuries are hard to predict. As one who has dealt with back issues for the last 40 years now I have a certain amount of knowledge on the issue. Lower back injuries can be worked on and the muscles built up quite a bit thru PT in my experience, where upper back injuries are much more difficult to work on. The advances made over the last 15-20 years in pain control to help is amazing. Its no longer how much pain can you take before you need narcotics. There are several other ways that an athlete can couple with good solid training to minimize a chronic type back pain. The key is to keep in great physical shape. It appears to me He has kept himself in good shape and I'm sure the Twins staff will make sure he continues too.
    3 points
  42. Go ahead, Cody, ruin our euphoria over the signing ;)! Actually, there is a higher than average injury risk with him based on his past history. That is probably one big factor Boras considered when locking in a 3 year contract. But, as mikelink noted, I will gladly trade a Donaldson risk of injury for a Correa risk of injury.
    3 points
  43. Boy, if they are going to have to send a King's Ransom for Montas, I would prefer to package Kepler and stuff for Meyer of one of the other young Marlin stud pitching prospects. That way at least you have a player for many years, instead of a 1 or 2 year control window. Marlins still looking for center field help, if not Kepler then Centerino and others?
    3 points
  44. Bundy’s fastball was between 86-88 mph yesterday. Maybe he’s a guy that needs to build up his arm strength in order to increase velocity. If not, I don’t see him being a viable option as a starter. I would write in Jax and Thorpe for the last 2 relief spots. Not much left in the RP FA market. I think the team will be creative wit the bullpen and starters, like the Rays. Jax and Thorpe could pitch 2+ innings in relief or pitch after an opener. However, I am concerned Thorpe was sitting at 87-88 with his fastball yesterday. Hopefully, just building up arm strength. With shortened spring training injuries are even more inevitable than usual. I think Strotman, Winder, and Duran need to be ready to pitch in whatever role is necessary. Probably throw Jordan, Henriquez and maybe Canterino into the mix as well. My concern is that a trade for Montes or Manaea will deplete that upper level minors depth. However, you need to make that trade anyways.
    3 points
  45. Victor Heredia signed with the Twins in July 2016. The catcher/first baseman played for the DSL Twins in 2017 and 2018. He advanced to the GCL for the 2019 season. Early Sunday morning, he passed away. While all details aren't yet known, he left a club in Acarigua, Venezuela, at about 4 am. He was in a truck with his mother and a friend of his. The 22-year-old reportedly had an argument inside the truck and wanted to get out. While it was running, he fell to the pavement and hit his head. He was rushed to a care center in Araure (where he lived), but soon after arrival, he was pronounced dead. Obviously, this is being investigated, but the driver of the vehicle has been arrested. (Here is the story from Portugues a Al Dia, and from El Pitazo). As an 18-year-old in 2018, he played 60 games in the DSL and hit .331/.369/.537 (.906) with 16 homers, four triples, and eight home runs. In 40 games in the GCL in 2019, he hit .257/.344/.316 (.660) with five doubles and a homer. He was released before the 2021 season. No less than 18 current Twins minor leaguers were teammates of Heredia in the 2019 GCL. Several others had a rehab appearance or two in the GCL that season. He also was at spring training in 2021, likely building upon more relationships. Join me in offering condolences to his friends and family.
    3 points
  46. Very sad news. I interviewed Victor in 2018 and wrote a profile article for another site. He was a good guy. Between COVID and the ongoing troubles in Venezuela, it was an uphill battle for him to progress in the states. R.I.P,, Victor. https://puckettspond.com/2018/07/26/minnesota-twins-prospect-victor-heredia/
    3 points
  47. Glad to see he wasn't displaying LLF.* * (Lance Lynn Face)
    3 points
  48. We really have no chance for it to be anything but one and done. No one did because of the agent change by Correa. If we keep Correa long-term it'll be because we rip this deal up and sign a brand new one, but make no mistake....we could offer him 10 years and 350M and the only way he signs it is if he fires his agent and negotiates on his own. This deal has almost no downside. Even in the worst case scenario he gets hurt, we are out only money and opportunity, no long-term consequences. In all other situations we yield substantial benefits from this deal. Easy A.
    3 points
  49. 3 points
  50. Let's assume (I know, it's a weak assumption) that they start the year with a rotation of Gray, Bundy, Ryan, Ober, and an acquisition, and that Rogers, Duffy, Alcala, Thielbar, Cotton, and Smith are 6 of perhaps 8 BP guys. On paper, we all know that this group isn't going to inspire a lot of confidence among us rubes. I think we tend to remember the guys who disappoint (Thorpe, Smeltzer types) and we tend to forget the guys who surprise us (the Duffy, Ober, Rogers, and Ryan types). I'm not going to guess which prospects will be viewed as better-equipped to build up innings as starters and which prospects might benefit the team and themselves by getting mostly low-leverage experience as #7-8 guys in the pen. The idea of inserting Duran into the mix like Alcala was has appeal. It'll be fun to see what the field people do, given the reality that almost all of the starting prospects are likely to be subjected to innings limits. What gives me the most hope are the sheer numbers of both injury-replacement starting options and bullpen candidates. I think of Chi Chi, Winder, Balazovic, Duran,Strotman, Sands, and possibly before season end, SWR and Vallimont as possibilities. And if middling prospects like Ober and Ryan are successful, we should have hope that a couple more from this group could come in and have similar immediate success. The number of BP candidates, guys who are likely ready to roll if they're good enough, is impressive. Moran, Cano, Jax, Thorpe, Dobnak, Henriquez, and even Stashak and Smeltzer. We really only need a couple-three of these guys to step up. So personally, I'm not in agreement with the argument that we absolutely HAVE to add from the outside to have a very good year, but yes, I see the point that better, proven options is desirable. I'm just not going to panic if it doesn't happen. I believe this FO and its baseball people know what they're doing.
    3 points
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