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  1. Maybe he can develope a herky-jerky motion like Kershaw, who only throws 88mph, but yet is unhittable. The only reason they should consider him is the fact they have no lefties.
  2. Correa is a fine player and all and SS was a gaping hole last year, but has anyone compared Eddie Rosario & Carlos Correa career numbers? They are virtually Identical. Eddie makes $8M Correa $35M Frankly I'd rather Lewis or Miranda at SS, Garver behind the plate, Eddie in Left and $27M more $$ in the bullpen. Thus team has ZERO chance of even getting out of LAST place, let alone go to the World Series.
  3. When you continue to ignore the bullpen for the 3rd year in a row, this is what you get. I figured with our lineup we would lose 80 games 9-5. But it seems 8-1 is now the norm. Trade Arraez & whatever it takes to get a couple of top notch bullpen arms, or this season and the entire franchise are in the crapper.
  4. Does anybody see the microcosm of the first week playing out any differently for the rest of the season? 0 for the season Sano aside, no lefty starter, (only 2 one the roster) and no closer. Even if Duran steps up and seizes toe closer job, the rest of the bullpen isnt good enough to hold a lead. Trade Arraez and others for solid relief pitching and bring up Miranda. Otherwise this team loses 80 games 9-5.
  5. Duran as Closer is the one thing that could save the Twins season. Arraez at 3rd is too much of a liability. Trade him for relief pitching PLEASE!!!
  6. Tonight's game sums up how this season will play out. Arraez sucks in the field and we have a "Pickup" pitcher put in a high leverage position in the 8th inning. News flash: Carrera wins MVP while Twins lose 90 games 9-5.
  7. This is a tough one to gauge. We needed a closer, which Rogers, as good of a setup man as he was, never was. So subtracting from any already mediocre at best bullpen does not help. If Paddock & Pagan stay healthy AND return to form, this is an A trade. If they don't (50/50) then it's and F trade and the season is lost before it has begun. For a team that wants to contend, getting a sure fire closer would have the much preferred move.
  8. this trade sounds like another flier of mediocrity. Say what you will, but our bullpen has been terrible for years. Outside the fluke of 2019 when we had a bunch of slow tossing junkballers who may have put up decent #'s, but couldn't close out a game when we really needed to. Rogers is a great 8th inning set up guy, bit was not a closer. We signed a 97 mph guy last year and he couldnt get anybody out. What makes the FO think Pagan can? We needed to ADD a closer, not a 6th middle of the road starter. Duran is really going to have to step up and fill the closer role or this team is sunk before the season even begins. Nothing is ever certain, but the fact that this pitching staff is 80% maybes is certain. I'd much rather have seen us add to the pen, not subtract from our weakest position.
  9. True as well regarding Arraez. Trade him for a solid bullpen guys.
  10. Thorpe should never have been on a major league roster. Archer in lieu of Pineda could be a win. Should have kept Berrios if we wanted to compete. Maybe the guys we got become stars someday, but for now they are just prospects and do nothing to help us win now. You only get small windows of opportunity to compete for a WS title and this team pissed theirs away with an inferior bullpen in 19 & 20. Now the pitching is worse than ever. Carrera could be MVP and it won't matter if we lose 80 games 9-7. A trade for a top quality starter (Oakland please) or a couple of flamethrowers in the pen might give us a chance. As it sits right now, a 500 team.
  11. Urshela is obviously a solid fielder and has shown he can hit and hit for power in the past. Should be the utility infielder for 3B &SS. Miranda should be the everyday 3B. Granted there may be growing pains. Please give this fascination over a one tool player like Arraiz to some other team for pitching. He has no speed, no power, no arm.
  12. Well a couple of things. 1) Sanchez is younger than Garver with similar offensive #'s. 2) one can learn how to catch. Garver improved dramatically as a defensive player the last few years. Sanchez has a good arm and has the physical ability to improve. Get him the right mentor and teach him to frame and block pitches in the dirt.
  13. Indeed an "unlike the Twins" move. It's great and all, but will not amount to anything without better pitching. Correa could hit 300 with 30 HR and win the MVP award but it won't matter if you lose 80 games 9-7. If we can acquire Montas and Manea, we might have a shot.
  14. While signing ONE of those 4 might be useful, none or even all of them.will not solve our bullpen woes. Look at the teams in the playoffs last year. All of them had a bevy of 100mph flamethrowers and a top notch closer. We have none of that! A Solid closer has been out achilles heal ever since Joe Nathan. We missed our last window of World Series opportunity because if it and have no chance without a bona fide closer and a 100mph set up man.
