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  1. I knew those cheap bastards wouldn't sign Story!!1!
    57 points
  2. He couldn't play in the United States either.
    51 points
  3. FO has been busy negotiating with Jack Cave.
    32 points
  4. Mike Sixel

    Chris Paddack UCL

    I'm here for the " this front office is bad at their jobs" takes. Despite, you know, actually being good...
    31 points
  5. I'm surprised about so many of the aspects of this contract. First, that the Twins were able to convince him to accept big MVP bonuses and not plate appearance bonuses, ensuring that performance, not health, will escalate the contract. Second, no opt out or anything, full no-trade clause (good for Buck!). Remember, Buxton *should* be a free agent *right now* but the front office hosed him very intentionally. Byron appears to be a very forgiving man and we should all be thankful for it. This is a very team-friendly contract.
    30 points
  6. First, I'm hoping this doesn't turn into a whining thread. This team was terrible last year, and is competitive this year.... A month ago, I was all in for dealing for a legit starter and two RPs. While I don't think this is an elite team, it is a good to very good team. Unfortunately, they have really struggled and are much closer to .500 than they were. I still like the offense, as inconsistent as it can be. But, man, losing your second, third, and fourth best OFers for the year is tough to overcome. I think this is where I and many here depart. No team should be expected to overcome that, and yet many here are angry that they don't have replacements. I think that's unrealistic. This is part one of why my thoughts have changed. Part two is the starting pitching. Ryan has not been the same since COVID. Ober, who I figured for about 100 innings is out. Maeda is not here in relief yet, and may not be. And, if the Castillo package is the price, well, this team is too far from great to pay that price, even if they could. Miranda is untouchable for me, barring some insane offer. Archer can't go five, which I thought he would by now. Winder is out for the year? That leaves Gray and Ryan and three question marks. I just don't see it. So, I guess I'd pay small prices for a RP or two. But I just don't see the logic in making a big trade for a player with less than two plus years of control at this point. I'm not a seller, but I'm not an aggressive buyer anymore. That said, I think this year is a big improvement on last year, and am not at all disappointed with the progress they've made. Edit.... Apparently I'm wrong on Kepler being out the rest of the year. That makes me less likely to sell. I feel AK is out, no matter what the twins are doing at this point. And Larnach? September?
    29 points
  7. No - as soon as I saw Winder in your offer it was off the table - why send our Zac Gallen and a group of prospects for their Zac Gallen? And then you throw in Balazovic. This makes no sense to me. Let's plug them into our Archer and Bundy spots for next year and move on. o
    29 points
  8. I don't like losing Rogers, but I don't mind this deal. Paddack's peripherals have been quite good and if he's able to get his ERA to more closely align with those peripherals this is a steal for the Twins. This likely puts more pressure on Alcala, Thielbar, and Duran to become big pen arms, but if you can trade a reliever with 1 year of control for a starter with 3 you should probably do that.
    28 points
  9. Steve71

    MLB is Broken

    After watching another non-competitive game last night for our local 9, I did some digging to see if the numbers support my growing conviction that this League is broken. The vast gulf between the have and have-not franchises in a league which has refused to embrace parity and revenue sharing, and a players Union that is more concerned about the top 5% than the 95% of the rest of the players has ruined the game. As of this morning, Aug 10, 2022, the top 8 revenue teams have a combined run differential of plus 845. The bottom 8 teams have a combined run differential of minus 310. Our local squad has not faced the Mets, but so far vs. the Dodgers, Yankees, Astros and Padres they are a combined 2-10 with a run differential of minus 48. That is an average run deficit of 4 runs per game on average. The Twins last night statistically had only a 25.1% chance of winning the game, which of course they did not. Think about that. 3-1 odds we were going to lose. That is ridiculous. I can no longer watch the NBA for many reasons. The NFL is the shining example of a league with actual parity. MLB has become a total joke. This breaks my heart, as I grew up playing baseball and it is a life-long passion. It is a beautiful, beautiful game. But they have ruined it by destroying competitive balance. They cannot even agree to an equitable means to administer the international draft. And, PLEASE, don't give me the "Tampa is a plucky franchise" and "Atlanta pulled it out last year" tired examples. Sure, outliers happen, but the dominant advantage the large-market teams have is simply unfair and inimical to the proverbial "even playing field". Rant over.
