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  1. AceWrigley

    Thanks

    Was reading the words of Solomon this morning, the end of Ecclesiastes Chapter 5: "Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life." So on Thanksgiving, eat, drink and be merry, enjoy those who are around you and give thanks. Thanks to everybody here for a great forum for all things Twins. You know, God foretold us about baseball in the Bible. It all starts with, " In the big inning . . . " ( you have to say it, not read it). Have a great Thanksgiving everybody.
    4 points
  2. ashbury

    Thanks

    I'm thankful for people who have the good grace to be thankful. And of course for Twins Daily.
    4 points
  3. I don't know how high the price would be for Gallen but he is an interesting trade target. As far as the end of your blog goes, I don't think we have to suffer through a few "bad" years before we compete again. I also don't think we need to go nuts signing a bunch of expensive FA pitchers to compete. I've said here before, sign Pineda and sign and for 2 more in the same "class and range" as him, pick up 1 or 2 bullpen arms with experience, not expensive closers, Sign or trade for a defensive ss that can hit enough to stay above the mendoza line, and this team will be competitive. Rough estimate 3 starters x 9mil=27 mil + 2 pen x 5mil=10 mil + 6mil ss=43mil. That may actually be a bit high as I think going the trade route with 1 or 2 of those 6 positions would save $.
    4 points
  4. The Twins have a good DH already. Arraez would be a good cheap fit for DH. The man is a professional hitter. Would you rather have Arraez or Sano at bat in the 10th inning in a tie game, with a runner standing at 2B. Now compare the 2022 salary of Sano and the salary of Arraez. Case closed.
    4 points
  5. I'm a big fan of Lewis, there's no doubt in my mind that he has what it takes to be a super star. 2021 was very important for Lewis, to finally get his chance at the Bigs at some time and to be mentored by the best was euphoric. To me no injury was so traumatic in 2021 for the Twins as was his. Part of his undoing was his over exuberance in his training. I think part of his maturation is to be able to discipline himself, much like Rosario needed to. I hope he comes back completely healthy, but I think it'll be a long process to get back in the groove and learn his position and to be adequate there. I don't know if a year is long enough with even a chance it might not ever happen. So I think looking at more than a year for a temporary SS might be prudent.
    4 points
  6. tarheeltwinsfan

    Thanks

    I'm thankful the Twins still have Byron Buxton on the roster. I'm thankful the 2021 season is over. I'm thankful I can say, "Wait 'til next year".
    3 points
  7. I think that almost every manager succeeds or fails on the basis of things not seen by the fans (example Jace Tingler in SD). In those areas, I believe Baldelli is solid. He has the respect of the players and as someone not far removed from playing, he probably has more understanding and empathy for the modern player. Rocco seems to wear well over the course of a long season. Obviously, he's not perfect and some players aren't going to respond well to his laid-back (public) approach. Further, he's made some glaring tactical mistakes. IMHO, two areas where Rocco has not been aggressive enough is pinch-runners and defensive replacements. Part of that may be the roster he had, but I saw Nick Gordon sitting on the bench too many times with a tying or winning run on base and one of the Twins' slow runners on base. Having a double bonus of running for Sano and having a better first baseman in the game never happened that I recall and there were opportunities for that to happen. With the gift runner rule, taking out a slow runner for the tying or lead run makes more sense because said slugger seldom got another chance to hit. Management of the pitching staff, I think, was pretty good. He didn't overwork his bullpen despite many, many short starts from the rotation and by and large, he put pitchers in positions they could succeed. As I mentioned earlier, the baseball season is a long grind. We, as fans and particularly on game threads, want to see our guys win every game and go to the nth degree to do some on each and every contest. Players and managers know that it really doesn't work that way for six months. I think Rocco did a good job managing for the whole season, not trying to win one game and lose two more by eliminating players for future games. I think his seat will be warmer if and when the 2022 season gets going if the Twins disappoint again. Let's hope the front office gives him an improved roster and that the team is competitive this season and beyond.
    3 points
  8. strumdatjag

    Thanks

    I’m thankful that the Twins and MLB brought back live baseball to ballparks around North America, and I’m glad the Twins did NOT bring back the stupid, annoying Dance-off.
    3 points
  9. We're now past Wait 'Til Next Year mode, and are jumping straight to 2025. Plausible roster, though. Hope some of these arms pan out.
    3 points
  10. The CBA does not allow these types of bonuses. The union only accepts bonuses based on appearances / ABs. They won't accept bonuses based on a high level of performance.
    3 points
  11. nclahammer

