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  1. Can’t be true. Only large market teams can spend.otherwise the franchise will self destruct. Why do we act like the TV deal is something outside of the Twins’ control? Generate more interest in the team. Negotiate better. It’s not an excuse, it’s another level of indictment. And who cares what the rest of the division is doing?
  2. If we’re never going to sign good players because it needs to meet this irrational, unattainable threshold of “making sense” and “fitting into the process,” how can you give away prospects for a player like d’Arnaud with a straight face? If we are going into spring training with that being the marquee off-season move - shut the whole thing down for all I care. See if contraction is still an option, move to Vegas, whatever. I’m done. If they do that to supplement bringing back Correa and a quality bullpen arm or two - I’m listening. I still won’t feel good about the way this steaming heap is being run, but I may be somewhat interested in the team’s performance.
  3. It’s the Twins. Expecting anything different is on us at this point. The merits of the strategy is a different conversation that can be debated. I happen to think it’s a stupid strategy that has panned out for maybe 1 team in history (the Royals, which again is debatable). You can get into all the chicken/egg revenue vs. spending vs. winning debates you want. But, the bottom line is clear. The Twins will not make the investment required to be a competitive team. They need a slow-burn 10 year rebuild. Even then, they need to basically win the lottery prospect-wise just to be a playoff contender again after those 10 years. Throw in another monkey wrench: the lottery. That is designed to help the “large market” teams and will only hurt small market teams over time. This franchise is the walking dead. There is zero chance of them ever making it back to, let alone, winning a World Series until the entire revenue/salary structure of the league is changed to be more like the NFL. Frankly, it makes me sick. I want to love this team so badly. So many good memories and years spent investing. But, as I get older and see the landscape - it’s just over. Probably has been since ‘92, but I’m finally coming to terms. It’s totally futile.
  4. They love and would do anything to keep him. Buuuuuut….at the end of the day, it has to make sense. Theres it is. By that he means he has to fall into their lap for peanuts. This off-season will end the way it always does. Some “leaks” to Wolfson or Beat Writer Du Jour that, “honestly serious, guys, we were in second place for Player X by $50….we’re are willing to spend so much money. The dice just came up snakeyes again….”
  5. I don’t really care one way or another. He’s just not a needle mover in terms of achieving the ultimate goal. With DeGrom, Turner, Verlander, etc. already off the table (before our FO has even gotten out of bed for the off-season), I’m not optimistic about the Twins securing a true high impact player through free agency. I think we needed to be more aggressive early. Someone like the Dodgers will likely blow any offer we make to Correa out of the water. Best case scenario free agency-wise is probably something like Chris Bassit and Xander Bogaerts. More likely something like Jose Iglesias or Elvis Andrus and Andrew Heaney is the ceiling at this point. I just don’t see a realistic path that gets this team to a contender at this point. They just won’t spend enough. The bottom line is that we’re going to stink either way. Best case scenario is winning a crap division and getting nuked by a real baseball team in the playoffs. So, trade Kepler or don’t. Who cares. As you can tell, my Twins’ fan soul is crushed right now. Zero optimism they’ll make an honest attempt. If they do, zero optimism they’ll get it right. It’s really hard to get excited, or even care, about this team right now.
  6. If you have a chance to secure one of the elite shortstops in the game, you don’t turn him down in the hopes that Lewis sticks at short. It’s not guaranteed. Also, it’s unlikely that he’s anywhere near as good as Correa. I don’t know how you can plan your future around a guy that has barely played in the last three years. I see the potential, and I’m hopeful. Seems like a great kid. But, handing him the keys the shortstop position and just finding someone to keep the seat warm is a disaster waiting to happen. That’s a losing move way more often than not
  7. If he wants out of Pittsburgh, he’s not coming to the Twins. They’re probably in contention for the last team he wants to play for. Just the sad reality right now. Zero chance.
  8. My first big move: Fire Falvey and Lavine. Back the brinks truck up for Click from Astros. At least he still has the illusion of competence (whether true or not) and would get the fan base excited. Then worry about the roster, which will stink this year no matter who’s running it.