    27 points
  10. Gordon for me has been the surprise of the season. I didn't think he had it in him. But he's a major leaguer.
    27 points
  11. The Twins offense has now given 3 top starting pitchers in the AL their worst outing of the season. Let that sink in for a minute. Shout out to Archer. He stepped up big time tonight and has overall been pretty solid for us this season. Stanton’s antics in RF tonight was a treat to watch. One misplayed fly ball after another. Thank god we’re done playing the elite Tigers and Royals so we can continue beating up these AL East scrubs
    27 points
  12. "I don't see much of a case for holding the manager or even the front office primarily accountable for what's gone down this season." Audibly laughed out loud at this. I mean yeah, can't be the fault of a FO who constructed a makeshift bullpen, placed immense importance on a "pipeline," that has failed spectacularly, signed two bargain bin starters prone to short outings that further exacerbated the already terrible pen situation, and traded for two more injured starters. Oh, and don't forget, we're still watching Emilio Pagan, the worst relief pitcher in baseball, trot out there and give up runs in crucial games while this team hangs on by a thread. Definitely not much of a case for holding that group accountable. Zero chance any of that has contributed to this being a sub .500 teams for the last 4 months right? The above poster is correct, this is high level cringe.... Lewis and Kirilloff: Losing Kirilloff sucks, no question. We're lacking a ton of context with Lewis. Coming into this year he hadn't played since 2019, and he wasn't exactly stellar in A ball that year. There were real questions about him. The Twins weren't banking on him, hence the Correa signing. It's a bummer he injured the ACL again, and he was hitting the s*** outta the ball before getting sent down, but when the season started this team didn't need or maybe expect Royce Lewis to come up and play the way he did. Mahle and Paddack: They traded for broken parts, not once, but twice within 4 months. That's not aww shucks bad luck. It just isn't. Buxton: He's never going to play a full season. We knew it before the year started. It's why the 4th OF topic was a hot debate. He basically made it to September before having to shut it down. We can quibble over how his playing time was handled, but you already said it, second most PAs of his career. We take that every time. Jeffers and Larnach: Jeffers was bottom tier offensively, even by catching standards and he was even worse than Sanchez at stopping the run game. Would I take him over Leon? Yeah, but that's a pretty low hurdle. He's ideally the short side of a catching split, i.e. a backup catcher. Larnach has been so streaky, Idk which version the Twins would've gotten, but yep, I'd definitely prefer watching him to Cave or Garlick. Winder and Ober: No clear red flags? Are we actually serious with this? Both ended last year on the IL, Winder with his shoulder issue that's now flared up 3 times in less than a year and Ober with a hip injury that I imagine is linked to the groin issue that's cost him most of this year. Ober also hasn't been able to stay healthy enough to handle even modest workloads 4 professional seasons now.... Alcala and Canterino: Canterino threw 23 innings in the low minors before missing the rest of the year. Zero chance he was supposed to be relied on. Alcala had a nice September last year, he was borderline unusable through July. We act like he was a solid set up guy, the reality is he was a question mark even if fully healthy. Coulombe, Stashak, Romero, Dobnak, and Maeda: Maeda was injured last August, they knew what his status was heading into the offseason. The rest are AAAA, waiver claim, minor league contract guys. Just stop with this nonsense.
