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    BritishTwinsFan got a reaction from Battle ur tail off in Josh Donaldson Trade Options   
    I don't like trading Donaldson. 
    He is an impact player and a statement of intent. As successful as they are, the Twins shouldn't try to be the Rays or A's where nobody gets paid. If Berrios Or Buxton or Kirriloff or Larnach etc etc see their free agency coming and the organization is not paying anyone real money why do they even think about committing themselves to the team. Imagine being a Glasnow type player and knowing that the better you perform the more likely it will be that you are traded away and regress outside of the successful environment. Look at Snell- underutilised to promote trade value, and not allowed to become a star in Tampa. Gets traded to the Padres and underperforms, ultimately looking bad.
    Then look at it like you are a free agent. You've battled through arbitration and are ready to sign get paid, play for a contender, and have security going forward. That doesn't work if you are worried that two years in they will dump you for little reason and you play out your contract somewhere you didn't choose. 
    Trade someone when their value is high or in the last months of a contract. Trading Donaldson when his value is highest for the Twins is nonsensical. You eat the money, get nothing back, and hurt your reputation. His calf specialist in in Minnesota meaning his injuries are probably best managed here. Plus the Twins don't have a natural thirdbaseman without him. 
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    BritishTwinsFan got a reaction from Dman in Injuries Don’t Excuse How Bad This Twins Team Has Been   
    It didn't work out but look at it
    Outside the Kiriloff left field hole to start the season that is exactly what the Twins had. A projected defensive powerhouse left sided infield with masters in those positions. Same with centrefield and right field. Sano who is pretty good at first, Garver and Jeffers as good catchers. I'm sure you are talking about Astudillo who is lovely to have on the bench to cover injuries but shouldn't be starting in the field or relied on to hit. Arraez is serviceable alongside Polanco defensively. Then Cave who fits the role of the 4th outfielder on a team with a strong DH- There for cheapness, defense and flexibility but again isn't an everyday starter. 
    Then in the bullpen on paper you have 3 closers- Rogers and Robles projected to return to 2019 form, and then Colome who WAS a shutdown guy last season, looked a bargain at half the 2020 price and should have suited the defensive infield. Building the roster you are balancing cost with upside and expected performance. Colome even with some regression built in looked good, you can't predict his cutter stopping working based on available data. High leverage situations aren't always the 9th so its good to have flexibility rather than one superstar you are scared to waste or gas. 
    Coming into spring the Twins had Speed (Buxton, Cave Polanco), Defense (Donaldson, Simmons, Buxton), Reliable hitting/Patient hitting (Cruz, Donaldson) plus strikeout guys like Robles in the bullpen. 
     
    In terms of the players called up for depth Refsynder, Gordon, Larnach have all done well. Bullpen depth perhaps not but a lot of the guys were projects that maybe didn't get the time before being pressed into service. Even with starters there were 7/8 guys set to go opening day. I'm not sure with the budget *And Knowledge* available that there could have been much else done on roster construction. My view is early bad form, surprises and injuries got the Twins behind where the pressure mounted and the fundamentals fell apart. E.g. the infield Errors have been too high but I'm not sure how that could be predicted preseason. 
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    BritishTwinsFan got a reaction from chpettit19 in Injuries Don’t Excuse How Bad This Twins Team Has Been   
    It didn't work out but look at it
    Outside the Kiriloff left field hole to start the season that is exactly what the Twins had. A projected defensive powerhouse left sided infield with masters in those positions. Same with centrefield and right field. Sano who is pretty good at first, Garver and Jeffers as good catchers. I'm sure you are talking about Astudillo who is lovely to have on the bench to cover injuries but shouldn't be starting in the field or relied on to hit. Arraez is serviceable alongside Polanco defensively. Then Cave who fits the role of the 4th outfielder on a team with a strong DH- There for cheapness, defense and flexibility but again isn't an everyday starter. 
    Then in the bullpen on paper you have 3 closers- Rogers and Robles projected to return to 2019 form, and then Colome who WAS a shutdown guy last season, looked a bargain at half the 2020 price and should have suited the defensive infield. Building the roster you are balancing cost with upside and expected performance. Colome even with some regression built in looked good, you can't predict his cutter stopping working based on available data. High leverage situations aren't always the 9th so its good to have flexibility rather than one superstar you are scared to waste or gas. 
