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    purplesoldier4u reacted to LastOnePicked in Did the Twins Think Their 2022 "Reload" Through Enough?   
    I've seen this argument a few times, but where is this line of thinking coming from? I don't see anything that indicates that 2023 is a part of some plan for winning. No Correa. Injured prospects. Depleted farm system. Buxton likely having already given his best on the field. Busted pitching pipeline. This FO has shown absolutely no ability to sign impact starters or relievers. What am I missing about this strange focus on the FO's mysterious "plan" for 2023?
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to LastOnePicked in Did the Twins Think Their 2022 "Reload" Through Enough?   
    With respect, no. It has been 18 years since the Twins last playoff victory. If anything, expectations have become perennially too low for this club.
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to Karbo in Did the Twins Think Their 2022 "Reload" Through Enough?   
    You hit the nail on the head. I'll add in another piece. If the "plan" was to limit starters to twice through the lineup, They should have invested in a couple of 2-3 inning relievers, instead of filling the pen with so many one and done pitchers.
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to bighat in Did the Twins Think Their 2022 "Reload" Through Enough?   
    The Twins went into this year basically hoping everyone would perform at career-highs, and if doing so they'd reasonably expect to compete. They banked on both Polanco and Correa hitting 28 HRs each and driving in 80. They banked on Larnach and Kirilloff taking the next step, hitting 20 HRs a piece and solidifying themselves in the 4-5-6 holes. They banked on Jeffers hitting .250, and they banked on Kepler hitting .280. They thought Duffey would rebound, they thought Pagan would be effective as the team's closer. And while they didn't bank on Buxton hitting .275 and hitting 35 HRs and stealing 30 bases, they probably thought it was a realistic possibility.
    They missed on every single one of those. Badly. Polanco didn't deliver, Correa was invisible until September, Larnach and Kirilloff regressed and got hurt, so did Jeffers and Kepler. Duffey was released, Pagan is in the midst of a mind-bogglingly horrific season. Buxton barely hit above .200 and while he certainly was a sparkplug at times he didn't deliver what the Twins FO hoped for. 
    The only gamble they got right was Dylan Bundy - I bet they got exactly what they'd hoped from him. He's 8-7 with a 4.68 ERA and has been reliably taking the ball every 5th day. 
    One of the worst seasons to watch in recent memory. Worse than 2021. 
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to USAFChief in 3 Twins Players with Something Left to Prove in 2022   
    Celestino was never much of a prospect, and isn't one now. He is where he is due to where he came from, a product a terrible trade, Ryan Pressley.  He's not where he is due to baseball skills.
    As a side note, I believe him to be the worst baserunner I've seen in decades of watching MLB.
     
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from mikelink45 in Did the Twins Think Their 2022 "Reload" Through Enough?   
    "Gotta agree with everything here EXCEPT that Byron Buxton wasn't worth the contract. Even injured, he has performed at a value that far exceeds what he is being paid for 2022."
    Buxton has a team-friendly contract and that's the only way it would work. As it now appears, BB will miss 70 games and of the 92 he's played, 35 were as a DH.
    We need to back off the "even injured" mantra.
     
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from Wallner in Did the Twins Think Their 2022 "Reload" Through Enough?   
    "Gotta agree with everything here EXCEPT that Byron Buxton wasn't worth the contract. Even injured, he has performed at a value that far exceeds what he is being paid for 2022."
    Buxton has a team-friendly contract and that's the only way it would work. As it now appears, BB will miss 70 games and of the 92 he's played, 35 were as a DH.
    We need to back off the "even injured" mantra.
     
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to jjswol in Mahle for Steer/Hajjar/Encarnacion-Strand - How did the Twins blow this one so badly??   
    Just because someone gets paid for doing something doesn't mean they are good at it or know what they are doing.
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from jkcarew in Matt Wallner’s Ceiling Compares to This Big-League Slugger   
    Gallo is actually not a horrible outfielder. Watching Wallner play, I'm not I would want him in my outfield ... at the MLB level, Can he play first base?
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to Vanimal46 in Carlos Correa: Poking Holes in the Opting-Out Theory Opinion Piece   
    Other teams will be insane to pay him more than $35 million AAV after the season he is having here. If all he wants is the most guaranteed money possible, good luck to him. 
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from Karbo in Carlos Correa: Poking Holes in the Opting-Out Theory Opinion Piece   
    He may opt out of his current contract, but can the team afford to let him leave? I believe the team will present a decent five-year offer in his direction and he may consider it. It seems like he enjoys his teammates, and the team seems to like was he has presented on and off the field.
    He was one of the reasons I've been to a couple dozen games this season. If they let him leave and choose not to spend any money for 2023, I'll be back to a small number of games, and I believe many other fans will feel the same.
    Fortunately for the Twins, the division isn't particularly good, and the White Sox have been plagued by injuries and questionable managerial in-game decisions. Unfortunately, the Guardians have played very solid Tom Kelly-esque ball, but how long they can maintain it, who knows?
    The division is there for the taking and it's time for the Twins to begin playing like they want it, playoff success be damned.
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from Richie the Rally Goat in Sano Replay   
    Everybody is an expert.
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to Sparky55 in Best Pitching Acquisitions by This Front Office: What Do They Have in Common?   
    If they don't re-sign Buxton there is no way we sign a top end starter. Who needs a top end starter on a rebuilding team? So get him signed!
     
