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    stringer bell got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Did Nick Gordon Do Enough?   
    Three things: 1) Ehire Adrianza was (and is) a legitimate shortstop. That factor increases his value greatly. Gordon can't make that claim. 2) Not sure about this, but if Gordon has no options remaining, trying to send him to the minors probably would end his time in Minnesota. 3) Adrianza and Gonzalez are both switch hitters without discernible platoon splits. Gordon hits left handed and isn't a great fit for (limited) platoon duty, especially with Arraez around without a regular postion.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from ashbury in Settling in at Shortstop   
    Both players changed teams at the trade deadline, why didn't you include the entire year for both? If you want to make an argument to bring either player in maybe they should be considered for the same period of time.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from wabene in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    I think Refsnyder is a certain drop. He has no minor league options,  did not even hit at replacement level, he's no longer considered an infield option and he's 30. Yes, he hit for a couple weeks, but that appears to be an aberration. If the team can sign him to a minor league contract, he could try his luck in St. Paul again and see if the injuries pile up as they did this year. 
    I haven't mentioned Cave either. He's a capable outfielder, but his hit tool seems broken. To be a backup outfielder who would be penciled in for occasional starts on a corner, you have to be somewhat of a threat with the bat and Cave has hit worse than a backup catcher. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from wabene in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    Larnach is listed twice in the list above. If we are adding Lewis, another certain add is Miranda, correct? I think Garlick is let go and the Twins will shop Rooker pretty hard. I could see the scenario for both Astudillo and Garlick where they are taken off the 40-man, but offered minor league deals with spring training invites. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from DocBauer in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    I think Refsnyder is a certain drop. He has no minor league options,  did not even hit at replacement level, he's no longer considered an infield option and he's 30. Yes, he hit for a couple weeks, but that appears to be an aberration. If the team can sign him to a minor league contract, he could try his luck in St. Paul again and see if the injuries pile up as they did this year. 
    I haven't mentioned Cave either. He's a capable outfielder, but his hit tool seems broken. To be a backup outfielder who would be penciled in for occasional starts on a corner, you have to be somewhat of a threat with the bat and Cave has hit worse than a backup catcher. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from DocBauer in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    Larnach is listed twice in the list above. If we are adding Lewis, another certain add is Miranda, correct? I think Garlick is let go and the Twins will shop Rooker pretty hard. I could see the scenario for both Astudillo and Garlick where they are taken off the 40-man, but offered minor league deals with spring training invites. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from Sconnie in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    I think Refsnyder is a certain drop. He has no minor league options,  did not even hit at replacement level, he's no longer considered an infield option and he's 30. Yes, he hit for a couple weeks, but that appears to be an aberration. If the team can sign him to a minor league contract, he could try his luck in St. Paul again and see if the injuries pile up as they did this year. 
    I haven't mentioned Cave either. He's a capable outfielder, but his hit tool seems broken. To be a backup outfielder who would be penciled in for occasional starts on a corner, you have to be somewhat of a threat with the bat and Cave has hit worse than a backup catcher. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from mikelink45 in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    I think Refsnyder is a certain drop. He has no minor league options,  did not even hit at replacement level, he's no longer considered an infield option and he's 30. Yes, he hit for a couple weeks, but that appears to be an aberration. If the team can sign him to a minor league contract, he could try his luck in St. Paul again and see if the injuries pile up as they did this year. 
    I haven't mentioned Cave either. He's a capable outfielder, but his hit tool seems broken. To be a backup outfielder who would be penciled in for occasional starts on a corner, you have to be somewhat of a threat with the bat and Cave has hit worse than a backup catcher. 
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    stringer bell reacted to Brock Beauchamp in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    Given how this season has gone and the way the roster is built, I wouldn't hesitate to clean house in the outfield. I'd drop Garlick, Refsnyder, Cave, Astudillo, and Rooker. I'd keep Gordon because I think he has real potential as a 10/11 man and he's actually kind of key to my outfield plans...
    If Gordon is a legit CF backup, maybe I keep a right-handed bat like Refsnyder or Rooker (I lean toward Refsnyder due to the glove but Rooker's bat is far more potent). If Gordon is not a legit backup CF, I ditch all the corner guys and go sign a competent defensive backup CF for a million bucks.
    Basically, it's time to move on from no-position corner guys taking up well over half the team's positional roster space. This team needs more balance than it has had in the past and that means sacrificing a little offense for defensive competency on the bench.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Ch-ch-changes?   
    My first choice would be Trevor Larnach. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from mikelink45 in Ch-ch-changes?   
    My first choice would be Trevor Larnach. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from Melissa in Solving the Twins Opening Day Riddle   
    I think a non-roster infielder makes the Twins team to start 2021. Arraez is a good offensive player who plays an acceptable second base. I think he can be deployed occasionally in left field with little negative effect and can probably give a healthy Josh Donaldson a few days off at third, but he will be a defensive liability anywhere but second. I don't think Arraez is anything more than a stopgap at shortstop. 
     
    With the departure of Marwin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianza, the Twins have a hole to fill--finding competent and versatile defenders--Riddle, Romine and Lin all seem to fit the bill. Each would appear to have a different strength. Riddle having the superior glove at shortstop, Lin perhaps with the most offensive upside and Romine the most versatile and most experienced and a switch hitter. I think there is a position to be won by one of the three.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from mikelink45 in Eddie or Miguel or Byron or Max? You choose   
    Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Even after 4-5 years in the majors, players take different trajectories in their career. I have seen analysis that Eddie will not age well, I certainly don't know if that is true. It seems that being healthy in 2020, he was able to improve his overall stat line from 2019 and not many Twins were able to say that. 
     
