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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Andrew Mahlke in What should the Twins offer Byron Buxton?   
    Nice, well thought out and explained article Andrew.  I, personally have no idea what they should pay him.  I only know, that when he PLAYS...he's very good.  Your article lays a foundation of how the Twins (and Byron as well) should approach this.  A solid "BASE" salary, and then incentives for games played to reach an overall salary.  This protects the Twins should Byron, once again, get injured.  It also protects the potential future earnings of Buxton and would incentivize him to remain a Twin.  And look, once the Twins and Byron settle on what he's "worth" if the Twins are unable to put together a pitching staff (like the Angels with Trout) then teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox and Mets will STILL be willing to trade for him.  But as a front office, the Twins can't just let him walk.  They MUST get a deal done.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to TheLeviathan in What should the Twins offer Byron Buxton?   
    I appreciate the effort and math that went into this.  I personally would probably shave another 10% off of every tier and the base and would feel more comfortable.  I've always thought the $/WAR figures were a tad silly and even with your excellent work recalibrating them I still think it start too high.
    Great read!
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Vanimal46 in What should the Twins offer Byron Buxton?   
    This is an excellent, well thought out article about his potential contract extension. Well done! The AAV doesn’t scare me. Neither does the incentives to be honest. It’s the number of years that terrifies me.
    This negotiation is one of the most unique discussions in MLB history. There’s frankly very few, if any (I can’t think of one) examples in the past with players who have only played 100+ games once in their controllable years with a team. I’m glad my employment is not in consideration making this decision. 
    If we end up extending him through his mid 30s, we have to be very confident his newly found power is sustainable. Otherwise, halfway through that contract he’ll become an anchor in the organization instead of the beaming light of hope he is today. 
    If I were Derek Falvey, I would try like hell to make that extension 5 years or less. I’m way more comfortable with the potential of losing him at 32/33, rather than being contractually obligated to him through 35. 
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to tony&rodney in What should the Twins offer Byron Buxton?   
    Where was it that there was an article stating that the actual correct number for WAR was just over $4 million? Fangraphs?
    Buxton would be wise to sign for 7/$140 million. If the Twins can get a 7/$80 million base, they should absolutely go really high with incentives.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Rosterman in What should the Twins offer Byron Buxton?   
    I haven't figured out the best spot to bat Buxton in the order. Of course, it would help if there were better batters to put around him.
     
    Too often people equate speed with stealing bases, but a lot of it is taking that extra base and testing a fielder, or coming home on a sacrifice.
     
    You have to figure the Buxton camp almost wants to see the arbitration process. He will, undoubtedly, go forward towards the $10 million mark. What the Twins offer for their end will go along ways towards Byron playing ball with the Twins.
     
    His next alternative is to take a qualifying offer at the end of 2022. Buxton's best bet would be to be a trade piece during the season, which means a team will pay "how much" for half a season of play.
     
    Buxton and his agent know full well that if Byron has a good, solid 2022 season, he can easily get $100 million for 4 years. If he excels, maybe even push that envelope more. Four years pushes him into an arena of another contract, as a corner outfielder. Would that multi-year contract exceed, say, $33 million for three more seasons?
     
    The Twins best bet would be incentive LOOOOOONG-TERM contract, like the 7/$133 fielded above with play incentives on top of that. There was no reason for Byron to take the Twins 2021 mid-season offer of many many years and around $80 million or so with LOTS of incentives.
     
    He is playing purely for 2023 at this point, with hopes that he stays healthy all season and has production going on around him.
     
    We all ask "how much is enough" and so many of us, in a similar situation, would not want to be taken advantage of. Yet a team CAN only focus so much of their salary on a single player and, sadly, with Buxton there are questionable futures attached. 
     
    It is sad that in baseball there is no crying, but it all comes down to money in so many players and how they see their love of the sport. 
     
