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    Doctor Gast reacted to Vanimal46 in Free Agent starting pitchers   
    Ervin Santana still holds the record for largest free agent contract the Twins have signed in 2014. He was mid-tier that offseason… Looking into it, that FA class had Jon Lester and Max Scherzer as the elite options, and Kenta Maeda was the top international FA option. 
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    Doctor Gast reacted to tarheeltwinsfan in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! Just NO ! I do not want to build a team this way. As Cuba Goodin said : "Show me the money, Jerry !"  Just spend the money and keep and reward the good players and sign some really good FA pitchers. Please. And start promoting players while they are younger. What more does Miranda need to do to get promoted?  Get some more hitters, and jettison those hitters who are strikeout artists. Throw the ball hard and accurately, hit the ball where they ain't, catch the ball. It's not that complicated. Damn. 
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Of coarse he's our most valuable trading chip because he's our MVP, he did it all, was under paid and was durable. But should we? The answer is absolute NOT.
     1st reason is he's still underrated because he's finally just recovering physically from his bout at SS and this was his 1st year return to 2B (Being 3rd defensively at 2B is amazing). As he continues at 2B and proceed to get completely well and find his groove, he'll regain his prowess (offensively and defensively), fulfilling his potential by becoming a MVP. Ever increasing his worth to us which is irreplaceable.
    2nd reason is by trading Polanco we are stating we are rebuilding. Then we are committed to trade away all our underrated valuable core players (Polanco, Buxton, Kepler, Garver and Donaldson). And let's throw in Sano, we won't come close to get what they are worth. This will cause a large influx of prospects, flooding our roster. We have already a serious 40 man roster crunch, losing valuable undeveloped CF and pitching prospects via waivers. (I've stated this for a while now). Now multiply that by the wave of new prospects, this is irresponsible and impractical.
    Our problems this year weren't due to the players where we need to get rid of the core and rebuild. It was due to management. I give them credit for removing Polanco at SS and getting a real SS. But I do fault them for not going out and trading for very good starters and closer that were bargains, instead dumpster diving FAs. Also how they mismanaged LF and CF subbing, relying on a weak rotation and failing BP. To name a few. Many blame injuries, good management allows for this by providing quality depth. Chicago had more serious injury problems from the beginning of the season but still handily won the division. I could go on.
    Since our management is returning, our only hope is that they transform their mindsets. If not and they choose to rebuild. They would have appropriately selected the right uniform (to commemerate the '91 WS win) to usher in the new "Twinkie Era". UGH!
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from Connor Gould in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Major League Ready in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Probably.  However, I don't think this is the right question.  Is trading him the best way to build a contender and how long will that take.  That's the right question.  Polanco is really important to this lineup.  Yes, we could go with Arraez at 2B which is his best defensive position.  One of them should be traded, IMO.  If it's Polanco, it needs to be a big haul.  Otherwise, trade Arraez a part of a trade to get a SS or pitching.  Trading Polanco extends the time it takes us tom get back in contention.  We have a very good chance of ending 2022 with a pitching staff that is homegrown.  Extend Buxton and establish this homegrown staff and we have a great shot at contention for several years.  
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Crackedfungo in Eddie Rosario   
    BTW:  I explained the Twins foreknowledge of the AK balky wrist prior to this year above, so Twins Mgmt. planning for him to replace Rosario with a 'Rosario baseline' was ridiculous. 
    That being said (dollars aside, which were wasted for pitiful FA performance), AK performed (with injury, but known) in 2021: .251 BA  .722 OPS  .6 OPS.  This does not equate to Rosario in his rookie year: .262 BA  .747 OPS  2.2 WAR, his average year: .275 BA .782 OPS  1.7 WAR, his last Twins year:  .257 BA  .792 OPS  .9 WAR, or in his best year: .288 BA .803 OPS  3.6 WAR. 
    So, in a nutshell, this was a 'bad assumption,' given the AK injury history, his presence as a rookie, and the unappreciated production Rosario could/would produce (notwithstanding his bench presence and clutch potential in the playoffs - which he had proven, and AK has yet to do).  
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Crackedfungo in Eddie Rosario   
    In a 6 year career since HS, he has had significant wrist injuries, causing him to miss 2/3 of a full season (over two seasons), and also missed an entire season with a URL injury.  I will eliminate the COVID year, since essentially everyone outside of the majors and 'taxi squad' was not able to play.  If you miss almost two full years, and have one injury (wrist) that has been a multi-year problem, coupled with a URL (no guarantee that it will not recur), I think that qualifies.  Particularly when he has really only completed 2 mostly full years of 5 (eliminating the 6 year due to COVID); with 3 years being out for a significant portion (or all) of a season.  Outside of Buxton like injuries (e.g. 'always injured') I would say that it is fair to say that he has been 'perpetually injured'.
    Yes, the results of the redistribution of salary that could have been used to retain Rosario performed materially worse than retaining Rosario as I proved above (and was exacerbated by almost two-fold the cost and four-fold the lack of performance by WAR).  That does NOT mean that I do not believe that retaining Rosario wasn't just a better allocation of resources than the path they chose.  I DID think it was the right allocation of resources and worth doing.  To me, he was the best solution in LF (and for the clubhouse for $9MM) for 2020 at least until the trade deadline, at which time, you move him if needed for SOMETHING. 
