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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from DocBauer in Who is your top position player FA target?   
    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.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to wsnydes in Who is your top position player FA target?   
    This is what I'm worried about.  The biggest reason that I'd like them to go long term at SS is because I fear they'll go ultracheap on a short term deal.  If they're going to do that, I think I'd rather they just start the prospect on Opening Day.  Going ultracheap just seems like a total waste to me.
    And I agree that they're more likely to make a splash on pitching.  
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    In My La Z boy reacted to chpettit19 in Who is your top position player FA target?   
    I wouldn't be surprised by that outcome at all. I think their main goal in a SS signing is a glove that can support the young pitching coming up, and Simmons is still the best in that regard if they're doing a short, cheap deal. So I think that's abundantly possible.
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from wsnydes in Who is your top position player FA target?   
    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.
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from chpettit19 in Who is your top position player FA target?   
    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.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Dan Engebretson in Twins Roster Moves - 2021   
    Simmons is on the restricted list because he cannot travel to Canada (more accurately, cannot travel outside the US) without resetting the progress he has made in becoming a permanent US resident.
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Aerodeliria in How quickly we Forget   
    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. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Dodecahedron in 4 Concerns with Josh Donaldson’s Off-Season Trade Value   
    Donaldson will be here for a while, and that's a good thing.  His numbers are good, his fire is good.  His public statements this year on pitching helped improve the entire game of baseball.  People who will speak truth to power are rare, when you find one of them hold onto them.
    And I like that home run video, for what that's worth.  I am assuming that umpire was calling a very bad game.  
    As for his health, it's amazing how a losing season suddenly sees players sitting out more often.  Only two players have played more games than Donaldson this year for the Twins.  I wouldn't worry about his health.  Of the 57 players who have been on the 40-man roster this year, Donaldson has been on the field more often than 55 of them.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to mikelink45 in 4 Concerns with Josh Donaldson’s Off-Season Trade Value   
    We were the team that put the value on him.  Pay and play rather than pay and trade.  It makes no sense to eat part of his salary unless it gains us an amazing pitcher. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to tony&rodney in 4 Concerns with Josh Donaldson’s Off-Season Trade Value   
    I'm not sure how you arrived at #4, personality. I watch and/or listen to too many Twins games and I do not see any problems whatsoever. Because I have never met JD and do not know him it seems odd to me to include personality in your post. Health is the only item that slows down Josh Donaldson at this time. He and Jorge Polanco are the only two steady figures right now for the Twins lineup. I do wonder if JD can play an effective 1B to add to his play at 3B and use as a DH. There needs to be a place to try Jose Miranda and Alex Kirilloff next season if they are with the team.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Tim in 4 Concerns with Josh Donaldson’s Off-Season Trade Value   
    I think you have to let him play it out. He's such a boom or bust player with the injuries .. At the moment you'd be selling low and eating a TON of money for not much in return.
    The best option the Twins have his to pray that he stays healthy the next few years and hope a team at the deadline in the  talks themselves into taking on the remaining portion of his contract. It's not like the Twins are getting a player that hampers them when he plays too .. Still a very solid option at 3rd.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Nashvilletwin in Who is in your 2022 Opening Day Lineup?   
    Assumptions:
    1. Twins understand who they are: a mid market team that went all in over the past two seasons and failed (both financially and in the standings). 

    2. Ownership and the FO know that they don’t have the pitching talent or currently the $ necessary to solve the pitching, particularly with Buxton being resigned. 

    3. The team’s roster of promising young players, both in the field and on the mound, will need to be developed in 2022 in order to develop the talent and financial space to open a new window for 2023-2025.
    4. Buxton is resigned. That’s a must. So with Donaldson, Kepler and Sano still on the team, there is not enough $ to go top end on a FA SS or SP. That’s the reality. So the question for those three players is who is going to be on the 2023 roster? 
    The assignment was opening day lineup in 2022 - I’ll give you end of year as well.
    C - Garvers, Jeffers (and Rortvedt). Two are always on the team, but all three are needed through the year. All three are around at the end of the year (but one of them, most likely Garver, could be moved at the deadline). 
    1B - Kiriloff. Starting and ending.
    2B - Polanco. Starting and ending.
    SS - FA.  Lewis is not ready and the depth in the FA market is too good to pass up for solving the SS market for three years. 
    3B - Arraez/Miranda. Donaldson is moved. We won’t get all the $ back, but it’s a sunk cost anyway. His trade value will not be any higher than over the off-season based on his strong September. Arraez starts the year and Miranda gets the call early in the year at some point. 
    DH - Sano. He gets another year to prove he can hit .240, 40 dingers, and 100 RBIs.  
    INF Util - Gordon. In reality, Arraez, Gordon Polanco and Miranda all are available to play multiple INF positions (with Arraez and Gordon also available for the OF) based on injuries, rest, and in game strategy/decisions.
    LF - Larnach/Martin. Larnach starts in LF but the goes to RF. See below.
    CF - Buxton. This has to happen. 
    RF - Kepler/Larnach. Kepler gets the start but is moved by the TD (to make room for Martin, create $, and receive quality and controllable BP help or minor league SP in return). 
    OF Util - Celestino. He is defensively very strong and can play CF when BB gets hurt.
    By the end of 2022, this lineup of 13 position players is balanced in terms of defense, offense, youth, veterans, flexibility and pay. It will be ready to compete in 2023. 
    As an aside, I’m not sure Rocco is the guy to lead this team given its relative youth and the importance of the ongoing development of the younger players. 
     
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from sjunisu in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    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. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from sjunisu in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    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. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Dman in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    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. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    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. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    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. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to shortround81 in Accolades to Griffin Jax!   
    At least one Twin will win an award this year. Joking aside, this is pretty cool he got to be the first Twin to win this. Thank you for your service, Griff!
    Jax Wins Award
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    I’m as guilty as anyone, but we should hold off on calling these “lottery tickets” this upcoming offseason. Other teams are cashing in nicely on them, and with too much regularity, and that’s not how the lottery operates.  
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Cap'n Piranha in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    Celestino was bad this year.  He was also a 22 year old with 24 total games above High A being told to play center field in the majors.  Look at what he's done in AAA since he's been there (where he should be at this point in his career)--.909 OPS, 144 wRC+.  For what it's worth, that's not too far off of Jose Miranda, who is the no-doubt MiLB player of the year for the Twins.
    Larnach, despite all his struggles, still put up an 89 wRC+ in the bigs as a 24 year old who hadn't played ball in 18 months.  His wRC+ has been above 139 at every stop in the minors before this year, which is better than Nelson Cruz' career wRC+.  His slump is concerning, but to write off either of these guys, much less both, as career bad 4th outfielders before they turn 25, and after a combined 360 MLB PAs is just ridiculous.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to LastOnePicked in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    What role did Cave play in those titles that a replacement-level free agent, or LaMonte Wade even as a rookie, couldn't have provided? It's just so unwise to trade a promising pitching prospect for a 4th outfielder.
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Aerodeliria in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    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. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Trade Retrospective: Who Won the Jake Cave/Luis Gil Trade?   
    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.
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from operation mindcrime in How quickly we Forget   
    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. 
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