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Everything posted by Danchat

  1. You're not completely wrong; Jacksonville did use him as a punt returner, but only as a backup kick returner. But after spending a 4th on Nwangwu and a 5th on Smith-Marsette, I'd think those two will be getting the KR and PR reps.
  2. From MLBTradeRumors, It sounds like teams are willing to pay a high price for Rogers...
  3. I think Berrios will be here next week... just a hunch. Random thought, do the Twins need to carry 8 relievers anymore? Lately their starters have gone deeper, and we could use another bench player for pinch hitting and pinch running.
  4. Nwangwu should be taking back kicks, or else I'm not sure why they spent a high 4th on him. I'd rather let Westbrook be the 3WR and not worry about him getting hurt on a kick return.
  5. Wow, 8 innings into a no hitter, yikes! And they wasted a very strong 7 inning effort from Berrios... not surprising.
  6. Harrison Smith too. It's a nice move for depth, Westbrook is a decent receiver and should be better than Bisi and Beebe.
  7. Nope, none of them are. Of course, they could easily move Minaya and others off the 40 man, not sure why they’re wasting their time with the likes of him.
  8. I really don't get this FO's fascination with older relievers who clearly aren't MLB caliber. I'd much rather see somebody like Hamilton or Cano pitching here than Minaya.
  9. So we should grade it an F because they haven't thrown a pitch yet?
  10. Polanco looks like he's back in 2019 form. He's healthy and smacking the ball around, and even hitting more HRs than expected even with the ball carrying less. It took longer than expected, but at least someone [outside of Cruz] is looking like their 2019 self.
  11. It was borderline unfathomable that all our pitchers regressed when they were all likely cheating [to some degree] and hitting was repressed. I wonder what the heck is going through Wes' mind after this unmitigated disaster.
  12. I figured that much out, I was just wondering if anyone had heard of him before the trade. I hadn't, but there was an article on him from a couple years back.
  13. It's probably too late to trade him for anything worthwhile - he's starting to get old for a prospect, and despite the strong numbers at AAA, MLB pitchers are going to feast on him if he doesn't change his approach and drop the K% numbers. I fear he may become the next Daniel Palka.
  14. As expected, Rooker has been called up to fill Cruz's spot.
  15. It's getting buried under the Dennison news, but here you go:
  16. There are several Vikings who are not going to like this... [twitter url="https://twitter.com/AlexMattison22/status/1418638166140104706"] [twitter url="https://twitter.com/PhilMackey/status/1418631089996779521"]
  17. It gets better: It looks like they're lowballing him... and on top of Rodgers quitting on the team, Adams has to be very upset.
  18. You should check out this thread on 40 Man Roster Management, as I delved into how many spots could be open and how much room there will potentially be for protecting prospects from the Rule 5 draft. It's looking like the Twins will have to protect at least 7 guys at this point.
  19. Let's remember that many here thought that Cruz wouldn't get much in a trade, since he's a 41 year old DH. In that context, getting two quality pitching prospects, even if they end up as relievers, is an easy "A" on paper. Well yeah, we should technically wait a good 3-5 years before we know how much value we got from the trade, but I'm assuming we're grading the trade on how it looks "on paper".
  20. This seems like another off-the-wall move from the Rays, but I think they're making a prudent move getting away from a starter that they think is close to collapsing. They should be able to replace him just fine with their pitching gurus, and I wonder if they will find a new project to fix up for their rotation.
  21. With the Cruz trade in place, you can put Strotman in the Locks list and Joe Ryan in the Notable Rule 5 Eligible Prospects, which means that our 40 man flexibility has been further limited. I am now thinking that it is likely that Thorpe and Smeltzer will be DFA'd for their 40 man spots after the season is over... there's a decent chance they get plucked off waivers, but we need the space and if they do make it through, they will be nice to have in AAA while not taking a 40 man spot. My 40 man now: #1-20: My aforementioned locks (Strotman is now on that list) #21-26: OF Max Kepler, UTL Nick Gordon, RP Cody Stashak, C Ben Rortvedt, OF Rob Refsnyder, SP Charlie Barnes #27-35: SS Royce Lewis, 3B Jose Miranda, SP Josh Winder, SP Blayne Enlow, SP Cole Sands, RP Joe Ryan. RP Jovani Moran, RP Yennier Cano, SP Chris Vallimont (Palacios removed, Ryan and Vallimont added) #36-40 : Spots kept open for free agents / players or prospects acquired in deadline trades We've certainly got a lot of pitching coming from the minors in the near future!
  22. I don't see why not, but it seems all the guys they've put 1 year fliers on have went down in flames (Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, Josh Doctson, Tajae Sharpe). DeDe Westbrook seems like the next logical name in that line... others available include Larry Fitzgerald, Alshon Jeffery, Danny Amendola, and Golden Tate.
  23. I do think the Twins refusal to "go for it" has been a big problem over the years. 2019 was a prime opportunity to make a splash, and they traded for a couple of setup relievers and that was it... and the one time in the last 20 years they got risky with a deadline trade, they bet on Matt freaking Capps. But the thing is, he wasn't given away. He was a fine reliever who got traded for two quality prospects, but the real issue was that he immediately became one of the league's best relievers simply by making a few tweaks thanks to Houston's pitching gurus. Pressly never reached that level of play with the Twins... nor did Gibson, nor Lynn, nor Hendriks, and so on. We've had some success with pitchers in 2019-20, but outside of that stretch we haven't been able to develop pitchers consistently, and when many of our arms leave, they improve elsewhere. To me, this is way more important than any "spending issue".
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