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  1. My question is, what happens to minor league spring training if MLB spring training gets moved back into the time slot when minor leaguers would be using those facilities for spring training?
  2. in response to this post, I don't believe the Twins will put Enlow on the 60-day IL. If they did they would have to put him on the 26 man roster first, then put him on IR, where he would collect service time as a major leaguer. I don't thin the Twins will do that. He will remain on somebody's 7-day IL list in the minors for the season.
  3. A lefthander throwing 97 is a great asset, especially with secondaries to back it up. This should be interesting to follow.
  4. That's a pretty good haul of present and future pieces for a guy that is crowded out of playing time for the Twins. I believe Arraez is a pretty valuable trade piece.
  5. As for putting Enlow on the 60-Day IL list, that is only possible if he is first promoted to the active roster, then placed on the IL. In that case he will earn major league service time while on the IL. I do not forsee the Twins doing that. Otherwise, he will just be on the minor league 7-day list.
  6. And thus, what is the chance that Palacios ends up being a Rule 5 pick by someone like the Pirates or the Orioles?
  7. Palacious has been around for quite a while, and seems to get pretty good marks for defense. He has pretty decent batting stats, not outrageous strikeout numbers, decent walk numbers and even steals a few bases. So what does he have left to prove before he is a legitimate prospect to play shortstop for the big club, because he sure doesn't get much mention for that possibility?
  8. Yes, Herb. Without Herb, I would not have been an every day with my transistor radio glued to my ear fan. Thanks for the memories.
  9. Not really short, but relatively so, Charlie Manuel played not so well foe parts of 4 seasons.
  10. Thad Levine hinted at the possibility that there would be more pitchers going shorter stints as a possible scenario this season. I look for maybe all of these young guys that are on the fringe of being MLB ready to be worked short stints as either openers or as 3-4 inning pieces that are moved up and down between the Twins and the Saints. That gets them all some experience and management a look at them in a major league environment, and a way to fill the Twins needs for more pitching, both in the rotation and the bullpen.
  11. I don't like the idea of players getting to get out of the 6th year of club control just because they are older. The club still has just as much invested in that player as they do in other players. And those players are able to negotiate longer term extentions with the club if they feel that is in their best interest. And I do think that scenario could actually backfire on most players that will be thrust into free agency with others. I have no problem with increasing the wages of the first 3 years of service. Say $600,000, then 700,000 then 800,000. And with some form of incentive so that the top 20% of performers get an extra 100,000 in year 2 and 3. Any player making it past 3 years of service would then have earned at least $2.1 million, which is quite frankly more than most of us will earn in our lifetime. And they will still be left with arbitration years if they are good enough.
  12. How about this to try to keep teams from totally tanking like Houston, Baltimore, Detroit: If a team finishes in the bottom 5 in the standings, they would not qualify for the number 1 pick if they finish in the bottom 5 the next season. If they continue in the bottom 5 in subsequent seasons, they would loose 2 more potential spots in the draft, the 2nd and 3rd spots the next season, the the 4th and 5th. Also, if the finish in the bottom 10 after finishing in the bottom third for 3 seasons, they would loose out on one more spot in the draft, the first being the 6th pick and the following season being the 7th. Eventually, the will be forced to spend enough money to compete so they don't force themselves out of all the best draft positions. I think this allows a team to right it's ship over a short period of time to limit the damage, but not allow them to lose for years on end.
  13. How about this: For revenue sharing teams that fall into the bottom third of the standings, in the subsequent year if they lower their payroll, the amount of the reduction is subtracted from their revenue sharing. I would think that would entice them to spend that money, and maybe more to keep from falling into the bottom third again the next season.
  14. As far as Enlow and the injured list goes, the only way to put him on the 60-Day injured list is to activate him the active roster, then put him on injured list. In that case he is using up major league service time. He can not go on the 60 day list if he is still on a minor league roster.
  15. Hopeful they can sign Trey Cabbage back. And Maggi and Refsnyder and Whitefield perhaps.
  16. I would like the Twins to acquire Paul DeJong from St. louis. He is not going to set the world on fire offensively, but certainly way ahead of what they had last season. And his defense is good. St. Louis seems to want to move on, too. They have been mentioned in connection with Trevor Story for sure.
  17. My earliest memory is not about meeting any players, as I never attended a MLB game until I was about 30. But I was a big Twins fan. I was in Detroit sometime in probably 1985, while Kirby Puckett was still hitting lead off. I was there for work, but I ended up spending the weekend. The Twins were playing the Tigers, so my first MLB game was at old Tigers Stadium. I bought a ticket from some guy outside the stadium that was trying to get rid of it, and I ended up sitting about 10 rows up from 3rd base, great seats. So of course Kirby was the first batter in the game, and he hit a towering home run on the very first pitch. Can't top that experience with much. I think the Twins ended up winning the game like 8-0 if I remember right. As far as a dream experience, I would love to meet and talk with Tony Oliva.
  18. Wouldn't it be a thrill for him, and the organization, to take someone like him, with really no idea of what he is really capable of at this point, and turn him into a MLB baseball player? Wouldn't that light the fire for baseball around the world?
  19. $13 million a year for a bullpen arm? Can't afford to send Hughes to the bullpen at this point.
  20. I'm just not sure where you guys get your ideas from. You complain when Ryan doesn't go out and spend millions over several years on old overused bullpen arms, while they are bursting at the seams with strong armed young guys waiting in the wings for a chance. Yet you complain when they use the veteran guys that they have and that they already owe millions of dollars to. Plouffe is arguably the 2nd best bat on the team, yet you want to jettison him. Every GM loves to be able to bring the young guys along slowly, plugging them into the right situations and letting them figure it out a little at a time. Thus, you keep Fien while you let the young guys pick up some of the low leverage situations until they are ready. I mean really, they have an abundance of strong, young arms, but who do you think has shown they are truly ready for MLB, not even Tonkin at this point. Yet you don't want to go out and commit to a guy that is going to get 3 years at $9 million a year, and block the young guys. Another thing you have to keep in mind is that you have a good core of young players coming together that are going to start making some serious money in a couple years. You don't want to commit yourself to a bunch of long term contracts and not be able to lock those guys up when the time is right.
  21. Just look at what Buxton did in his few AAA at bats last season. These guys usually need to have that kind of success at that level for a while to build their confidence before getting to MLB, where they see nothing but the best pitchers. Kepler and Walker have seen no AAA, and Walker is not close to being ready. Sure they will need to see MLB pitching at some point this season, but give them a half season at Rochester.
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