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  1. Just wondering, since this is the 4th article with Eddie Rosario if this is a Twins site or Braves site.? If he would be striking out on almost every at bat on pitches over his head, my guess there wouldn't be even one article about him. Final answer........Who cares? Not me. Move on to players that matter to the Twins please.
  2. He will be too expensive for the Twins even if he is on a downward trend in performance. Besides, I agree with a few others who have posted he will NOT be interested in coming to Minnesota. If the Twins are going to be serious about competing they need to get away from signing pitchers in decline and start signing pitchers who are on the rise. All these years hoping to catch lightning in a bottle for that 1 magical season that an aging star pitcher can light it up 1 more time should not be a strategy or path that they should go down again. Live and learn......... please!
  3. I don't see any of the top tier Free Agent pitchers you mention coming to the Twins. They have other more appealing options, like organizations committed to winning and contending, not pretending. It'll be another off-season of "dumpster diving" and "hope and a prayer" signings of Free Agents. The only way they will acquire top tier pitching is thru trades and that is going to cost prospects. I'd rather see them punt 2022 and see what the top pitching prospects can do in 2022 that they have now.... Ryan, Ober, Duran, Balazovic, Canterino, Strotman, Winder, Sands, Woods-Richardson, etc, etc.... In the mean time they'll give Lewis another season to prove his worth, bring up Miranda, take a full-time look at Larnach, re-established Kirolloff's place on the team. Get rid of the dead weight in the lineup from Sano and Kepler. There are too many question marks going into 2022 to commit to it IMO.
  4. Go big or go home. Otherwise they can look forward to a 1st round exit in the playoffs, if they even get there.
  5. I believe the Twins got what they wanted out of Simmons, Defense. Anything from his bat was gravy, unfortunately it was more like water. Had he hit .250 or .260 they and us would have been thrilled. With Lewis and Martin probably 1 year away yet another 1 year stop-gap SS will be needed. Please don't put Polanco there, he belongs at 2B. I'd really like to see Arraez get more reps at 3B spelling Donaldson and have JD get more AB's at DH to save his legs. With that scenario a reunion with Cruz is highly unlikely or appropriate. Especially if they keep Sano for 1B/DH and Kirolloff getting time at 1B as well. As for Gordon I'd like for him to be the main utility guy. Him as a full-time SS won't fly and for all we know his bat might not be any better than Simmons was. Let's see what he can do getting a full season under him first. As for the hole Simmons creates in the lineup it wasn't much worse than the holes created by Sano and Kepler. The rotation is a mystery once you get past Ober and geeze I even hate to say it, Ryan, but I'm sure they are both locks going into next year. It's been talked about but I'd like to see Pineda brought back. Then you've got to look at outside arms that will make a difference if you are serious about contending in 2022. Will the FO spend the money needed to bring in 2 top quality arms? Cause only 1 won't be enough. And then will those 2 top quality guys even want to come here? We all know how Free Agents look past this organization. It might take a trade to get the arm/s they need and at what cost? Where is the depth in the minors that would allow a fixture in the lineup to be traded? 3B Miranda is the most likely guy close to MLB ready which means Donaldson or Arraez are expendable. Both have baggage with Donaldson's contract and Arraez's limited fielding ability, however beyond Polanco, Arraez could be a good enough, not great, fit for some other team at 2B. As for Cruz, it is intriguing to bring him back but it will only make sense if Donaldson and Sano are both traded.
  6. Unless the FO changes it's ways it will be another woulda coulda shoulda off-season. I don't believe they will go for it for the 2022 season. They didn't do it when they had a winning team that needed a few upgrades in the past, why would they do it for a losing team that needs a lot of upgrades for next season, just won't happen. There are too many question marks with the pitching staff and too many duds in the lineup that they are tied to for next season. Sorry folks but you might as well start hoping for 2023.