    Thanks

    I am thankful for my favorite local team, the Minnesota Twins, who like family I may not always agree with, but still love dearly. I am thankful for Twins Daily and staff, for the best coverage of my favorite team, and the first place I go to read about them every morning.
    2 points
  12. If this front office is averse to seven-year deals for premium players age 27, we are doomed to mediocrity.
    2 points
  13. I would not be in favor of trading either Garver or Jeffers. The Twins catching position seems to be in good shape for next year. Leave it alone. If we trade either of them, then the Twins will need to "strengthen" the catching weakness which the Twins just created by trading both major league catchers. I is a good situation to have 2 capable major league catchers on the team.
    2 points
  14. Very well researched! I didn’t know much about Gallen prior to reading this, as I don’t follow much NL baseball, but young arms with past success and team control to be an SP3 or SP4 feels like a good value. If we could package Arraez and a MiLb mid- value arm I’d take him or someone with a similar pedigree.
    2 points
  15. Arizona got Zac for the same reason the Twins would trade for him. Cheap and showing promise. If had known he was available alst season, would've grabbed him then. Unless Arizona is thinking 3-4 years out and have no use to keeping this guy longterm, then yes they would happily trade for someone pretty sure to make the majors later in 2022 or be a regular in 2023...probably two names to keep them happy. For any pitcher the Twins add from outside the organization, the lesser the Twins see the need to keep folks like Balazovic, Duran, Winder, Barnes, Stortman (not to mention Jax, Dobnak, Thorpe, Smeltzer) in their mix. I see 2022 being the last chance for the last four mentioned, even if they moved elsewhere. The fiorst five mentioned all have promise, maybe even as longterm assets...but will quickly wear out their options. Unless any of the nine arms I mention can switch to the bullpen with success.
    2 points
  16. We have spent the last few years stockpiling prospects, grading prospects, protecting prospects, and developing (as best we can) prospects. It wouldn't hurt more than a little to use some of that depth of prospects in a trade or two. There is nothing wrong with developing from within, even preferable at times, and there is nothing wrong with signing FA's as the need arises. But there is also nothing wrong with trading for needs we otherwise didn't achieve through the first two. And, in my extremely humble opinion, we have plenty of upper end prospects to entice a 110 loss team to part with some pitching, even if it means a couple of the young arms we have stockpiled. And, if not AZ, then look to Miami, or even Oakland. But find an arm or two that will be with us for awhile and is healthy enough to put some innings in, even if it means parting with some of our upper guys. Make a pitch (pardon the pun) for Gallen.
    2 points
  17. I'd be all in on a package deal of prospects for Ketel Marte and Zac Gallen.
    2 points
  18. Exactly, If you "lock in" incentive payments and Buxton and has a very good year in 2022, he would be guaranteed a huge contract based solely on having one good year. There would be no incentive left after that.
    2 points
  19. I think it was Brock who brought up the possibility that it's not incentives per se that are the hangup, but escalators. If Buxton's camp is insistent that achieving one level of incentives in a given year locks in that level for all future years in the contract, I could see that the distance between the two sides is greater than we understand.
    2 points
  20. Mills, not sure where your final budget lies, but quick glance at your roster shows much imagination and realism. Particularly like your addition of Canha to replace Kepler in Rf, thereby enhancing trade package for Lopez. Don't think he's ready to assume ace status, but he would be a prime catch if Marlins willing to trade him. He would be a more movable piece than Rogers or Alcantara, either of whom would be my first choice. While Stroman or Rodon would be a better bet for a #1 Starter they admittedly will be a much harder get than Rodriguez. Can't favor Wacha - he had a terrible year. Rather spend a little more for someone like Pineda or Hill to give rotation better depth. The lineup looks good, but only if Kirillof, Bux, and JD remain healthy most of the season. It should be an above average offense, but not top tier unless everything broke favorably. The bullpen would be helped by Knebel as stopper, but I'd pass on Ottavino and go for Tepera or Yates. Barring injuries to Rogers or Duffey and with continued improvement from Alcala this could be a much improved pen compared to the trash heap of 2021. All in all, a very good roster! Let's hope the FO hires you as trade consultant!
    2 points
  21. Trades are hard to figure fair value and to determine proper needs of the other team. I think you did a good job. I was nitpicking to challenge you is all. Great job.
    2 points
  22. You all are forgetting our biggest asset at catcher (and everywhere)... La Tortuga!!! ...
    2 points
  23. I agree that one of the two could be flipped but I would hesitate flipping both unless the return was just too good to turn away from, and I don't see that happening. I could see Jeffers traded with someone else for an established starter, or alone for a ready to go prospect.
    2 points
  24. I like your outside the box thinking but I'd hate to lose neither Garver or Jeffers. But our greatest need is SP so I our depth at catcher and MIA need there is a perfect match. I prefer to keep Garver because he's a more established hitter and has much better arm. I'm also very high on Rortvedt but I won't thrust him in a sole starting position. I'd even hesitate to have him as the main back up right away.
