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  1. What each team needs to do for all their minor leaguers is in the Town that they are in purchase... own an apartment complex for each of their teams. Provide housing as part of their being on the team. As others have suggested their needs to be a "minimum" wage for each level. All of these are VERY doable and would be in the best interest of the player, team and community that the minor league team is in.
  2. Rumor has it that Donaldson was available... but no takers... likely would have to "pay" for him to go somewhere and get very little back.. Keep him as a DH so he stays in the lineup as his bat is still strong... and would keep him fairly safe.
  3. JD and Sano Rotate at DH/1B... Plant Miranda at 3rd... Polanco at SS and Arraez at 2nd. Have Simmons play As a fill in to give Polanco or Arraez a break... Simmons has not future here so let the core.. future core play together...
  4. Pretty optimistic... given the number of games that we have lost late with the lead.. think the last time I checked it was 40.. we win half of those we are in the wild card race. Pitching still is a concern. Why we left the geriatrics department continue to get pounded without flinching is concerning ... FO needs to do better about evaluating that situation.
  5. Old school dude here... Hated the Shoe deal in the first place but his take may be correct. Getting the feeling that the league has caught up to our "college" pitching coach. I would be good moving on from him....
  6. Get a Tampa Bay feeling going here... for the good... Getting great depth at SP... trade guys that are a year out and get great haul... hopefully we can see some of these guys as the geriatric department of the Twins pitching staff needs to retire...
  7. Buxton is a tough one... has played at superstar level for about 2 months of his career but it is clearly there. Guy can't stay healthy so understand the Twin's view. Not sure what the answer is. Giving him a monster deal would not be my answer. Trade him to a NL team for top prospects would be my first choice if can be done. Atlanta for Waters and Muller... would get it done for me... or something like that
  8. All three trades are "light" in return coming back as far as I am concerned. Add 2 more decent young prospects (pitching) to the Toronto trade. 2 for 2 and we give them 2 proven high end players. C'mon. HAVE to get more. Am fine with Groshans and Woods... but have to add a couple more arms in low minors... have to get arms... Can't see SD looking for Pineada... rumor today has them in the running for Berios and Taylor... Gore, Thompson and Mears... Mets... also looking for Berrios.. Got to get pitching back .. Baty, Matt Allen... and Lottery tickets from thier low minor leagues.. Is a sellers market for pitching .. controlled for another year.. better get a great haul.... !! Think Tampa Bay.. when they make trades they get quality AND quantity...
  9. This is not rocket science.... Our offense is fine.. 5th in the AL in Runs scored.. that is not the issue. We have given up 300 runs ... the most in the AL and 2nd worse overall. Overhauling the offense is not the issue. We need to improve our pitching. We have some very good prospects.. let's see if they can help.. No reason to wait. Let's let the youngster's grow up... It's time.
  10. Should have done my homework on that statement.... there are other prospects that would be better than Shoe... give him the boot!
  11. Meeting LOW expectations is a great way to be a bad team... 100% sure Duran would be much better and may even spark some wins.
  12. We are a dozen games in... complete over reaction. Catching position for us is a strength. Calm down.
  13. Like Bailey he a lottery ticket/throw away guy. If he pitchers well awesome.. but...Not likely.... if not ...they are biding time for one of their up and comers.... no lose.
  14. Just give "special K" the job and be done with it.. Not sure with Chicago as good as they appear to be we should not put our "best" out there from day one.
  15. Umm that was 5 years ago.... #2 upside? What you smokin' Willis? If it was a minor league deal I would be fine but a major league deal? With all the options out there he is the pick? Yikes! Front office has done a great job so they are due a mulligan... this is it....
  16. My guess is that Garlick won't be around that long either as teams adjust and FA are signed and players DFA'd... would guess that they will be looking for another pitcher for his spot when the dust settles....
  17. Gotta love the strength and depth of our minor leagues... especially the pitching.. SO important to continued success at the major league level....
  18. Worth a call but likely the price one way or another will be too high...
  19. Take it you have never seen him play? He is a stud and St. Louis got a steal. Not top FA given up and paying a top 10 player 24 million per... A Steal.... By the way there is ZERO chance he doesn't use his opt out so the commitment is short for St. Louis... unless they want to resign him.. He would have looked great in a Twins Uni ...
  20. I agree... why we let Rosario go... why Sano needs to be assessed and thought to go the other way.. did for a while 2 years ago... numbers were very good... Can't rely on home runs "ALL" the time. As fun as watching the Bomba Squad it is better if we have guys that can actually "hit" the ball with 2 strikes instead of swinging from the heals. Unfortunately that seems to be the way of the MLB these days... I am good with the home run but am great when players consistently put the bat on the ball with 2 strikes... Better baseball visually.... Our young guys coming up seem to have better numbers in contact percentage and seem to have a better "plan". Hopefully it translates at the MLB level. Am excited to find out.
  21. Would really love Cruz back for one more year and it may happen but.... do believe that the NL will be getting the DH... just makes to much sense... then... it is open season and is less than 50/50 chance. We can hope. More importantly we need to add one more good/great reliever. Should be able to as there are still many options. And still plenty of time to add ... trade.. etc... Very excited to see the 21' version.. should be good!
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