    I like AK.  I just did not believe he was ready to perform AND LAST for the entire year in LF.  He has had a wrist problem for two years.  The Twins knew this too, as evidenced by the quote below from Baldelli after the wrist issue he had in a previous year inflamed again:
    "AK had a successful stint in the big leagues, but we knew that his wrist was an issue and it was something that he was playing through," Baldelli said. "We knew there could be a point in the year where he just could not continue playing through this, and the right and smart thing to do would be to go ahead and have the procedure that we knew was probably coming."
    Just look at that ****show behind AK if he did not last!?!?  It was a carousel of ineptitude.  I also know how the Twins .take $5 and make it perform at $1 in FA with the 'dumpster fire' of recent reclamation projects (Hill, Bailey, Happ, Shoemaker, Colomb).  I have also witnessed the Spring Training hero (Garlick this year) turn into a pumpkin when the regular season begins (Ryan LaMarre a few years ago) - there is a reason these players do not become the saviors the Twins hope they will stumble upon, as they cannot sustain the SSS in the regular season without being exposed. 
    I did make the points pertaining to Rosario from last September through April 2021 BTW; feel free to look them up.
     
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Crackedfungo in Eddie Rosario   
    Bad Take.  We are arguing losing a .9 WAR 2020 player (Twins average WAR 1.7) for ZERO return for redistributed salary to players that produced -.9 in the OF (Cave, Garlick, Refs), and three pitchers that produced -4.3 WAR (Happ, Shoemaker, and Colomb), which also cost almost twice as much as we could have signed Rosario for and added any replacement level players to consume these innings at much less cost than an additional $8MM.  These are the types of decisions that get a GM fired - except on the Twins (see Terry Ryan).
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Crackedfungo in Eddie Rosario   
    IF you were to sum up the WASTE that was Refs, Garlick, the FA pitchers that were a total joke, you have enough to pay him $9MM.  They chose to allocate the dollars on reaches (or naive 'comeback' players), and then put too much pressure on the young OFs that were not ready (Larnach, Rooker), and let Eddie walk.  At least sign him and trade him at the deadline for a high ceiling low A player, as there would likely be teams looking for his career average numbers and 'gamer' attitude.  Not a great result for the Twins to get ZERO for an OF starter and replace him with below average production. 
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from wabene in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from Greglw3 in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Nick Nelson in 6 Questions that Will Determine the Twins' Offseason Course   
    Thanks! The Twins don't view him as an everyday SS. I don't think any team would, really. He's not a strong defender there, and it's one of the most important positions on the field. At best it's somewhere he can play in a pinch. Also, he wasn't good this year. Do you really think his performance justified giving the starting SS job? 
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    Doctor Gast reacted to MABB1959 in Eddie Rosario   
    I loved watching him bafoo's and all.  I like players that go all out every time they play.  Rosario, Escobar, Austidillo, Buxton, Sano, Cruz, Suzuki, Berrios to name a few.  There is more to baseball than just stats if you really love and enjoy watching a game.  They certainly could have afforded to pay Rosario 9 million instead of going CHEAP with Cave.   
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    Doctor Gast reacted to glunn in Eddie Rosario   
    I am happy for Eddie.  A great clutch hitter and role model.
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    Doctor Gast reacted to VivaBomboRivera! in Eddie Rosario   
    Even though we know Eddie could not have saved the '21 Twins season, and letting him go was the right thing to do, watching that performance must leave every fan and former teammate simultaneously cheering and shaking their heads.
    P.S.  Nice to see Ron Washington continuing to flourish.  He should be given another crack at a managing job.
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Crackedfungo in Eddie Rosario   
    Which is exactly what we have lacked in the playoffs......Go figure.  On a team that doesn't gag once the postseason begins, he seems to be flourishing (sans the power we have seen in the past).  I also loved seeing Graterol.  He can REALLY bring it.  Regret may set in for our 'braintrust' as some point in the next year or so....
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Crackedfungo in Eddie Rosario   
    And, Rosario wins a huge game for ATL.  Four hits.  GW RBI, and rally starting run with one of the best slides I have ever seen.  Yes, we could have used him (or got something for him).  He is what he is......a spark plug, and a WINNER.
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    Doctor Gast reacted to stringer bell in Eddie Rosario   
    I do agree. The team wasn't well-constructed lefty-righty and they also didn't have a real backup shortstop plus all of their bench guys were bat-first guys who weren't very good at defense and had very little speed. 
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    Doctor Gast reacted to USAFChief in Eddie Rosario   
    As I said, one can understand moving on from Rosario, but still find fault with Falvine's replacement plan.
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from Minny505 in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from Twins33 in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from TheLeviathan in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    Doctor Gast got a reaction from glunn in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    Doctor Gast reacted to stringer bell in One Fan's Opinion: Rooker is Ready   
    I'm not a fan of Rooker. He has too many holes in his swing and is a poor outfielder. He will be 27 next year, so he's not really a prospect at this point. Finally, he has never hit left handers particularly well and that continued in his 200+ PA audition this year.
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    Doctor Gast reacted to Brandon in 7 step plan for offseason   
    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?
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