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  1. It’s quite interesting to look at how other front offices approached their off-season. What did Boston do after losing a superstar to free agency in 2020 and finishing last? Did they use their considerable financial resource to extend their CFer. No they let him go to free agency. Did they sign any expensive FA? No. They signed veteran SP Garret Richards and Enrique Hernandez for $7M. The rest were bargain signs like our old friend Marwin Gonzales. I bet many Boston fans thought the FO was incompetent. Where are they now? 1st place in the AL East. What did Tampa do after their WS
    13 points
  2. Part of this conversation has to revolve around all of the injuries and bad luck this team had early on. While I would have liked to see more adjustments, I honestly don't know that they would have made a difference. Making a change just to make a change doesn't make sense either, so perhaps trying to ride it out was the proper course. I don't know, I don't have an answer to that. Neither did they unfortunately. That said, some of this mess is also self inflicted. The bullpen and back end of the rotation were a complete disaster. Their signings may have made sense for a team that
    13 points
  3. I think Falvey has delivered the pipeline of pitching talent but it's just been delayed due to COVID cancelling the minors season last year and all of the injuries now in the following year. Canterino, Enlow, Sands, Ober, Winder, Duran, etc. are all guys they have acquired and developed since taking over. We would usually have only ONE, MAYBE TWO, guys like that in the system in any given year in those "rebuilding years" from 2011-2016 and that was WITH drafting high for guys like Tyler Jay and Kohl Stewart. I definitely think Falvey has held up his end of the pipeline even if we're only just
    13 points
  4. Josh Winder needs to be at AAA. The worry was that prospects might start slow due to missing all of 2020, but he's been a stud through 55 IP. No sense wasting more innings of his arm on AA, especially if the organization plans on babying all the pitchers and keeping them under 120 innings on the year. Encouraging to see Maciel come up in the clutch. I'm rooting for him.
    8 points
  5. I doubt Pohlad is ready to cut ties with the FO duo, given his past history of patience as long as they’re profitable. It’s entirely fair to start questioning whether they’re delivering what they were hired on for. Which is developing pitching without the need of spending big money in FA or prospect capital. I anticipated seeing lesser known prospects flying through the system this year, and it’s been the exact opposite. I fully understand there was no MiLB last year. That doesn’t mean they sat on the couch and ate chips all year. They still had training regimens and pitching program
    7 points
  6. This is as much a Pohlad issue as the front office. We do not know budget or targets. Injuries have played a big part, but the path forward is very tricky. At this time they need another year or two until we can fully evaluate the pipeline (especially the pitching, which is supposed to be their strength). I feel we are on the path to being competitive year in and year out, which will be a nice change given the decade long dips, valleys and heights we are seeing now. Consider 2020 a lost year and they have had only 4 years to produce. A normal cycle would be 6 or 7 for a mid market team l
    7 points
  7. Sweet Lew Ford. Left for dead by the MLB over a decade ago and has found a niche in Independent ball. He is STILL playing today at 44 years old.
    6 points
  8. I think folks give this FO too much credit. Most of the players that have made Falvey and Levine look good were brought in under the Terry Ryan regime. The FO was supposed to be pitching savy but it is hard to understand why they have brought in has been's like Homer Bailey, Rich Hill, JA Happ and Matt Shoemaker to complement the starting rotation. Ryan's organization didn't use analytics enough and this Falvey regime uses it too much. We need to find a happy medium here. Another issue I have with this organization is that they seem to be home run happy, baseball is not just about waiting for
    6 points
  9. Great night in the organization with Wichita and Fort Myers well into fantastic seasons. Watched most of the Wind Surge game last night as I wanted to see Winder pitch. Lead off hitter got a single and was immediately thrown out stealing second. The next 18 hitters walked up to the plate and back to the dugout, 7 sitting down after striking out. Didn't get another runner on base until one out in the seventh inning, when it appeared he was tiring a bit and they got their run. Winder was in total control, seemingly ahead of nearly every hitter with two, maybe three three ball counts all
    6 points
  10. She’s a mime in Milennial Park. *runs for cover*
    5 points
  11. You missed Twins Daily being a bastion of positivity....and site-wide agreement on the way forward.
    5 points
  12. I'd deal him....they have Polanco, maybe Gordon, and several minor league players that look like they can play 2nd, all of whom probably have more speed and more power and likely play better D. That said, I'd keep him if they don't get an offer they like. In other words, I'm not looking to deal him, but am willing to deal him. Trade from strength.....
