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  1. Maybe he'll get in through the writers. I wonder if playing in Minnesota for most of his career has hurt his chances since we are a smaller market team. Bert Be-Home-By-Leven took awhile to make it - maybe for the same reason. Kaat hasn't made it yet though some could argue against him (not me as he's my favorite Twin).
  2. What a wasted article....though funny. Eddie is just like every other hitter. He is on a great streak right now and will cool off- maybe even in the next 2 games- but has helped to get the Braves this far so feel good for him. We wouldn't have done much better had we kept him so nobody should feel bad for us giving him up. I like Eddie compared to some of what we have had but we didn't have the money to pay him.
  3. Gordon can play multiple positions, can hit a little and can run well. He's a keeper in my book as a utility player and medium term fill in for an injury.
  4. Relievers can be great or can blow up in your face. They also tend to run in streaks. I have always liked Rogers and hope they keep him. The injury is an issue but we'll see. My guess is they'll keep him and Colome' and spend their money on starters.
  5. 1- Not liking Lewis, I'd go for Correa (5-7 years) or Baez (3-5 years) or Iglesias for a 1 year stopgap. 2- We have some good arms but need 2 starters and 2 relievers 3- Gotta try Rogers in Spring training and bring back Colome' if we don't sign another closer. 4- Duffy has been reliable for most of the last 4 seasons. Thielbar has done ok but the rest are a big question. Get a couple of flame throwers who have command. 5- The DH doesn't/shouldn't have to be 1 man but it would be nice to bring back Cruz. Sano and/or Donaldson can be used if we get a 1b or 3b 6- Sign Buxton no matter what it takes but not for more than 12 mil a year (8 years at 96 mil) since we can't afford much more in our market.
  6. Wasn't it great to see Eddie Rosario have a great game yesterday While I like Simmonds, it looks like the team doesn't want him back. I would not touch Semien. He has had only 1 good year and someone will way overpay for him. I'd go big on Correa of those 5. I'd also take Baez over the others. But why the Red Sox just dumped Iglesias is beyond me unless he wasn't eligible for the post season. He'd be my most logical choice as a bridge to Lewis or ??? (though I am not a Lewis fan).
  7. Rooker appears to be at the end of the line with us. However, he hasn't played with any consistency so you just don't know. The stats don't look good. I don't see how his wr+ (whatever that is) could be better than the league average with a .220 average. I'm old school and don't believe those advanced stats mean much. Give me average, avg with runners in scoring position and how you move runners with less than 2 outs every time. As for Sano, I just don't know. I wouldn't overpay him but what power do we really have after him? Donaldson is getting on, Polanco will NOT hit 30 homers next year and Buxton is a health and returning question mark. We don't really know about Kiriloff and Larnach and even Garver so maybe Sano is worth a 2 year deal to be our DH.
  8. Great award for a great player. Congrats to Morneau. We've hurt the Blue Jays in this series. It really doesn't matter if we win or lose but what we are going to do for next season. Gordon certainly has shown that he deserves a good look and Colome' may be returning since his second half has been good. We also need to resign Pineda as we have limited starters for next year. The off season should be interesting.
  9. Let's look at the future and forget about the past. But we have to be careful about signing reclamation projects like Shoemaker (though I still think he could be a long reliever to go through a lineup once if he uses his sinker). Robles and Colombe had some success before but were awful for most of this year. Colombe has been good lately, however. So what happens going forward is important. However, the White Sox have the best young players in the division and will be tough to beat for the next couple of years if they can keep them all.
  10. But maybe we missed the boat by not getting Brad Hand if we could have gotten him cheap during a down season.
  11. Polanco is having a great second half and season. I'm surprised that he wasn't a player of the week in August or even player of the month. He clearly is the MVP of the Twins this season. Hopefully he can continue going forward. I don't understand pulling Ober so fast. We need to have him go deeper into his starts to really see what we have. It's also great to see Nelson Cruz doing so well at Tampa. Yesterday, he made 2 head first slides in the same inning and continues to bash the ball. So much for his age. Hopefully he can continue to play and reach the milestones ahead of him.
  12. The Twins have definitely won so far. Gratenol may develop into a top not closer or setup man or will be traded for what the Dodgers will need later. We have to hope that Maeda will be good again in 2023 and, if we aren't in the race, we can deal him for something in the future.
  13. I would rather develop the starters we have used this season who seem to show promise like Ober and Jax. We have lost too many who have gone on to become solid starters for other teams. i wouldn't be against signing Stroman or Gausman but I am not convinced that they are any better than the ones we have now or the one we have just lost (Berrios). Even just now, we lost out on David Robertson who signed with Chicago who doesn't even need relievers. So do we sign Hand now for something cheap and hope he can bounce back or go with Rogers and Colombe (who hasn't been that bad recently) next year. Or do we purge the market for someone on the list.