     
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to dex8425 in What should the Twins offer Byron Buxton?   
    Thanks for this, was a pleasure to read. 7/133 actually seems more than fair to Buxton. I wouldn't make him the highest paid player in baseball. He's not Mike Trout, because Trout has actually proven he can stay healthy and win MVP's. 
    7/133 would be a huge gamble for the Twins. If Buxton wants more than that I'd honestly try and trade him this offseason. 
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Doctor Gast in What should the Twins offer Byron Buxton?   
    Andrew, love your article! Love your common sense backed up with unbias data. I encourage you to write as often as you can because you're a pleasure to read and to disarm any false ideas out there. 
    This is a fair contract (the # of years could be tricky), no more fooling around. Get it done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BTW, what has been offered?
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Karbo in A 21-22 Offseason Idea   
    It's a good plan.  Well thought out and well laid out.  I have a couple suggestions of what I would do instead:
    I keep Donaldson and trade Arraez to the A's in a package for Frankie Montas.  I keep Garver, and trade Jeffers and Larnach to the Marlins for Sandy Alcantara.  I would still be interested in signing Jon Gray/Mike Pineda to the above mentioned contracts.  I'd also consider Eduardo Rodriguez as a FA.  But I add one of those three guys.  I prefer Rodriguez first, Gray second and Pineda third.  Maybe I sign someone like Andrew Heaney cheap.  because of the dependence on two young pitchers in Ryan and Ober, the Twins will need to bring in "several" arms and consider a 6-man rotation to limit the innings of Ryan and Ober.
    Rotation:  Alcantara, Montas, (Gray/Pineda, Eduardo Rodriguez), Ryan, Ober.  (Depth:  Dobnak, Balazovic, Winder).  
    I love the idea of signing Knebel.  he and Rogers are my Co-Closers.  
    I trade Lewis Thorpe .8 trade value to the Cardinals for SS Paul DeJong 1.0 value (Baseball trade Values).
    C  Garver
    1B  Kiriloff
    2B  Polanco
    3B  Donaldson
    SS  DeJong
    LF  Austin Martin/Jose Miranda
    CF  Buxton
    RF  Kepler
    DH  Sano
    I save the Cory Seager money (I think he resigns with the Dodgers).  Keeping Donaldson still allows me to sign Knebel.
    I think a team constituted like this can compete for another division title and maybe even win a darn playoff game.  But I still like what you put together as well.  
     
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to TwinsDr2021 in Which Free Agent Starter Fits the Twins?   
    IMO, Ray, Rondon, Matz are the best fits.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from TheLeviathan in A 21-22 Offseason Idea   
    It's a good plan.  Well thought out and well laid out.  I have a couple suggestions of what I would do instead:
    I keep Donaldson and trade Arraez to the A's in a package for Frankie Montas.  I keep Garver, and trade Jeffers and Larnach to the Marlins for Sandy Alcantara.  I would still be interested in signing Jon Gray/Mike Pineda to the above mentioned contracts.  I'd also consider Eduardo Rodriguez as a FA.  But I add one of those three guys.  I prefer Rodriguez first, Gray second and Pineda third.  Maybe I sign someone like Andrew Heaney cheap.  because of the dependence on two young pitchers in Ryan and Ober, the Twins will need to bring in "several" arms and consider a 6-man rotation to limit the innings of Ryan and Ober.
    Rotation:  Alcantara, Montas, (Gray/Pineda, Eduardo Rodriguez), Ryan, Ober.  (Depth:  Dobnak, Balazovic, Winder).  
    I love the idea of signing Knebel.  he and Rogers are my Co-Closers.  
    I trade Lewis Thorpe .8 trade value to the Cardinals for SS Paul DeJong 1.0 value (Baseball trade Values).
    C  Garver
    1B  Kiriloff
    2B  Polanco
    3B  Donaldson
    SS  DeJong
    LF  Austin Martin/Jose Miranda
    CF  Buxton
    RF  Kepler
    DH  Sano
    I save the Cory Seager money (I think he resigns with the Dodgers).  Keeping Donaldson still allows me to sign Knebel.
    I think a team constituted like this can compete for another division title and maybe even win a darn playoff game.  But I still like what you put together as well.  
     
