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  1. I doubt Cole is healthy/great 5-6 years from now, but I'm sure that's the contract length he is looking for. That being said he has been the best pitcher in baseball this year and for the Twins to get two similar years would be franchise altering. The top rotations in baseball are not home-grown. You have to take that risk if you want to compete. I would rather have Cole and a couple of our AAAA pitchers than three mid-tier free agent starters. Now Wheeler I'm not as high on. He could be the number two starter on a decent team, but he needs some refining. I would take a chance only if we don't get Cole and the price doesn't get too high.
  2. You're right--there was some poor defense. The big ones being Arraez dropping the bloop and Cron dropping the double play relay. Some of those things are just going to happen sometimes. Yes the Rays played pretty well, but the Astros scored less than 4 runs per game and they won. They didn't have their best offense most of the series. The difference between the Astros and Rays was that Gerrit Cole almost single-handedly won two games for them. We don't have that. We can't overcome a poor offensive or defensive showing. I would like to be able to win without everything going perfectly.
  3. Polanco's throwing wasn't an arm strength issue--it was a positioning and release point issue. I'm sure it would be an adjustment, but he would be less of a liability there than at short.
  4. I think Polanco's eventual position will be third base. He played there some as he was coming up and would be much less of a liability there than at short. That leaves a hole at short, but I'm hoping one of our vaunted SS prospects pan out in the next two years. Until then I think riding with Sano at third (or first if Gonzalez starts) should be serviceable. We need to remember that the Twins won over 100 games with this lineup and defense. Some changes/adjustments may be needed, but the reason we lost in the playoffs is because of pitching.
  5. I agree with most of what you are saying and you're absolutely right that it will come down to more than the dollar amount on the contract. However there is no way Cole signs for less than Greinke's contract ($206MM over 6 years). Boras clients always look to get the best deal possible and anything less than $35MM per year just wont do it. I'm sure everyone is just throwing numbers out there, but we have to realize what this will take.
  6. We have to be all in on Cole/Strasburg and it will take more than $35MM from the Twins to be in contention. In my opinion Bumgarner should be in SP2. I may be interested in one of the SP2 group, but only after Cole and Strasburg have signed.
  7. I understand that you can carry Astudillo with two other catchers--but why? I would rather have a bench bat than a backup catcher who hits below the Mendoza line. If Garver gets hurt and Astudillo is playing in the field it's not a big deal to move him behind the plate. We already have Gonzalez and Adrianza as utility options with Astudillo and Arraez with positional flexability.
  8. Jason Castro - I like him, but I would rather spend the money elsewhere. Astudillo should be a serviceable backup. I also don't want to carry 3 catchers. C.J. Cron - I'd offer him a reasonable one year contract. I would use him as a lefty masher/platoon/bench bat. Jonathan Schoop - Again I like him, but he no longer fits with this team. Kyle Gibson - This is the guy I'm most torn on. I wish he could figure out how to be consistently good, but I probably let him walk. If he wants a one year make good deal--I would be fine with it. Michael Pineda - I'll take him back, but I wouldn't do more than a two years $20MM deal. Martin Perez - Buy out his option and let him walk. Jake Odorizzi - In my mind this is a no-brainer. Jake is my first priority. I'd go up to four years for $60MM. Doesn't like it? Then he gets the qualifying offer. Sergio Romo - I'd take him back for a small one year deal for $3MM, but I worry about his knee. Finally I go hard after Cole. I don't think he will come up here, but I give it my best shot. I would offer five years for $200MM.
  9. Probably--but I would love for someone to be on base when Garver jacks one in the first...
  10. Pitchers are as I expected--but I could see some changes if we advance. I am a little apprehensive about Adrianza's spot. I like him but the guy hasn't hit in a while and even when he was didn't have as much upside as Wade. I hope we don't have to use him. I would like to have Astudillo, but if Garver/Castro are healthy it probably doesn't matter. With the lefty starting tonight it probably gives Arraez an extra day to rest his ankle. My lineup for tonight: SS-Jorge Polanco C-Mitch Garver DH-Nelson Cruz LF-Eddie Rosario 3B-Miguel Sano RF-Marwin Gonzalez 1B-CJ Cron CF-Max Kepler 2B-Jonathan Schoop I can roll with this. Bring on the Yankees!
  11. Can I just say I love that we are talking about postseason rosters! I agree with most of this roster proposal, but I have a couple possible changes. I am concerned that Garver's hip flares up again at some point. I wouldn't want to IL him and lose him for the next series--especially if he were able to pinch hit but not catch. Why not add Astudillo as insurance? So that would leave Perez out for this first series, but maybe he could added be added if we advance. Similarly I think Smeltzer finds his way onto a roster, but maybe not the ALDS?
  12. I am so impressed with Luis Arraez. How anyone could watch what Arraez has done and not be completely impressed is beyond me. His plate discipline has rivaled Mauer's at his peak. I don't think he should be pushed to add power--this guy is Tony Gwynn not Brian Dozier. If healthy he should be batting first for the Twins for a long time. I think batting titles and maybe even .400 should be his goal--not trying to change who he is to hit a couple extra home runs. Maybe I'm crazy but I think we could be looking a guy who has a chance to be an all time great hitter of the baseball.
  13. RH Starter: Arraez 2B Polanco SS Cruz DH Kepler CF Garver C Rosario LF Sano 3B Cave RF Gonzalez 1B LH Starter: Arraez LF Polanco SS Cruz DH Garver C Sano 3B Kepler CF Cron 1B Rosario RF Schoop 2B
  14. I agree. I think we are falling too in love with the bullpen--I'm guilty of this as well. Can we really depend on bullpen games for 2-3 games in a five game playoff series? How about 3-4 in a seven game series? It's just not realistic. I think we give Gibson and Perez super short leashes with Smeltzer and Dobnak ready to take over when needed.
  15. FYI--Alex Call is an outfielder that grew up in River Falls, WI.
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