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  1. Mondesi would be a good trade candidate if all else fails. He has speed and some power and no ability to get on base. I dont know about his defense. But he is young enough fir a change of scenery opportunity.
  2. And when I was a teenager the Twins beat the Braves in one of the best World Series of all time.
  3. Your hoping Lewis can grow into a 4th option SS who OPS .590?
  4. I think Iglesias is a good pitcher to sign. I would be open to signing Kimbrel to a 2 year 16 - 20 million total contract with incentives to 24 or 26 million range. I don't think I would offer any more. Though we won with veterans in the pen, Reardon and Aguilera. But I really liked how our bullpen closed out this season and don't think we need too much there. More importantly is making sure we have healthy 6, 7, 8, and 9 starters who are healthy. We had a big problem with that in 2021.
  5. If we resign Pineda then we really only need 1 more starting pitcher at that point. You mentioned 3 perfect options though we might be players for Strongman or one of the top end starters. I am definitely curious to see what the team does this offseason. I don't see Grenke as an option since he didn't want to come here before.
  6. I think both Astudillo and Refsnyder could and probably should be non-tendered. Couloumbe should be retained especially at 800k. Cave is a definite non-tender. and I believe everyone else should be tendered a contract.
  7. This story illustrates why Minnesota will sign Chris Taylor to play SS. He will command a shorter contract at a lower AAV and can play multiple positions hit a good .800 OPS. He is the value play here.
  8. The Twins have several openings including head of research team. Help make your team awesomerr. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/10/minnesota-twins-job-openings.html
  9. I see the Twins resigning Pineda, and trading for or signing another starting pitcher. I do not see the Twins trading Donaldson. I hope the Twins sign Buxton to an extension this offseason. I will be ok if they don't only if they sign a top tier SS to a major league contract. Though they could sign Taylor to a contract to play SS and when one of Lewis or Martin is ready Taylor can shift to utility player. The Twins have several redundant players available to trade. If the Twins sign Chris Taylor they could trade Arraez, you have Sano, Larnarch, Rooker, maybe Kepler. I here Garvers name come up but I think that would be a mistake. He is a real good hitter and why would we give him up when we just need 1 pitcher and we have so many trade options or could sign someone. In the bullpen it would be nice to sign a lockdown reliever. I wonder how much Kimbrel will cost? I think we have lots of middle reliever options. I also wonder what it will take to extend Rogers and Duffey and if we should?
  10. There are 4 potential non tenders in the group. Refsnyder, Astudillo, Cave, and Coulombe, Maybe Gant but I doubt it. And Minaya has enough of a track record to be back as well.
  11. On pitching. I think the starters will be able to go deeper into games next year. I think this year the Twins decided to be cautious and limit several pitchers to 80 pitches per start as a way to manage stress on a pitchers arm after not throwing the previous year. I also think the Tins will resign Pineda and get 1 more starting pitcher. There are 5 starting pitchers who are top pitching prospects at AA and AAA last season. Our rotation shapes up as: FA starter Pineda Ober Ryan Dobnak/ Gant We also have Balazovich, Winder, Sands, Richardson-Woods, and Duran are all likely to be in AAA in short order if not at the start of next season. Canterino could be in AA as well. That is 6 starters who are knocking on the door to the majors next season. And Maeda will be back at some point after the all star break. So there needs to be some opportunity available to the younger starters to get a spot in the rotation next season. As far as Cruz goes, I am on board with bringing him back on next season. I do think he will regress at some point. And if it is next year, we have plenty of options to give him rest so we can set him up with good match ups. I also think his power will age well regardless. so lets see what happens next season. I would like to see him hit number 500 with the Twins. I also want him to reach over 100 of them as a Twin too. He is about 2 seasons away from being a border line hall of famer. Would like to see if he can set himself up to be a worthy candidate.
  12. THis is what I was thinking on Simmons too. His defense is fine. I expected him to lose a half step in the field. I did not expect his offense to crater. His offense was historically bad. I was thinking of an ops in the .660 - .720 range. He was well below that even. I figured he would get pinch hit for at times or maybe lose a few starts in the field and be the late inning defensive replacement during some offensive slumps and be the #9 hitter. but again I thought he will hit significantly better even if that meant he was still a below average hitter. I will be honest though. I would be ok with bringing him back on a low cost with incentives deal if we do not sign a high profile high offensive SS over the winter. Maybe 5 million guarantee with up to 5 million more with so many plate appearances. 1 that means we signed Buxton to an extension and 2 it means the Twins are planning on 1 of Lewis or Martin to take over SS when ready.
  13. Any time you get 2 to 3 long term players developed and up to the major leagues is a successful year. To have 5 + is great. And we still have lots of prospects on the way..
  14. When they said a second procedure occurred for Colina, that tells me its ok to move on.... While I would like to keep him, we need more roster spaces for depth then ever before. They need to expand to 45 man rosters.
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