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    wavedog got a reaction from glunn in Twins Sign Former Top Prospect Derek Fisher, Potential Fourth Outfielder   
    He will fit right in with many of our other players who struggle making consistent contact with the ball both at the plate and in the field.    I was actually hoping for the opposite - a RH hitting outfielder who can make contact, hit lefties and can field so they could mix and match with Kepler.    Someone like the first-half season Refsnyder.    
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    wavedog got a reaction from Hunter48 in Twins Sign Former Top Prospect Derek Fisher, Potential Fourth Outfielder   
    He will fit right in with many of our other players who struggle making consistent contact with the ball both at the plate and in the field.    I was actually hoping for the opposite - a RH hitting outfielder who can make contact, hit lefties and can field so they could mix and match with Kepler.    Someone like the first-half season Refsnyder.    
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    wavedog got a reaction from Linus in Twins Sign Former Top Prospect Derek Fisher, Potential Fourth Outfielder   
    He will fit right in with many of our other players who struggle making consistent contact with the ball both at the plate and in the field.    I was actually hoping for the opposite - a RH hitting outfielder who can make contact, hit lefties and can field so they could mix and match with Kepler.    Someone like the first-half season Refsnyder.    
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    wavedog got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Twins Sign Former Top Prospect Derek Fisher, Potential Fourth Outfielder   
    He will fit right in with many of our other players who struggle making consistent contact with the ball both at the plate and in the field.    I was actually hoping for the opposite - a RH hitting outfielder who can make contact, hit lefties and can field so they could mix and match with Kepler.    Someone like the first-half season Refsnyder.    
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    wavedog reacted to PDX Twin in Twins Sign Former Top Prospect Derek Fisher, Potential Fourth Outfielder   
    He'll fit right in....
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    wavedog reacted to chpettit19 in Twins Future Position Analysis: Third Base   
    Actually, the stats available show the Twins have gotten very good production out of Donaldson for his deal. If you're upset with the Donaldson deal you shouldn't ask for the Twins to ever sign a player to a big deal. Donaldson was #40 in all of baseball in OPS+ last year. Ahead of JD Martinez, Jose Abreu, Jorge Polanco, Kris Bryant, Bo Bichette, Justin Turner, Nolan Arenado, Michael Brantley, Tim Anderson, Javier Baez, and tied with Xander Bogaerts, and Jose Altuve. Josh Donaldson has been a tremendous signing and the Twins have gotten everything they should've expected. Even with his defense starting to drop.
    And he played 135 games last year. He isn't the massive injury concern people suggest. That was more games than Tatis Jr. Only 6 less than Bryce Harper. 5 less than Kyle Tucker. 3 and 4 less than Castellanos and Stanton. 15 more than Starling Marte. 13 more than Mookie Betts. 9 and 11 less than Altuve and Bogaerts. 135 isn't a great number, but it's not like he played 75 games.
    He played well and played a solid number of games. This is what you get with big extensions and FA signings. Donaldson was the 3rd best 3B in the AL in OPS last year. He had 3.2 WAR which is generally valued at $25M while he was paid $21M. So, in summary, Donaldson has been a very good signing.
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    wavedog got a reaction from glunn in Oliva and Kaat elected to National Baseball Hall Of Fame   
    Well, I am beyond elated that my favorite player Tony Oliva made it into the Hall of Fame.  Happy for Kaat as well - good day to be a Twins fan!
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    wavedog got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Oliva and Kaat elected to National Baseball Hall Of Fame   
    Well, I am beyond elated that my favorite player Tony Oliva made it into the Hall of Fame.  Happy for Kaat as well - good day to be a Twins fan!
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    wavedog got a reaction from Monkeypaws in Oliva and Kaat elected to National Baseball Hall Of Fame   
    Well, I am beyond elated that my favorite player Tony Oliva made it into the Hall of Fame.  Happy for Kaat as well - good day to be a Twins fan!
