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  1. Baez also makes sense in attempting to lure Berrios back when he hits free agency. More likely we sign Simmons back for 1 year at $2M, and hope to see a prospect by the middle of the season. I think they go cheap and temporary at SS. More likely make a splash at starting pitching, after trying to go cheap and temporary last winter w/Happ and the Shoeless one.
  2. Simmons put on the restricted list yesterday? Does he have covid again?
  3. Totally fair argument. I disagree, but your side has merit. I am probably more upset with the end of the season, no games for 6 months, and a suck year, after barely any ball last year. So many unknowns, and zero confidence this front office nails it this off season.
  4. I guess I am asking too much from our front office to trade the Jays Stewarts Gonzalves's of the org and not the Ynoas & Gils. C'mon man. This is why they get paid. Trade the Alex Meyers when the Nationals traded him to us. You are making my point. We seem to be on the wrong end of many of these. We should be trading the Smeltzers, not acquiring them. We should be trading the Caves, not acquiring them. I can't name a diamond we uncovered for a bag of balls. We've certainly received some bags of balls for some diamonds in recent years. The only good returns we've received is from trading good players. All of us fans with no front office experience could have gotten good returns for Pressly/Escobar/Cruz and Berrios.
  5. Why do you advocate for trading minor league pitchers? I'd say our organization has no business trading minor league pitchers until we field a group of 5 starters that can keep us in games. I mentioned Ynoa because he was another very young pitching prospect we traded for what turned out to be nothing. As you say - you trade pitching like Tampa - or how about the Dodgers dealing us Smeltzer. For whatever reason we've accumulated way too many 25-26 year old AAAA guys - potential maybe 5th starter guys. We then compounded the Gil/Cave error, by choosing to keep Cave over Wade, and here we are watching the Yankees giving Gil a starting rotation position at 23 years old. Same age as Balazovic. The Yankees see something they like very much in Gil, that is obvious or he'd be in the minors.
  6. Gil is still 2 years younger than Ryan - 3 years younger than Barnes and Ober - is there an "eye" test anymore? How about trading Ynoa? Same mistake. No, these are not the type of pitchers you trade for bench players. Strotman we just got in the Cruz trade is 2 years older than Gil right now. He is the type of pitcher you trade. Not electric, not 19, not for a bench player.
  7. Gil has quite an arm. This kind of arm should not be traded at 19 years old, especially for a 4th outfielder. Not sure any of us needs hindsight to make this claim. Live young arm for a 25 yr old 4th outfielder. Wasn't wise then, and looks worse now.
  8. Good comment. I do agree with Guns in that the current FO inherited a decent squad of talent. It had the makings - and up until this off season, and this year, the new FO team was on a good trajectory. We'll see where they take us from here. Need to really hit on a couple youngsters. Ryan & Ober look for real. Hope for a couple more to rise up next spring.
  9. I guess I am ready to agree with both sides of this argument, and I'll let next year decide for me what I think of the front office. So far, I am not a fan of this front office and I am not a Rocco believer, but I was as ready as anyone to replace TR - and was just as stumped by some Molitor decisions as I am of Rocco's.
  10. Not to mention we'd have lost last nights game if not for Rortvedt blocking balls. No way Jeffers blocks 100% of those. I love the defensive catcher. Rortvedt blocks everything and has a cannon.
  11. Simmons continuing to get SS everyday is a mystery. Not least valuable, but perhaps the greatest disappointment to me is Max Kepler. Just awful stats this year for him.
  12. Envisioning a good rotation in 2022 is a dream of mine as well. Reality is - on paper, last winter envisioning a good rotation in 2021 seemed more plausible. A 1/2/3 of Berrios/Maeda and Pineda sounded a whole lot better than the potential 2022 rotation of Ober/?/? Seems as we look at it today, the foundation of our vision for the 2022 rotation is hope and good fortune. Hopefully we hit on 2 or 3 of the young prospects. 2021 was a bust on that front (Smeltzer/Dobnak/Thorpe). Hopefully we hit on the FA market. 2021 was a bust on that front (Shoemaker and Happ). Hope and Good Fortune. Here we go again.