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to DJL44 in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    Both Atlanta and San Diego would be interested in Garver. Seattle might also want him.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to tony&rodney in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    Yes, I agree the A's are not interested in a catcher. They want infielders and sluggers. I'm not sure what to add to Arraez and Rooker, but would give Duffey, maybe Dobnak  and a minor leaguer like Steer or Cavaco.
    The idea we agree on - add pitching. I looked at the trade value site months ago but while it has some value the GM's almost certainly have totally different views on players. Garver is the perfect example. While I really think Jeffers will improve, Garver is clearly a better player for now and the next two to three years. The Twins could strike early with a few trades like what we hope to see and even overpay if necessary to complete the deals.
    Buxton's contract, however, is a key and may put a hold on things. I'm afraid if the Twins need to trade Byron that they might find it difficult to return the value they need from losing his talent. The Twins would need to allow teams an opportunity to talk contract with BB to increase his value. Hopefully the Twins are on this right now because getting resolution is not too important for the player but is crucial for the team.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Sconnie in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    I've commented on this several times as well.  With the Marlins as a trade target, the Twins have both Garver and Jeffers who should be VERY interesting to Miami.  MLB Trade values currently has Garver at 18.1 and Jeffers at 27.9.  If the Twins are looking for someone like Sandy Alcantara it would take Jeffers and Larnach.  I'd do that.  If the Twins are willing to go for someone like former Golden Gopher Max Meyer (28.1) Jeffers in a one-for-one swap pretty much does it.  If the Twins want to go BIG and ask for Meyer AND Sixto Sanchez (9.5) then a little something extra would need to be added with Jeffers.  The thing is, Jeffers is a solid defensive catcher with power (14 HR's in under 300 PA's) whose younger with more years of team control.  The Marlins catching situation is a disaster and one they will need to address this off season.  Is Jeffers really worth more than Garver ?  I don't think so either, but it depends what the Marlins think.  With Rortvedt about a year away, I see the Twins dealing Jeffers and picking up a Jason Castro type for a backup.  The Marlins have an embarrassment of riches with young pitching and a black hole at catcher.  Larnach is just the type of young hitter a team desperate for offense should take a chance on.  I'd hate to part with Larnach, been a fan ever since I saw him get clutch hit after clutch hit in leading Oregon state to an NCAA baseball title.  But his value is much higher than Kepler's, so Kepler is worth more to the Twins at his currently depressed value, making Larnach available.  Maybe Max figures out what he needs to do to hit better, maybe not, but the Twins can't trade guys like Kepler or Buxton when their current value is so low.
    I trade Jeffers to the Marlins in a package for young SP.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from se7799 in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    I've commented on this several times as well.  With the Marlins as a trade target, the Twins have both Garver and Jeffers who should be VERY interesting to Miami.  MLB Trade values currently has Garver at 18.1 and Jeffers at 27.9.  If the Twins are looking for someone like Sandy Alcantara it would take Jeffers and Larnach.  I'd do that.  If the Twins are willing to go for someone like former Golden Gopher Max Meyer (28.1) Jeffers in a one-for-one swap pretty much does it.  If the Twins want to go BIG and ask for Meyer AND Sixto Sanchez (9.5) then a little something extra would need to be added with Jeffers.  The thing is, Jeffers is a solid defensive catcher with power (14 HR's in under 300 PA's) whose younger with more years of team control.  The Marlins catching situation is a disaster and one they will need to address this off season.  Is Jeffers really worth more than Garver ?  I don't think so either, but it depends what the Marlins think.  With Rortvedt about a year away, I see the Twins dealing Jeffers and picking up a Jason Castro type for a backup.  The Marlins have an embarrassment of riches with young pitching and a black hole at catcher.  Larnach is just the type of young hitter a team desperate for offense should take a chance on.  I'd hate to part with Larnach, been a fan ever since I saw him get clutch hit after clutch hit in leading Oregon state to an NCAA baseball title.  But his value is much higher than Kepler's, so Kepler is worth more to the Twins at his currently depressed value, making Larnach available.  Maybe Max figures out what he needs to do to hit better, maybe not, but the Twins can't trade guys like Kepler or Buxton when their current value is so low.
    I trade Jeffers to the Marlins in a package for young SP.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to tony&rodney in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    Garver is the best of the three and I would hazard a guess that other teams put a higher value on Garver than Jeffers. The hope is that the Twins are better next year, at least above .500 and hopefully in a dead heat for the AL Central lead. In order to improve the team needs starting pitching. Miami and Oakland seem to be two possible trade partners and I'm looking at Alcantar and Meyers from Miami and Montas or Bassitt from Oakland. The question is what do the other teams need and want. Garver, Larnach, Sands, + for Alcantara and Meyers? If the Twins can settle the Buxton contract, then Celestino or others to sweeten the deal? Miami fans are suggesting Lopez for Abrams and Campusino from San Diego. It all gets a little crazy as we play with who would benefit our Twins and what players would be attractive to another team from the Twins roster.
