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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from Sam Morley in Baby Blues Are Back!   
    Excited about the jerseys, but honestly the Nike logo kinda kills it for me... I mean, they atleast could’ve put the swoosh on the sleeve.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from bighat in Twins Should Plunder the Pirates' Sinking Ship   
    Interested in Musgrove’s potential, although I think that organization is counting on him to lead the team, especially after a very disappointing 2019.
     
    When it comes to Archer, I think he could be had today although I’m guessing the Twins FO is going to wait until the deadline to actually make a move on him.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to twins_89 in Marwin Gonzalez, the Twins, and How the Astros Cheated Minnesota   
    One side note to the sign stealing is that the impact was more than just the times when a breaking ball was signaled. There is also value in knowing that a breaking ball is not coming (no banging). In that instance hitters could sit on a fastball with a higher degree of confidence.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to Seth Stohs in Marwin Gonzalez, the Twins, and How the Astros Cheated Minnesota   
    I don't think this will have any effect on Gonzalez's relationship with his teammates. There are guys in that clubhouse who have been suspended for PEDs. They got to know Gonzalez all of last year. I may be wrong and it may cause issues, I will just be shocked. 
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to by jiminy in Marwin Gonzalez, the Twins, and How the Astros Cheated Minnesota   
    The Twins were robbed in another way, too, by paying for prediction from Gonzales that will never happen again without cheating.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to Doctor Gast in The Twins Have too Many Good Outfielders; Can They Make Room for Them?   
    A lot of people would like to trade Rosario because they don`t like his defense but do we have anyone below him that can hit better than him & play better LF? I don`t think so! This year Rosario`s goal is to improve his defense & be more patient at the plate. He has the tools to be a good or even great LF, if he determines to do so.
     Our prospects need to work on their defense, we need our prospect play both ways well. Our goal shouldn`t be make them all DH, that`s for older players who have paid their dues. I agree we need someone who can substitute at CF. Kepler is good but I`d rather keep him at RF. So Lewis is our best option right now & I`d like Donaldson get a hold of Lewis`s swing & do something w/ it.
     W/ the log jam in the outfield. the only solution is to trade them for impact pitching
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from D.C Twins in Twins Trade Ryne Harper to Nationals for minor league pitcher   
    If he continues where he left off in 2019, McMahon could potentially reach AAA by August. Nice move by the FO. Keep on building up that bullpen depth.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to howieramone2 in What Can The Twins Do With Marwin Gonzalez?   
    They should do nothing.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Twins Trade Ryne Harper to Nationals for minor league pitcher   
    If he continues where he left off in 2019, McMahon could potentially reach AAA by August. Nice move by the FO. Keep on building up that bullpen depth.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to DocBauer in Twins Should Plunder the Pirates' Sinking Ship   
    I don't know that Pittsburgh is the proper port for the Twins to conduct a trade or not. That's up to Captain Falvey and his first mate Levine to decide along with their various officers and crew. But there are intriguing reasons for either of these 2 to be brought on board. No question it's an opportune time to strike and the Twins have a powder keg of ammunition available to make something like this happen.
     
    It's also possible, more so than last with experience in regard to the hard deadline, that the trade winds could blow more favorably in the Twins direction come mid season when more teams hoist the white flag of surrender.
     
    The Twins sit on a treasure chest of opportunity and available talent at the ML and milb level. Is it too early to fire our guns? I don't know. I'd rather be aggressive and make an early move to avoid being broadsided later.
     
    I don't know which coarse they will follow, and I will trust them, but I hope their long view through scope is true and they strike with all hands on deck when the opportunity avails.
     
    This could be the perfect time and target.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from FlauerPauer in Are the Twins Ready for No Pineda, No Hill, No Impact Starter to Begin 2020?   
    All we need is one more starter and I don’t care if it’s Walker or Cashner, but we need one more. However, if the FO is still keen on adding an “impact starter,” then they should start being a little more aggressive because there’s plenty of teams to deal with, although the 3 teams that’d I’d consider the most are the Marlins, Red Sox, or Pirates.
     
    Marlins:
    Miami should be our prime target given their starting pitcher depth and the strong likelihood of them once again finishing last in the NL East. If you remember, earlier in the offseason it seemed as though there was going to be a deal revolving around Cave and Hernandez, although with the Dickerson signing that now seems unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a deal to be had whether it’s for Hernandez, Alcantara, or Smith.
     
    Red Sox:
    I understand that the headlines have been all over a Betts/Price package, but what about an E-Rod/Price package instead?? Then perhaps Boston would be able to afford Betts and we’d get two legitimate impact pitchers. If not, there’s always Eovaldi; who I think could flourish under Wes’ tutelage.
     