  15. So we sign Donaldson (when we should have signed an ace pitcher) and now have to trade one of the top Catchers in all of baseball just to unload Donaldson. Doing the Yankees bidding for them. At this point swapping Donaldson for Story doesnt really look appealing, based on his dramatically poorer #'s away from Coors Field. Spend the money on quality bullpen arms (we are.going to need them with that rotation) and bring up Miranda, Lewis & Martin and pray. Can Sanchez learn to catch and regain his hitting acumen? Another longshot. There are fewer top defensive and top hitting catchers in baseball than there are top Ace pitchers. There is a reason why 9 out of 10 catchers bat 8th or 9th in every teams lineup. Giving away Garver to free up money would.only be worth it if you sign the next CY Young winner. Sadly it seems Royce Lewis can't hit, but spending 100M on Story to find out he cant hit either is not worth it.
  16. The problem is and continues to be the Bullpen and mow the starting rotation. Donaldson has played fine and brought a passion and fire for the game. Problem is we can't afford him know with all the dire pitching needs. Resign Cruz at 12-15 M and bring up Miranda and your veteran leadership and 3rd base positions are solved for far less money. Maybe we can tell Sano he has been traded to the Red Sox and he morphs into David Ortiz? What we got for Berrios, may or may not come to fruition. Meanwhile a #2 starter, let alone a #1 starter will cost us a lot more on the open market than Berrios would have. Do we really need 3 quasi SS/OF prospects instead of a proven pitcher like Berrios? NO!!! Have the Twins forgotten that there us a draft every year and new prospects to be had? This team could sign 60M worth of pitching for next year and still suck. This is a deep hole they find themselves in.
  17. Miranda needs to be in the lineup on opening day. Martin should soon follow him up to the Major League roster. Lewis?? So far has shown he cant hit with his style of swing. The other two? Come on 19 yr olds should not be considered in the top 5 if they are still years away from being ready, no matter how much "potential" they may or May not have. Lewis, case in point, is clearly not able to hit Major league pitching, yet, if ever. Arraiz? Trade him for bullpen talent. He is a one tool.player with no speed, power, bum knees and below average defensively. He is not the 2nd coming of Tony Gwynn
  18. It has already been noted on these pages that Lewis has a hitch in this swing and cant hit major league pitching. Seeing a we have a plethora of "marginal" fielding SS ( Gordon, Polanco, Lewis, Martin) I'd suggest trading Lewis for pitching. Arraiz is a one tool player with a bum knee, no speed, no power and a below average fielder. What is the fascination here? Trade him, he is not Tony Gwynn. Gordon has speed, Martin can hit and the third base prospect we have can also hit. Bring them up, trade Arraiz, Lewis and dump Donaldson. Signing Story would be nice as well as Nelson Cruz. Donaldson's $23 M salary would go a long way to accomplishing that. And remember, there is a draft every year and new prospects to be had. Don't forget that Aaron Judge was a 3rd round pick, meaning that every team passed on him not once, but twice!
  19. Heck NO! Bring up Miranda, Donaldson DH & part time 3rd base. Though I would rather have Nelson Cruz DH at 1/2 the price of Donaldson. Trade Donaldson, sign Cruz would be a better option. Now that we gave away Berrios, we are going to have to pay MORE $ for the same or likely less proven starters. This team needed a starter, closer & a SS. Now they need an Ace, a #2 & a#3 starter, a closer and an entire bullpen & a SS. Unless they have 200M to spend, its completely hopeless. The entire front office needs to be fired! This team was a closer and a couple if seeing eye singles away from the world series in 2019, now look at it.
  20. This cements the writing on the wall. The Twins will NOT be competitive again for a long time. Who are they gping to sign that is as young, capable and durable as Berrios for less? No one! Even thinking about not locking Buxton up long term is insane. Injury history notwithstanding. He is a bona fide 40/40 candidate, which the league hasnt seen for a while. Meanwhile they are stuck with Donaldson's 23M contract when Cruz is better at half the price. Going to lose 100 games next year with there completely empty pitching staff. #3 starters are going for 15M /yr now. Good luck even getting one to sign here. Unless they sign the entire Tampa Bullpen, they can forget about fans next few years.
