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    insagt1 got a reaction from roger in D-Day is Coming for Twins and Buxton   
    For the millionth time...sign Buxton. And then move on to the next step. Keep Donaldson too. If anyone needs unloading its Simmons who contributed the least of anyone in the infield. Yes he has good 'd' but not that good as to offset he was an automatic out at the plate. Too bad too because he usually made contact.
    It does say a lot about our braintrust that they just don't seem to understand Buxton's overall value to the team and the fans.  Will they feel all good about themselves if they play hardball to save a few bucks (not the 'buck' that counts the most)
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    insagt1 got a reaction from MABB1959 in Offseason Status Update: 40-Man Shuffling, Missed Opportunities   
    For heaven sakes..make extending Buxton a priority and move on. Do what it takes. Period
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Hunter48 in Offseason Status Update: 40-Man Shuffling, Missed Opportunities   
    For heaven sakes..make extending Buxton a priority and move on. Do what it takes. Period
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    insagt1 got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Offseason Status Update: 40-Man Shuffling, Missed Opportunities   
    For heaven sakes..make extending Buxton a priority and move on. Do what it takes. Period
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    insagt1 got a reaction from roger in Offseason Status Update: 40-Man Shuffling, Missed Opportunities   
    For heaven sakes..make extending Buxton a priority and move on. Do what it takes. Period
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Otwins in Who Can the Twins Deal?   
    We want 'big hauls' for the regulars we might trade. I just don't think those things exist anymore. First and second and everywhere else...get Buxton signed. He is the centerpiece of the team. Lose him and you are drifting aimlessly in the AL Central again. He is more valuable to the Twins than what he would yield in a trade. Some may disagree, but you can't trade your star and really expect to get better. It could happen, but I don't like the odds. Twins need to get real serious with Buck. then anything they do after that is fine with me.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from glunn in Who Can the Twins Deal?   
    We want 'big hauls' for the regulars we might trade. I just don't think those things exist anymore. First and second and everywhere else...get Buxton signed. He is the centerpiece of the team. Lose him and you are drifting aimlessly in the AL Central again. He is more valuable to the Twins than what he would yield in a trade. Some may disagree, but you can't trade your star and really expect to get better. It could happen, but I don't like the odds. Twins need to get real serious with Buck. then anything they do after that is fine with me.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from wabene in What Happens to the Twins Emerging Star?   
    Glad to see pretty much no one here is remotely considering trading Buxton. Some press articles still seem to float the idea that he could be traded for pitching. That would make absolutely zero sense. You never trade a super-star position playerwho goes out there everyday, for someone that starts every 5th day and expect to get full value. Yes, Buck has certainly been injury prone. But you will never replace his value by trading for pitching with one team. Thats a bigger risk than hoping we can get 120-130 games from Buxton in 2022.  He is the centerpiece of our offense (and defense and everything else for that matter). Twins should quickly extend him at seasons end and be done with it. Then figure out how to get a pitcher or two. (and that won't be easy).
    I'd give Donaldson another year..unless somehow he could be parlayed into an arm or two..which I also doubt. Sano and Kepler could be traded. Arraez slipped badly 2nd half, but I wouldn't be too quick to give up on his talents.  Larnach and Rooker have yet to prove themselves. Ditto Celestino. They will have to earn their spots. Don't know what the plan(s) would be for Gordon. Do the Twins like him? Enough to keep him?  Clearly pitching is the problem, but trading away valuable position players to take a risk on ANY starting pitcher will always be fraught with peril. I don't envy the FO. They say they want to compete in 2022. I'd like that too. We have seen how quickly a team can go from first to last and vice-versa in just one season. So a big huge rebuild certainly is not necessary.
    This season was definitely a mess no one really expected. But its fixable.
    Anyone think Nellie will hang 'em up after this season? He was 'OK' with Tampa, but not extraordinary. He will be 42. I doubt the Rays re-sign him. I doubt the Twins are interested. Some NL team take a flyer on him if they approve the DH. If he does retire, would one of his former teams agree to sign him for the symbolic 'one day' so he could retire in that uniform and maybe sign on for other duties?