    Rosario is a free agent after this year and he plays a position where the Twins have many of their best prospects on the cusp of playing for the big team. The other three players won't be free agents until later and Buxton plays a key defensive position. Kepler and Sanó both are under contract with cost certainty. 
     
     
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    stringer bell got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in What Are We Going To Do About This Hand Twin Thing?   
    An eloquent eulogy and also a reminder of what is important in life and relationships. As someone about a generation advanced from you, I've experienced losing loved ones and the sudden passing of friends and it is never easy. We always look back and think how we could be a better friend or loved one and hopefully modify our ways to keep in contact with those who aren't in our immediate circle.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from Parker Hageman in What Are We Going To Do About This Hand Twin Thing?   
    An eloquent eulogy and also a reminder of what is important in life and relationships. As someone about a generation advanced from you, I've experienced losing loved ones and the sudden passing of friends and it is never easy. We always look back and think how we could be a better friend or loved one and hopefully modify our ways to keep in contact with those who aren't in our immediate circle.
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    stringer bell reacted to theBOMisthebomb in Fleeting Second: Brian Dozier’s Awesome Flash   
    Dozier will be in the Twins Hall of Fame, and deservedly so. He was their best player for 5 years, won a Gold Glove, and had one of the best individual Twins seasons ever. Top that off with being a fan favorite and a man of high moral character.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from jud6312 in Minnesota Twins: 5 reasons for caution (the hay isn't in the barn yet)   
    I'll put it this way--how many players had their best season last year? For sure, Garver, Kepler, Berríos, Odorizzi, Polanco, May, Duffey and Rogers. Can we expect a number of these mostly young veterans to continue to get better? I don't think so, as a matter of fact, it might be a career year for a number of those guys. Among the players who were here last year,there aren't many who we can expect to be measurably better and there are a number of regression candidates.
     
    I think the Twins will continue to be good because they brought in more talent. They have a deep starting rotation, deep bullpen and a very good starting lineup. I doubt they'll win 100 again, but I think they should be favorites to win the division and perhaps get deeper into October. Nothing is guaranteed. They need to play with a chip on their shoulders.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from Sconnie in A Tortoise or the Rake? Minnesota’s Final Player   
    I agree with the comments above. For the role of 13th position player, Astudillo is the better fit, although he's not the better player.
     
    Most likely, both guys will be in the majors more than the minors due to injuries. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from woolywoolhouse in A Tortoise or the Rake? Minnesota’s Final Player   
    I agree with the comments above. For the role of 13th position player, Astudillo is the better fit, although he's not the better player.
     
    Most likely, both guys will be in the majors more than the minors due to injuries. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from DocBauer in A Tortoise or the Rake? Minnesota’s Final Player   
    I agree with the comments above. For the role of 13th position player, Astudillo is the better fit, although he's not the better player.
     
    Most likely, both guys will be in the majors more than the minors due to injuries. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in A Tortoise or the Rake? Minnesota’s Final Player   
    I agree with the comments above. For the role of 13th position player, Astudillo is the better fit, although he's not the better player.
     
    Most likely, both guys will be in the majors more than the minors due to injuries. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from CUtomorrownight in Starting Pitcher Analysis: Lewis Thorpe   
    First and foremost, it isn't fair to judge a pitcher from just 27 innings, as you said. Secondly, IMHO, the swing and miss rate negates the low spin rate. He's getting swings and misses and Ks. 
     
    If I recall correctly, Thorpe seemed to be a victim of nerves leading to to crooked numbers. The other thing I remember is sailing along and then encountering an inning where he couldn't get anyone out. Bad luck? Different stuff out of the stretch? Lack of trust in his stuff? 
     
    Regarding FIP and xFIP, some pitchers never can pitch to what would be predicted for them--Ricky Nolasco comes to mind--but usually ERA tends to normalize near those indicators. If Thorpe could pitch close to those marks, I think he'll be an asset for this year and years to come. 
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    stringer bell got a reaction from RDLARK in Starting Pitcher Analysis: Lewis Thorpe   
    First and foremost, it isn't fair to judge a pitcher from just 27 innings, as you said. Secondly, IMHO, the swing and miss rate negates the low spin rate. He's getting swings and misses and Ks. 
     
    If I recall correctly, Thorpe seemed to be a victim of nerves leading to to crooked numbers. The other thing I remember is sailing along and then encountering an inning where he couldn't get anyone out. Bad luck? Different stuff out of the stretch? Lack of trust in his stuff? 
     
    Regarding FIP and xFIP, some pitchers never can pitch to what would be predicted for them--Ricky Nolasco comes to mind--but usually ERA tends to normalize near those indicators. If Thorpe could pitch close to those marks, I think he'll be an asset for this year and years to come. 
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    stringer bell reacted to Cody Pirkl in What History Tells Us About Third Basemen Moving to First Base   
    Yeah I agree. I've heard a lot of talk about Sano losing his greatest strength as a fielder being his arm by moving to first base. While he's got an absolute cannon, almost half of his errors were on throws. While that doesn't mean learning to scoop and whatnot will be easy, if you eliminate those errors and the range he has to cover to be effective, he could cut down on some mistakes.
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    stringer bell got a reaction from bighat in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    At the end of May, I said that Schoop had been inconsequential, since his offensive production was almost completely done when the Twins were comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind in games. He provided some key hits and defensive plays, but mostly remained inconsequential as mostly a spare part after Arraez was promoted. He was, by all reports, a good teammate and a positive presence. Good luck to him in 2020 and beyond.
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