  13. I do not understand the shortstop agenda here - we continue to play Simmons, and we apparently have long given up on Gordon or he'd be getting a chance. You'd think Palacios or Javier would get some sort of shot - both needing to be added to the 40 man. I do believe both these kids get picked off this winter if not protected. Javier had former hype (like Baddoo) - Palacios will hit 20hr's, and has the glove potential. What are we doing in this organization at this crucial position? I see nothing. I take it we hope to resign Simmons to a team friendly deal for next year? ugh ugh and more ugh. I have an idea, give some youngster a shot, right now, why not?
  14. I hope so! I am concerned we are rebuilding, and no one is telling us this. #1 off season priority is signing Buxton. All other priorities should be signing pitching.
  15. Well, I guess you take that up with the TD staff and writers. I do think it is fair to hammer Falvey and Levine over this season. Maybe each individual player we lost is nickel and diming, but in the end it was a suck year and it is their fault. Gil and Ynoa were the biggest 2 sickening failed evaluations, and I can't help but think that is what keeps Cave on the roster - which makes one mistake become two.
  16. Whines is a pretty strong indictment against your fellow brethren here during one of the biggest failed seasons ever according to expectations. I just want them to keep the ones that seem to magically be excellent the minute they don another jersey. Identify talent and coach it up, and construct a winning roster. It is quite fair to whine about the failure this year. We aren't in the player personnel department. We are in the rabid fan department.
  17. We've missed on many the last few years. Reed isn't one of them. However I agree it's been very frustrating to see "our guys" succeed on other team's the last couple years - Littell and Wade, and seeing the Giants success ticks me off. The Cave/Gil trade ticks me off. Giving Ynoa away ticks me off. If other teams can pull guys off our scrap heap, I expect we should be able to do the same. So far, fail.
  18. Hmmm is right. Last night another example of why we should cut Simmons. Gordon said in the interview he played a lot of short in St Paul while he was down. Got to believe Simmons goes soon. Why not give short to Gordon for the last 40 games?
  19. I agree with this. Not sure why Simmons still plays - not sure why Cave and Refsnyder play ahead of Gordon and Larnach. Not sure why most are down on Rookers potential, and not sure why we aren't calling up some 2021 rule 5 guys like Miranda?
  20. I hope they are right. I'd like Gordon to be here and play. Not sure about sending Larnach back down? Bad call I think.
  21. Reading this made me smile. Great take, I like each of these players a lot. Begs the question, if we are offered a ton of pitching for either Polanco or Arraez do we do it? Both these guys need to be in the lineup everyday. I love both, we do have depth as you describe, and others - we could list another 4 or 5 good looking, hopefully shortstops, but maybe not. Thanks for the positive piece!
  22. I cannot believe we go much longer w/Simmons at short. Give someone a look please. Who do we have that is rule 5 eligible coming up that plays short? Give him a look. Give Gordon a look. This Simmons thing is frustrating.
  23. Agree with this - other than the take on Arraez. I am old enough to recall the same take on Carew - but back then it was a positive. I disagree with many of the new paradigm's. The value, or lack thereof in the singles hitter. I also can see the same potential in Arraez that Rodney reached in '77. As to Rocco, lets hope all of this years troubles pay dividends next year for him, and he is provided with quality pitching.
  24. Who do you think decided to start Burrows last night? I'm betting the front office. Who decided Colome was our April closer instead of Rogers? Who is deciding our best contact hitter and lead off batter wouldn't get a position? Arraez gets a few more ab's and he just might win the silver slugger - and he is our utility player. I simply was attempting to give Rocco some benefit of the doubt here. He is tentative during games. Must be someone looking over his shoulder - or he thinks so.
  25. To add - I was as done with Terry Ryan as most, but it seems to me Terry didn't micro manage the on field game stuff. Watching most games this year, I feel like Rocco is being told what to do more often than not. This front office wants to manage games and I think that's a problem.
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