    Pirates:
    After the Marte trade, it seems like Cherington is in search of lower level prospects which should definitely be appealing to the Twins. The options we have to choose from are either Archer or Musgrove, and both seem to be capable of far more than what’s been shown in Pittsburgh.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from MMMordabito in Are the Twins Ready for No Pineda, No Hill, No Impact Starter to Begin 2020?   
    All we need is one more starter and I don’t care if it’s Walker or Cashner, but we need one more. However, if the FO is still keen on adding an “impact starter,” then they should start being a little more aggressive because there’s plenty of teams to deal with, although the 3 teams that’d I’d consider the most are the Marlins, Red Sox, or Pirates.
     
    Marlins:
    Miami should be our prime target given their starting pitcher depth and the strong likelihood of them once again finishing last in the NL East. If you remember, earlier in the offseason it seemed as though there was going to be a deal revolving around Cave and Hernandez, although with the Dickerson signing that now seems unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a deal to be had whether it’s for Hernandez, Alcantara, or Smith.
     
    Red Sox:
    I understand that the headlines have been all over a Betts/Price package, but what about an E-Rod/Price package instead?? Then perhaps Boston would be able to afford Betts and we’d get two legitimate impact pitchers. If not, there’s always Eovaldi; who I think could flourish under Wes’ tutelage.
     
    Pirates:
    After the Marte trade, it seems like Cherington is in search of lower level prospects which should definitely be appealing to the Twins. The options we have to choose from are either Archer or Musgrove, and both seem to be capable of far more than what’s been shown in Pittsburgh.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from howieramone2 in Are the Twins Ready for No Pineda, No Hill, No Impact Starter to Begin 2020?   
    All we need is one more starter and I don’t care if it’s Walker or Cashner, but we need one more. However, if the FO is still keen on adding an “impact starter,” then they should start being a little more aggressive because there’s plenty of teams to deal with, although the 3 teams that’d I’d consider the most are the Marlins, Red Sox, or Pirates.
     
    Marlins:
    Miami should be our prime target given their starting pitcher depth and the strong likelihood of them once again finishing last in the NL East. If you remember, earlier in the offseason it seemed as though there was going to be a deal revolving around Cave and Hernandez, although with the Dickerson signing that now seems unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a deal to be had whether it’s for Hernandez, Alcantara, or Smith.
     
    Red Sox:
    I understand that the headlines have been all over a Betts/Price package, but what about an E-Rod/Price package instead?? Then perhaps Boston would be able to afford Betts and we’d get two legitimate impact pitchers. If not, there’s always Eovaldi; who I think could flourish under Wes’ tutelage.
     
    Pirates:
    After the Marte trade, it seems like Cherington is in search of lower level prospects which should definitely be appealing to the Twins. The options we have to choose from are either Archer or Musgrove, and both seem to be capable of far more than what’s been shown in Pittsburgh.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Are the Twins Ready for No Pineda, No Hill, No Impact Starter to Begin 2020?   
    All we need is one more starter and I don’t care if it’s Walker or Cashner, but we need one more. However, if the FO is still keen on adding an “impact starter,” then they should start being a little more aggressive because there’s plenty of teams to deal with, although the 3 teams that’d I’d consider the most are the Marlins, Red Sox, or Pirates.
     
    Marlins:
    Miami should be our prime target given their starting pitcher depth and the strong likelihood of them once again finishing last in the NL East. If you remember, earlier in the offseason it seemed as though there was going to be a deal revolving around Cave and Hernandez, although with the Dickerson signing that now seems unlikely. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a deal to be had whether it’s for Hernandez, Alcantara, or Smith.
     
    Red Sox:
    I understand that the headlines have been all over a Betts/Price package, but what about an E-Rod/Price package instead?? Then perhaps Boston would be able to afford Betts and we’d get two legitimate impact pitchers. If not, there’s always Eovaldi; who I think could flourish under Wes’ tutelage.
     
    Pirates:
    After the Marte trade, it seems like Cherington is in search of lower level prospects which should definitely be appealing to the Twins. The options we have to choose from are either Archer or Musgrove, and both seem to be capable of far more than what’s been shown in Pittsburgh.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from PDX Twin in Baby Blues Are Back!   
    Excited about the jerseys, but honestly the Nike logo kinda kills it for me... I mean, they atleast could’ve put the swoosh on the sleeve.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from Dman in Why hasn't there been a roster move since JD signing is official?   
    Perhaps I’m overvaluing Harper, but I could see him bringing back another Dakota Chalmers.
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from Dman in Why hasn't there been a roster move since JD signing is official?   
    Cubs, Phillies, and Red Sox would be good fits for him. I wonder how much he’d bring back because while he’s no high leverage arm, it’s not like he’s a depth piece either.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to DocBauer in Twins Boast Plethora of Backup Options   
    The depth is there, overall, to be sure.
     
    Cave is a really nice 4th OF, though Marwin could be the first choice, depending how the initial 26 man roster turns out. Of course, he can also fill in nicely at 1B and 3B, SS and 2B in a pinch. Of course, Adrianza can play the entire INF and still play LF if you need him to. Surprised you didn't mention Wade for the OF. Still unsure how good he could be, but shouldnt be dismissed. Really nice to think about the top prospects rising up, but shouldn't dismiss what is on hand/roster either.
     