    Coming into spring the Twins had Speed (Buxton, Cave Polanco), Defense (Donaldson, Simmons, Buxton), Reliable hitting/Patient hitting (Cruz, Donaldson) plus strikeout guys like Robles in the bullpen. 
     
    In terms of the players called up for depth Refsynder, Gordon, Larnach have all done well. Bullpen depth perhaps not but a lot of the guys were projects that maybe didn't get the time before being pressed into service. Even with starters there were 7/8 guys set to go opening day. I'm not sure with the budget *And Knowledge* available that there could have been much else done on roster construction. My view is early bad form, surprises and injuries got the Twins behind where the pressure mounted and the fundamentals fell apart. E.g. the infield Errors have been too high but I'm not sure how that could be predicted preseason. 
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    BritishTwinsFan reacted to Otto von Ballpark in Twins Roster Moves - 2021   
    I don't think Buxton will be coming back today -- he DH'ed last night, and the plan was for him to play CF for St. Paul tonight.
    So if Refsynder indeed goes on the IL, I expect we'll see Celestino again for a game or two.
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    BritishTwinsFan reacted to chpettit19 in Who gets fired for this?   
    You're trying to build a fantasy team. You're ignoring a lot of other things. The Pohlads always say they're willing to increase payroll, yet it never happens. You think the FO told them they want to spend less money? Find that hard to believe. And signing Brantley (one of the best pure hitters of the last 10 years) would've been great if you ignore his 2 year, 32m price tag that he got to stay with a team that just beat the Twins in the playoffs. Twins weren't going to block a corner OF spot with him and were going to bring Cruz back before putting Brantley in at DH.
    Maikel Franco is a dime a dozen player who wouldn't be helping this team at all.
    Already explained that Bradley for 12m a year is a joke.
    Sano just signed an extension and they weren't going to sign his replacement with Kirilloff on his way.
    Of course insurance is important and the FO wants to get as much as possible, but if you're a Maikel Franco type would you sign to play everyday in Bal or backup Donaldson in MN? He's trying to revive his career and get another contract. Being a backup is his last choice. You don't spend 12m on a backup OFer like Bradley. Especially when you have Cave who is basically the same player. Kirilloff and Larnach were the insurance for the OF with Kepler and Cave able to move to CF when Buxton went down. Having all 3 hurt at the same time isn't something you can easily insure for. No quality player is going to sign a deal to be the 4th string CFer and sit in the minors hoping 3 other dudes get hurt so they get their shot. Lewis and Gordon were insurance for the middle IF. Hard to pick up a quality MIF player at the start of ST when you find out Lewis is out for the year. 
    If your desire is just that they spend more money that's not a great goal. Ie spending 12m on Bradley. They need better pitching and spending on May would've been nice. But nobody would've predicted Colome would've suddenly forgotten how to pitch. He's been a very good reliever for a long time now. Duffey, Rogers, and Alcala already had spots locked up. Things have fallen apart and it's awful. I would've liked to see a better signing than Shoemaker and 1 other big time pen arm, but there wasn't really any moves to make on the position player front. Sometimes things just don't turn out. FO could've done things different, but they haven't been the disaster you're attempting to make them into.
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    BritishTwinsFan reacted to Tom Froemming in Injuries Don’t Excuse How Bad This Twins Team Has Been   
    Yes, stays on the COVID-19 and concussion IL are included in these numbers. 
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    BritishTwinsFan got a reaction from chpettit19 in Who gets fired for this?   
    The JBJ discussion is eugh. He is a guy signed to earn a $13 Million in two years. The Twins (And no sane/grounded team) would pay that for a 4th outfielder who did not contribute at the plate. Cave is... well eugh is the kind thing to say but he gets league minimum. No contest for a team with 2 top outfield prospect, an MVP in centre, Solid Kepler and then Arreaz who they also want to get playing time for. Injuries make a fool out of teams and the Twins over rely on utility but if I am building the roster I prioritise cheap to stretch the budget (The size of which should be another debate). 
