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    Karbo reacted to mikelink45 in Where Do the Twins Depth Arms Stand?   
    If none of these pitchers make it on the roster next season it will mean that we really are getting better.  If they are part of the team we have not climbed back out of the hole we are in. 
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    Karbo reacted to Linus in Where Do the Twins Depth Arms Stand?   
    It will be a long season if we count on any of the pitchers listed as primary contributors. 
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    Karbo reacted to Danchat in Where Do the Twins Depth Arms Stand?   
    I'm torn on Stashak. I'd be bad if they DFA him just to see him revert back to his usual self, somewhat like what happened to Littell. But does he have enough upside to be worth keeping around? It seems unlikely he becomes a high leverage reliever here... though give him to the Rays and he'll become their closer.
    Thorpe and Smeltzer can go, neither have the stuff and Thorpe is brittle as heck and is out of options. I've had enough of the soft-tossing lefty starters. Jax and Barnes are debatable, but I don't think they are MLB starters and can be DFA'd without many problems. They could be worth having as rotational depth in AAA, but is that worth a 40 man spot?
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    Karbo reacted to bean5302 in Where Do the Twins Depth Arms Stand?   
    I'd boot Thorpe, Smeltzer and Barnes off the 40 man. Gant and Stashak to the bullpen. Dobnak and Jax to AAA.
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    Karbo reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Who Survives the Twins Pen Shakeup?   
    Going into the offseason, I'd plan on a bullpen of:
    Rogers
    Duffey
    Thielbar
    Alcala
    Moran
    Gant (iffy on this, could easily be Garza or Farrell in his place)
    Free Agent
    Free Agent
    I wouldn't hesitate to drop guys left and right in favor of younger pitchers with more upside and free agent signings. I don't expect the Twins to run out and give someone Hendriks money but at least one guy should be paid May money ($7-8m per) to stabilize the pen.
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    Karbo reacted to roger in Who Survives the Twins Pen Shakeup?   
    Should be interesting discussions in the FO, however, no where near as interesting as solving the starting pitching problems.
    I expect the Twins will/should begin the process by signing one top late inning guy.  Not picking up Colome's option (it is a team option, isn't it?) would give them a big part of the cost to bring in late inning pitcher X.  Combine X with Duffey and a healthy Rogers and you have a nice 8th and 9th inning trio.  Alcala and Thielbar make it a fivesome which stretches it back to the seventh inning.  Expect Gant will be in the pen as a long reliever, which he should be effective as.  Speaking of Rogers and Duff, I expect they will have discussions about extensions with each...or at least they should.
    Can see the remaining two spots manned by some combination of the guys they have in house along with a couple AAAA types picked up over the winter.  Who knows, maybe they can find lightening in a bottle like with Wistler two years ago.  Moran has options. What about Minaya, Garza, Farrell and Coloumbe?  If they do, expect several of this group could begin their seasons in St. Paul with one or two filling out the Twins pen.  They also expect Cody Stashak to be healthy next year, don't they?  Assuming he returns to pitch like 2019, he could be one of the leaders for the last two spots.     
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    Karbo reacted to gunnarthor in Ranking What Went Right for the 2021 Twins   
    While I like the returns for Cruz and Berrios, that's obviously not a "what went right" discussion since we had to flop to move those two.
    I'd put Polanco and Donaldson on the what went right from our lineup guys. And Garver looked good when healthy as has Buxton.
    In the minors, Miranda looks great, as Bean noted, and I'm a little excited about Cabbage's play, admittedly, I've always overvalued him but I really hopes he makes it. Balazovic continued to look good as did Winder when healthy. 
    And on the young guys side, Ober looks like he can pitch in the majors and while Jax doesn't, it was impressive what he was able to do with all the time lost over the years. Kiriloff will be a solid MLer. Maybe not a constant all-star but he should be a solid, middle of the order bat for years to come. 
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    Karbo reacted to MGM4706 in Ranking What Went Right for the 2021 Twins   
    Bottom Line is that RARELY has a team went deep or to the Series without an Ace. So until there is an effort to get an Ace and a #2  (Now that Berrios is gone) the Twins will struggle. Pretty simple! 