     
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    insagt1 got a reaction from DocBauer in What Happens to the Twins Emerging Star?   
    Glad to see pretty much no one here is remotely considering trading Buxton. Some press articles still seem to float the idea that he could be traded for pitching. That would make absolutely zero sense. You never trade a super-star position playerwho goes out there everyday, for someone that starts every 5th day and expect to get full value. Yes, Buck has certainly been injury prone. But you will never replace his value by trading for pitching with one team. Thats a bigger risk than hoping we can get 120-130 games from Buxton in 2022.  He is the centerpiece of our offense (and defense and everything else for that matter). Twins should quickly extend him at seasons end and be done with it. Then figure out how to get a pitcher or two. (and that won't be easy).
    I'd give Donaldson another year..unless somehow he could be parlayed into an arm or two..which I also doubt. Sano and Kepler could be traded. Arraez slipped badly 2nd half, but I wouldn't be too quick to give up on his talents.  Larnach and Rooker have yet to prove themselves. Ditto Celestino. They will have to earn their spots. Don't know what the plan(s) would be for Gordon. Do the Twins like him? Enough to keep him?  Clearly pitching is the problem, but trading away valuable position players to take a risk on ANY starting pitcher will always be fraught with peril. I don't envy the FO. They say they want to compete in 2022. I'd like that too. We have seen how quickly a team can go from first to last and vice-versa in just one season. So a big huge rebuild certainly is not necessary.
    This season was definitely a mess no one really expected. But its fixable.
    Anyone think Nellie will hang 'em up after this season? He was 'OK' with Tampa, but not extraordinary. He will be 42. I doubt the Rays re-sign him. I doubt the Twins are interested. Some NL team take a flyer on him if they approve the DH. If he does retire, would one of his former teams agree to sign him for the symbolic 'one day' so he could retire in that uniform and maybe sign on for other duties?
     
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    insagt1 got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in 3 Twins Players Set to Bounce Back in 2022   
    I can't imagine another season with Simmons. He didn't deliver the goods and there is no reason to hang on to him. A real disappointing FA signing. Cave needs to go also. Surely Twins can find a utility outfielder in the Beer league that can do as 'well'...right?
    Larnach and Rooker will be 2 to watch. Can they handle major league pitching on a regular basis? I agree that Buxton needs to have a 'comeback year'. Its nice that he is playing regularly right now, finally, but his bat has certainly not been the same since his return. Will the Twins extend him, or try and trade him?
    Arraez was a bit of a disappointment, relative to what was expected. Struggling to stay around .300 was not what most expected. Kepler was a huge disappointment. Has he peaked? Will the Twins hang on to him? Colome? Yeah, they may decide to give him another shot. Someone said he was no fun to watch. I agree.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Mark G in Game Score: Rays 5, Twins 3   
    Getting a bit distressed at the brutal slump Buxton has been mired in since returning to the lineup. So far 2-27 with a lot of k's. This isn't exactly what the doctor ordered...guess Buck is allowed to be a it rusty, but its time to snap out of it. I wonder if his hand still hurts bad enough to be affecting his swings?
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Melissa in Game Score: Cubs 3, Twins 0   
    Bats disappeared in this short series...wasted some decent pitching. Guess if one doesn't care about wins, this wasn't so bad. But Cubs are as inept as Twins this season. Should have done better, but I guess it doesn't matter.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Game Score: Cubs 3, Twins 0   
    Bats disappeared in this short series...wasted some decent pitching. Guess if one doesn't care about wins, this wasn't so bad. But Cubs are as inept as Twins this season. Should have done better, but I guess it doesn't matter.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from glunn in Game Score: Cubs 3, Twins 0   
    Bats disappeared in this short series...wasted some decent pitching. Guess if one doesn't care about wins, this wasn't so bad. But Cubs are as inept as Twins this season. Should have done better, but I guess it doesn't matter.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Vanimal46 in Game Score: Cubs 3, Twins 0   
    Bats disappeared in this short series...wasted some decent pitching. Guess if one doesn't care about wins, this wasn't so bad. But Cubs are as inept as Twins this season. Should have done better, but I guess it doesn't matter.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from wabene in Game Score: Twins 3, Tigers 2   
    That was a gosh awful 9th inning. Almost couldn't watch it finish. Its very nice to see Donaldson and Sano both starting to play to potential. While one might say, well no pressure so big deal. But actually these guys are playing for a spot on the 2022 team, perhaps...a team management feels will be able to compete again.