    26 points
  13. On July 5th, the Twins were 10 games over .500 and had a 4.5 game lead on the division. At that time, 11 of these 16 injured players were on the injured list then and most had been shelved for the majority of the season at that point - only Larnach's injury occurred recently to that July 5th date. And of the players whose injuries occurred after 7/5, one was Mahle who was still a Cincinnati Red at this time. Injuries have hit them hard, but I think it's mostly quantity than quality. The most impactful injuries are the latest two - Buxton and Polanco. You could argue that some of the injuries have benefited the Twins too. If Sano doesn't get hurt, Arraez might not have taken off to the extent he did, and it's possible that Miranda doesn't get as long of a look without the opportunity that was created for him. And it's hard for me to put too much stock into Lewis's injury from a "how it affected the 2022 Minnesota Twins" standpoint, as he wasn't expected to be a major contributor to the big-league club this year anyway, particularly after they signed Correa (his injury is much more concerning from a development/big-picture organizational standpoint). The injuries in total are definitely a factor in the collapse, but more importantly I think they've helped to expose some glaring flaws with this organization's philosophy and approach on several fronts. Acknowledging and correcting those flaws will make this season not totally for naught as good organizations adapt and learn from mistakes. Unfortunately I don't think this organization is in the hands of people that are terribly good at identifying their mistakes much less righting them. I hope I'm wrong.
    26 points
  14. As much as the lack of offense is to blame for this loss--------2nd straight game leaving the bases loaded without scoring a run with zero out-------I have to take issue with Baldelli leaving Duffey in to face Merrifeld with 2 outs in the 8th when he had 2 better options (Smith and Duran) in the pen. Go ahead and call me out for this, but the the following FACTS cannot be ignored: 1. Duffey's pitch count was already at 17. His command was not good as evidenced by falling behind Rivera (sub. 230 avg) 3-1 and O'Hearn (.171 avg) 2-0. Gave up singles to both. 2. Merrifeld---before his game tying double------was a career .385 hitter (5-13)vs. Duffey with a .846 OPS. Why leave him in at that point Rocco?? 3. Joe Smith was available---throwing only 3 pitches yesterday------and was a much better option to face Merrifeld: 1-6 career vs. Smith. 4. As bad as that non-decision was by Baldelli------why after walking Benintendi, after being ahead 0-2, was Duffey allowed to stay in to pitch to Witt, Jr. with his pitch count now at 25? No shock to me that Duffey's implosion continued, again after getting ahead 0-2 of Witt. Baldelli's failure to hook Duffey is just mind boggling to me. It sure conjured up images of Rocco hanging Josh Winder out to dry (now on IL and his last game pitched) vs. Oakland on May 17th. As much as Duffey (and a bunch of hitters) owe an apology to Smeltzer, Baldelli should be first in line.
    26 points
  15. We sometimes give the third base coach crap when someone gets thrown out at home. How about a shout out when he and Kep combined on a beautiful, heads up baserunning play to score the Twins first run. Kepler was off with the pitch and ran hard around second, never taking anything for granted. When the third base coach saw the LFer lob the ball into 2nd, he waived Kepler home, scoring easily. Awesome, heads up, aggressive baseball. Way cool.
    26 points
  16. I'm not sure that I understand the logic of moving him to DH. He got hurt running the bases, which is what a DH would be doing. He's been hurting while fielding, he's been hurt while running the bases. If the goal is for him not to get injured, he's got to shift to umpire or managing.