    Garver is a good player and worth keeping, but at some point the Twins need to attempt to gain a pitcher. If Miami prefers Jeffers, who I believe will improve next year and beyond, then substitute Jeffers in the trade.
    Lastly, Rortvedt is the best defensive catcher of the three and he can make some adjustments at the plate. He is a mighty strong dude and seems to want to crush everything. A little experience, manage the swing, and he can become a decent hitter, in my opinion.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from DocBauer in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    I've commented on this several times as well.  With the Marlins as a trade target, the Twins have both Garver and Jeffers who should be VERY interesting to Miami.  MLB Trade values currently has Garver at 18.1 and Jeffers at 27.9.  If the Twins are looking for someone like Sandy Alcantara it would take Jeffers and Larnach.  I'd do that.  If the Twins are willing to go for someone like former Golden Gopher Max Meyer (28.1) Jeffers in a one-for-one swap pretty much does it.  If the Twins want to go BIG and ask for Meyer AND Sixto Sanchez (9.5) then a little something extra would need to be added with Jeffers.  The thing is, Jeffers is a solid defensive catcher with power (14 HR's in under 300 PA's) whose younger with more years of team control.  The Marlins catching situation is a disaster and one they will need to address this off season.  Is Jeffers really worth more than Garver ?  I don't think so either, but it depends what the Marlins think.  With Rortvedt about a year away, I see the Twins dealing Jeffers and picking up a Jason Castro type for a backup.  The Marlins have an embarrassment of riches with young pitching and a black hole at catcher.  Larnach is just the type of young hitter a team desperate for offense should take a chance on.  I'd hate to part with Larnach, been a fan ever since I saw him get clutch hit after clutch hit in leading Oregon state to an NCAA baseball title.  But his value is much higher than Kepler's, so Kepler is worth more to the Twins at his currently depressed value, making Larnach available.  Maybe Max figures out what he needs to do to hit better, maybe not, but the Twins can't trade guys like Kepler or Buxton when their current value is so low.
    I trade Jeffers to the Marlins in a package for young SP.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    I've commented on this several times as well.  With the Marlins as a trade target, the Twins have both Garver and Jeffers who should be VERY interesting to Miami.  MLB Trade values currently has Garver at 18.1 and Jeffers at 27.9.  If the Twins are looking for someone like Sandy Alcantara it would take Jeffers and Larnach.  I'd do that.  If the Twins are willing to go for someone like former Golden Gopher Max Meyer (28.1) Jeffers in a one-for-one swap pretty much does it.  If the Twins want to go BIG and ask for Meyer AND Sixto Sanchez (9.5) then a little something extra would need to be added with Jeffers.  The thing is, Jeffers is a solid defensive catcher with power (14 HR's in under 300 PA's) whose younger with more years of team control.  The Marlins catching situation is a disaster and one they will need to address this off season.  Is Jeffers really worth more than Garver ?  I don't think so either, but it depends what the Marlins think.  With Rortvedt about a year away, I see the Twins dealing Jeffers and picking up a Jason Castro type for a backup.  The Marlins have an embarrassment of riches with young pitching and a black hole at catcher.  Larnach is just the type of young hitter a team desperate for offense should take a chance on.  I'd hate to part with Larnach, been a fan ever since I saw him get clutch hit after clutch hit in leading Oregon state to an NCAA baseball title.  But his value is much higher than Kepler's, so Kepler is worth more to the Twins at his currently depressed value, making Larnach available.  Maybe Max figures out what he needs to do to hit better, maybe not, but the Twins can't trade guys like Kepler or Buxton when their current value is so low.
    I trade Jeffers to the Marlins in a package for young SP.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Tim in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    I've commented on this several times as well.  With the Marlins as a trade target, the Twins have both Garver and Jeffers who should be VERY interesting to Miami.  MLB Trade values currently has Garver at 18.1 and Jeffers at 27.9.  If the Twins are looking for someone like Sandy Alcantara it would take Jeffers and Larnach.  I'd do that.  If the Twins are willing to go for someone like former Golden Gopher Max Meyer (28.1) Jeffers in a one-for-one swap pretty much does it.  If the Twins want to go BIG and ask for Meyer AND Sixto Sanchez (9.5) then a little something extra would need to be added with Jeffers.  The thing is, Jeffers is a solid defensive catcher with power (14 HR's in under 300 PA's) whose younger with more years of team control.  The Marlins catching situation is a disaster and one they will need to address this off season.  Is Jeffers really worth more than Garver ?  I don't think so either, but it depends what the Marlins think.  With Rortvedt about a year away, I see the Twins dealing Jeffers and picking up a Jason Castro type for a backup.  The Marlins have an embarrassment of riches with young pitching and a black hole at catcher.  Larnach is just the type of young hitter a team desperate for offense should take a chance on.  I'd hate to part with Larnach, been a fan ever since I saw him get clutch hit after clutch hit in leading Oregon state to an NCAA baseball title.  But his value is much higher than Kepler's, so Kepler is worth more to the Twins at his currently depressed value, making Larnach available.  Maybe Max figures out what he needs to do to hit better, maybe not, but the Twins can't trade guys like Kepler or Buxton when their current value is so low.
