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SwainZag last won the day on August 27 2019

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  1. Santana was hardly a long term solution when the Twins dealt him. He pitched very well in 88 games in the next 3 seasons and then his career was basically over. Yes, they handled it poorly, but the Mets ate almost $80M over the last 4 years of that extension where Santana pitched in a grand total of 21 games.
  2. I love Buxton and think he has all the talent in the world. By far the most pure talent Twins in a long time. But unless you give him a highly incentivized contract based on actually being on the field.....is it worth it? If it were just a shoulder problem, or a wrist that kept acting up, I think it would be different. But Byron definitely is prone to getting injured...and it's not just playing the field. He has been hurt at the plate and on the base paths as well. In the last 4 years, which IMO age 24-27 is or should be prime years for a baseball player, Buxton has been on the field a shade less than 39.5% of the time. 215 out of a possible 544 games. How many guys get injured a ton in the early parts of their career only to start getting healthy the latter portion? I doubt it's that often and is usually the other way around. Also, it's not like he was iron man before he got to the Twins either. The issue comes in, what is Buxton worth if say....he can only play 50% of the team's games? He was incredible last season when healthy but even then he had career highs across the board. He did build on a nice 2020, but it's not like he has been putting up those wild 2021 numbers for years now. The Twins discussing what to do doesn't surprise me at all. I would love for them to sign him to an extension, but I do I blame them for seeing what some other team would give up? Not one bit. I do think they are a bit between a rock and a hard spot with him though. He knows when healthy he can put up MVP type numbers. The Twins know this too. They both know he hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy in his decade in the organization. Hopefully there's a sweet spot they can agree on.
  3. I think we probably get a point where some team starts to collect the Luis Arraez type player and flips the narrative on relying on home runs for strikeouts. Obviously it's been the sexy play for the past few years, but how low are teams willing to let batting averages fall and strikeouts rise before it's not worth it anymore?
  4. What other young talent in the last 10 years have the Twins traded away or not signed? I suppose you could mean Rosario, but other than that you have to go back to Hunter and Santana and both of those happened nearly 15 years ago under a completely different front office. I am guessing either the Twins didn't think that Berrios is worth $25M+ per year long term OR they have a good feeling he wants to test free agency regardless and realized this probably is when his value is the highest and pulled the trigger. I am not sure how in the world you can call a 22 year old and the 5th overall pick LAST year who is holding his own in AA in his 1st year in the minor leagues a "failed pick." And for that matter, SWR is only 20 in AA, striking out 13 per 9. His control is a little suspect, but he is a Top 100 guy for a reason. Calling either of these guys failed picks is just crazy.
  5. Not to be too optimistic as the O's are terrible.....but that's 6 outta 7
  6. Very true, but when there are only 2 players on one side of the diamond and 5 on the other, a lot of time you don't need to rocket a ball out there to get on board.
  7. It's just the way the game has changed. You see it once in awhile, but pretty rare to see any hitter change his approach, even when staring at an extreme shift. The same goes with hitting with 2 strikes. I grew up playing you choked up on a 2-strike count and made sure you made contact. Now you seem the same swings on 0-2 as you do on 2-0. With league wide batting averages going down and strikeouts still on the rise you have to assume that we are do for change in philosophy once again. But who knows.
  8. My finger was hovering above the "stop" button on my MLB audio feed before that Ref-ie came down with that one.
  9. Good call, he played 3rd in the 8-5 win against Cleveland....I apparently didn't pay that much attention.
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