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Mark G

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  1. Well, I guess we will never know if they were considering trading him by the deadline. It will make for an interesting off season, because you either sign him long term or trade him while he still has value, and that value just dropped with that pitch. And with his injury history, is Pohlad going to commit to the amount of money it would take? Considering he has Berrios in the same situation, probably costing even more money to sign long term. And Rogers. And Duffey........all of them free agents after 2022 season and pretty big parts of the current team. Where is the money coming from?
  2. I would love to speculate on trades and pick ups, rosters, and payroll, but the 400 pound gorilla in the room is the looming union contract status. From what I have read, there may be a lockout or strike if the contract is not settled and no one knows what this will do to any free agent signings. Add to that the fact Jim Pohlad has lost a considerable amount in 2020 and stands to lose a bundle this year as well, it might mean a cut back in contract commitments until all is settled. Might be going with a lot of younger players making the minimum or close to it in the near future.
  3. I would like to think there is a method to the madness, but right now I don't see a method or a madness. A wild guess: since no one keeps 7 outfielders (when they come back from the IL), is it possible that they are playing Kepler and Buxton to showcase them for trades? If not, do they plan to sign Buxton to an extension before the trade deadline? Because if not, his trade value drops considerably. Or are they planning on trading Larnach or Garlick (Kiriloff appears to be one of their chosen prospects making good)? Forget about the other 3 outfielders we have used, they don't appea
  4. I don't know, I may be a majority of one here, but I haven't been impressed since the day the boy wonder computer kids showed up at Target Field. The first thing they did was sell the farm the first two years, for "prospects", screwing Molitor the most, then firing him the first year they can get away with it so they can bring in another computer junkie. They sign a group of free agents in 2019 and virtually all of them over achieve, resulting in a record for home runs. They juggle free agent pickups and drop offs for 2 years, thinking they have all the makings of a roster in their own imag
  5. As bad as the pitching has been, it is not the sole reason for the team decline. At times it wouldn't really matter what the pitching was or wasn't; you have to score runs to win, too, and the team has scored 3 runs or less in exactly half the games played so far. That used to be a big stat (3 or less and 4 or more) until all the analytics took its place. That is starting to improve as of late, and hopefully the pitching will too. But it may be too late for the immediate future; looks like we will be sellers come July.
  6. I guess I am showing my age again, but the kid is 25 and in the prime of his physical life, and he can't throw more than 63 pitches??? There is a reason we can't keep players on the field; they baby them so as not to get hurt, and, as such, they are not in good enough condition to not get hurt. Sounds like a Yogi Berra commercial. Baldelli has a managing philosophy that says Plan A is to use anywhere from 3 - 5 pitchers a game, depending on how long he allows the starter to go. That plan is in place 162 games a year. No such thing as a complete game, that would mean facing the lineup a 4t
  7. To me, it is simple. They gave up on him because their analytics told them to. The boy wonders of the 21st century do what their computers tell them to, and there will be times they get burned because of it. And not only on who they give up on, but who they sign as well. And not just pitching........oh, don't get me started.
  8. I don't know, I have a feeling I am going to be a majority of one here, but I would sign him to an extension. Seriously. 31 isn't THAT old, and I have seen enough injuries taking a player out for an entire season to know a percentage don't come back all the way. Add to that the fact that the minor league season was wiped out last year, and Lewis won't have played any length of time in 2 years. He may need a lot more seasoning if he comes back at full strength at all. And he is young enough to give him time to take that seasoning (as well as the team keeping control of him longer). We did
  9. Let's face it: the pending free agents are not going to get much in return, precisely because they are pending free agents. We need to start looking to lock up players who will be free agents in the next year or two, (Berrios , Buxton, and Duffey come to mind) or trade them now while they still have enough team control to get something in return. Tim has the right idea when it comes to packaging players and maximizing their value. Other scenarios as well could be drawn up, but the point is the same; don't wait for players to become "pending free agents" before signing or trading them. And
  10. This FO appears to have 2 thought processes when it comes to putting a roster together. Sign free agents as stop gaps, and trade for and draft prospects, hoping to develop a major league roster in the future. I have never understood why trading major league talent for major league talent is SO 20th century. If the Graterol trade did nothing else, it reminds us of the days when a team would look to improve through trades (and I don't mean trading away salaries for prospects, improving the team someday). Counting the players on the IL, we have 7 outfielders, 4 catchers (if you count the tur
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