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    Linus reacted to Major League Ready in Adalberto Mondesi   
    He has 2 years of team control.  You better pick players that never see the big leagues because trading players with 6 years of control for at best an average player is not good asset management.  No thanks.  Pay the money and fill the whole through free agency or trade Arraez and a prospect for a very good SS prospect that is ready or near ready.
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    Linus reacted to USAFChief in Eddie Rosario   
    Good for Eddie. He was always entertaining, if not always fundamentally sound. His "ankles to forehead" strike zone led to some interesting ABs, both good and bad.
     
    As for the Twins not signing Rosario, I think it's fair to say Falvine were correct to move on. I think it also fair to say their plan to replace him was a pretty miserable failure. 
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    Linus got a reaction from beckmt in 2021 Postseason Discussion and Game Thread   
    What a brutal check swing call. Gut punch if you are a Giants fan. 
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    Linus got a reaction from tony&rodney in Sigh   
    Another age reference. Might want to be a little more nuanced. 
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    Linus reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Sigh   
    I like Kaat but he's an old man. I appreciate he didn't go with "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" and stuck to "I used hurtful language and I'm sorry".
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    Linus reacted to USAFChief in 2008-2016: the Twins, centerfield, and wasted talent   
    Nice article Brock.
    And for the 109th time,  pay the man.
     
    Don't care what it takes, get it done, or Pohlad needs to find another PBO and GM. There's nothing more critical to this organization. Failure to get this done is cause for termination.
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    Linus reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Buyer Beware: Flaws with the Top-5 Free Agent Shortstops   
    Actually in 2019 the Nationals had the seventh highest payroll by SporTrac.
    The thing is that you're letting the tail wag the dog, which is a classic sports trope. Every season in literally every sport, people praise the champion and then many try to emulate that formula.
    Except there's a new champion every year and their formula is different every year.
    For example, the Jays went big this season and will likely be worse next season. They did all the things right, still lost, and now will lose Ray and Semien.
    Baseball is painfully random and there are dozens of ways to win. The Giants are currently winning with a collection of old men on crutches. Good for them.
    There are so many ways to win, try to enjoy the ride.
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    Linus reacted to mikelink45 in Buyer Beware: Flaws with the Top-5 Free Agent Shortstops   
    Nice summary, you really showed the flaws and for the money that they want and will get it is not worth it.  This is not the time where a SS will put us over the top.  Use what we have - Polanco, Gordon, Martin, Lewis - piece it together for another year and see if the prospects can take over.  Then invest in one very good SP and one very good RP.  
    I can see teams paying a lot of money for players who are past their prime in this scenario.  How has Lindor or Bauer worked out on big contracts?  Mookie Betts played great his first year in LA - This year a 264 with 23 HRs output is not at the value of his contract 
    Years: 12 (through 2032) Total value: $365 million Signing bonus: $65 million Average per year: $30,416,667 (11th in MLB)  Contract details Everyone was excited about D J Mahieu - he signed a big contract and then batted 268 with 1.5 WAR.
    The Brewers were happy to sign Jackie Bradley, Jr and managed to get -0.7 WAR.
    Marcell Ozuna looked great then his personal issues damaged the Atlanta Braves like Trevor Bauer and the Dodgers.
    I am not a big contract guy.  Paying for past performance makes no sense and MLB has really fallen into its own trap.  Look at the Angels - Rodon, Trout, and now Ohtani will have monster contracts and no post season.  Some sense has to prevail. 
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    Linus reacted to Brock Beauchamp in So, the Yankees tried to acquire Simmons at the deadline   
    This simply isn't true, though. I've been as critical of Simmons as anyone on this board but even I'm willing to admit that despite his obvious flaws, he was the best defensive shortstop available to the Twins and it wasn't a close contest.
    And when running out a revolving door of rookie pitchers, not having a disaster fielder at the most important defensive spot in the field is worth something.
    I would have probably given away Simmons for nothing but also being asked to pay for the honor of giving him away is a bit much.
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    Linus reacted to ashbury in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    Royce Lewis contributing anything to the big club before September seems beyond "plausible" and more into "so you're tellin' me there's a chance" territory.
     
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    Linus reacted to Karbo in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    I'll add #5. Buxton and the Twins agree on a new contract.
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    Linus reacted to ashbury in One Fan's Opinion: Cleaning the Clubhouse in Three Steps   
    49 errors!!!! That's terrible!  With a glove like th- .... wait, across 4 years?  12 errors a year?  For a shortstop?
    If SS errors are your thing, you won't enjoy a return of Polanco to the most visible defensive position - he made 18 and 22 errors in his two full-time stints at the position (and he committed 17 this season, mostly at 2B).  Gordon was error prone in the minors and the team showed reluctance to even try him there this year. Arraez... no. Just no. 
    We need range in a shortstop, and an arm.  Simmons touched the ball over 500 times this season, as did every full-time shortstop in the majors - his rate of plays made per inning was second in the AL among full-timers (though in years past, he usually would be #1).  The number of errors that get charged are a drop in the bucket to a shortstop's total picture, in part because the official scorers are directed not to call an error on every play-not-made for statistics-keeping purposes.
    I'm not going to defend Simmons. He was "only" 31 but played like an old 31. He has slipped defensively to only better than average, and his bat is impossible to support no matter how good the defense - no player can save enough runs to make up for the black hole he was in the lineup.  He was below replacement-level and won't be missed IMO.  But I like to make roster decisions based on the full resume a player brings, not the superficial aspects.
     