    26 points
  17. Since Buxton first joined the team in 2015, he’s only had one year with 500 plate appearances, and indeed only one with over 331. His injuries have ranged from seemingly self-inflicted problems due to his aggressive defense in center field, to worrisome nagging injuries like hip strains and foot injuries, to flukey injuries like a broken finger from being hit by a pitch. On the other hand, he’s been absolutely elite defensively throughout his time with the Twins, and recently his offense has reached a similar level. This year he hit .306 with 19 home runs in just 61 games, a pace that makes him a 50-home run threat over a full season. He’s also only 27 years old, entering the peak period of many players' careers. He is due to be a free agent next offseason, compelling the Twins to either sign him to an extension or trade him this offseason, lest they risk having him leave next year for nothing more than a compensatory draft pick. That urgency is further heightened by the threat of an impending work stoppage starting as soon as Wednesday night. If an extension or trade iss not made by then, there is a chance any such move would be delayed until some unknown point in a potentially compressed offseason, or thwarted altogether. A deal would likely represent the biggest deal the Twins have made since they signed Joe Mauer to a contract extension in 2010 for $184 million dollars. That deal was also for a rare talent who contributed defensively, was at the peak of his ability, and on the verge of free agency. The deal with Mauer aged poorly, as leg problems and concussions limited his ability to stay at catcher and stay in the lineup. With Buxton having more health questions, the reality is it makes him more affordable; it’s unlikely the Twins could complete a deal without the built-in discount his health history affords them. The Mauer deal also took place as the Twins were completing a run of division-winning seasons and trying to lengthen their competitive window. Twins’ management’s next to-do for this offseason is to find some starting pitchers whom Buxton’s Gold Glove can assist with his range in center field. While the size of Buxton’s deal is likely significant, the Twins entered the offseason with as much as $50M or so to spend on free agents. A deal with Buxton is likely to maintain that capability. Indeed, Ken Rosenthal has just published contract details: The extension guarantees $15M per year (except this year, when he still would've been under arbitration) plus very large bonuses for MVP bonuses and a series of $500K bonuses if he stays healthy for over 500 plate appearances. It is a very creative contract. I can't think of any that has had a bonus structure remotely similar to it. The deal essentially rewards Buxton extra money for staying healthy for a full season, handsomely for MVP-caliber production, but still guarantees him base salary commensurate to a top center fielder. If the Twins had traded Buxton instead, it would be hard for them to pretend that they could expect to be competitive in 2022. They would have lost their best offensive and defensive player, while also trying to replace 60% of their starting rotation. Retaining Buxton keeps the option of competing in 2022 alive. It should also make him one of the core pieces of the next competitive Twins team. Further pieces will still need to be assembled, but the deal represents a serious effort by the Twins to compete by locking up high-end home-grown talent for a long time. We'll add details as they emerge. In the meantime, give us your initial thoughts below.
    26 points
  18. This article couldn't be further off. Other teams rely on pitches to determine starts, not TTO. The TTO concept being implemented in such a hard set fashion is seemingly unique to the Twins. The Twins set an all time MLB record for the longest time into the season for a pitcher to hit 100 innings. - That is not a trend or similar to other teams. It's an all time record (which makes it exceptional). Archer, Gray and Bundy all rank at or near the absolute bottom of MLB starters in terms of their average appearance length. 75% of all starters in MLB average at least 5.1 innings. Twins = 20% (Ryan = 5.1) 50% of all starters in MLB average at least 5.2 innings. Twins = 0% 25% of all starters in MLB average at least 6.0 innings. Twins = 0% Pitches per game? Same story. 75% of all starters in MLB average at least 85 pitches per start. Twins = 20% (Joe Ryan = 87) 50% of all starters in MLB average at least 90 pitches per start. Twins = 0% 25% of all starters in MLB average at least 94 pitches per start. Twins = 0% Percentile rank by pitches per start. Joe Ryan 35% (78/120) Sonny Gray 6% (113/120) Dylan Bundy 4% (115/120) Chris Archer 0% (120/120) The Twins are not part of a baseball trend. The Twins are unique. Other teams allow starters to keep pitching when they're effective. The Twins do not. The Twins pull pitchers who are pitching well because of the false pretense of a major drop off in performance related to TTO and the organization seems to be refusing to alter it's seemingly failed strategy.