    Despite a love/hate relationship, Astudillo just shouldn't be dismissed. HEALTHY, he has shown hit ability with contact and some pop. Versatility and being a "ballplayer" are NOT negative terms. When healthy, he has looked solid.
     
    Gordon has the potential to step forward and help. Honestly, before he got hurt, he was probably the guy to be promoted before Arraez.
     
    I remain a mix of confused, frustrated and opptomistic about the staff and their use of Graterol.
     
    I also feel frustrated and opptomistic about Thorpe, Dobnak and Smeltzer. I absolutely 100% get SSS. I absolutely am scared about the first month and a half to next season in regard to depth, performance and results. And who knows, maybe there is anything from a minor to major move yet to take place. I sure hope so.
     
    But no matter what happens, I will say this, I honestly don't know how far back I would have to look to see 3 guys, even with SSS, that looked like any or all could be viable ML pitchers.
     
    Really, really hoping Duran, by the second half, has a lot of people saying; "oh yeah, that guy, almost forgot about him".
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from gagu in In Win-Now Mode, Twins Keeping Graterol in Bullpen   
    If he’s going to be in the bullpen, I’d like to see him pitch around 70-80 innings to build up some sort of workload. And with Berrios and Pineda as the only starters under contract next season, perhaps ST 2021 would be the best time to transition him back to the rotation.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to ToddlerHarmon in A Wait Rewarded   
    "We’ll all have to wait to see where Donaldson bats in the Twins lineup; manager Rocco Baldelli doesn’t seem to know"
     
    If I were Baldelli, I'd be writing uniform numbers on bingo balls. He can't miss
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    ChrisKnutson got a reaction from Doctor Wu in In Win-Now Mode, Twins Keeping Graterol in Bullpen   
    Imagine if Romero bounces back and Graterol performs as expected...
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to DanFordWasTheMan in In Win-Now Mode, Twins Keeping Graterol in Bullpen   
    Hi all, been a long-time reader and figured I should break the seal and post some, too. Apologies in advance for any bad formatting.
     
    I personally like the Graterol bullpen move, especially the clarity of it given the past Twins' tendency to waffle, which I never believe helps young players.
     
    Beyond the Santana comparisons, I think of Sale's transition. Yes, he was a reliever turned starter, but it's not unthinkable to believe the innings trajectory and path couldn't be similar. 
     
    Age 21 season: 23 innings as a rp, 1.93 ERA
    Age 22 season: 71 innings as a rp, 2.79 ERA
    Age 23 season: 192 innings as a starter, 3.05 ERA, All-Star and 6th in CY voting
     
    We'd all be pretty happy--and patient--for that path, I'd imagine.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to bighat in IF you had your choice?   
    I don't think Eddie's going to be included in any deals. Someone posted on TD a while back about Rosie and made a good point:
     
    1. Teams who think they can compete this year aren't going to give up any front line starters
    2. Teams who are rebuilding have zero incentive or need for a guy like Eddie
     
    Eddie is a guy who hits 30+ home runs per year and has basically zero trade value. His highest value as a player is sticking right where he is, like it or not.
     
    If the Twins get a front-line starter (ie: Jon Gray), they're giving up Larnach, Kiriloff, or Lewis - or maybe 2 of those 3 guys. Personally, I'd like to see the Twins find a way to get Gray, as his numbers in mile-high Colorado aren't bad and they'd likely improve outside of Denver.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to Darius in Ranking the Remaining Free Agent Starters   
    Walker, Cashner, and Salazar are the only ones I’m even remotely interested in. There’s some legitimate upside there that could be worth a gamble.
     
    I’m really warming up to the idea of Cashner as a back-end guy instead of one of the rookies. He’s been durable. He’s got pretty good stuff. He seems to have pitched well when he’s not in those slow pitch softball parks in the AL East. I’d be fine with Cashner on a 1 year deal to round out free agency.
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    ChrisKnutson reacted to Nick Nelson in In Win-Now Mode, Twins Keeping Graterol in Bullpen   
    I think we need to stop thinking about "reliever" in the traditional sense. Strategies are changing these days. Take a look at how the Rays have used Ryan Yarbrough over the past couple seasons (I think he was referenced earlier in this thread).
     
    Last year Yarbrough operated primarily as a reliever in the first half, often throwing multiple innings, and then moved in to the rotation after the AS break. Finished around 140 IP (which is probably Graterol's cap). In 2018, 32 of his 38 appearances came in relief but he still threw 150 innings.
     
    There's no reason to assume Graterol will be used strictly as a one-inning reliever. I suspect that (barring another SP addition) the Twins will run a number of bullpen games in the early going to fill the rotation gaps, with multiple guys throwing multiple innings. It's entirely plausible he could throw over 100 IP while being used strictly as a reliever. 
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