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to Whitey333 in Best Pitching Acquisitions by This Front Office: What Do They Have in Common?   
    I always love your articles.  You asked what do all those pitchers have in common?  They come cheap.  That's the Twins way.  Buy cheap and hope for the best.  However most of the time it doesn't work. And the last time I looked the Twins finished last in the central with one of the worst pitching staffs in all of baseball.  You must work for the Twins PR department.  If not you should be.  Anyone that can manipulate and twist statistics to try and make this outfit look good is a genius.
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to bean5302 in Did the Twins Miss Something With Jake Reed?   
    Schoop, Cron, Kintzler, Magill, Adrianza, Wisler and Drake all had MLB experience and many of them had 5+ years of MLB experience. Then there's Smeltzer, who was part of the Brian Dozier trade. Enormously false narrative you've created.
    Of all the names you mentioned, only one was a MiLB free agent or Rule 5 pick. That was Ryne Harper, who the Twins subsequently DFA'd and traded for the Nationals' 9th round pick from the previous year, Hunter McMahon. For the record, Harper owns a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 IP for the Nationals this year and pretty good in 2020 except a couple games where he was hung out to dry which killed his overall stat line so it seems like that could be considered a mark against the Twins front office as well. Speaking of guys the Twins let go, why not add Wisler back into this? He's putting together a nice overall season and the Twins let him walk for nothing so Wisler is as much an indictment of the Falvey as he is a credit to him.
    Rule 5 picks almost never turn into anything so when you see multiple Rule 5 picks out of the Twins being successful this year (Baddoo and Wells) and you add in a couple other recent potential poor judgements like Wisler, Reed and potentially trades with Wade and Harper plus a bad season were every single one of those players would have been very valuable to the Twins, you get some fair criticism.
    I'm not saying Reed won't be figured out and clobbered, but if he does find continued success, it's extremely damning on the front office who had every opportunity and every reason to give him a chance but never did. Identifying and maintaining control over young talent is the most important thing in Falvey's job description.
     
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from rv78 in Revisiting the 60 Day IL   
    It shouldn't be that difficult parsing and purging players from this woe begotten roster. 
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from Greglw3 in Revisiting the 60 Day IL   
    It shouldn't be that difficult parsing and purging players from this woe begotten roster. 
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from joefish in Revisiting the 60 Day IL   
    It shouldn't be that difficult parsing and purging players from this woe begotten roster. 
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from Swing Batter-Batter in Game Score: Yankees 7, Twins 1   
    The Twins are a joke!
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from Dodecahedron in Revisiting the 60 Day IL   
    It shouldn't be that difficult parsing and purging players from this woe begotten roster. 
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to LastOnePicked in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    That's probably conventional wisdom, yes. But what is Baddoo's actual "position" this year? Who appears more capable of contributing to a MLB team - Baddoo or Cave? I want the FO to be able to make those kinds of assessments with accuracy - not just to rely on general conventional wisdom.
    I fully realize I'm being additionally tough on the FO here. But like all of you, I love this team, and I want to see them at their best with the most effective talent assessment possible. That's the only way we can build a winner here. And winning a championship is fun - I'm old enough to have seen two of them.
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to ashbury in 5 Things to Know About Twins Deadline Centerpiece Austin Martin   
    I hope the pitcher the Twins got turns out to be good. Because other teams will sell you a hitting prospect any day of the week to get good starting pitching.
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    purplesoldier4u reacted to RpR in Pohlad: Twins "Absolutely Not" Having a Firesale   
    Really -- Arraez is at best a mediocre fielder.
    In the past three years: 
    Home runs: Schoop 48 -- Arraez 5
    RBI               Schoop 142 -- Arraez 64
    Batting Av. Schoop .274 -- Arraez .322
    OPS            Schoop .791 -- Arraez .796
    Put Outs    Schoop  767 -- Arraez 149
     
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from Jack Dupp in Five Takeaways for the 2021 Twins   
    "Trevor Larnach joined Kirilloff sooner than expected, but it’s hard to pick apart much of what he’s done this season. Even while slumping of late, the 24-year-old owns a .322 OBP and has shown plenty of power potential. He’ll run into more baseballs as his career progresses, and the discipline in the box has been a sight to behold."
    Huh? Sometimes he looks, almost, as lost as Sano at the plate.
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    purplesoldier4u got a reaction from sjunisu in Pohlad: Twins "Absolutely Not" Having a Firesale   
    Beau Burrows? Could be worse.
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