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    darwin22 reacted to jmlease1 in Don't You... Forget About AK   
    Kirilloff is going to be excellent next season. He can flat-out hit and will fit in very nicely in the heart of the order. he should be the starting LF from Day 1 next year, backup at 1B and get a few days off at DH. here's hoping he plays 150 games next year, because if he does I see 20+ HRs and 30+ doubles with a very nice slash line. He's passable in the corners and can hold it down just fine until 1B opens up.
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    darwin22 reacted to TopGunn#22 in Don't You... Forget About AK   
    I expect AK to HIT.  He's just a darn good hitter.  Cream, eventually, rises to the top.  It's also why I think hanging onto Kepler is wise.  Max needs to figure out how to beat the shift.  He still hits the ball HARD, it's just usually into the teeth of the shift.  An off season of working on a new approach is needed if Max is to remain a major leaguer.   He's already a talented defensive outfielder, something Larnach will never be.  Larnach may be "serviceable,"  but he'll never be what Max is defensively.  With other young outfielders coming thru the system, I'm trading Larnach for young, controllable pitching.  With Trevor, I'm targeting the Marlins.  
    Kiriloff isn't going anywhere though.  He will be "decent" in the outfield and looks to be pretty "slick" at 1B.  But it's Kiriloff's bat that will be a force in the Twins lineup for many years to come.
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    darwin22 reacted to Sousy in Will the Twins Consider a Nelson Cruz Reunion?   
    It seems that signing a full-time DH is (and should be) on the bottom of the priority list.
    Next year they'll be in a position (assuming no trades / moves) there are several players that could rotate in and out of the DH slot; and having that spot for players to rotate in and out of in order to allow for a bit of rest without being out of the line up was a pretty good feature in the last half of the year.
    * Donaldson struggled with being an 'everyday in the field' guy with leg issues; being able to rotate to DH was huge.  Being able to rotate Miranda into 3B would be helpful.
    * Sano is a guy that has struggled with particular scenarios, and it seems that Kirilloff is waiting in the wings to take up some time at 1B, if not become a full time 1B / OF player.
    * Arraez was in a few spots where having his bat was great, but having his knees in the field full time wasn't.
    Short story: I like Cruz, would love to see him come back in some role if the desire is there, but it's certainly not something the front office should (or would) put a lot of time / money / priority into.  
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    darwin22 reacted to mikelink45 in Will the Twins Consider a Nelson Cruz Reunion?   
    Just like Greinke - time to move on.  Age is not negotiable and we have enough bats to fill the DH/1B/corner OF slots.  He was great to have on our team, but like Thome he has only so much gas left in the tank at this stage and if you remember he left us mid season for a contender just like Cruz and then the next year he was on three different teams and called it quits. Time for the old song - Thanks for the memories -
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    darwin22 reacted to beckmt in Will the Twins Consider a Nelson Cruz Reunion?   
    I agree on two points, NL will probably have a DH.  Twins have other options and players in the majors.  We need to rotate them through the DH slot.  We may also need the DH slot for Sano for about 1/2 the time.
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    darwin22 reacted to rv78 in Free Agent starting pitchers   
    I don't see any of the top tier Free Agent pitchers you mention coming to the Twins. They have other more appealing options, like organizations committed to winning and contending, not pretending. It'll be another off-season of "dumpster diving" and "hope and a prayer" signings of Free Agents. The only way they will acquire top tier pitching is thru trades and that is going to cost prospects. I'd rather see them punt 2022 and see what the top pitching prospects can do in 2022 that they have now.... Ryan, Ober, Duran, Balazovic, Canterino, Strotman, Winder, Sands, Woods-Richardson, etc, etc.... In the mean time they'll give Lewis another season to prove his worth, bring up Miranda, take a full-time look at Larnach, re-established Kirolloff's place on the team. Get rid of the dead weight in the lineup from Sano and Kepler. There are too many question marks going into 2022 to commit to it IMO.
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    darwin22 reacted to DocBauer in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    You need offense and pitching. But how do you get better by trading one of your very best players? You don't unless you are rebuilding. And the Twins don't need to rebuild, they need to re-tool, and even management has been clear on this.
    The Twins can add pitching via FA. They can also trade from within their system, possibly with the addition of a different existing player not named Polanco, to acquire a pitcher. Maeda will be back in 2023. And there are a number of high potential arms a half to full season away from adding to the staff and the pen. Young, talented and controllable arms. 
    You absolutely don't trade Polanco!
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    darwin22 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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    darwin22 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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    darwin22 reacted to tony&rodney in 6 Questions that Will Determine the Twins' Offseason Course   
    Nice Nash. 
