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  1. At least no one has brought up Lewis yet. I have seen comments in the past that Lewis is heir apparent at SS and it could be next year or after. Not sure that is viable option. Handful of games since 2019 with a knee injury doesn't bode well for a SS position that has to move quickly and plant throw etc. SS needs to be addressed with a long term (meaning not a one year deal) FA acquisition. If Gordon is the better option, then make it so if you don't acquire anyone. You need stability on a diamond with C, SS & CF. We have 2 out of 3, who is SS that solidifies the group. Very easily could have 1 out of 3 if Buxton moves on
  2. Pay him what he wants, how about pay for 36% of what he is worth since he doesn't play more than that in last 4 years. What he wants and what he deserves are millions apart. No faith in the guy who had one out of this world month in his career.
  3. didn't realize that he was also bugs bunny and pitching in the game at same time. Polanco at short doesn't equal 100 losses
  4. Interesting to say the least about bumping floor to $100MM but it doesn't necessarily work to force the hands of taxpayers and benefit them. Pirates are prime example (live outside the city) and the disgust of the organization and how bad they are year in and year out. Taxpayers built a stadium for them and then a new "sheriff" bought the team. He runs it to solely make money as it is his business to do so. There is no investment by him to be better than just turning a profit year over year. They are MiLB team in MLB clothing. The potential upside is that he may be forced to sell the team if he doesn't get to threshold or the beer prices will be $20 per 12 oz very soon. Fans pay the price all around no matter what
  5. Lewis hasn't played a game since 2019, and really only a handful of guys played in 2020 if you want to call alternate site games for development. 2021 injured with a knee and don't really care who you are a knee is easily a year of recovery. So that puts him back to square one for 2022 and spring training. Hasn't played above AA and I don't see him being on the MLB roster till at best 2023. Yes you can rehab, work out to stay in shape but there is game shape that has to come into play. 2 years gone, he isn't the golden child answer anytime soon to solve our SS woes. So you start him at AA and see how he fairs at AAA to handle playing everyday and can his body hold up. Minor league stats of 45 errors and fielding .955 needs some improvement.
  6. older vets are looking for one year pay me deals and not worried about the following years. They will chase the money. Not worried about finding vets to fill spots, the right dollar figure brings them in
  7. Catcher is the least of our concerns. All about pitching depth for this team
  8. Nothing mgmt does at this point makes perfect sense. Waste of a move that Gordon was sent down for a cup of coffee at Saints for what about a week. You already have a bench utility and Milb roster filler on the team in Astudillo, so really no need to have two on the bench. Simmons is gone in about 45 days when season ends, would rather let him be the bench guy at the moment and let Gordon prove his worth.
  9. Not a bad thing for Larnach hit the reset button. It worked for Jeffers by getting off to terrible start in April and spent a month in St. Paul for May. Since his return, he has moved his stats upward and looks more like he did last year. So for Larnach, use the time down there to take a breath, work on some confidence with positive at bats and get ready for 2022.
  10. Leave him in St. Paul if you aren't going to use him. Left handed bat vs a righty for Cleveland is right up the stat sheet spreadsheet sweet spot for Rocco. Simmons isn't the difference maker in winning games. Give me some Gordon to see what he can do as his 40 man spot/option are on the line for next year
  11. Lineup for tonight's game (8/17) is out and Gordon is riding the pine once again. What a waste of time to bring him up to chew gum and get some splinters. Upside for him is getting paid big league money to keep the bench warm. The love affair with Simmons, will it ever end? Sure hope it isn't until October
  12. I like the Gordon move to AAA to get the reps most likely at SS/2B and not so much in the OF. Let him play the rest of August and then in September bring him back to see how he plays those positions. Simmons can be moved to bench player and farewell pack on the back tour for rest of the season.
  13. He may have less power than Lewis but Lewis has less games played. Throw injured players out of the rankings at least internally until they play x amount of games. For some to project Lewis as MLB roster 2023 seems pretty far fetched. Not saying Martin is knocking on the door for next year but next year should be fun to see how guys play out when they play
  14. Twins should capitalize on overpay scenarios, especially from Padres and/or Blue Jays. What price will be enough for Twins to make the move? Fly on the wall in the trade bunker office for the Twins would be a fun day. I think you get something less impressive for Pineda, Robles and Duffy would be arms for the future but don't think it will be anything that knocks our socks off. Buxton move would be interesting, don't see them parting ways with him at this time. I'd like for Berrios to go NL vs AL
  15. Larnach is more promising than Celestino and Cave isn't really a long term solution. Boot Celestino back to Saints and Cave can be on his farewell tour for August and then his time is on the pine for the get to know the call ups month of September
  16. Jeffers as with any player will benefit from playing daily. I have been a big fan of day on, day off catcher rotation Rocco incorporates. The benefit for Jeffers that last few days has been the playing time. He has played 6 of the last 7 days hitting .285 during that stretch. So is he that kind of bat from an avg perspective? Could be as I like his approach, patient, sees pitches and has some pop. K rate is higher than anyone would like, some of that I think is he misses the one pitch he is looking for, fouling it off and then battles with 2 strikes. Got off to a horrible start in April but has battled back from that to move the needle in the right direction. I'm still on board with his trajectory of being a very serviceable catcher at the bigs level.