    2 points
  25. That's not exactly true. He hasn't been getting to the plate in formal competition, but he was competing at the Alternate Site last year and he was taking batting practice late this season. Obviously, we can't see whether or not there is actually an improvement because of the lack of competition, but there should be the expectation he's not quite that rusty.
    2 points
  26. One thing you can't fault him is determination.
    2 points
  27. Thanks Neds for this blog. This is the 1st time I've notice your entrance if you are new, welcome. Our system is jam pack with these players yet last year they let a needed CF prospect (Baddo) go to add this DH type (Garlic) to the 40 man roster. This hording needs to be addressed and confronted. Although it has gotten better, our past draftees were abundant with this type. Their excuse were we can easily trade them in the future. Now they are saying nobody wants them. How can there be no market for a commodity which we are obsessed with. There has to be teams out there, like us, that don't put much importance on defense. They have been oblivious to the market and the needs of the organization. We have had many, many, too many to list opportunities which this FO have failed to pursue especially in trades. There is a market out there (though smaller than they originally expected), they just need to leave finally their comfort zone and put in the work. With the eminent DH coming to the NL, this FO needs to take the bull by the horns and take the fore front in this market. We have a lot of needs (especially SP) we can put together packages where we can slide these types into. So FO, I implore you to finally take advantage of the opportunities before you. We have a big problem with 40 man roster crunch because it is packed with this type. We are losing our needed undeveloped CF & pitcher prospects (Baddo, Wells, Clay and Colina to name a few) and it'll only get much worse if not addressed. Like you said Neds we have an abundance of candidates to fill this noncritical position. We need to trade any nonessential players that are worth anything. Arraez and Rooker are a liability on defense so they're our prime candidates. On TD report card (which was very good BTW) Arraez scored a B- while Kepler scored a C-. It's like their defense wasn't even considered. There are teams out there that do not look at defense they only look at bats. Both Arraez and Rooker have intriguing bats which would provide a decent market which in a package could net good pitching. I could go on but I think I've made my point and I wouldn't want to bore you.
    2 points
  28. The five you mentioned are exactly the ones I would use in a DH rotation. And I would not trade any of them away, as I would not expect the return to be better than what these 5 will contribute.
    2 points
  29. Makes no sense that you wouldn't bring back Juan Minaya. Thought he had a pretty good year, not sure you will find a replacement for a million a year.
    2 points
  30. I brought Taylor in not planning for him to be the starting SS for the next 3 years, but he can certainly play ss, and allow time for one of Martin or Lewis or someone else to become the SS. After that, he is a GREAT utility option who can play SS or CF. Our other current utility options (I'll lump Arraez and Miranda in there for now) are more 1b/2b/3b types.
    2 points
  31. My feeling is that MIA would prefer trading away some one from their established rotation to make room for their upcoming talent. MIA could be a little desperate to cover some of their holes (like catching) where they'd accept a reasonable package. A package better suits us because we can help clean up our 40 man roster mess. But I'd be happy with any stud from their stable. If we can get U of M star Meyers I'd be over joyed
    2 points
  32. No way Stroman takes 4/80 after what Gausman and Ray signed for. He will want a MINIMUM of 5/100 and it will likely take much more per year to sign him given his durability and longer track record of above average production than Gausman or Ray. Otherwise it is a pretty solid plan!
    1 point
  33. Would love to have him on our team, however with that said - can't see any possible way the Yankees trade him to us for anything we would be willing to offer them. Do they want Jake Cave back - he must have some special powers we don't know about.
    1 point
  34. Due to the high injury risk maybe we could work out a package deal and get Severino and their ss for Kepler and a low prospect. I'm pretty sure NY will sign one of the top ss FA so why not try? If we're going to kind of make up dream situations why not?
    1 point
  35. Great job! Nice to see some of these names.
    1 point
  36. Yea it definitely could be exciting. I don't know of many guys in the system that are lefties. That could certainly be helped through free agency, I just didn't include any in the post. Steer and Julien could certainly be good major leaguers, I just didn't include them for some reason.
    1 point
  37. Definitely something to look forward to and contemplate. And there's enough depth at each spot that a couple guys just don't turn out, or are traded, there's another prospect to potentially step in. Would be nice if another LH could step up in the pen. A couple guys you didn't list that I think should be added are Steer and Julian as utility types. I'm excited by them as potential contributors. A lot of fun!
    1 point
  38. Haha not necessarily, just thought it would be fun to see how a team could look then with our current farm system.
    1 point
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  41. I liked this the most of any I have read. Lots of moves but the shaken-up team has a lot of upside. Maybe I just like trades more than FA signings. Thanks for taking your shot!
    1 point