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    Karbo reacted to mikelink45 in Ranking What Went Right for the 2021 Twins   
    I am puzzled by what to put here.  Polanco is definitely the best bat.  Larnach got figured out and seemed to give up - can he come back?  Alcala always seems on the verge and then bombs.  Kiriloff has a great bat, but he is like Buxton - an IL specialist.  Ober is another great story and a positive.  Let's hope he can continue this as they scout every detail of his pitching.  Jeffers regressed and Garver keeps teasing us.  Sano takes off half a season and blossoms when it is too late - do we trust him?  Griffin Jax is a wonderful story, but not a wonderful pitcher so far.  Who will be SS?  Is Miranda a mirage?  Can we please move on from Jake Cave?  The management of our 4 inning starters is still a sore point for me.  I want a new manager and I want 7 inning starters.  When things go bad do we have the coaches that can correct it on the fly?  Is there a reason that pitchers do better in other organizations?  Is Rooker really this bad?  
    Let's see Ober and Polanco - I need a third person.  Well tune in later. 
     
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    Karbo reacted to Nashvilletwin in Ranking What Went Wrong with the 2021 Twins   
    Poor fundamentals was a big part of this season’s downfall. 
     
    They played like poop in the preseason and it continued right on into the regular season. 
     
    Regardless if everything else goes right  re injuries, decent starts, etc., it’s hard to win consistently if the team plays poor fundamentals baseball. 
     
    IMO, that’s on Rocco and the staff. And, as the team probably will be getting younger going forward, I’m questioning if Rocco is the right manager to lead this team in 2022 and beyond. 
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    Karbo got a reaction from glunn in Ranking What Went Wrong with the 2021 Twins   
    #1- FO Missing on their evaluations of pitchers signed as free agents
    #2-Injuries to key players
    #3a-Poor coaching decisions most notably early on in the season 
    #3b-Slow starts and off seasons for a few key players
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    Karbo got a reaction from Aerodeliria in Ranking What Went Wrong with the 2021 Twins   
    #1- FO Missing on their evaluations of pitchers signed as free agents
    #2-Injuries to key players
    #3a-Poor coaching decisions most notably early on in the season 
    #3b-Slow starts and off seasons for a few key players
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    Karbo reacted to PDX Twin in Max-imizing Kepler's Value   
    Kepler came up through the Twins' system during the Terry Ryan era. My recollection is that the Twins were much more focused on hitting the ball hard to all fields in those days, which explains the high average in the high minors. But now he seems to have bought totally into the "hit it as hard as I can to right field" philosophy and it has (IMO) ruined him at the plate in exchange for a few extra HRs each year. Can he go back to his foundations? Should he?
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    Karbo got a reaction from roger in Max-imizing Kepler's Value   
    I agree that the shift is killing Max. He is a good athlete that should be able to beat the shift. Yes bunting down the 3rd base line would be one way, but why can't our hitting coaches help him learn to go with the pitch the other way to left field? I really believe if he could improve that he would get more pitches he could pull and use some of his power to right again. I think a .270 avg. with 15-20 homeruns would look a lot better then his present stats, and with a few more base hits to left (or bunt singles) he's shown he has the ability to steal a few bases.
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    Karbo got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Max-imizing Kepler's Value   
    I agree that the shift is killing Max. He is a good athlete that should be able to beat the shift. Yes bunting down the 3rd base line would be one way, but why can't our hitting coaches help him learn to go with the pitch the other way to left field? I really believe if he could improve that he would get more pitches he could pull and use some of his power to right again. I think a .270 avg. with 15-20 homeruns would look a lot better then his present stats, and with a few more base hits to left (or bunt singles) he's shown he has the ability to steal a few bases.