    25 points
  19. He's gone into the 6th in 13 of 23 starts this year. He had never thrown more than 103 innings in a season in his life. He's at 126.1 this year, and will make several more starts. They're limiting the length of his starts because they want him to be used to pitching the entire season while also not overusing his arm so much that he struggles to stay healthy next year. He didn't pitch in 2020. Threw 103 innings in 2021. And is going to get to the 150 range this year. Next year he'll likely not have any inning limit beyond how he performs and whether or not he's worthy of making it through the order a third time, etc. They aren't limiting him because of the third time through the order, they're limiting him because his arm has literally never done what they're asking it to do before.
    25 points
  20. Hate losing Povich, but you have to give to get. Lopez still has two more years of team control, so this is the type of move the club should be making.
    25 points
  21. Too many young players who need those at bats more than Cruz.
    25 points
  22. Simple answer is time to move on. Wish him the best but by no means is even close to $14MM a year, especially with younger guys filling in nicely at 1st. He would be an overpriced DH, rotation guy that Twins can use his money for pitching. Pat him on the back and wish him the best of luck somewhere else
    25 points
  23. I, for one, welcome my new shortstop overlord.
    25 points
  24. No. Such. Thing. As. Too. Much. Pitching.
    24 points
  25. Fire Baldelli now. He’s messing up too many narratives by winning.
    24 points
  26. Impressive loss for Bundy. Instead of showing embarrassment, he took his lumps, then kept working on his game. In the end, working against live batters, Bundy got sharp and stayed there, finishing up looking as dominant as he did in his previous start. He also saved the pen from spending at least two more pitchers. Kudos, Mr. Bundy. Impressive loss.
    24 points
  27. So we traded one year of a good reliever (coming off a season-ending injury) and a guy we were about to shove out the door for nothing, for two years of a decent reliever and three years of a currently struggling, but potential mid-rotation starter. I'll take that.
    24 points
  28. I am honestly surprised to see so many negative reactions to this trade. Everyone wanted pitching, after all. Yes, Petty is a very good prospect but he is also not even 19 years old and this farm system has a TON of RHPs. Anytime you trade away a prospect there is a chance that he could become something. There is also a decent chance Petty is a bust and the Twins get Sonny Gray for free. You gotta give up something in a trade and I would rather give up Petty than someone like Winder who will probably help the Twins a lot in the near future. I like this one much better than the Garver trade!
    24 points
  29. Any blowback would be determined by the bring back.
    24 points
  30. I honestly don't understand what the hell is going on over at 1 Twins Way right now. While I was mildly in favor of the Berríos trade at the time, that trade is a lot harder to swallow in light of Jose signing on through most of the rest of his career for $120m. This front office didn't hesitate to give an obviously aging Josh Donaldson $95m so what the hell was the holdup with giving Jose, a hometown star, $25m more over a bunch more seasons that will see him exit the contract at roughly the same age Donaldson was when he signed his contract? Never mind the apparent cluster**** with Buxton right now. We've heard rumblings over $100m being a sticking point, which is only $5m more than they gave a mid-30s Josh Donaldson. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blasting the Donaldson contract, I'm only wondering why that was able to get done with little theatrics while Berrios and Buxton seem to face insurmountable hurdles while both are still well shy of 30 years old, never mind their already-existing attachment within Twins Territory. Now that I think of it, this front office hasn't signed a single hometown player to a multi-year deal, as least that I can recall. Again, what the hell?!?!?! I'm becoming increasingly convinced that this front office is willing to pay for "their guy" but become obsinate about any existing Twins player that fans know and actively enjoy watching play. We've bought jerseys of these players, we have emotional connections to them, there are a dozen reasons to keep any number of them over constantly washing laundry via free agency. This is not a good look for a spectator-driven sport that makes its money from fan engagement.
    24 points
  31. This isn't an unreasonable take IF the Twins can pick up someone like Stroman for Berrios-type money. Obviously, I'd rather have Berrios over Stroman straight up but Stroman + Austin Martin + Simeon Woods-Richardson for Berrios money becomes a much harder decision, at least for me. (I'm only using Stroman as a placeholder name here, insert your pitcher of choice) What bothers me is that if Berrios was willing to sign for that kind of money, the Twins should have wrapped up a deal long before July of 2021. The fact he was willing to sign for a rather reasonable price but the front office traded him anyway is what irks the hell out of me, particularly with the exact same decision looming over Buxton this offseason.
