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  1. Berrios. They both are capable of being all-stars and top Cy Young/MVP candidates, but two factors stand out in Berrios’s favor. 1. Injury risk - odd as it is to say, I expect in this case the pitcher to be less of an injury risk. 2. Cost to acquire - the Twins are not going to compete for a #1/Ace starter in free agency at $300MM+ price tag so locking up one you (may) have has to be the priority if you want to compete for a WS.
  2. He should be willing to sign for something reasonable given his injury history, and his advisors should be pushing him to. Risk is too great he never can stay healthy enough and/or injuries sap his abilities. No need to risk *having* to work for the rest of your life when you can guarantee riches for your family (and their families) right now.
  3. I think the player option that can be voided by the Twins for big money on an extension is the exact right way to go. From his perspective if he falters or gets hurt he can exercise it and get one more year of #3 type money, and at that point for the Twins it’s effectively a 1-year contract, which limits risk. If he performs well he gets money that sets him up for life, but is still well less than market value if he were testing free agency. And then he can do it again at 33.
  4. Corner OF will be the most interesting position area to watch over the next 2 years, and perhaps as soon as the trade deadline this year. It would be so much easier if Larnach batted righty to keep him and Max as 4th outfielder/platoon. It feels like one of Kepler, Larnach or Kiriloff will end up getting traded. If we are after a big return it may need to be Kiriloff, but Max should also net a good return given his contract and it would help extend the Twins window with younger players controllable for more years. I expect Kepler to bounce back in 2021 in a big way. He didn't even have 50 AB vs Lefties last year and he showed in 2019 that the potential is there.
  5. He seems like a guy with a “high floor” where he should be able to at least carve out a career at the back end of a rotation or in the bullpen. With a few adjustments and a little luck could go mid-rotation or higher. That’s really all you can reasonably hope for with a guy drafted where he was so it’s looking good.
  6. Great article and can’t wait for the season! But, “Garver's production when on the field during this stretch (.250/.331/.528, 8 HR, 34-to-10 K/BB, 0.8 fWAR) was solid...” .859 OPS from catcher = solid? Wow has he set the bar high.
  7. I think you have to take 4 years of Snell. Helps you immensely this year and well beyond. I’m also trying to think of a reason to not take the Boyd trade. I’d probably do that too as he has, I think, 2 years after this one until free agency. Protects against losing Odo after this year and we aren’t giving anyone up that has a realistic chance to play a significant role on the Twins.
  8. Lewis could be ready for that, but I doubt it happens. I think they’ll want him to settle in and become as good as he can be at one position - SS or CF - and not turn into a super-utility, which is what he becomes if he doesn’t get enough reps at his primary position. That said, how valuable could a “rich mans” Marwin Gonzalez actually be? If he could literally play anywhere on the diamond at average or above except C/P and be in the lineup every day, could that be worth more than being an average SS or excellent CF? Feels like that could be a money ball opportunity if you had the right player for it.
  9. I’m sort of expecting one of Larnach or Kirilloff to have such a good year the Twins are compelled to have them up by September and on the postseason roster. May be as a bench bat for playoffs (bat for Buxton in close game?). Or could accelerate a trade of Rosario - though I’d rather see him get one last run with this team.
  10. He would jump on 5 for 90M. Much different situation than Wheeler since Berrios has 3 years of team control remaining. An article from early Feb compared his situation to 3 recent signings and pegged a 5 year deal around 60M give or take. Personally I think he would still be a steal at 90M verses a free agent at that price, but no reason the Twins should need to go that high.
  11. Perhaps Gordon is better suited to that super-utility role. He’s more of a SS than Arraez and I have to imagine would also fair average or better at 3B and corner outfield spots. Heck, may even be worthwhile seeing what he looks like as a back up CF for the (hopefully not) inevitable Buxton injury.
  12. Seems like kind of the perfect situation to me. One or both of Rosario and Cruz is gone by 2021 and both for sure by 2022. Between Sano, Kiriloff, and Larnach you have guys for 1B, LF and DH. Kiriloff being the one to spell both Larnach and Sano in the field while getting time at DH. He can also give Kepler a day off periodically.
  13. I think Jiminy is on to the Twins thinking. At some point they will need to make room for the top prospects, both because payroll will climb too high and they are ready. If Buxton doesn’t sign by next offseason (or maybe this coming trade deadline) on a relatively team-friendly deal they have to move him as a key part of a package for a #1. Lewis may be ready to take over without a significant drop off, or Celestino may also be close if Lewis sticks at short. This makes keeping a proven commodity like Cave a priority as a young guy learns the ropes and adapts to MLB pitching.
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