    5 points
  13. Nice write up. I'd lean toward keeping Arraez. I think the guy that should be shopped around his Jorge Polanco. Ankle seems to have healed up and he's back to hitting well from both sides of the plate. He's turning 28 in a few weeks and entering the prime of his career.. Though the shift to 2nd probably hurt his value, since May 1st, Polanco ranks 6th among 2nd basemen OPS at 841. His contract is also extremely reasonable, only owed 35mil through 2025. I'd prefer to keep Arraez, whos younger, matches up with the next wave of talent coming through, and in arbitration for 4 more years.. Not to
    5 points
  14. Pat Neshek. He won the game at which I proposed to my wife!
    5 points
  15. Eh, Duran is a solid prospect but he's not a Berrios level prospect, let alone a top of the rotation type. (Although, as you say, baseball may be moving away from that). If you don't think a nucleus of Buxton, Sano, Berrios, Kepler, Rosario, Garver, Polanco etc was a nice situation to build around, I don't know what to tell you. It seemed like a pretty good place to be. Certainly a lot better than our current situation. That nucleus was going to be pretty good, no matter who was running things, and they were. But I think a better FO might have been able to help the players more (although the C
    5 points
  16. This is easy...if they can sign Buxton, they should. Buxton is a game changer (when on the field). A player is "injury prone" until he isn't. If you can get Berrios under contract, great, but the priority should be Buxton. Buxton is an elite player, Berrios isn't. Pay for elite before you pay for pretty good. I'd wager a lot of money Buxton is worth more going forward than Berrios.
    5 points
  17. I could understand the lack of promotions earlier in the season, but not at this point. Not having a season last year plus a late start, I can see why they'd want to see where these guys are at before throwing them into the fray. We're in late June now though, so they should have a pretty good idea of what they've got. At some point, they've got to start reshuffling the prospects. And, I agree, they should be aggressive with it. Especially after the trade deadline.
    5 points
  18. Luis Arraez LF Josh Donaldson 3B Trevor Larnach RF Nelson Cruz DH Max Kepler CF Jorge Polanco 2B Alex Kirilloff 1B Ben Rortvedt C Andrelton Simmons SS SP: Jose Berrios Cesar Hernandez 2B Amed Rosario SS Jose Ramirez 3B Eddie Rosario LF Bobby Bradley DH Harold Ramirez RF Josh Naylor 1B Bradley Zimmer CF Austin Hedges C SP: J.C. Mejia While the Twins have had their fair share of injuries and disappointing performances, it will be interesting to find out how the Indians can now react
    4 points
  19. Oh, I know how to work a crowd ... scaring people into giving me money is quite effective
    4 points
  20. If Buxton wasn’t injured half the time he wouldn’t be getting offers of $100 million. We would be talking about 10/$300 million contracts.
    4 points
  21. Andre David. He drew a bases loaded walk in the 12th inning to beat the Blue Jays in the first Twins game I ever attended in 1984. Boxscore
    4 points
  22. Yeah, I think we should just sign guys who are going to play well. 🙂
    4 points
  23. I guess if a 101 win season isn't capitalizing on the talent they had then your bar is pretty high. Yeah they failed in the playoffs again but the "players" that you say put them in such a great situation failed so not sure what you are trying to say there.