    24 points
  32. I couldn't care less about "combined" no hitters. They're meaningless to me. Completely. Nothing more than a participation trophy. Still, Joe Ryan was at 106 pitches. I can't see the Twins allowing him to go 135+ pitches in pursuit of a no hitter just to have him blow his shoulder out (See: Mets and Johan Santana)
    23 points
  33. All season long, there had been something nagging at the back of my head about seeing Bundy and then Archer - or vice versa - go back-to-back. Then John Bonnes finally pinned down the problem - they're the two most likely pitchers to have short starts. Couple that with a crappy bullpen for most of the season and it's a continual recipe for disaster. You're burning a bunch of relievers to cover for two mediocre/bad pitchers and that makes it really hard to set up an effective bullpen. These two should have been separated in the rotation months ago. The next off day should see Gray move up a day and wedge his starts between the two weakest links, giving the bullpen a little more breathing room in the process. Sonny has had plenty of rest this season, he can go on regular rest while everyone else shifts backward.
    23 points
  34. If you are in contention... You buy. If you are not in contention...You sell. Any argument that the Twins shouldn't buy because the team isn't strong enough or anything of the like will not stand up to the fact that the Twins are in first place... right now.
    23 points
  35. you despise a human for managing the people who work for him differently than you would? wow. Everything in that post is just mean spirited, frankly.
    23 points
  36. No way I'd move Royce for either of those two pitchers.
    23 points
  37. Is this a serious comment? You don't understand why they signed a platinum glove winning, MVP candidate SS when they could? Sorry to break it to you, but Lewis is the one they'd have to find a position for. When Correa gets healthy they're going to put the platinum glove winning SS back at SS. If Lewis mashes they'll move him to 3B or LF or a super utility role.
    23 points
  38. I don't think Tampa Bay will ever try to make a trade with the Twins again.
    23 points
  39. He has upside of more than a backend starter so I don’t mind the move. If he doesn’t find it, 1/$3.5 million is a drop in the bucket.
    23 points
  40. At first glance, it's really hard to like this trade. They better be right about this.
    23 points
  41. 49 errors!!!! That's terrible! With a glove like th- .... wait, across 4 years? 12 errors a year? For a shortstop? If SS errors are your thing, you won't enjoy a return of Polanco to the most visible defensive position - he made 18 and 22 errors in his two full-time stints at the position (and he committed 17 this season, mostly at 2B). Gordon was error prone in the minors and the team showed reluctance to even try him there this year. Arraez... no. Just no. We need range in a shortstop, and an arm. Simmons touched the ball over 500 times this season, as did every full-time shortstop in the majors - his rate of plays made per inning was second in the AL among full-timers (though in years past, he usually would be #1). The number of errors that get charged are a drop in the bucket to a shortstop's total picture, in part because the official scorers are directed not to call an error on every play-not-made for statistics-keeping purposes. I'm not going to defend Simmons. He was "only" 31 but played like an old 31. He has slipped defensively to only better than average, and his bat is impossible to support no matter how good the defense - no player can save enough runs to make up for the black hole he was in the lineup. He was below replacement-level and won't be missed IMO. But I like to make roster decisions based on the full resume a player brings, not the superficial aspects. Oh, and, Welcome To Twins Daily. I wound up doing a little deep-dive on one of the supporting points you made, but overall I like the ideas you raised in this article.
    23 points
  42. Man, just came here to say, what a first day! Twins grab a consensus top 7 players AND one of the pitchers they were linked with for number eight overall. Genuinely amped about that outcome. Also just want to gas up Jeremy. The amount he's put into the threads, the content, the planning etc. for the draft (both here and at Brewer Fanatic) is amazing. Enjoy day two everyone.