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    Karbo got a reaction from Mark G in Max-imizing Kepler's Value   
    I agree that the shift is killing Max. He is a good athlete that should be able to beat the shift. Yes bunting down the 3rd base line would be one way, but why can't our hitting coaches help him learn to go with the pitch the other way to left field? I really believe if he could improve that he would get more pitches he could pull and use some of his power to right again. I think a .270 avg. with 15-20 homeruns would look a lot better then his present stats, and with a few more base hits to left (or bunt singles) he's shown he has the ability to steal a few bases.
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    Karbo got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Max-imizing Kepler's Value   
    I agree that the shift is killing Max. He is a good athlete that should be able to beat the shift. Yes bunting down the 3rd base line would be one way, but why can't our hitting coaches help him learn to go with the pitch the other way to left field? I really believe if he could improve that he would get more pitches he could pull and use some of his power to right again. I think a .270 avg. with 15-20 homeruns would look a lot better then his present stats, and with a few more base hits to left (or bunt singles) he's shown he has the ability to steal a few bases.
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    Karbo got a reaction from GV14218 in Max-imizing Kepler's Value   
    I agree that the shift is killing Max. He is a good athlete that should be able to beat the shift. Yes bunting down the 3rd base line would be one way, but why can't our hitting coaches help him learn to go with the pitch the other way to left field? I really believe if he could improve that he would get more pitches he could pull and use some of his power to right again. I think a .270 avg. with 15-20 homeruns would look a lot better then his present stats, and with a few more base hits to left (or bunt singles) he's shown he has the ability to steal a few bases.
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    Karbo got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Three Questions Awaiting the 2022 Twins   
    Pitching, pitching, and more pitching.
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    Karbo reacted to beckmt in Who is your top position player FA target?   
    I would rather see if Martin is ready and role multiple players thru SS.  That will get us another year to Lewis or Palacous,  We need to spend money on pitching.  To me we have to extend Buxton or we might as well go to a 3 year plan.  I am more in a trade mode to identify a pitcher (Marlins, Cleveland, TB) and send Kepler and others for a decent starting pitcher.  Most players on the Twins are decent moneywise, so it could work.
    For the SS if you are going to buy one, I would look higher up the list, Baez might just get a QO and accept it.
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    Karbo reacted to chpettit19 in Who is your top position player FA target?   
    Javy Baez. Gold glove defense at SS and will be the cheapest of the "big name" SSs that will allow for the Twins to sign more pitching. 
    Don't want to add Seager to the list of walking wounded that populate the top of the Twins talent list even though I think he's the best player available. Love Story, and trust his glove, but think he'll make more than Baez and don't know if I'd want to be the one to pay to see what he is on a team that doesn't play 81 games a year in Denver. But if he's comparable contract wise to Baez he may be my pick. Correa is in the same boat as Seager. Better than Baez and Story, but injury waiting to happen. I think Semien re-signs with Toronto so he doesn't make my list. 
    No other position players peek my interest. SS or bust for me. Starling Marte is intriguing, though.
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    Karbo got a reaction from farmerguychris in 4 Concerns with Josh Donaldson’s Off-Season Trade Value   
    I would keep JD rather than eat salary and trade him. He is still a good player, and I like his attitude. I think its good to have a veteran with some fire in the clubhouse. I have heard no criticism about his attitude internally. Honestly, I think sometimes he's the only vet that really has some fire in him.
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    Karbo got a reaction from chpettit19 in 4 Concerns with Josh Donaldson’s Off-Season Trade Value   
    I would keep JD rather than eat salary and trade him. He is still a good player, and I like his attitude. I think its good to have a veteran with some fire in the clubhouse. I have heard no criticism about his attitude internally. Honestly, I think sometimes he's the only vet that really has some fire in him.
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    Karbo got a reaction from gunnarthor in Three Questions Awaiting the 2022 Twins   
    Pitching, pitching, and more pitching.
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    Karbo reacted to Whitey333 in Three Questions Awaiting the 2022 Twins   
    I would think that a last place ball club with no enthusiasm, poor fundamentals, sporadic offense, poor fielding, and almost no pitching, should mean everything and everybody is on the line.  To simply pencil in names next year due to name recognition, implying they are good would be very foolish indeed.
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