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Everything posted by RonCoomersOPS

  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.
  13. They have tended to draft power hitters with their first pick, but even that's not true every year. This year they drafted a power arm in Chase Petty in the first round, and they've also taken guys like Bailey Ober, Josh Winder, Cole Sands, and Blayne Enlow later on.
  14. Not trying to pick nits, but it looks like the operator is incorrect on the first option. As is, it makes all the other options redundant.
  15. The Twins have never really been one to spend ridiculous amounts of money in FA, though. I would guess the plan has pretty much always been (and is currently) to work the trade market, and it wouldn't surprise me at all to see them go for a Montas or Castillo type once the lockout is over.
  16. They can't sign major league players right now because of the lockout, but sure. I guess we can criticize the FO for picking up minor league depth anyway.
  17. By that standard, Eric Milton should be in the hall of fame. He had a 13-strikeout game and threw a no-hitter, and they were even the same game!
  18. Nick Punto. That guy really battled out there, got after it, and did all the little things every day.
  19. I'd give a C so far. They have done the thing that they absolutely needed to do (extending Buxton), and they did it in a way that is unlikely to badly damage the team's current and future competitive positions. They brought in one pitcher in Bundy without blowing up future competitiveness, which is okay, and they got rid of the black hole that is Jake Cave's roster spot. I'd like to see Pineda back, and I'd further like to see them bring in a pitcher of the Montas or Castillo caliber. I'm looking at 2022 as the year that they start to see solid contributions from Winder, Duran, Balazovic, Miranda, and at least one of Martin or Lewis. If we can get at least a couple of those guys integrated and manage to finish somewhere between second and fourth in the division, I'm totally fine with that this upcoming season.
  20. You should probably direct your anger at Berrios. It takes two parties to make a contract. One of the parties in this case consistently said he was going to test free agency, end of story, so the other party did what they felt was best in terms of maximizing the value of their assets. That he immediately signed with the team the FO traded him to is at least as much an indication of Berrios' character, or a statement about the not particularly inclusive nature of his former team's fan base, as it is a condemnation of the FO or the Pohlads.
  21. Minor League games at Target Field in 2022 would indictate that CBA negotiations got, uh, kind of out of hand this winter.
  22. Nope. I would still rather see J.A. Happ play shortstop over Simmons next year.
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