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    HrbieFan reacted to USAFChief in Matt Wallner hit by pitch   
    YOU LEFT OUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS: You attended the game with Chief, and Wallner got an RBI from the HBP! Jeez, get your act together, Mr high-falutin' blogger.
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    HrbieFan got a reaction from Minny505 in Pineda's return for 2022? What is his contract like?   
    When healthy, Big Mike is more than a #3. While he isn't an ace, he can go toe to toe with almost anyone. Highly doubt we sign a top tier free agent, so I'd be fine with Big Mike being our opening day pitcher next year.
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    HrbieFan got a reaction from roger in Pineda's return for 2022? What is his contract like?   
    When healthy, Big Mike is more than a #3. While he isn't an ace, he can go toe to toe with almost anyone. Highly doubt we sign a top tier free agent, so I'd be fine with Big Mike being our opening day pitcher next year.
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    HrbieFan got a reaction from jun in Pineda's return for 2022? What is his contract like?   
    When healthy, Big Mike is more than a #3. While he isn't an ace, he can go toe to toe with almost anyone. Highly doubt we sign a top tier free agent, so I'd be fine with Big Mike being our opening day pitcher next year.
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    HrbieFan got a reaction from Mark G in Pineda's return for 2022? What is his contract like?   
    When healthy, Big Mike is more than a #3. While he isn't an ace, he can go toe to toe with almost anyone. Highly doubt we sign a top tier free agent, so I'd be fine with Big Mike being our opening day pitcher next year.
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    HrbieFan reacted to ashbury in Pineda's return for 2022? What is his contract like?   
    A team option is a huge perk for a team, and is not agreed to lightly. 
    If 2/$22 plus incentives is about fair, then probably the agent would ask at least for those incentives to be turned into guaranteed money, in exchange for including the option - e.g. $13M guaranteed plus an option on the second year for $13M with a $2M buyout.
    That works out to $15M actually guaranteed, which is still less than the $22M guarantee in the other plan, but some chance for Mike to sign with someone else that second year that make up the $7M difference or could be greater or could be smaller.  Basically more risk borne by him than by the team, so I might be a little light on what the agent would ask for - maybe some innings incentives added back into one or both years, after all.  There may be tax implications for the player, doing it one way versus the other, too.
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    HrbieFan reacted to Whitey333 in Did the Twins Fleece Tampa Twice?   
    You must be another Twins FO apologist.  Look I hope Ryan turns out great.  But if all he throws is a fastball 75% of the time at an average speed of 91 mph he won't last.  Fleece the Rays?  Get serious!  
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    HrbieFan got a reaction from TheLeviathan in As Buxton Hope Fades, Front Office Goes   
    People see $80M over 7 and fail to read about the creative escalators in the contract.  Did the Twins make those escalators too hard to achieve? Or was the money not high enough for Buxton's agent? We will probably never know, but we will keep hearing that the Twins only offered $80M 
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    HrbieFan reacted to mike8791 in Blueprint for the Future after Cruz   
    Top Gun:  Yes, I purposely left return for Berrios out, as now it's just pure speculation what that might be.  At first glance, yes, the Dodgers seem to be in great need for a starter and late inning reliever.  May would be great as a return.  I'd add Lux in the package, along with another top prospect like Pepiot or Gonsolin.  Problem is Friedman hates giving up top prospects and I think May would be untouchable.  The Pods also look like a good trade prospect with guys like Weathers and Paddack intriguing.  No telling what Preller will do, but SD would be my second favorite trade target.  Bottom line:  Twins FO needs to be blown away to trade Berrios/Rogers and while I think they should, given Berrios'  seeming  demand for  ace $ and Rogers still uneven, as indicated by his %Inherited Runners Scored, I doubt Falvey will pull the trigger.
    I agree that offense will take a step back next year, but chalk it up to growing pains.  With our needs in the pen and rotation, just not much left over to add bats.  I pushed for Twins this past offseason to trade Polanco for package of Castellanos and Gray or Castillo, but that was not to happen.  And while I am as unhappy with Sano as everyone else, his trade value is so low we're better off holding on to him for DH duties.  Rooker will never be better than a AAAA player and there is no one else on the farm that looks like an upgrade.
    Strum: Have to disagree here.  Both Arraez and Polanco are too valuable to slot into a utility role.  This lineup needs consistency and these two have been providing it.  A guy like Gordon could fill the bill until Lewis is ready, at which time, trading Polanco or Arraez might be feasible.  In the meantime, each of these guys should focus in their offensive contributions instead of manning several positions.  Bad idea, especially for a young guy like Arraez.
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    HrbieFan reacted to jmlease1 in As Buxton Hope Fades, Front Office Goes   
    I'm hearing this opinion a lot on the boards, but what we're hearing now is that it wasn't the guaranteed money that was the sticking point on the extension, it was something related to the structure of the incentives. So from a reasonableness perspective, the issue is apparently not the guaranteed money at all.
     
    but never let the truth get in the way of calling the Pohlad Family cheap...
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    HrbieFan reacted to Sparky55 in As Buxton Hope Fades, Front Office Goes   
    Byron Buxton is the reason to go watch a game, he is worth the price of admission. Whether it is running down a ball in the outfield or hitting a triple or stealing a base. He can change the game on both sides of the ball, we don't or probably won't ever have that type of talent again. Pay him and pray he stays healthy for 120 games. Plus I don't think we will get a great offer after this year.
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    HrbieFan reacted to Whitey333 in As Buxton Hope Fades, Front Office Goes   
    I agree that Buxton is good.  However he is not great.  He is a career, yes did you see that, career ..247 hitter.  Don't even think of putting in with Carew and Puckett. Buxton was flailing away at the plate not too unlike Sano just very recently.  I like him and hope he stays but he hasn't proven much of anything yet except how to miss 63% of his teams games the past 4 years.  Don't compare to Donaldson big contract.  Yes he's older and has had some injuries but he has a very good and productive background.  Buxton does not.  Find a way to sign him but let's be reasonable and realistic.
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    HrbieFan reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Rocco’s Next Act May Define Him   
    This isn't entirely true, though.
    Pressly was good in Minnesota but became better in Houston. I'll give you that one but the Twins also received what appears to be a decent return on him (which could vault to a very good return if Alcala ever figures it out). Everybody knew Pressly was good and the return indicated that.
    Escobar's best season (128 OPS+) was his partial season in Minnesota before being traded to Arizona. The Twins also received Jhoan Duran for an Escobar rental, which looks like a hell of a return in time.
    Lance Lynn was bad for the Twins over a half dozen starts, then rebounded nicely. He was a 31 year old veteran who was bad because he held out until February and missed Spring Training. It requires some gymnastics to blame the Twins for that brief underperformance.
    Jordan Hicks? I assume you mean Aaron Hicks. Yeah, the *previous* front office bungled his development in a big way and mishandled that dude about as badly as possible (I still shake my head at him dropping switch-hitting and nobody even knew about it).
    There are certainly instances of the Twins mis-managing players but that's true of every organization. I don't think the recent Twins have an outsized number of those types of players and certainly not based on the players on your list.
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    HrbieFan reacted to beckmt in Top 30 Prospects - Summer 2021 Update   
    I also see 5 - 6 to be protected.  Though 5 seems to me the number most of us can agree on.  Nice list. As stated above Moran is an interesting case.  Do not know where he ranks.  A few other pitchers doing well like Vallimont, what is his position and does he need to be protected. 
    One grip I have with the FO is that they gave up on some pitchers too soon, and some of them are doing well. (Wells for example).
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