  21. So now we are thinking about signing guys older than Berrios who are soft throwers for twice what Berrios was making. Brilliant. NOT! Win NOW while you have the players to compete. The two teams in the WS just proved that what it takes is to trade prospects for players who can help you win it all. There will Always be new prospects to draft at the end of each year. The two guys we got for Berrios may not see the light of day for years. What is the point? Even if they become Stars, who will they have around them? The lineup we have had a window on for the last three years needed only a closer and a bullpen arm or two to get to the series. Atlanta lost a star player and went out and picked up not one, but FOUR outfielders, who all started every game in a complete remake of the team in midseason. The result? A World Series Championship. Moral: when you have a window of opportunity - go for it! Make the trades, dont sell and stockpile talent you dont need to win NOW. You will never get to the promised land that way.
  22. While getting Joe Ryan for Cruz was an absolute steal, Tampa is going to the series and the Twins are not. Tampa has shown before they are not afraid to make the deals needed to win it all and then dump salaries the next year and rebuild. The Twins have been reluctant to trade prospects to get the final pieces needed to get to the finish line and wasted all their opportunities in the early "oughts" and 2019-21. Trading Berrios for a SS prospect was insane when their supposed #1 prospect is a SS (Lewis). Berrios was signed for 2022 and imagined himself a Twin for life. Could have worked out a reasonable long term deal. We will likely be bidding on him in 2023 as we will still be looking for pitching then. Sign Buxton!! Keep Kepler, Polanco, Garver, Jeffers and the 3 or 4 serviceable bullpen arms we have. Sano, while maddingly strikeout prone, is worth the 9M as DH/1B. Just compare it to the 23M we are paying Donaldson to see why. Maybe the new hitting coach can improve his contact rate. Arraez is a one tool player - trade him Bring up Miranda for 3B and Martin for SS, trade Lewis and Donaldson Out of desperation, sign Pineda, they have no one else right now, spend on a top quality, high velocity starter and sign a closer. A top flite closer is the one reason they have not advanced in the playoffs since Joe Nathan. I'd rather see Kiriloff in Left and Lanarch at 1B. Give anybody besides Cave a shot at the 5th outfield position. They are in serious trouble with Maeda out and Berrios gone next year. Going to cost more money to replace Berrios than signing him would have. Martin had better be all he is cracked up to be at Short and as a hitter.
  23. What an absolute gift and godsend from Tampa. He looks like the Ace of the staff right now. Which is a horribly sad statement to make. We had a rookie phenom a few years back, who regressed, got injured, and hasnt been heard from since. Lets hope Ryan is legit. Which brings us back to Berrios. Under contract for 2022 at 6.5M is a steal. Why on earth would we trade him for a SS (granted he sounds great) when our #1 prospect is a SS. (Lewis) Berrios wanted to be a Twin for life. Lets hope we can sign him back in 2023. Reminder - we paid 8M for hapless Happ last year. Going to cost 50M just to field a starting pitching staff next year as it is, let alone a bullpen. Trade Lewis & any worthwhile prospects for pitching. We have a young and pretty much set lineup for the next few years. Dont need SS, 2nd, 1st or outfielders waiting in the wings. Win NOW! There will be more players to draft every year.
  24. My problem with Arraiz is he is a One tool player. Sure he makes contact, but he hasn't Proven to be Tony Gwynn just yet. He is a mediocre defensive player, has zero speed and a bum knee. Where are all the 5 tool players in Baseball these days? Buxton, Lindor are among the few left in the game. Granted we need a utility guy, but he cant play short. Speaking of SS can someone explain why we traded Berrios (who was under contract for 2022) for a SS prospect when our supposed #1 prospect (Lewis) is a SS? If Trevor is the answer, we better be trading and getting pitching for Lewis!!
  25. Anything for Happy & Robles is a win just because they are now, thankfully, off the roster. Cruz trade made great sense and whi says we cant sign him next year. Berrios leaving is a sad situation. Maybe the Twins will be in position to bid for his services in 2023.. The win now window with this team has closed. They blew it by not signing a closer for 2019 & 2020. If they learn anything it is when you are close, you only have a 1-3 year window to win with the talent you have before they become to expensive. You therefore MUST acquire the pieces you need to get to the top when your window is open. Not doing that, then selling off the pieces and trying to live on future hope, is what always dooms this franchise. (2019 & a closer like Rosenbaum comes to mind. Rogers, Duffy, May & Rosenbaum would have been a formidable pen) This years bullpen was a joke.
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