  42. How could I forget!!!!, might as well delete the article haha
    1 point
  43. I could agree with most of what you said, there is a lot of things that have to fall in place for this to happen. I only thought we could trade Rogers to Arizona so maybe they could use him as a trade piece, kind of far fetched though. The only reason I am skeptical on Rogers is because he is coming off a finger injury that costed him over 2 months. For Donaldson I would trade him to whoever would be willing to take on most of the contract. Nobody specific, maybe the Mets. I would trade him for one or 2 or an organizations 10-15 prospects, maybe a little higher depending on the ranking, anything above is a plus. Esentially a salary dump. Donaldson definetly is a good 3B, no doubt, I just don't think he fits in great with the teams plans for the next few years, with Arraez and Miranda fully capable of handling 3B for roughly $20 Million less.
    1 point
  44. I'm not sure how I feel about this but I believe in Rortvedt, and will jump at any excuse to keep Tortuga on the roster.
    1 point
  45. Pretty big gamble to trade both but very interesting concept. Garver with the injury last year to the you know whats, to me is the long term concern. Turning 32 this year and needing more rest to the knees, lower back and his manhood, has me thinking at best 75 games at catcher. Do we really want Rort who is probably a year or year + away from being a go to guy? Probably not. Trading Jeffers is risky because of youth compared to Garver, more seasoned and to me Rort is still a solid #3 catcher behind these two. Won't say no if the return is there though
    1 point
  46. Nothing too specific, I am also not saying we should trade them both away just because, but I think if the return is good we should do it. Possibly one of them and more players to Miami, or a package to Arizona for Gallen, just whatever can get us back into contention
    1 point
  47. This is a good topic cjm and one we will all debate for most of the winter. One team that has a plethora of starting pitching but where the cupboard is bare for catching is Miami. They just non-tendered a catcher they traded with the Phillies for who was supposed to be their catcher of the future. In my trade scenarios I have been offering Jeffers to Miami because he has more value and we could get "more" back from the Marlins. If they preferred Garver I would spin on a dime and offer him. I think they would want Jeffers because age-wise, he's their catcher of the future. The other two teams that have pitching to trade are Oakland and the Brewers. Both have decent to good catchers so neither is a match. However, what if a team like the Yankees would be interested in Garver, and if they signed Cory Seager to play SS would agree to a multi-player deal that brought one of their young SS prospects over to the Twins ?? That would be tempting. I like your "outside the box" thinking of "considering" dealing BOTH Garver and Jeffers, because I believe in 2023 Rortvedt could be the Twins #1 catcher and finding a RH hitting vet to back him up wouldn't be difficult. While I think it's highly unlikely the Twins would trade BOTH Garver and Jeffers this off season, it really would be dependent on WHAT they would be getting back. The Twins have some payroll flexibility to add one or two FA SP's. But Ryan and Ober at the bottom of the rotation should really be considered ONE pitcher, based on innings/pitch limits that will be placed on each. That means the Twins need to sign/trade for FOUR "solid" SP's. Dobnak and Gant (if he is retained) give them depth in the rotation to be used as needed. But adding FOUR SP's is a must as far as I'm concerned.
    1 point
  48. Seldom, if ever, will we get everybody on here to agree 100%. That's why we all come on and post our comments, so we can agree, disagree and offer up "why." I think it's a good, well thought out plan, but there are things I'm not in agreement with. That's O.K. !! I'm off the same age as well (I was 8 in 1965) and I "get" the idea we've never had a payroll to start the season that started with 1. 4. 0. But, I think it's O.k. if a few of us "dream" of a payroll starting at $140 million. Ray was the #1 SP target in my off season roster building plan. He's got great strikeout stuff and I believe in last season's breakout. I think it's for real. However, it would appear that signing him would not only cost a boatload of cash, but also have the Twins losing their #8 overall pick in the draft come June. I'm wavering on Ray now and looking more at guys like Eduardo Rodriguez, Kevin Gausman, Danny Duffey and maybe a flyer on someone like Andrew Heaney. Pineda is also very much in the mix. But in the remaking of this roster I'm also looking at TRADES to further bolster the pitching staff. They need to fill the #1, #2 and #3 slots in the rotation. Ryan and Ober will be on pitch/innings limits ALL Year. They need a minimum of 4 NEW SP's for this roster in 2022 (and that's even if you're counting on Dobnak for depth). Injuries will happen. Doing the "minimum will not be good enough. They need a SS. There are lots of Good but also expensive options. There are also cheaper options like Iglesias or Galvis or trade options like Adelberto Mondesi or Paul DeJong. We're all going to have a FUN winter speculating on what the Twins FO ends up doing and...not doing.
    1 point
  49. Sad he got hit. Glad it wasn't worse.
    1 point
  50. I like the willingness to trade for a few starters and to sign a few players as well. This is a practical roster. The Cardinals may value Flaherty too highly to trade him, Sano might be tough to trade, and the Dodgers may still love Taylor. I like the idea that change is possible. Having thought about ways to look at a roster for 2022, I appreciate the exercise you have completed and it looks solid.
    1 point
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