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This proved to be an unpopular opinion on Twitter, but I guess I just don't see how the Twins find themselves in contention again by 2023 if they trade an established and good #2 starter like Berrios. This team continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel for the back-end of the rotation, and we're due to lose Big Mike during/after this season as well. This team clearly can't compete effectively without better pitching, and I'm much more optimistic about getting the bullpen turned around in a year or two than I am about the rotation. Call me pessimistic about this one, but if they trade Berrios this year, I foresee them slipping out of contention for more than a couple of years for no other reason than the hole in the rotation will be too big to fill in a single season.
Don't get me wrong — I'm not really an advocate for forfeits, mercy rules, etc., but I do understand that a large portion of the gripes and complaints people have had with baseball in recent years has revolved around the idea that games take too long and that the games are "boring." I vehemently disagree with that position, but if that's something MLB is still going to try and address (rather than just marketing their sport better), then forfeits and mercy rules sure seem like any easy update. I'd much rather that than them continuing to mess with the ball year after year.
You know, I'm really not the type of person who's all about increasing the pace of play or anything like that (I don't see an issue with the length or cadence of games, personally), but the second a position player is considered for a pitching appearance, the game should just end. You're very clearly rolling over at that point and saving your bullpen for a better day, so why continue the game at all? In short, we need to normalize forfeiting games when they're massive blowouts!