    Twins seem to be hovering around 15 under .500. That's probably where they will land, and from a W-L point of view, thats not very good at all. However there is much more to be gained over the last month. I really want to see some spirited baseball from the guys. And a healthy Buxton...who is a bit rusty at the moment.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Nine of twelve in 75% of the season is complete, how do the Twins finish?   
    actually decades of history suggests that draft position doesn't always breed success. You would think it would but the roadway is littered with top draft picks that never made it. You'd think the odds favored the higher draft picks but that just isn't often the case. Naturally sometimes it is...but my only point on this is you play hard to the end and let the draft take care of itself. I despise any sniff of 'tanking' simply to get a higher pick. Its wrongheaded and goes against every grain of the purpose of pro sports. A few years back when the Sabres clearly were tanking, their fans actually started cheering for the visitor so they would finish ahead of Buffalo. It was uncomfortable. It was frankly awful.
    Anyway we both agree the Twins should play hard to win and except for when they play the Yankees, they usually do!
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Unwinder in Can the Pitching Staff Compete in 2022?   
    Twins will not trade Buxton...unless the offers are totally unreasonable. They understand his value to the franchise. they surely wouldn't get a good enough return to take the risk. Yep--he is always injured. But hopefully one day (soon) we will get to watch him reach his potential (in A twins uni) Twins shouldn't penny pinch with a potential future HOFer.
    Moving on, pitching is their biggest weakness. They can start working on that without making Buxton their bargaining chip.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Aerodeliria in Gilberto Celestino's quiet dominance   
    Sometimes rushing from AA to the majors works and sometimes not. Mauer bypassed AAA. Vlad Guerrero Sr bypassed AAA. they are HOFers.  Sano didn't hone his k-skills at AAA 😆. Celestino had one brutal game defensively when he was thrown into the fire. ..cost the Twins a 'W' that night. And clearly he couldn't hit. He's 22. He has time.
    Anyone following the career of Cedric Mullins? He came up 2 years ago and hit so poorly that they sent him down two levels because he also failed miserably at AAA. Now, this year he is top 5 to top 10 in many offensive categories for a team that would embarrass  a little league squad. He could lead the AL in hits. He is in the 20-20 club....when nobody is stealing bases anymore. He is great defensively and still learning. is Celestino a Mullins perhaps??? Only time will tell.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Minny505 in Gilberto Celestino's quiet dominance   
    Sometimes rushing from AA to the majors works and sometimes not. Mauer bypassed AAA. Vlad Guerrero Sr bypassed AAA. they are HOFers.  Sano didn't hone his k-skills at AAA 😆. Celestino had one brutal game defensively when he was thrown into the fire. ..cost the Twins a 'W' that night. And clearly he couldn't hit. He's 22. He has time.
    Anyone following the career of Cedric Mullins? He came up 2 years ago and hit so poorly that they sent him down two levels because he also failed miserably at AAA. Now, this year he is top 5 to top 10 in many offensive categories for a team that would embarrass  a little league squad. He could lead the AL in hits. He is in the 20-20 club....when nobody is stealing bases anymore. He is great defensively and still learning. is Celestino a Mullins perhaps??? Only time will tell.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from glunn in Gilberto Celestino's quiet dominance   
    Sometimes rushing from AA to the majors works and sometimes not. Mauer bypassed AAA. Vlad Guerrero Sr bypassed AAA. they are HOFers.  Sano didn't hone his k-skills at AAA 😆. Celestino had one brutal game defensively when he was thrown into the fire. ..cost the Twins a 'W' that night. And clearly he couldn't hit. He's 22. He has time.