    The key is exactly as stated - What are the true intentions of management? We don't need sound bites, quotes, or explanations at any point from Falvey or Pohlad. We need decisions and direct action. Looking at a number of other teams' sites, the Twins and their players are seemingly dismissed. I wonder if other teams see the Twins as competitive?
    1.) Right on with the conundrum at shortstop. Lewis in 2023? When? It almost seems like Semien is the only real option amongst the top free agents. The other choice is an extremely unlikely trade for Mondesi and sign Adrianza to fill in. Shortstop is a difficult topic for the team.
    2. ) If the Twins are going to avoid 90-100 losses the option to just use prospects and maybe Pineda won't work. There are trade possibilities and the Twins may have to overpay to get their guys. Miami and Oakland look like fair partners.
    3.) If the medicals look good, the Twins have to bring back Rogers.
    4.) Thielbar, Alcala, and Minaya looked good. Two additions should suffice in the bullpen.
    5.) Everybody loves Cruz, but the Twins can fill DH with any number of players. 
    6.) The Twins need pitching but they must absolutely try to sign Buxton. If traded ..... hopefully not, but I wonder how many teams are looking for a CF with his power, speed, and upside? I have no idea of value but I'm thinking Atlanta (Anderson & Waters), San Diego (Abrams & Gore), NYY (Loaisiga, Dominguez, & Peraza), and others should be willing to talk. I have no idea but Buxton has mad skills.
    This offseason could be anywhere from tragic to spectacular and certainly risky.
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    darwin22 reacted to mikelink45 in Scouting Twins Prospects: Gilberto Celestino   
    Thanks for the report.  I like him.  Based on what he did after leaving the team for AAA I think he learned his lessons well and will be ready to come back for much better results in the future.  I take him over Jake Cave.
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    darwin22 reacted to Unwinder in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    Plus he just needs to prove he can do it at an mlb level. He's not a struggling player like Jax or a hypothetical like Lewis.
    I really want to see Jax thrive as a long reliever. While he had a rocky season, he showed some exciting flashes and had a terrific attitude. It's tough not to root for him.
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    darwin22 reacted to TopGunn#22 in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    It would be great if all or most of those things pan out.  I'll add two more:
    Austin Martin makes the team out of spring training with his defensive versatility and well rounded offensive game giving the Twins an on base machine at the top of their order to replace the traded Luis Arraez who brings back a solid starting pitcher with multiple years of team control.  Martin eventually settles in at Left Field where his defense invokes memories of the Royals Alex Gordon.
    Jordan Balazovic discovers how great it is to be healthy all the time and wows in April and May, first in AA and then at AAA for St. Paul.  After his first June start for the Saints in which he throws 7 shut out 2-hit innings striking out 12 he is moved to the Big Team where he impresses with a performance that earns him Rookie of the Year votes while flashing #1 starter stuff.   With a couple of solid veterans fronting the Twins rotation and Balazovic, Ryan and Ober holding down the #3, #4, and #5 spots the Twins reclaim the division from a talented White Sox outfit who fire Tony Larussa after another 1st round playoff exit.  The Twins meanwhile, exorcise all their Playoff winless demons and cruise thru the post season without losing a game in route to winning the the World Series over the mighty L.A. Dodgers in a 4-game sweep. 
    "How Sweet it IS !!!" 
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    darwin22 reacted to terrydactyls in 7 step plan for offseason   
    If you are just going to throw out off-season goals without any pathway to achieving them, why not set your sights higher?  How about: just sign Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray, Carlos Rodon, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard as starters, Javier Biez, Freddie Freeman, and Carlos Correa to strengthen the infield, Chris Taylor and Sterling Marte as utility players.  Okay, front office, now go get it done.  Oh wait!!  Get three of four outstanding relief pitchers while you're out shopping.  And pick up a Snickers Bar for me.  Easy - Peasey.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from DocBauer in In unsurprising moves Twins Outright 6 Players Off the 40 man Roster   
    Totally classless and clueless decision by Baldelli and Falvey.  Still leaves a very sour taste with me.  Maggi was EVERYTHING you'd want as a professional with over 4000 milb ABs.  F- grade on failing to get Maggi into a game.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from Wax off in In unsurprising moves Twins Outright 6 Players Off the 40 man Roster   
    Totally classless and clueless decision by Baldelli and Falvey.  Still leaves a very sour taste with me.  Maggi was EVERYTHING you'd want as a professional with over 4000 milb ABs.  F- grade on failing to get Maggi into a game.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from roger in In unsurprising moves Twins Outright 6 Players Off the 40 man Roster   
    Totally classless and clueless decision by Baldelli and Falvey.  Still leaves a very sour taste with me.  Maggi was EVERYTHING you'd want as a professional with over 4000 milb ABs.  F- grade on failing to get Maggi into a game.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in In unsurprising moves Twins Outright 6 Players Off the 40 man Roster   
    Totally classless and clueless decision by Baldelli and Falvey.  Still leaves a very sour taste with me.  Maggi was EVERYTHING you'd want as a professional with over 4000 milb ABs.  F- grade on failing to get Maggi into a game.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from Platoon in In unsurprising moves Twins Outright 6 Players Off the 40 man Roster   
    Totally classless and clueless decision by Baldelli and Falvey.  Still leaves a very sour taste with me.  Maggi was EVERYTHING you'd want as a professional with over 4000 milb ABs.  F- grade on failing to get Maggi into a game.
