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  1. Bonds is on the short list for greatest player of all time even without the roids. It's sort of ridiculous that he's not in the hall of fame. However, he was obviously using PEDs near the end of his career and if we're going to ban Charlie Hustle for cheating...
  2. Congrats to Big Papi. He is about as automatic a HOFer as you can get, I think. It's hard not to think what might have been in 2006 if we hadn't cut him. Mauer, Morneau, and Ortiz baack to back to back...woof.
  3. Agree on all points, and I would pay top dollar to see Joe West throw Burl Ives out of his own Twins HOF induction.
  4. I would be shopping him more actively than any other player on the roster. Nothing against Garver -- I really like him, in fact -- but he's already on the wrong side of 30 and plays perhaps the worst position for guys his age. I don't expect him to both available and productive past his current team control. Maybe he has lots of gas left in the tank and will prove me wrong, but I'd rather think like Tampa with him and cash in while we know the value is still there.
  5. I could see going either way on an Arraez deal. If you do sign him, it'll almost certainly be on a really team friendly contract and that might come in really handy a year or two down the road when you need to fill another gap in the roster via trade. On the other hand, if he's a guy who could help land a Montas or a Castillo now, then a trade probably makes a lot more sense than an extension at this point. I'll just say that the Twins have a nice problem on their hands with Arraez. May the FO keep finding themselves with such problems for a long, long time.
  6. The way the Twins handled Liriano after his surgery should have gotten all of Ryan, Gardenhire, and Anderson fired. Out of a cannon. Into the sun. How do you mishandle an arm like Liriano that badly, for a mid-market team that needs all the arms out can get, and still manage to stick around for multiple years?!?
  7. The national press thought nothing of the Twins in 1987 and 1991, either. Even if nothing significant is done with the rotation (I still think there will be a Castillo or Montas type of trade when the CBA is ironed out), the Twins are a better team than Olney is giving them credit for, and I look forward to watching them prove it.
  8. I'm not opposed to trading Arraez, but I would aim much higher than this package for him. From the Mariners, I'd be looking for Emerson Hancock, Brandon Williamson, and Edwin Arroyo.
  9. I wouldn't be opposed to it if he was included with Montas and Manaea, especially as he would likely lessen the cost on our side. Worst case, he's designated make way for Lewis or Martin.
  10. I like Canterino, and it's hard to argue with his numbers to this point. That said, I think he's got significantly more reliever risk than the other guys in this group. His mechanics and injury history don't scream starting pitcher to me. My ranking of this group, from #5 to # 1, would be Ryan, Canterino, Winder, Balazovic, and Woods Richardson.
  11. Almost certainly zero. Almost all of these guys (probably not Canterino, but maybe him too?) will have a chance to at least get their feet wet in the majors this year, and if the likes of Ober and Ryan are any indication then there's a good chance that most or all of them will prove to have a little MLB stickiness about them.
  12. I don't necessarily think that Dobnak will have a clearly better season than Ryan or Ober. That said, I think they're all three very underrated and underappreciated arms and expect them all to surprise a lot of people (especially those who constantly complain that we haven't spent several hundred million dollars on a bunch of guys on the wrong side of 30 so far this winter) this summer.
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