    I trade Jeffers to the Marlins in a package for young SP.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Karbo in Let Me Talk About Catchers   
    I've commented on this several times as well.  With the Marlins as a trade target, the Twins have both Garver and Jeffers who should be VERY interesting to Miami.  MLB Trade values currently has Garver at 18.1 and Jeffers at 27.9.  If the Twins are looking for someone like Sandy Alcantara it would take Jeffers and Larnach.  I'd do that.  If the Twins are willing to go for someone like former Golden Gopher Max Meyer (28.1) Jeffers in a one-for-one swap pretty much does it.  If the Twins want to go BIG and ask for Meyer AND Sixto Sanchez (9.5) then a little something extra would need to be added with Jeffers.  The thing is, Jeffers is a solid defensive catcher with power (14 HR's in under 300 PA's) whose younger with more years of team control.  The Marlins catching situation is a disaster and one they will need to address this off season.  Is Jeffers really worth more than Garver ?  I don't think so either, but it depends what the Marlins think.  With Rortvedt about a year away, I see the Twins dealing Jeffers and picking up a Jason Castro type for a backup.  The Marlins have an embarrassment of riches with young pitching and a black hole at catcher.  Larnach is just the type of young hitter a team desperate for offense should take a chance on.  I'd hate to part with Larnach, been a fan ever since I saw him get clutch hit after clutch hit in leading Oregon state to an NCAA baseball title.  But his value is much higher than Kepler's, so Kepler is worth more to the Twins at his currently depressed value, making Larnach available.  Maybe Max figures out what he needs to do to hit better, maybe not, but the Twins can't trade guys like Kepler or Buxton when their current value is so low.
    I trade Jeffers to the Marlins in a package for young SP.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from roger in Settling in at Shortstop   
    This will be a hot topic of conversation throughout the off season.  For a while I have felt that Lewis would end up in the OF and not at SS.  Martin has the potential to help at SS but his ability to play other positions makes him more of a Chris Taylor type...in the lineup nearly every day, but deployed all over the field.  With the current logjam of infielders (Polanco, Arraez, Gordon, Miranda, Martin, Palacios and possibly Lewis)  I see the Twins trading Arraez in a package for starting pitching.  Arraez still has pretty solid trade value and we have a glut of talent coming up that I feel makes him expendable (plus Rocco refuses to make him our leadoff guy so why not trade him for pitching).  Simmons will probably be a better hitter next year.  How much better ?  Guys like Story and Baez are tempting because they are VERY GOOD fielders who have some POP.  The top off season priority is signing Buxton to a long term deal.  The second priority is signing/trading for 2-3 SP's who are GOOD (not Happ or Shoemaker types).  If Pineda is brought back on a reasonable deal the Twins have #3---#5 set (Pineda, Ryan, Ober).  With Dobnak there is some depth and then they track Balazovic and others to see if they're ready.  That means they need to sign a FA (Ray, Rodon, Gausman, Stroman etc...) and TRADE for one SP ( an Alcantara type---young and talented and who will take some heavy prospect value...Jeffers and Larnach as an example).  THEN they have to figure out what their plan is at SS.  A big splash like Story or Baez?  Or a stop gap like DeJong (great suggestion) or Iglesias, Galvis etc...   The Twins were a MESS this year.  But the A.L. Central is WIDE OPEN.  The White Sox are not a LOCK to repeat.  The Twins FO has an opportunity to retool this roster in a strategic and effective fashion.  Their jobs depend on it.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Minny505 in Is Trevor Larnach Better Than His Stats?   
    I'm with you Minny.  My trade is Larnach and Jeffers to the Marlins for Sandy Alcantara.  The deal is reasonable:  Alcantara 56.6 and Jeffers 27.9  Larnach 28.7 (total 56.6).  It doesn't need to be THAT trade specifically but THAT is the kind of deal the Twins need to be making.  It's time to part with some "prospect capital" and get some actual major league pitching talent.  My catchers next year would be Garver and Rortvedt.  You have to GIVE something to GET something and while Jeffers is tough to part with, the Marlins desperately need a real catcher.  We need a starter.  The Marlins need offense and Larnach could be a good candidate to provide it.  Players like Arraez also need to be dangled in a trade to acquire SP.  We have Polanco, Gordon, Austin Martin, Miranda and Palacios as possible 2B-Men/Utility.   Arraez (as much as I like him) is redundant on the current roster.  Leverage him to add talent elsewhere.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Rosterman in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    A player on a 40-man roster, when removed, either becomes a free agent, is claimed on waivers, or clears waivers and you can send them to the minors if you wish and they are under contract.
     