    Anyone following the career of Cedric Mullins? He came up 2 years ago and hit so poorly that they sent him down two levels because he also failed miserably at AAA. Now, this year he is top 5 to top 10 in many offensive categories for a team that would embarrass  a little league squad. He could lead the AL in hits. He is in the 20-20 club....when nobody is stealing bases anymore. He is great defensively and still learning. is Celestino a Mullins perhaps??? Only time will tell.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from chpettit19 in Gilberto Celestino's quiet dominance   
    Sometimes rushing from AA to the majors works and sometimes not. Mauer bypassed AAA. Vlad Guerrero Sr bypassed AAA. they are HOFers.  Sano didn't hone his k-skills at AAA 😆. Celestino had one brutal game defensively when he was thrown into the fire. ..cost the Twins a 'W' that night. And clearly he couldn't hit. He's 22. He has time.
    Anyone following the career of Cedric Mullins? He came up 2 years ago and hit so poorly that they sent him down two levels because he also failed miserably at AAA. Now, this year he is top 5 to top 10 in many offensive categories for a team that would embarrass  a little league squad. He could lead the AL in hits. He is in the 20-20 club....when nobody is stealing bases anymore. He is great defensively and still learning. is Celestino a Mullins perhaps??? Only time will tell.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Dman in Gilberto Celestino's quiet dominance   
    Sometimes rushing from AA to the majors works and sometimes not. Mauer bypassed AAA. Vlad Guerrero Sr bypassed AAA. they are HOFers.  Sano didn't hone his k-skills at AAA 😆. Celestino had one brutal game defensively when he was thrown into the fire. ..cost the Twins a 'W' that night. And clearly he couldn't hit. He's 22. He has time.
    Anyone following the career of Cedric Mullins? He came up 2 years ago and hit so poorly that they sent him down two levels because he also failed miserably at AAA. Now, this year he is top 5 to top 10 in many offensive categories for a team that would embarrass  a little league squad. He could lead the AL in hits. He is in the 20-20 club....when nobody is stealing bases anymore. He is great defensively and still learning. is Celestino a Mullins perhaps??? Only time will tell.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Squirrel in 75% of the season is complete, how do the Twins finish?   
    Wow---you guys have taken this WAY above my paygrade!!🥴 And there is a LOT of passion expressed here.
    For me, I wish the whole draft system would either be scrapped or totally revamped.  I intensely dislike 'rewarding losing in this way...especially if losing can be manipulated to look like 'tanking' in order to get a higher pick...which supposedly nets you a better prospect. (well, a higher pick, maybe NOT a better prospect...which has been discussed) The talent pool is very large and a young player doing well in high school (yes, its come to that these days) or college is not a slam-dunk that player will amount to anything professionally. I'm not getting into the money aspect of the picks because I don't feel qualified to enter that ring)
    Again, for me, I want my team to compete at the highest level possible...all the time. And let the picks fall where they may. Good players will be available. But to re-state..I hate the present system. but thats a discussion for another day gentlemen.  thanks for all the hard work expressed in this thread.
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    insagt1 got a reaction from Otto von Ballpark in 75% of the season is complete, how do the Twins finish?   
    Wow---you guys have taken this WAY above my paygrade!!🥴 And there is a LOT of passion expressed here.
    For me, I wish the whole draft system would either be scrapped or totally revamped.  I intensely dislike 'rewarding losing in this way...especially if losing can be manipulated to look like 'tanking' in order to get a higher pick...which supposedly nets you a better prospect. (well, a higher pick, maybe NOT a better prospect...which has been discussed) The talent pool is very large and a young player doing well in high school (yes, its come to that these days) or college is not a slam-dunk that player will amount to anything professionally. I'm not getting into the money aspect of the picks because I don't feel qualified to enter that ring)
    Again, for me, I want my team to compete at the highest level possible...all the time. And let the picks fall where they may. Good players will be available. But to re-state..I hate the present system. but thats a discussion for another day gentlemen.  thanks for all the hard work expressed in this thread.
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