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  1. Nelly is one of my favorite Twins of all time even if it was only 2 1/2 years. Monster bat and the best clubhouse leader I have ever seen. You will be missed Mr. Cruz but go mash in Tampa and get that franchise a ring! That being said it was the right move, 12 something years of controllable pitching for 1/2 a year of boomstick in a wasted season is a major win.
  2. This particular trade I am not in favor of, give me a pitching prospect that isn't coming off thoracic outlet surgery or tommy john and I am all for it. I think they move multiple players but I doubt Donaldson is one of them. Its hard to get much value for an overpaid vet that looks over the hill, and he could just slide into DH next year when Cruz is presumably gone.
  3. I find it interesting that Polanco/ Kepler/ Sano were the 3 to sign extensions early while Berrios and Buxton declined extension to get to free agency. The 3 guys that signed after big years have struggled since, and the 2 guys to not sign have only helped their chances at a large contract. I wonder if those early contracts are really worth it unless you are locking up a top prospect really early. Next core is just starting to get its feet wet, Kiriloff and Larnach look like they will be big middle of the order bats. Lewis will get here at some point, Duran looks legit, Donaldson/ Cruz money has to go somewhere which will be Buxton/ Berrios/ or free agency.
  4. Rosario is hitting .203 with 3 hrs for Cleveland, it was absolutely the right move to let him go. Kirilloff and Larnach are ready and need that spot.
  5. Berrios is a good pitcher but he is not an "ace" or even a "1". On a roster with real world series chances he is a "2" at most, and ideally a "3". Think of matching up Verlander/ DeGrom/ Cole/ Kershaw/ Scherzer/ Beiber vs Berrios, then think of matching Bauer/ Snell/ Buehler/ Darvish/ Strasburg vs him. Berrios to me is more in the Stroman/ Wheeler category. Big market teams can make the Berrios/ Stroman/ Wheeler types 20 mil offers to be the 2/3, the Twins can't. It hurts but I am ok with trading him, preferably for the best pitching prospect you can get. The system lacks big upside arms, if you can turn over paying Berrios into a chance at a real top of the rotation arm its a win.
  6. I bet Tony La Russa had his batting practice guy throw at Mercedes in warm ups.
  7. Anyone know how ticket policy works for this? I have tickets for the original night game in Oak on Tuesday. Do I just get 7 innings for those tickets now? Is it the night or day game? Is there a package for both games? Already spent a decent chunk of change to buy the 2 required tickets for my solo self... Plus a hotel and a 3 hour drive...
  8. Jeffers is the future he will get his opportunity. The priority right now to get Garver going and figure out what you have in him. If he hits like 2019 its complicated, if he just returns to a good hitter he has re established trade value, if he continues to struggle Jeffers becomes the priority.
  9. Very interesting piece, release distance is something I hadn't really considered but it makes sense with this roster. They have certainly targeted guys with big breaking balls with an emphasis on throwing them for strikes. Guys with that profile could benefit from less extension so the ball travels/ breaks farther. It would be interesting to see if that profile fits some of the Indians mold of development. With the emphasis on 2 fastballs I wonder how much extension distinguishes them, does Berrios suffer from tipping his 2 seamer some by releasing farther back than his 4 seam?
  10. I think they will only keep 3 bench guys, so its a choice between Cave or Rooker to pair with Arraez. Rooker is the obvious platoon bat while Cave is the proven guy. Barring anything unforseen Kiriloff takes is over as soon as service time allows and its his to run with. I think Larnach will be the trade piece they are most trying to move in any deal. Great looking prospect but expendable with Kiriloff and Kepler in the corners long term.
  11. Rodgers/ Colome/ Duffey has potential to be a solid back end but it really lacks a flame thrower and all have question marks Alcala is the prospect/ wildcard Robles/ Thielbar/ Stashak are decent to good middle relief The pen is in a decent place but it is far from ideal for the playoffs. I doubt they add anything more so hopefully something pans out from the prospects + rehab guys.
  12. I wouldn't want to give up Enlow for Price, they need the upside arms don't spend them if it isn't necessary. Price is a no go imo why spend prospects for someone in their late career twilight days when you could just sign an Odo/ Paxton or go cheaper for Arrietta. I would be very interested in trading for May, he has some truly nasty stuff. Royce/ Celestino/ Enlow? Maybe less than Enlow? Gonslin is pretty intriguing as well, great stuff albeit control issues. If he could be had for 2 postion players not named Kiriloff or Lewis + an arm I think I would do it.
  13. Good depth move, they can stash him in the minors and tinker with his command a pitch mix.
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