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  1. Baddoo was optioned to the minors yesterday. A year ago at this time the sky was falling in Twins Territory because they had let another future MVP get away for nothing. No real point to this thread.......just one more in a never ending string of examples of 'small sample size', rushing to judgement(good and bad), players needing different lengths of time to really adjust/counter adjust to the major leagues, etc. At least it gives us all a reminder to 'take a breath' as we evaluate the performances of all these new/young players early in the season.
  2. I think one thing that also influenced the decision to move on from Donaldson has been the emergence of Miranda. Two years ago the Twins had no 'elite' prospects at 3rd base. Now they do. Urshela is insurance at short or 3rd if they can't land someone like Story or Miranda doesn't do well. If they do, then Urshela is a utility guy. It's a huge if, but IF they did use the money saved from Donaldson to sign Story to a long term deal then that would make Lewis(and Martin to a lesser extent in my opinion) and maybe even Arraez(with Urshela/Gordon as utility) trade chips for pitching. Sanchez platoons better(offensively) with Jeffers than Garver and since he can also DH(maybe 1st base) you have the bench space to find a true backup catcher. Long story short-I can see several possible plans. And no, Falvey saying he doesn't "know" what will happen doesn't make him an idiot. It makes him a realist.
  3. Bob Nightengale says Twins expected to sign Colome. Interesting, he also says signing as a closer. Interesting to see what happens with Rogers role.
  4. I generally hate blaming poor performance on coaches(and I'm not doing it in this case). But I can't help but wonder if some(certainly not all) of the poor offensive performances this year are in any part due to losing James Rowson to Miami and replacing him with Edgar Varela. Have any of you stat heads/video analysts out there noticed anything or is this simply a case of everyone not named Cruz having an offensive slump at the same time? At the very least you would have thought by now you would see more signs of improvement.
  5. I can't see the games being rescheduled. Too many variables go into making schedules, namely stadium usage and other large events in played in cities. If they did rearrange the schedule, I can't imagine the nightmare that would ensue refunding every ticket, hotel room, etc that has already been purchased and then having to resell them again with the new schedule.
  6. Glad he wants to be a starter and has confidence in himself. But what happens when the postseason rotation shrinks to 3? If healthy and pitching as expected Berrios, Odo, Pineda and Hill all could be better than him. So long as they let him make his 30 starts/get his incentives in the regular season will he be happy with going back to the bullpen?
  7. MLBtraderumors has links to two reports that Twins are also sending a low level prospect to Dodgers. One specifies it is an outfielder.
  8. Bunch of random thoughts: 1)Yes, the Twins said they were starting Graterol out in bullpen. But everything I remember seeing said that was because he didn't have anything more to prove in the minors, but also had never had his innings pushed to the point where he could be a year long starter. Don't remember anyone every saying he would NEVER be a starter publicly. The medical records may say it, but the Red Sox would never have known that. Starters are more valuable than relievers, even if it would have taken him a year or two to get stretched out to that point. 2)Of course Boras would say that he is healthy enough to start, Starters get more money than relievers. What else would an agent say? 3)If I were in charge I would still see if the Dodgers wanted to do a straight up swap of their own. Last year they used Maeda primarily as a reliever(for multiple reasons it appears). They clearly don't see him as a starter. But if they trade him they have an opening in the bullpen. So Graterol would be a cheaper, higher ceiling option. Regardless of the Red Sox, a trade between LA and MN still makes sense to me, both are trading from areas of strength to address areas of relative weakness.
  9. Probably reading too much into things, but..... In Nightengale's tweet he is "citing sources from multiple teams". I know that multiple strictly just means more than 1. But if he were referring to just sources from the Dodgers and Red Sox he would have referred to it as 'both teams'(especially as much as the Twins have been portrayed as a third wheel in this deal). So to me it seems like he still believes there are three teams. And if it were a different third team than Minnesota that his sources identified you think he would be saying so in order to claim the scoop. So that means the Twins are still in on this trade, right?
  10. Hill counts on the 40 man roster until spring training at which point he can be placed on the 60 day IL. I believe that if a player is placed on waivers(say Harper) they no longer count towards the 40 man roster since they will be removed one way or another. However, until the results of the waiver process are completed(were they claimed? did they clear and get reassigned to the minors?) nothing will be announced.
  11. Both Hill and Bailey are listed on roster on MLB.com. But I also count 41 names on their roster. So take that for what it is worth.
  12. Lots of discussion about signing of Donaldson(and rightly so ). But a small, side track thought that I figured I'd throw out for discussion: Who gets waived/traded off of 40 man roster to make room for him? I have no idea, but I would think that the longer it takes for the team to make an 'official' announcement the more likely that a trade is in the works. Thoughts?
  13. Sorry, hyperlink didn't copy but update on MLBtraderumors has link to Giants beat writer saying he predicted Diamondbacks at start of offseason. I'm guessing he would know more about MadBum's mindset than any of us.
  14. Not exactly someone saying MadBum didn't want to play in MN, but a Giants beat writer saying he DID want to play in Arizona. And for all those who say who cares about years 4 and 5 of a big contract: I seem to remember everybody on here screaming at the top of their lungs about how Joe Mauer's contract was an albatross the last few years. And he was a hometown hero. I can only imagine the outrage if the Twins would have had a big contract weighing them down in 3 years as Berrios, Buxton, Sano, etc really started to get expensive.
  15. Wish I had bought that discounted(still like $90) Joe Vavra jersey at the proshop a couple years ago. Didn't know they made jersey's for the coaches. Full disclosure, I almost did buy it anyway. My wife and I bought the best dog ever from him just as he got hired by the Twins. It always seemed like he(the dog) would recognize him every time he popped up on TV. Second random thought...I remember once Jeff Reboulet wearing a shirt in the locker room that said "Forget Mike, I Want to Be Like Puck". I searched everywhere for that shirt.
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