  9. Same things that’ve gone wrong with all of their experiments. Poor roster construction and poor management. There’s nothing deep or philosophical, here. There’s nothing out of their control. The front office and management just aren’t good at their jobs relative to their peers. It’s really that simple.
  10. I don’t see any relevance to these numbers. They can be largely attributed to uncontrollable inputs (on his part). Games played can be discarded. If management elects to not play the platinum gold glove winning shortstop for 30 games a year - they’re just morons. Some of this year’s issue is due to injury - but he’s largely durable, thus should be playing 150+ at shortstop going forward (for anyone but Baldelli). Double plays and things like that require good players and pitchers around you. Put outs in general is unusable in terms of projecting. There is no way of correlating anything there. So, do we need him? Do we need him to continue being losers? No. Would bringing back one of the best all around players in baseball (very durable and consistent) improve our chances of winning? Of course. No brainer. This pattern of numerous fans attempting to somehow “debunk” Correa as a premier player, while simultaneously fawning over the already broken down body of Luis Arraez as if he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer, is something I’ll never understand. I know the comeback will be “but the money.” Here’s what I say: Nobody cares a slap hitting first baseman, to be frank. The two aren’t even on the same planet in terms of marketability. So, how much more does he really cost the team than your next guy? How many season tickets were sold in the days following the Correa signing? How many people have gone and bought season tickets because they love watching Arrawz flip a single in front of the left fielder? People look at these things in the context of salary cap or limits, which isn’t completely valid. A dollar spent on Carlos Correa has more utility than the same dollar spread across 3 middling players. Both on and off the field.
  11. I’d take do any three of those deals without blinking. I think people overvalue Twins prospects way too much. Wouldn’t do a deal that includes Lewis? The guy hasn’t played in 3 years. He’s a tweener defensively who isn’t a lock to stick at shortstop long-term. He has significant offensive question marks. Also, what’s his ceiling at this point? I’d you’re not protected to be lights out on either side of ball, can you realistically be projected as a star player? If the Brewers want a package containing Lewis for a durable, relatively young, front line starter - done.
  12. There’s a telling misconception in this comment. How does a contract like that “crush” the Twins? We’ve been told for our whole lives as Twins fans this is the case. Where is all the hardware to show for that conservative approach? All that I see is squandered opportunities and a world record for playoff incompetence. What “crushes” this franchise is that narrative that been pushed and accepted by a lot of fans here. Personally, I’d rather see actually them try and fail than pretend to try and market the hell out of it (which, don’t kid yourself, has been the case). It’s been lip service. Desperate attempts to get people in the seats while knowing full well there is no hope. The Astros have gone and built one of the best dynasties in the history of sports by being aggressive and getting Justin Verlander. So, I guess my question is, a bad deal crushes what? What exactly do we have to lose? We’ve sucked for decades with this approach, but as the definition of insanity states, we keep looking for the same path to different results. We should be begging for something in this stale, hapless organization to be crushed.
  13. Just fold this franchise. My God. We should have like $60 million to spend and we’re clamoring for “cheap options” and Iglesias? What the point? Do fans think they get bonus points for takes like that? It sure as heck isn’t going to win baseball games. We’ve been playing this “get cheap options and wait for someone” game for like two decades now. It’s gotten us a bunch of crap teams and a world record for playoff incompetency. On top of it, our farm system stinks right now. What the hell is there to lose? Its like some weird baseball masochism that’s unique to Twins fans. They should start giving away gimp masks as promotions at the games.
  14. When has this FO ever shown they can evaluate anything? Except for Correa and Nelson Cruz falling into their lap, have they ever done anything with a player that wasn’t drafted or acquired by the previous regime? Other than Duran, who is a relieve (big whoop), I can’t really think of anyone that is considered a high-end MLB player at their position. Not one in, what, 7-8 years now? Im not talking about OK guys like Sonny Gray (who can’t stay healthy, and they didn’t develop), here. True difference makers.
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