  7. It's nice to have pitching but you also have to be able to score runs to win. Trading away one of your better hitters in Garver won't make you better. Garver should/could play every 3 to 4 games out of 5. A starting pitcher plays 1 game out of 5. If you are going to trade 3 or 4 games for the guy giving you the 1 game, he better be really, really good.
  8. I will give him an F.... Using Colome as closer at the beginning of the year as much as he did even after he continued to fail was inexcusable and set the tone for the rest of the season.... losing. His constant changing of the lineup verses Righties or Lefties is laughable. Injuries aside, a good Manager plays his best players every day regardless of matchups and has a lineup that is constant with a leadoff guy, #2 hitter, #3 hitter, cleanup guy and so on. He not only changed by player everyday but also where they batted everyday. It's can be tough for hitters to get in a groove when they don't even know if they'll be in the lineup much less where they will bat if they are. Giving guys days off after scheduled off days is another joke yet he did it all the time. I also can't count the number of times he pulled a decent hitter for a defensive replacement when he was behind in the game. Or he would do the exact opposite and pull his better defensive player for a pinch hitter when he was ahead. Makes no sense. After the trade deadline I was hoping to see a look to the future mentality on using the bullpen but he continued to use Colome as his closer. Why not throw Alcala into that role the last month of the season to see if he can be that guy in 2022 and beyond? Didn't happen until the last game of the season, It's as if someone told him to do it. Before the season started we were all expecting to compete for the division. Supposedly there was more talent on the team at the beginning of the year then after the trade deadline when they lost Cruz, Berrios, Robles, etc, etc. Yet the team had a better record after those guys left. I'd say it must have been Management that blew it and that rests squarely on Rocco's shoulders.
  9. Looks like the only locks for the rotation next year are Ober and Ryan. Pineda would be a solid addition again and add some stability when you start looking at guys like Jax, Dobnak, Gant, Barnes, and some of the other lesser desirables they have to throw out there. If there isn't a couple of other BIG moves made to add to the rotation for 2022 then Big Mike should be considered. I think the FO will punt for the 2022 season with it's eyes towards 2023.
  10. "He could slot in as Baldelli’s everyday third basemen." That'll never happen. Baldelli doesn't know how to play someone everyday. "Sano being the primary designated hitter also reduces the lineup flexibility for Baldelli on a nightly basis." This would be a good thing. The good players need to be playing everyday. Reducing Baldelli's ability to put his scrubs like Cave and Astudillo into the lineup makes the team better. Unfortunately for 2022 this team won't change much on the field except when Baldelli sets his lineup which happens daily. If everyone stays healthy: Garver needs to get 120+ games at Catcher with Jeffers or Rortvedt getting the other 40. Sano will be the everyday 1B unless traded. Polanco is a no brainer at 2B. 150-160 games please. A new SS. Arraez at 3B, again 150-160 games. Miranda in LF, Buck in CF, Kirilloff in RF. Donaldson the everyday DH. Gordon in a utility role. Kepler to the bench. 2 new bench players please to replace Cave and the Turtle. They aren't helping this team.
  11. Where do we start? I find the offense offensive. 15 K's and 18 LOB yesterday. When will they quit swinging at balls off the plate? When will they quit swinging for the fences? When will the manager settle on a permanent lineup and play it everyday? Too much dead weight for this team to make a serious run at anything but mediocrity. Kepler, Sano, Rooker, Cave, Jeffers, Astudillo, can't hit. Donaldson is all but washed up. They have three 2nd basemen in Arraez, Polanco, and Gordon. No shortstop going into next year. Buxton and Garver who only play part-time. Polanco might get to 600 AB's this year. He's the only starter that even came close to playing full-time. Without wholesale changes the 2022 Team is destined for small victories, maybe 2 a week.
  12. ""Furthermore, it’s fair to wonder whether the inconsistent playing time is partially to blame for Brent Rooker’s hot and cold streaks. For a player who has so much swing and miss with such little plate discipline, consistent reps may be keeping him from unlocking his full potential."" With Baldelli at the helm, this will never change. Rocco thinks the most important job he has is changing his lineup every day.