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    darwin22 reacted to davesaxton in In unsurprising moves Twins Outright 6 Players Off the 40 man Roster   
    Dropping Maggi after not giving him an at-bat is just a kick in the teeth. Though I believe in the kid and think he will have a place on a roster somewhere next year, would have been right for the Twins to reward the kid a little for the years and time he has given this organization, especially in a lost year like 2021. Best of luck to him. 
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    darwin22 reacted to DocBauer in 3 Things Learned About the Twins' Farm System in 2021   
    A well written OP! And I mostly agree with everything stated.
    1] While there has been some gnashing of teeth as to the Twins not selecting a P in the 1st round, I think the early results of the past few drafts have shown this FO and their scouting department have a good eye identifying arms from the 2nd round on. Not including some great to very interesting arms acquired in trades, they've brought on the likes of Enlow, Sands, Canterino, Verlander, Gipson-Long and others.
    The only bummer/downside is one that has seemingly affected most teams in that we are dealing with injuries as well as a lost 2020. I could care less about other organizations, but the Twins plan of bridging the gap from what was on hand to prospects got a big, heavy monkey wrench tossed in to the middle of the plan. Still, there is so much depth and potential it's hard to not be excited about what's coming up the next couple of years.
    2] I am going to disagree somewhat on the offensive talent in the system. While I agree an infusion of additional offensive talent might be needed, there is a difference between lack of talent and a "gap" in talent. By that I mean to state the obvious that Kirilloff, Larnach, Jeffers and Rooker...despite SSS and what anyone's opinion of their potential might be...more or less "graduated" to MLB. (With things to still prove to be sure). We also saw Rortvedt and Celestino get promoted too early, but will hopefully take their experiences and grow along with the others. 
    The Twins made a pretty concentrated effort over the past 2 or 3 drafts to bring in position players, especially in the infield. Steer and Julian are a part of those drafts. And while there may be some question as to where they will play, they are both showing versatility and mad offensive skills/potential. Holland from Auburn and Cavaco and Gray, Helman, and Mack are a collection who have all played a max of 2yrs thus far with mixed results thus far. They've also drafted OF like Keirsey, Garry Jr., Waller and Rosario since 2018 who have, again, barely played. We can also add in Sabato and Soularie as infield/OF options recently added to the system.
    Then you have to look at recent international signings from the past 2yrs who have only just hit the states.
    So while I think...without ignoring the mound...the Twins would be smart to add some additional offensive talent, I don't think they've been sleeping on adding positional talent. The only "problem" is a "gap" of positional talent created, in part, by the lost 2020 season. 
    We have to remember the 2018 picks got a short season, and then 1 full year before sitting for a season. The 2019 picks got a half year to play pro ball. Period. The 2020 picks got nothing but instructs at best. 
    Just saying, by this time next year we could be looking at the offensive potential of position player depth very differently after another instructional league and a second full season of milb. IMO, the problem may not be talent, but bad timing and the aforementioned "gap" that was created.
     
     
     
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    darwin22 got a reaction from wabene in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    Nice to see Alcala finish on a positive note without any "drama" in the 9th.  We all know Colome would've given up at least 2 or runs if he had pitched.  Time to cut bait.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from USNMCPO in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    Nice to see Alcala finish on a positive note without any "drama" in the 9th.  We all know Colome would've given up at least 2 or runs if he had pitched.  Time to cut bait.
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    darwin22 got a reaction from jun in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    Nice to see Alcala finish on a positive note without any "drama" in the 9th.  We all know Colome would've given up at least 2 or runs if he had pitched.  Time to cut bait.
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    darwin22 reacted to Monticore in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    Positive last two games. Extending Buxton is imperative.
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