    22 points
  43. I seriously doubt they would get much in trade for Sano - he's 29, has some history of injury issues, and he's limited in what he can do. That said, I don't see any future for him, as Miranda and Kirilloff are younger and cheaper. Some people fear Sano will be another David Ortiz, but Ortiz was 26 and coming off a year with an .836 OPS when he landed in Boston. Sano's OPS the last two years was .757 and .778 - and then, of course, there is this year's .379. Trade him if you can, or DFA if you can't. If he turns into a different player in his 30s (highly doubt it), so be it.
    22 points
  44. Feels like a lazy take in this case. All the moves worked great until Duffey, and it's pretty clear that Duffey wasn't supposed to be part of the plan. Duran would have gone 2 had he not been hit in the leg. It was a 5 run lead going into the 9th, so Rocco reasonably thought it was probably best not to push Duran too hard on a probably very sore leg. Even 5 runs proved to be a small lead for Duffey to protect today, though I don't think that we can blame Rocco for thinking that literally anyone in the bullpen should have been able to hold the lead. I have sometimes been critical of Rocco's feel for the bullpen. I think today we were starting to see the bullpen roles changing though. Jax was brought into the set up mix to face the heart of the Jays' lineup and Pagan and Duffey were nowhere in the plans. I think this is good, and I think we have seen the nail in the coffin for Duffey as a high leverage reliever. Unless he really starts to look like his old self in his new low/medium lever role. He's just been giving up so much hard contact though, I don't have too much hope. I hope we will see the top of the bullpen coalesce around Duran, Smith, and Jax now, which seems to be what's happening. It's pretty unclear who should be next on the list right now, I would probably put Thielbar who has actually been very solid over the last month+ now.
    22 points
  45. quit knocking on Arraez..i'm perfectly fine with him at 1st or DH..don't care if he doesn't knock it out of the park. what this team does too often is K....i'd rather have a guy up there batting .300 + than a guy batting .220 and hitting a HR every 20 AB's and K-ing 10 times.
    22 points
  46. I'm not sure how I feel about the deal.... The Twins were not going to sign Rogers at the end of the year, most likely. Not unless he took a massive discount (why would he?). I never liked the Rooker draft, and don't think he can play D (I'd be ok with him at DH on a team that didn't have Sano). So, 1 year of Rogers and a guy that might or might not be a good hitter who can't play D (imo) given up. Paddack is intriguing. He had issues last year with his fastball. If those get fixed, and the other pitches stay the same, things will be very good with him. He's not some old reclamation project, as some here think. He's as young (give or take a year) as some of the Twins' prospects....I don't know boo about the RP, other than what I've read in the thread. The posts here blaming Rocco, or saying the FO doesn't have a plan.....I think you are wrong. They just have a different plan than you, or than you thought.....Also, when an opportunity arises, and you like it, you take it. That's much better than having some strict plan. I think I'm ok with this trade. Not a huge fan, not a hater. I don't think this team is a WS team with or without Rogers, so losing 1 year of a him probably is worth the gamble on Paddack.
    22 points
  47. The Twins should only trade expensive players if they plan to spend that money elsewhere and there's no indication they plan to do that given how they acquired zero good starters before the lockout. And if they're not going to pay for pitching, they should go ahead and keep their good hitters in hopes they can slug their way to some victories.
    22 points
  48. If this front office needs to enter a rebuild phase in year five of their tenure, someone else can handle that rebuild. Falvey and Levine should be fired if that's their strategy. If those two want to run a franchise like they're in Cleveland, fine, go somewhere else and do it.
    22 points
  49. There's still a lot of offseason left to go but after the Berrios extension in Toronto and its relatively reasonable dollar figure, let's just say it's unlikely I will support this front office remaining in control if they trade Byron Buxton. The Minnesota Twins are not the Cleveland Guardians or the Tampa Bay Rays and I'm gonna be mad as hell if they try to operate that way.
    22 points
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