    Oh, and, Welcome To Twins Daily.   I wound up doing a little deep-dive on one of the supporting points you made, but overall I like the ideas you raised in this article.
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    Linus got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    If you want quality you have to give something valuable up. Would you rather have a strong catching situation or a stronger rotation?  I’ll take the pitching every time. 
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    Linus got a reaction from mikelink45 in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    If you want quality you have to give something valuable up. Would you rather have a strong catching situation or a stronger rotation?  I’ll take the pitching every time. 
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    Linus got a reaction from bighat in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    If you want quality you have to give something valuable up. Would you rather have a strong catching situation or a stronger rotation?  I’ll take the pitching every time. 
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    Linus got a reaction from Mark G in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    If you want quality you have to give something valuable up. Would you rather have a strong catching situation or a stronger rotation?  I’ll take the pitching every time. 
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    Linus got a reaction from twinssporto in Your best Twins memory   
    Game 7.   When Morris said let’s get it on you just had a good feeling. 
    A strange second one: when Herb Carneal would open the broadcast with Hello again everyone 
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    Linus got a reaction from ashbury in Your best Twins memory   
    Game 7.   When Morris said let’s get it on you just had a good feeling. 
    A strange second one: when Herb Carneal would open the broadcast with Hello again everyone 
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    Linus reacted to gunnarthor in The Ryan Pressly trade is starting to look pretty good   
    But I think this is part of the pattern. Ynoa for Garcia? Gil for Cave? Baddoo, Wells, Goodman, Chargois (and others) for nothing? The Escobar and Dozier trades don't look great. 3 lottery tickets for Dyson? Kintzler for Watson? Dumping Hughes and a comp pick to save payroll? Harper for McMahon? Even the Graterol and the comp for Maeda is looking bad. Each of these moves are, individually, defensible. But, man, they aren't great moves.
    For me, it's a sign that the Twins FO doesn't evaluate talent correctly and, worse, fails to understand the talent it has. 
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    Linus reacted to gunnarthor in The Ryan Pressly trade is starting to look pretty good   
    This might be some slight repackaging of the trade to the fanbase in that Alaca was supposed to be a starter and now we're resigned ourselves to hoping he's a 60-70 inning relief pitcher. He did look good at the end of the year. He'll be 26 next year so he's pretty much what he is. Celestino's failures at the majors were expected but he's been impressive at AAA. Looks like a worst case scenario is 4th outfielder. It's a solid return.
    But the problem with the trade goes a bit more than that. It was clear that the Twins didn't know what they had in Pressly, he took off in Houston and then he signed a team friendly extension to stay there. He made two all-star teams and closed out a world series. In four years with Houston he's managed over 5 WAR in about 160 innings (not counting 22 post-season games), In 85 innings, Alaca hasn't reached 1 WAR.  The problem was, once again, this FO failed to value the talent they had in the system. 
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    Linus reacted to Sousy in Your best Twins memory   
    My favorite Twins memories usually have nothing to do with the actual baseball product.
    Going to games in the early years of the Metrodome with my dad / uncle. They were usually the cheap seats, were absolutely terrible for watching baseball but for some reason the Metrodome seemed absolutely magical at the time. There's a way you look at baseball when you're 11 years old that never quite feels the same again. Collecting the 1986 baseball card set.  I had a spot on the school bus and a box of cards in my bag.  I let it be known that if you had a Minnesota Twins card in your possession I was open for business. That baseball card set is sitting about five feet away from me right now. Still has a "Win! Twins!" sticker on the cardboard box. The whole vibe around the 1987 World Series.  I don't really have a particular game memory of that series, but I remember the excitement that was in the air.  (Down to the local radio station playing that parody song "My Baby Waves the Homer Hanky".) I had a red plastic Twins helmet-like hat that I probably wore way too much. 1980s kids fashion, man. Jack Buck, 1991: "THE TWINS ARE GONNA WIN THE WORLD SERIES!" I was a junior in high school and I remember catching the back half of that game after whatever school activity I had. That sticks out in my memory more than the Game Six Puckett home run for some reason. July 24, 2020.  Of all the games that really seem memorable - it was that first one that opened the 2020 baseball season because it seemed that was the first 'back to normal' type of event and the first game that I think my youngest (at the time nine) seemed to get really excited about baseball.
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    Linus reacted to DocBauer in And the season comes to an end.   
    Not going to blow smoke, but I'm pleased the team didn't throw in the towel and give up. I'm pleased I saw the initial development of several young players that should only get better with their ML experience.
    I am bummed a handful of guys like Kirilloff and Larnach weren't able to finish the season healthy and strong.
    I am, of course, very bummed about how disappointing this season turned out.
    I am excited for the off-season as I think it will be interesting and maybe even exciting with FA and trades.
    I am just really bummed the season is over, no matter how disappointing it was. Having baseball just makes the world a better place. I can't wait until ST!
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    Linus reacted to KirbyDome89 in And the season comes to an end.   
    They still finished 7 games below .500 from June 1st through yesterday. I don't see moving from a 100+ loss pace to one in the high 80s as a silver lining. They were just as bad in June, and worse in July. They sunk themselves in April & May, but the poor play didn't stop there. 
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    Linus reacted to LastOnePicked in And the season comes to an end.   
    This is what we needed in the 2020-21 offseason, and this FO couldn't deliver. Now the SS need is even greater and 3-4 starters are needed. I appreciate positivity, but the hole we're in is a lot deeper than folks think.
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    Linus reacted to gunnarthor in And the season comes to an end.   
    I'm quite worried that the idea that "we weren't that bad after mid-May" wins out and we deceive ourselves on how bad this team was. 8th worst record in all baseball, 3rd worse in AL. They need to somehow figure out how to get a pitching staff that can cover 1500 or so innings and they have basically nothing to rely on right now. Essentially, ownership has to step up and pay big in free agency. If not, the Twins should just blow it all up, trade everyone with any value, and look forward to 2024.
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