    The Twins have 20 position players currently on the 40-man. Two are on the 60-day IL. Expect Rortvedt, Jeffers, Garver to stay, as well as Sano, Kirilloff, Polanco, Arraez, Donaldson, Gordon as infielders. Larnach, Buxton, Celestino, Kepler as outfielders. That's a magic 13, with two doomed to go to the minors.
    Cave will be arbitration bound. Rooker is younger and can play 1B, the corners, and DH. The Twins have no set DH for the moment. The importance right now of Garlick and Refsynder depends on the stock you put in Kerrigan or Contreras as possible outfielders. Both can be grabbed in the Rule 5, but doubt that they will be.
     
    The Twins need to add Royce Lewis and Jose Miranda. They also need to make a decision on Trey Cabbage. I believe Jermaine Palacios and Wander Javier could walk if they wish.
     
    The Twins will no doubt be on the hunt for experienced catchers to play at AAA, be interesting to see who they go after. Jair Camargo has lots of play for his young years and can leave the organization after next season. Caleb Hamilton is also on the bubble. You have to ask the necessity of Willians Astudillo to stay on the 40-man. Will some team grab him? Part of his value is that he can be catcher.
     
    The trick is knowing you have some guys like Kerrigan, Contreras in the minors. That you can sign Drew Maggi to another minor league contract, as well as B.J. Boyd, and quite possibly Refsnyder or Garlick. Again, you do keep a couple of fringe names on the 40-man, players you can jettison if you need to add a free agent (and hopefully not Brandon Waddell).
     
    I expect 18 names of the above being kept, with three being minor league adds. Last year the Twins signed some 33 people to play at AA/AAA minor league ball. Let's see how active they are this year, or can they at least get more prospects in St. Paul.
     
     
     
     
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Brock Beauchamp in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    Tampa/Oakland have zero championships in the past 20 years.
    Yankees/Dodgers have two championships in the past 20 years.
    Perhaps there are other ways to win.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Brock Beauchamp in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    The Twins were at a financial disadvantage in the latter days of the dome but they definitely weren't Tampa.
    Brad Radke: 1995-2006
    Torii Hunter: 1999-2007
    Johan Santana: 2000-2007 (signed through 2008)
    Michael Cuddyer: 2002-2011
    Justin Morneau: 2003-2013 (signed extension at least two years before TF)
    The Twins were a revolving door of players through a lot of the mid- to late-90s but that's typical of a bad team. Through the 80s, they retained many of their good players. Through the 2000s, they retained many of them at least one year beyond free agency, oftentimes more than one year.
    Tampa doesn't even keep their guys until free agency.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Brock Beauchamp in 40-man roster decisions, part 1: position players   
    Ughhhhh I cannot state how much I hate this brand of baseball thought. Who cares if Polanco has "peaked"? He's a good player and the Twins need good players. Every team needs good players.
    Tampa is an extremely well-run franchise but they're also a bunch of empty uniforms. There's a reason the fanbase is non-existent. They're also a ****ing scam. Their entire payroll budget is roughly what they received in national television revenue from MLB this season. They're raking in money hand over fist and deserve huge ridicule for it. They pull the crap they do on their fans because they want to, not because they need to.
    As a fan, I want my team to be good and I want to cheer on players I recognize and like. The Twins do not need to operate like Tampa. No team needs to operate like Tampa, including Tampa.
    There are times it makes sense to trade good players. I didn't have an issue with the Berrios trade due to the short-term incompetence of the team and the return on the player. I didn't love trading Berrios but understood it was a reasonable baseball move.
    But it's a big jump to go from Berrios to trading a good, cost-controlled player in his prime like Polanco. That would just straight-up piss me off.
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