    With Rich Hill I wonder if the Twins had an offer on the table because I can see a guy choosing the Rays. You get to live in Florida where you might already have a house, lower taxes, and then the Rays analytics/ strategy could elongate a guy like Hill by a few years. You won't go deep into game, you will be put into favourable situations. Would the Twins do that? I mean they trotted out Happ to get slaughtered by the White Sox in consecutive games when the numbers are out there that they devour lefties. He entered Chicago in May with a 1.91 ERA. Take out those starts and he has a 3.7. I don't have a problem with signing happ to be the lefty in your rotation. I do with the strict allegiance to the rotation that left him in ****ty situations. Then with Shoemaker I think they got him and Dobnak the wrong way around. I get the veteran wants to play in the MLB but how many teams were in on him? Would an incentive laden minor league deal have helped him have more development time off two injury hit seasons. He has looked good at times and I'm sure the signing was because there was a hint of a gem for the pitching staff to develop. They just didn't have time. Screw it, sign him and say he got a blister in Spring so he can rehab for a month or so. Instead you have Dobnak of a dominant Spring starting off as what? A closer against the Brewers? A slop guy against the Tigers? Doesn't make sense. But were they wrong to sign him? Other than it screwing up Dobnak, he is a cheap pitcher with upside because of the injuries. Start him in the long role and see. 
    Heck, I even see why they signed Colome. A guy available for half his 2020 salary after a dominant year. They thought they were getting deal of the decade. Simmons was a stop gap until Lewis and a Knee Jerk to Polanco's playoff defence. It all made sense but didn't come off. 
    Do the front office deserve blame? Yeah they have screwed up stuff like not pursing Hill enough or Bargain hunting for Colome and letting May walk. But honestly I think somewhere in the organization there is a cultural problem. How else to you explain choking in the playoffs or not scoring runnings in scoring position. When the pressure is on the Twins shrink. Which is the story of the season. Start off looking good and then lose the first game on a gimmicky walkoff after not being able to score clutch runs. You win that series and the second one and things look good through the home opener. 5-2. The third loss against Seattle on the third walkoff. Then losing the next day from being bad and suddenly its 5-4, Then you meet the hot Red Sox and leave the first home stand 6-7. Another loss then a good start has been a bad start 6-8. Sit around with Covid busting up the roster and stewing on the bad start. Sweep in Oakland including another walk off and its done. The team are struggling and underpressure so can't come back once they know about it. If the pressure doesn't build with the gimmicky losses building up then the they roll on through to the playoffs to lose first round again when the pressure starts. And I think the reasons go through the organization's history to players, coaching , and front office. They have no players with WS rings. Outside Maeda with English as a second language, Happ with 2.2 innings 12 years ago no one has world series experience except Nelson Cruz, who lose in the thing twice. And Cruz has reliably been the best pressure hitter with the only RBIs against the Astros last year. (Rocco also played in a world series and also lost it). 
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    BritishTwinsFan got a reaction from Eris in Injuries Don’t Excuse How Bad This Twins Team Has Been   
    I get the Twins haven't been the most injured but firstly I wonder if that includes COVID & Concussion lists. My understanding is these are not IL stints because they don't require 10 days out. (It could well include this information I'm just not sure)
    Secondly, Its all well and good having injuries but no team has lost their superstar for a five weeks of the season. Imagine where the Blue Jays would be if Vladdy Jr had been out. The record without Buxton isn't that much worse but that was during a period where the Twins got hot and includes, but also he played through injury for a bit. Then you have Garver who was getting hot or Maeda looking bad after playing through injury (I'm really hoping thats the reason he was bad).
     
    If it was utility guys or bullpen arms each having minimum IL stints then fine but the Twins have seen key players gone and then their replacements banged up too. Put it this was- Willians Astudillo has remained stubbornly healthy all year to add his skillset of comedy defence, the clutch ability to pop out, and whatever blackmail he has over Rocco to keep getting into the lineup. 
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    BritishTwinsFan reacted to Otto von Ballpark in Official MN Twins Web Page: Lo-Res?   
    Maybe the rationale is matching the "retro" approach of Bally Sports North pulling Twins broadcasts from most streaming TV providers.
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    BritishTwinsFan got a reaction from Otto von Ballpark in Official MN Twins Web Page: Lo-Res?   
    Definitely going for the 80/90s digital retro look in all the marketing this season. I'm sure somewhere in the marketing department there is a big binder with exactly the rationale and aims of the campaign but I agree it seems a little out of place. 
    Personally I think it is fun but I would be better with some context or integration into other things
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