  13. I don't think we'll see much change for next year in the lineup outside of SS. Garver and Jeffers are locks at C. I think Sano is cementing his position for 1B by having a good September which means Kirilloff will be in the OF when he comes back. Polanco needs/will stay at 2B. Donaldson and Arraez will platoon 3B. Kirilloff, Buck and Kepler will man the OF. Bench will be Rooker, Gordon, Turtle, Cave (groan). This is start of the season with possibly wholesale changes by the trading deadline depending on W/L record at that time, meaning they will be either buyers or sellers. I'm guessing they will be selling due to a weak season of pitching again. 2022 won't be much different than 2021.
  14. The main argument made in this article is that Pineda has become injury prone thus the Twins should not resign him. Use your crystal ball and tell me what pitcher they currently have or will sign that isn't going to have an injury. They could sign a top free agent pitcher for next season that has never been injured and the guy could blow his arm out the first game he pitches for the Twins. There are no guarantees. The current rotation stacks up as Ober, Jax, Ryan, and a combination of Pineda, Dobnak, Gant and any other arm that is still attached to someone's body. If this is the plan for 2022 and to take a look at Balazovic, Duran, Winder, during the 2022 season then they are looking to 2023 and beyond, which means there won't be any big moves this off-season but more of the same dumpster diving for live arms to patch a rotation for the season. The guys like Smeltzer, Thorpe, Albers, Barraclough have no value going forward. They need to stop looking back for old arms that aren't worth anything and start looking forward to the young talent they have.
  15. Simmons has a .221 batting average, was brought in for defensive purposes and has been able to play almost everyday. Kepler at .207 and Cave at .193 both with injuries that hurt the Twins, would have to be ranked higher than Simmons. Astudillo out hits them all with his blistering .249 average and ability to play multiple positions, although none of them exceptionally well. I'm willing to give the new guys a pass for now but not the 2 veterans listed above. Sano is not far behind.
  16. "The Twins shouldn't spend much on starting pitching this offseason". Are you sure you didn't mean to say, the Twins won't spend much on starting pitching this offseason?
  17. In spring training, most of the time those rookie pitchers are going to be pitching against rookie hitters. If you want to get a real feel for how they will do against major league talent you bring them up as September call ups. You've already been able to see what they are doing against other minor leaguers. If he get's his butt handed to him now then you know what you got, Right? I would suspect they know what they got with guys like Albers who's 35 years old. Might as well bring back Matt Shoemaker, Matt Capps and Bartolo Colon if you just want to eat innings with washed up pitchers and not learn anything about your future.
  18. Albers proved once again why you do not take on reclaimation projects. For as good as he was last outing he was just as terrible this time out. As for taking one for the team, if that was Baldelli's intentions he should be fired immediately. They had an off day on Thursday and he only used Garza out of the pen on Friday with only 8 pitches thrown. His entire bullpen including Garza should have been available to use. What is the point of using worthless pitchers that have no future with this club? Where are the other up and coming prospect pitchers we need to be taking a look at besides Joe Ryan? I get it that this season is over, but we should be evaluating all of the close prospect pitchers in the organization now, not using has-beens and washed up players that won't be a part of the future of this team. I don't understand this organization and their unwillingness to move on and away from worthless players.
  19. Not a Dobnak fan but I'll admit he pitched well after the 3rd inning. If we are going to blame Sano (defense) for a run then keep in mind that both Buxton and Kepler took hits away on great catches (defense) in the outfield or the score and Dob's performance might have been worse. Sorry, I just can't get excited about him pitching. He reminds me of any "flash in the pan" player who gets lucky with a few good games, then goes on to be an average to below average player that an organization just can't move on from based on those few games. Jake Cave is another one. Had 2 reasonably decent seasons in 2018 and 2019 as a part-time player and has been worthless ever since. Kepler and Sano aren't far behind. Teams don't win championships with a lot of mediocre players. That's where I put Dobnak and half of the current Twins team.