  14. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. This season has been a disaster and you can't fully blame it on what we should have/ could have (maybe) done. There are players on the team now (Sano, Kepler, Rogers, Maeda, etc., etc.) who did not do the job we thought they would. We should not look back but should look forward. What should we do for next year is the real question. We don't want this season to repeat.
  15. I always argue with those football fanatics who say that baseball is too slow. I tell them that football is a sport with kinetic energy while baseball is a sport with potential energy. Also football is played by the clock while in baseball a team can be way behind near the end and still win. Finally, I say football can be very predictable if you know how a team approaches the line of scrimmage. In baseball, you never know what will happen when a pitch is thrown and anything can happen whether it's a ball hit onto the field or even one hit into the stands where a fan has to quickly choose between his beer, his baby, or the baseball. Let's hope he never drops the baby.
  16. I always had a fascination for baseball from when I heard Mel Allen always say "How about that". I watched Mickey, Willie and the Duke when I was a kid then learned that Duke and I shared a birthday. I couldn't wait to go outside with my bat to hit a few or get my next pack of baseball cards which I could trade (remember going through them saying "got it, got it, need it", etc.), toss or flip against my friends. Then I joined the Little League and went on from there. Despite all of baseball's issues, I have never stopped loving the sport.
  17. Whoever said Sano can't play third base was just wrong. For his size, he is a good and nimble fielder at third or first. No, he isn't a Brooks Robinson but he can be adept as a fill in. Now if only Arraez would stop becoming another Buxton and stay on the field.
  18. Pineda probably wasn't worth trading because his recent outings have not been pitching deep into games and we probably couldn't get anything. Hopefully he is healthy and will sign with us after the season since we definitely need starters who have been there. Jax and Ober have potential but need to go deeper into games. They should be stretched out to 100 pitches each to see what we really have.
  19. He probably passed Lewis in rankings because Lewis is not playing right now- essentially losing a year in development. Martin is a very good prospect and probably will end up in center field (IMHO) unless Buxton signs an extension. I don't like the talk about power or him playing multiple positions. Power could reduce his OBP and playing multiple positions could reduce his overall offensive ability. Hopefully he can become a Yelich type player but we'll see. At least we got a decent player and another for Berrios. Isn't anyone surprised by how highly regarded our former starter Gibson was? We practically were throwing him away a few years ago. He has turned into a quality starter.
  20. I thought we could get good value for Donaldson even though we might have had to pay some of his salary for this year. He is a good ballplayer but we aren't going anywhere next year after losing both Cruz and Berrios, we may lose Buxton over the winter via trade and Pineda to free agency. So why not go further to obtain future ballplayers. Donaldson has difficulty staying healthy and has a big contract which could have hurt the chances of trading him if he was in play.
  21. Top of the 8th and the Twins have the bases loaded. Happ comes in and strikes out Kepler to end the threat. Knowing how our season has evolved, that would not surprise me.
  22. Though you never know how he will do, which player does he take the place of on the 40 man roster? That is the real question. His signing is as much of a crapshoot as drafting a player in the 10th round or trading for a player currently playing A ball.
  23. If we had the 4th best ERA in 2020 or even the 9th best in 2019, then why did we revamp our pitching staff in 2021? That is partially why we have been much worse this year. Berrios was probably the same, Maeda was expected to be somewhat worse though not terrible. Pineda has gotten injured and the made-over bullpen sucked royally with minimal exceptions.
  24. I loved the Happ deal. Gant is unhittable but has major control issues. If he can harness his control (different from command), he could have a very big upside. The Berrios deal (though I was against trading him) was decent enough. We get a good CF prospect in case Buxton doesn't sign (which he probably won't) and Berrios reportedly was not going to sign an extension. The Robles deal could be good for Boston if he regains form but he didn't with us. I hope they can sign Simmons for at least another year. And Pineda as well but it might be tough. He may go via waivers in August. I hope they will be able to compete next year but it doesn't look good right now. We would need to get 2 starters in free agency or have the kids step up big time.
  25. I'm thinking that Kepler and Donalson would be pieces that we could get a decent return on and we don't need going forward and some money from trading Donaldson could be used to sign Berrios (or someone else). Look, I like Kepler but he hasn't improved in 4 years and Donaldson gets injured every year. By blowing everything up, I'm talking about if we trade most of our better players for "prospects" who may never make it. This is only 1 bad year in the last 4. To me, that's no reason to blow it up. We won't have some of the bad pieces next year but don't get rid of all the good.
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