  17. the most valuable trade asset would be if another team views him as such and he can be a solution. Yankees who need OF help come to mind. So yes for them and let's see if there is anything we value for in return from the Yanks
  18. For Berrios does it come down to one simple question... Are you in or are you out? Simple in words but not so simple to execute. If the Twins believe they are in to compete for division next year and he is the cornerstone, can't call him an Ace because I don't think he is one. Then Twins have to make him an offer that would be in the $20MM - $25MM a year. If he is considered at age 27 the start to his prime years, then let's do a 3 year deal for $75 with option for year 4. That gets him to his age 30-31 year and let's see how we can close out the remainder of his career in Twins uniform at that time. If he balks at such a deal, then move him. Free agency is a tricky one where a player has to bet and bank on himself and for himself. Twins on the other hand have to show Berrios that they are in for the next year by not blowing up the team if they want him to stay. That could mean get the Buxton deal done now to show Berrios we are moving forward and not blowing it all up. If Berrios truly believes he is the Ace, the Man on the Hill then stroke his ego and name him the #1 for next year if he has signed a deal. Give him strong incentives to boost his pay annually and his year 4 salary would be based on his base plus escalators. For example: Cy Young, Playoff MVP, WS etc. He gets for example $1MM for MVP, $3MM for Cy Young and $5MM for WS title during those 3 years, then his year 4 kicker would be $25MM + the award money becomes his base salary. Pipe dream sure, but nice to wish for nice things
  19. If Berrios was to go to Yankees, only way I would do it would be to get 3 players in return at a minimum. Give me any 2 of the 4 pitchers that they have on their 40 Man - Abreu, Garcia, Gil and Gomez. The 3rd player would be 40 Man player in minor league SS - Peraza. That has to be the starting point for me. Don't want a guy with arm issues so obviously you have to be a little gun shy on that front in any trade. Berrios on Yankees wouldn't be their ace of the staff so the haul in return might not be worth it.
  20. am I missing something, but don't see Donaldson on the list anywhere?
  21. Buxton isn't worth the move at the moment, but I don't mind moving him in the off season. Career .247 hitter and lucky/unlucky injury upon injury doesn't give me the warm and fuzzy he can last 100 games per year. I can't justify $20MM a year for 60% game action. Rogers would be interesting move to bring something in return that is close to be ready, what that would be, not my job. Could you get a SS on the rise, SP or RP to make us for a 2 for 1 deal? Maybe. Berrios is the prize but is he a true ace on a staff? This year yes on Twins, but other contenders he would most likely be a solid #2 or #3 rotation guy, maybe #4 depending on the staff. So his haul in return fluctuates on perception and trade partner. Here I would demand back in return 4 for 1 deal: SS, SP, SP & RP. 3 out of the 4 top 100 prospects from said team we partner with and 2 have to be in top 20 in their system.
  22. top 20 prospect list really is 13 guys since we have 7 in the injured category. I know you need a list but kind of worrisome that almost half aren't playing for injury reasons. Ouch
  23. Hah is correct, point to you sir. I would imagine we will see Rooker after the trade deadline I would think. Brining Cave back to bigs, is very questionable move. Play Gordon in CF to spell Kepler and you have Rooker, Larnach and Kiriloff on rotation in the corner spots. Cave has to be odd man out
  24. living in western PA (Pittsburgh suburbs), Fedko was a small school high school player (meaning it was a Single A Private Catholich High School) so the quality of competition was quite limited at the level. Never thought he was something more than that but he did have a solid career at UCONN. UCONN not really a baseball powerhouse in the Big East but was D1 Baseball. His father was a local news TV sports personality who rubbed many a people the wrong way. He somehow became the Athletic Director for Vincentian Academy where his son played baseball on the promise to raise funds for all sports and raise the level of competitive athletics for the school. Never happened and he got the boot. Just food for thought, doesn't mean the kid is bad egg though
  25. Rooker is your righty at bat for the outfield and you send Celestino back down to AAA for at bats. Cave doesn't need to be called back up, doesn't bring anything better to the outfield mix that is already there. Garver catching for a few innings is nice to see, how does his body recover from playing a full game at catcher will be interesting to see. This opening line makes me laugh... With Jake Cave, Mitch Garver, Brent Rooker, and Willians Astudillo in the lineup for the Saints on Tuesday, this one played out just like you might expect when putting a lineup of major leaguers out against one of minor leaguers... Let's see, Cave 1 for 2, Garver 0 for 3, Rooker who has been with AAA for almost the whole year was the stud and Astudilo 0 for 4. 2 guys did all the damage.
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