    4 points
  24. 4 points
  25. Winder is the main story from last night he has a sub 2 ERA at 1.98 a sub 1 whip at 0.93 and more K's than innings pitched. I honestly don't know what more he can do to prove he is ready to move up. To be honest they could have started him in AAA he was likely already, ready. Anyway let's see if he can sneak that stuff past some of those older seasoned AAA bats. If he can he looks like one of the few guys that will be ready to pitch in MLB. What a way for the Kernal to win that first game. A walk off grand slam and first HR of the season for little man Gabriel Macial. That is just be
    4 points
  26. Buxton is easily my favorite player on this team, but I can't see giving him a contract of that size. Yes, he's a game changer that this team has not seen since Puckett. He's got to stay on the field though. As much as I want him around, I just don't see this team doling out that kind of coin for the guy. If they did, I'd probably be ecstatic and then rather concerned in the long run. So, I think the safest and best choice would be to sign Berrios. As mentioned in the article, this team has been trying to develop pitching forever and I'd hate to see their best success story leave bec
    4 points
  27. Minnesota Twins front office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine arrived in the Fall of 2016 and the team’s success shortly followed. Can less than three months of losing baseball erase the goodwill they’ve built up over multiple seasons? Yep. Falvey took over a 100-loss team and turned it into a 100-win team just three seasons later. Even with this poor start to the 2021 season, the team’s record under his regime is 331-288, a .535 winning percentage. That might not jump off the page — it’s an 87-win pace — but keep in mind how bad things were before that. In the six seasons prior
    3 points
  28. Tonight’s effort from the offense was the baseball equivalent of a tumbleweed blowing across the road
    3 points
  29. But but...... All runs charged to Alcala so folks can still write about how Rogers is having one of his best years. Those inherited runners scored that always get ignored when writing about how good a pitcher is doing...... One pitch to Rosario.... right down the middle, with the bases loaded. Is that the Wes Johnson plan? Or is Rogers coming up with that all on his lonesome?
    3 points
  30. Close. This is me in my performance make up
    3 points
  31. I thought she managed Lalapalooza?
    3 points
  32. Same here ... which, for me, is a good thing. Being in the performing arts, this last year sucked ... it's such a joy to be able to be at work again for more than 1 or 2 days/weeks with live performances
    3 points
  33. Arraez is my favorite player on the Twins right now so I (selfishly) hope they don't shop him, but certainly would understand (and support) them taking a deal that improves the team. If he's a .400 Slugging guy (was .439 and .402 the last 2 years) he's likely a 110-120 OPS+ guys from year to year. That all comes down to how many doubles he can bang out really. I just think he provides such a good balance to the current day power, power, and more power lineups that teams like to throw out there (Twins especially). It's refreshing to see a guy who seemingly hates to strikeout and battles every p
    3 points
  34. Found this to be an interesting argument/discussion point so wanted to look up some numbers (baseball reference was my source for this data). Batters faced per season by Berrios from 2016-today: 281, 616, 797, 842, 271, 338. Total: 3145 Plate appearances per season by Buxton from 2016-today: 331, 511, 94, 295, 135, 110. Total: 1476 Fielding "Chances" (putouts + assists + errors) per season by Buxton from 2016-today: 249, 400, 70, 224, 105, 71. Total: 1119 PA and Chances total for Buxton: 2595 So Berrios has influenced 3145 "events" on the field since his debut and Buxt
    3 points
  35. Dear Falvey: Please Dont.
    3 points
  36. Tim

    Trading Taylor Rogers

    First time poster, long time lurker. Howdy! So this was a comment I recently had on John Bonnes's piece on trading Taylor Rogers. I wanted to expand on my thoughts and lay out my opinion for everyone... Taylor Rogers has more value than we think. Left handed relievers who over the course of the last 3 years (aside from covid shortened season), have averaged 60-70 games, with a 10.5/K9, and a 2.63 ERA don't grow on trees. He also has another year of control on his deal. Take a look at what guys like Zach Britton, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman have brought back in recent yea
    3 points
  37. My vote is 2 bases. Make it costly to hit a Batter and Pitchers will be less inclined to try it. To be even more precise, I would propose a "Graze of the Jersey" or a bounced pitch to be 1 base but if the ball legit hits a player with force, 2 bases. I feel like the velocity craze is ruining a lot. Focus a bit more on control and maybe good things would happen.
    3 points
  38. I watched the Wichita game last night. Not so sure Winder is not becoming our top SP prospects. It sure seems to me like he and Balazovic have top of the rotation stuff. I also think that Ober has always had plus command and the odds of him being a solid contributor for the next several years is quite good. There are a couple other guys like Varland that could end up being nice surprises.
    3 points
  39. A "skinny, injury prone body"?! The man is obviously in top physical condition. And as for "dumb" choices, the man plays his ass off.