  20. #1. Ober looks to be a solid addition. #2. Free Agency will only work if you sign quality arms. No more Shoemakers or Happs. If ya don't spend here you might as well forget it. #3. Yes, trade where you have extras. Kepler, Sano, Donaldson, consider Arraez if the return is huge. #4. I'm ok with giving Pineda another year. He shouldn't be expensive and he slots in at #4 or #5 easy enough. #5. Seen enough of the Dobnak experiment. Move on please. #6. For heavens sake what are we waiting for. The pitching was atrocious and none of these guys were worth taking a look at before now? Let's see what we have before they die from old age.
  21. Gordon got thrown into the CF position due to necessity. Buxton, Kepler, Refsnyder and Cave were hurt. Celestino failed to produce. Even tho this happened due to emergency I liked him out there better than the last 4 listed. Is the Major leagues a place to be learning a new position? No, but sometimes stuff happens. I'd much rather see his bat in the lineup verses Cave. Sorry, I just have no love for a player that only hits .179 no matter how good his defense is, and I don't think it is any better than Gordons who will only get better the more he plays CF. Miranda has 4 things going against him at this point. 1.Donaldson, 2.Arraez, 3.The Saints are good and playing for a title, 4.The FO. It's all about service time. If the treatment of Buxton taught us anything is that they are willing to throw players under the bus for money. You can argue, why start the clock in a lost season? Why not bring up Miranda and see what you have? What about the young pitchers? Where's the likes of Balazovic, Winder, Duran, lets look at Ryan and Woods-Richardson. Are we still playing for this year or does the future start now? In another article I listed 19 players on the 40 man roster that the Twins could release due to being, 1.Easily replaceable. 2.Just not that good. 3.Veterans that don't fit even for a short rebuild of the roster. When half the team is expendable and you have talent waiting in the wings it only makes sense to see what they can do when the current team isn't very good. Other-wise they can have those prospects become the next Akil Baddoo and play elsewhere while they sit on their hands and wallets in wonder and bewilderment.
  22. Mauer was paid millions and how many Championships did he bring? ZER0. He brought fans to the park and helped the Pohlads recoup some of the millions they spent, Did he bring in enough to cover his contract? What is the goal? Making money or winning Championships? We can argue the Twins have a better chance of another WS title with Buxton verses without, but if he's always hurt, he becomes a very expensive part-time player that probably isn't going to make a difference in a quest for another ring. Can't recall a Championship team winning it all when their best player/s only play part-time. My biggest gripe about Buxton...... we are at the point of his career where he will become a Free Agent and he really hasn't even played a full season yet. How do you put a value on a player like that?
  23. I keep AK and the rest can walk. They bring nothing extra to the table that you can't find elsewhere. Others on the 40 man that will be gone or are expendable: Albers, Barnes, Barraclough, Colome, Coulombe, Duffey, Farrell, Gant, Garcia, Law, Minaya, Thorpe, Simmons, and Cave, That's 19 spots. Move on, move up, not sideways.
  24. I agree with Rosterman, It's not complicated. Pencil in Miranda at 3B. Donaldson to DH. Let Polanco, Simmons and Arraez shuffle duty at 2B and SS. Bigger question happens next year when you need to replace Simmons. Do you put Polanco back at SS so Arraez can play 2B full-time? Really think Arraez would make a really good 3Bman, I hate to say it but if Miranda is the man then Arraez may be the odd man out and could be good trade bait for a good arm for the rotation or the bullpen. With Austin Martin on the verge and Royce Lewis not far behind SS should be covered going forward. Hopefully Martin can jump in for 2022 if they don't end up moving Polanco back there.
  25. Putting the word "Legend" with Jake Cave isn't appropriate and makes me want to hurl chunks. He's the type of player that could leave anytime, (as proven by his missed playing time this year due to injury) and the team he'd be playing for wouldn't miss him.
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