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    wavedog got a reaction from Danchat in Oliva and Kaat elected to National Baseball Hall Of Fame   
    Well, I am beyond elated that my favorite player Tony Oliva made it into the Hall of Fame.  Happy for Kaat as well - good day to be a Twins fan!
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    wavedog got a reaction from Longdistancetwins in Oliva and Kaat elected to National Baseball Hall Of Fame   
    Well, I am beyond elated that my favorite player Tony Oliva made it into the Hall of Fame.  Happy for Kaat as well - good day to be a Twins fan!
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    wavedog reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Oliva and Kaat elected to National Baseball Hall Of Fame   
    Great news for both of them, I’m glad this was done while both are alive and can celebrate their achievement!
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    wavedog reacted to lecroy24fan in Oliva and Kaat elected to National Baseball Hall Of Fame   
    Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat have been elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame, along with Buck O'Neill, Minnie Minoso, Bud Fowler, and Gil Hodges.
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    wavedog reacted to Dman in Rob Manfred's Public Arguments Framing the MLBPA's Desires As Harmful to Fans Make Little Sense   
    In my mind Manfred isn't completely wrong.  If that is what the Players union truly wants I would counter propose contracting all teams that currently need revenue sharing to be competitive.  That would allow the other 20 teams to be closer in revenue and then compete at a closer revenue level which would allow for what the Players union wants in terms of player movement and flexibility. All teams would have close to the same amount of money to compete for FA's so there wouldn't be as large a disparity.  Granted the players would lose around 300 jobs but they can gain the flexibility they require.
    Otherwise the players union needs to understand there needs to be a cap of some kind and greater revenue sharing to allow teams to compete in the FA market fairly.  So for me yeah what the players union is proposing is likely the death of my team maybe not right away but most likely eventually. It would strengthen the larger revenue teams and those fans would be happy.  It would also cost the players lots of jobs but increased pay for the ones who remain. 
    With less revenue sharing and a shorter path to free agency teams like Tampa, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Miami really shouldn't be included in MLB anymore.  It would take a miner miracle for them to compete.  They are able to now only because they control players just long enough to make a run and or can sometimes trade their way back to relevancy.  What the Players union is proposing is their certain death.
    So to me yeah I think Manfred is right their proposal will help the rich teams get richer and the poor teams get poorer.  Eventually teams won't be able to draw fans when all their good players move on after 3 or 4 years to teams that can pay them more in free agency.  I just don't see how this works without more revenue sharing and a cap or contraction to keep spending at a fairer level.  IMO I don't think it will be good for baseball but who knows maybe getting rid of the weaker teams will make the sport stronger?
     
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    wavedog reacted to RJA in Rob Manfred's Public Arguments Framing the MLBPA's Desires As Harmful to Fans Make Little Sense   
    Actually, Lucas, both sides are villians in this matter.  Take your three issues.  The players want to reduce revenue sharing.  Who would that benefit--players like Scherzer, Correa, Ray, etc.--in other words, the top 5% of players who would benefit from large markets having more money to spend.  The "ordinary joes" will not see this help them much at all as the additional revenue will all go to big name players, like Scherzer, who can make 48 million dollars a year rather than 43.  How about the reduced reserve period?  Who are the big winners again?  The same super rich big name players who will make more money earlier.  The average players are not going to see a huge jump in their salaries. Why don't the players make increasing the minimum salary by 200 thousand as a top 3 priority to help those average players at a time when they most need the income?  Why don't they act as powerful advocates for how minor leaguers are paid, housed, etc?  Why?  Because it does not affect the powerful element in the player's union--we all know that a majority of the players on the negotiating committee are Boras clients and he brags to prospective clients how much pull he has with the union.  Boras does not represent many ordinary joes.  Finally, earlier arbitration would be the one part that would help everyone, so I could definitely see how this might help all players.  Overall though, this is a battle between spoiled billionaire owners and the spoiled millionaires in charge of the players union.  This is not to be taken as support for the owners.  I just think your analysis was too one sided and showed your bias.  Great article though.  Made me think.