    3 points
  40. The Ghost of George Steinbrenner haunts MLB. Steinbrenner convinced the world that it needed the Yankees in the playoffs every year to have the playoffs interesting. The idea is broken. The NFL has proven that. When there is equal revenue sharing and a mandated payroll amount, teams can be relevant after a down year. Its not left up to how much an owner "WANTS" to pay. It allows all the small market teams to compete. When you are buying retreads that are at the end of their career, you get ups and downs. Its the end of their career. When you are buying the best players like the top te
    3 points
  41. They inherited a team that was a season away from nearly making the playoffs. They had a nucleus of top 100 prospects to build around. They had the first pick in the draft and some supplemental picks. They had an owner who said he'd actually spend money. It's hard to find a better situation for a new FO to walk into. Not sure I'd be as optimistic about this pitching pipeline. The best prospect in the system was drafted by the previous FO. The current FO hasn't shown much ability to find top of the rotation starters. More worrisome, they might not think they have to b/c they might just th
    3 points
  42. I agree with the deGrom point on natural velocity. It also brings up the issue of unnatural velocity. Right now Baseball seems to be collapsing unto itself. A couple years ago MLB used MaxFlite balls for at least one year. This simply enhanced the trend towards all or nothing swings, which were themselves enhanced by improved training methods. Pitchers, already being graded on velocity had to overthrow in an attempt to pick up a notch on the gun. Anyone who has thrown a ball knows the harder the effort expended, the lower the accuracy. The whole thing is basically a dog chasing it’s tail. As f
    3 points
  43. I'm not going to be that guy this year. This year has been a dumpster fire that no one saw coming. Before the year all of us and the national pundits had the Twins battling the White Sox for the Central. After the successful reclamation projects last year, we weren't concerned about the pitching staff. Colome has been a disaster! Happ started out great and now is throwing BP. Shoemaker was a 5 and fly guy on a good night last year and has regressed, let him be a an opener and go 4 innings. Pineda hasn't been healthy, Maeda has been a shell of what he was last year. Biggest dropoff
    3 points
  44. For me I want them to get the best prospect they can get regardless of the level they are at. The main reason they got Duran is because he was in Low A at the time so he was much farther from the majors which means a higher risk of whiffing on the prospect. They also picked him up before he broke out when his value was lower too compared to now when he's a top 100 guy. Same thing happened against the Twins with Ynoa and Gil when they traded them away.
    3 points
  45. They should extend Berrios and Buxton. As for the pipeline, 2020 was a lost year. So technically this will be Year 4 of development. I’ll give them more time.
    3 points
  46. I gotta be honest, I am not a huge fan of getting single-A prospects. I know there's an argument for organizational depth and it can't be ignored. But for this Twins team, the window is still open and right now it looks like "2022 or Bust". So if the Twins can grab a high level prospect who might be able to contribute as early as next season, I'd be in favor of that deal. Example: remember when the Twins traded Eduardo Escobar? That was 3 years ago. So for 3 years, the Minnesota Twins MLB club has received exactly nothing from that trade. Zilch. The trade didn't help them in 2019 when the
    3 points
  47. Bud Grant was always a big proponent of valuing durability as a key factor in the players that you have. Berrios has durability and unfortunately, Buxton does not. If Berrios will take a 5 year, 100 million dollar deal then I say do it. Buxton will go down in Twins history as perhaps the greatest, " might have been".
    3 points
  48. #1] Barnes has been promoted more aggressively than I ever expected. I just can't believe this is convenience simply because they needed a AAA arm. Not NOW, but you have to consider giving him a shot before the year is done. Maybe Jax as well. There will be holes and opportunity. #2] Winder is just about ready for a AAA stretch promotion and a late season audition. Don't hold him back. Let him get his feet wet, much like Ober, and take some lumps if necessary, and get him ready for 2022. Hopefully the same for Duran if his injury is mild. Really hoping Sands will be OK and get at least a
    3 points
  49. I agree with you, Tom. I’ve watched seeming offseason apathy too many times to trust this front office. I, too, have lost faith in them. This last offseason was excruciatingly bad. It was probably worse than Miguel Sano hitting .185. They would absolutely have to acquire a #2 or #1 type starter in trade or free agency this off season. The best way to predict someone’s future actions is to look at their past actions. They’ve let White Sox management run circles around them. They’ve fallen short of several other FO’s body of work. They boldly claimed they were shooting for nothing les
    3 points
  50. No one is worth that amount of money, but it is not real money to me and I am not paying it so I do not care. I just want both of them to continue with the team and in particular Berrios. I think Buxton might have reason to sign a good but shorter term contract to establish that he can stay healthy and get the really big contract. Of course there is the Mike Trout case where he "earned" the excessive monster contract and had stayed healthy all these years only to go IL when he got the big one.
    3 points
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