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Everything posted by RaoulDuke

  1. I think they re sign Pineda and get one more comparable vet on a similar contract, no big money 3 years or less. Ober and Ryan are first to get shots. Duran/ Balazovic can claim a spot when they preform. Strotman, Jax, Canterino, Winder, Dobnak, Thorpe, ect all battle for 4/5 There will be one if not multiple Shoemaker/ Perez type vet signings with a hope that something works out. Pitching will be bleak with upside next year, hopefully they graduate some real contributors to the rotation because I doubt they will spend the money to do it via free agency.
  2. This guy is going to be interesting to watch. Does the deception on the fastball delivery transfer to the mlb? If it does there is a lot of potential.
  3. Dobnak has a profile to be a good reliever. Power sinker/ slider combo is strong for late innings if he can maximize it, or his starter mix makes for a good swing guy.
  4. An Arraez duplicate presumably without the leg problems and able to play ss/cf is a pretty ****ing awesome player.
  5. Martin is the headliner but the pitchers intrigue me more. Joe Ryan is the one that really peaks my interest. From my limited viewing he seems to be a weird baseball player and I love those guys the most. Major bonus points for being Rays drafted and developed so far. Funky background with athlete parents and an unconventional upbringing. Weird approach that has brought him success, current AAA numbers are based on throwing like 75% fastballs. Speaking of the fastball it isn't an overpowering pitch but his motion seems to create a lot of deception. So he is dominating with a mid 90s fastball and less developed secondary stuff. It will be interesting to watch him going forward how far can the weird fastball take him vs mlb hitters, 3 starter or late inning weapon? SWR is also pretty interesting. Fastball looks to have good break to it, change/ curve look to have real plus potential, slider/ cutter in the mix as well. If the change or curve develops into a real out pitch you have a similar prospect to Berrios.
  6. I think you summed it up well. Pineda wants to be here and they need the vet arm. Overpay would get him but why sell the consistency and veteran presence if its not an overpay.
  7. Sorry Shoe we were really holding you back by having you throw to mlb hitters.
  8. Berrios isn't going to sign anything team friendly before hand and he will get an offer the Twins won't match when his free agency comes. It is time to trade him. Scherzer has now moved for a haul and Jose is the best arm available in an extreme sellers market. Sell him to the highest bidder! My money is on San Diego who is going to have to make up a lot of ground with Scherzer/ Turner/ Duffy all going to LA. Bos/ Sea/ TB/ SF/ NYY all seem to be in the mix bidding against each other. Berrios is a good #2 with an extra year of control, in this market they should be able to get a pitching prospect with more than that upside in addition to another truly valuable piece(s). Zero guarantee those guys work out but its a better return than the draft pick from giving him a qualifying offer when he hits free agency.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I bet Tony La Russa had his batting practice guy throw at Mercedes in warm ups.
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Good depth move, they can stash him in the minors and tinker with his command a pitch mix.
  22. I wouldn't mind to Clippard back he was solid last year. Another former friend I think would fit well is Brandon Kintzler, ground ball machine to feed the defense and should be in their price range.
  23. I think Dobnak can be a good 5th starter and will certainly benefit from the strong defense, but I don't see a lot of ceiling past that. He had a great stretch when he changed his pitch mix up and started using the slider as a weapon more but the league caught up to his new approach. In the end I think he is a guy that is going to find the most success as a reliever so he doesn't get exposed 2nd and 3rd time through the lineup.
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