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    wavedog got a reaction from DocBauer in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    On the owners side if they are not up for more of a revenue sharing plan then I would think they could lower the salary cap (while increasing penalties for going over) and raise the floor  to lower the spending gap between teams.    My suggestion on the player side would be a funding tax based on each teams payroll there the proceeds would be disbursed each year to the players that are outperforming their salary to help prop up the younger players earnings until they can get to free agency.    The NFL has a smaller version of this.     Using the current structure and  if the players under the union proposal can reach free agency faster this is only going to help the large spending teams get the best players in more of their prime years so there needs to be a more broad solution.   
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    wavedog got a reaction from Squirrel in A Letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred   
    On the owners side if they are not up for more of a revenue sharing plan then I would think they could lower the salary cap (while increasing penalties for going over) and raise the floor  to lower the spending gap between teams.    My suggestion on the player side would be a funding tax based on each teams payroll there the proceeds would be disbursed each year to the players that are outperforming their salary to help prop up the younger players earnings until they can get to free agency.    The NFL has a smaller version of this.     Using the current structure and  if the players under the union proposal can reach free agency faster this is only going to help the large spending teams get the best players in more of their prime years so there needs to be a more broad solution.   
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    wavedog reacted to In My La Z boy in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    My definition of a fair way to assess this deal - to me, it means we are trying to win. I want to try to win. That is what this means. I am also happy with this deal because it means Byron likes us and wants to stay and win here. This is all good. 
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    wavedog reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    Buxton, and it’s not close. 
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    wavedog got a reaction from Wedman13 in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    This is wonderful  news to hear - kudos to Buxton for signing this deal and the Twins for getting it done.     Since both signings were announced today would you rather have Buxton signing for 7 years and $100M (plus incentives) for his age 28-34 seasons or Marcus Simien signing for 7 years and $175M at his age 31-37 seasons?    
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    wavedog got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    This is wonderful  news to hear - kudos to Buxton for signing this deal and the Twins for getting it done.     Since both signings were announced today would you rather have Buxton signing for 7 years and $100M (plus incentives) for his age 28-34 seasons or Marcus Simien signing for 7 years and $175M at his age 31-37 seasons?    
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    wavedog got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    This is wonderful  news to hear - kudos to Buxton for signing this deal and the Twins for getting it done.     Since both signings were announced today would you rather have Buxton signing for 7 years and $100M (plus incentives) for his age 28-34 seasons or Marcus Simien signing for 7 years and $175M at his age 31-37 seasons?    
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    wavedog reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    I'm surprised about so many of the aspects of this contract. First, that the Twins were able to convince him to accept big MVP bonuses and not plate appearance bonuses, ensuring that performance, not health, will escalate the contract. Second, no opt out or anything, full no-trade clause (good for Buck!).
    Remember, Buxton *should* be a free agent *right now* but the front office hosed him very intentionally. Byron appears to be a very forgiving man and we should all be thankful for it. This is a very team-friendly contract.
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    wavedog got a reaction from Karbo in Does Seiya Suzuki Fit in Minnesota?   
    An outfielder who can hit and field?   No we try to get rid of those types.   We prefer them to only have one of those skills or neither as long as they are cheap we are good.     Joking of course - yes we could use a right-hand hitting outfielder who can field but not sure we would allocate a portion of our budget for that.    Would open the possibility of trading some of our other outfielders for pitching.        
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    wavedog got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Does Seiya Suzuki Fit in Minnesota?   
    An outfielder who can hit and field?   No we try to get rid of those types.   We prefer them to only have one of those skills or neither as long as they are cheap we are good.     Joking of course - yes we could use a right-hand hitting outfielder who can field but not sure we would allocate a portion of our budget for that.    Would open the possibility of trading some of our other outfielders for pitching.        
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