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  1. Thanks, this is what I was trying to understand, if the 3rd BC sent him, why would it be Sano's fault???
  2. And they aren't going to be stealing too many bases either...
  3. >> It kinda feels like Cave sticking around in MLB camp is just some epic-level trolling of Twins fans Exactly...
  4. I am not sure how much value I put in Baseball Trade Simulator from Baseball Trade Values but it works in their vacuum. I agree with you though, in that M&M for A&M isn't good enough in the A's mind. TS
  5. I think next year is an unknown at this point. Unless something dramatic happens I think it is safe to assume that CC will opt out. But I wouldn't rule out the Twins keeping him. It really depends on a couple of things. 1) the chemistry between the Twins (players and FO) and CC 2) what the Twins are doing to put together a WS Winning team. 3) how CC and his family like the TC area. TS
  6. This is not really a disagreement perse... Yesterday I went to Baseball Trade Values(https://www.baseballtradevalues.com) and sorted through a list of possible MLB pitchers the Twins could go after. I know we are hung up on the M&M boys from the As, but there are others. Just not a lot. Criteria: Value had to be above 20 (FM:39.6 and SM:14.1[yes this misses the 20 value but everyone talks about SM) Also had to be a listed as at least a Medium in the opportunity to acquire them. So beyond the M&M brothers. Framber Valdez(Astros) 83.3 Logan Webb(Giants) 71.5 Luis Castillo(Reds) 66.0 German Marquez(Rockies) 58.7 Tristan McKenzie(Guardians) 58.7 Pablo Lopez(Marlins) 57.1 Luis Garcia(Blue Jays) 54.8 Julio Urias(Dodgers) 48.2 Tyler Mahle(Reds) 44.4 John Means (Os) 41.8 I only used BTVs because it had a way to search and compare. The right thing to have done, (but an IT career and starting a film career leaves little time to play GM), would be to download the lists from BTV and then add additional sorting criteria AFV, availability, Trade Value. I have no idea on the true availability to the Twins, (e.g. Guardians trade in their division, Giants/Dodgers trading away anything, etc...) So there are options, but if we don't get any of these or the M&M Boys then lets go with our pitchers instead of adding additional retreads. Fingers Crossed the FO can pull a second miracle out of the hat that doesn't strip our farms system. BTW Fun Fact: Only one pitcher was listed with an availability of NONE. Garret Cole, NYY. Pax, y'all
  7. Great article. New perspectives always enhance and expand our thinking.
  8. It can't be $130M after signing CC. At this point if they need 2 quality pitchers. I am not really counting on much from Dylan. There is no sense in paying CC $35.1M just to squander the season away. I could see the payroll going to $150+ which is unheard of for the Twins but they will pack them in AND if they get the right pitchers make a good run. I like to offense and now the defense of this team. Not perfect but it is very well set. Plus you have some pieces to work with if you want to make moves. it is really hard to be patient now that we have been given a 5 Star entree LOL
  9. Holy crap, we are dissecting grammar and idioms now... I agree with starting him in the bullpen if it can help the Twins. Johann did it, I think he turned out OK. Not sure if its Duran or someone else, but lets do what it takes to win and still build a strong foundation for winning. One way to entice Carlos to stay beyond one year is to show the commitment, in actions not words, to building a World Series Champion. I think the Twins have some excellent components in place.
  10. Anyone who plays hard and won't back down is fine by me... Also JD always seems to have his teammates' backs. The front office gives us a BangBangBang weekend and then quiet for TWO days... Cruel... TS
  11. Only with a multiyear offer and incentives...
  12. I afraid of this happening too. First I like Big Mike, but he CANNOT be your move. I'd over pay for some guys on a 1 year prove it deal...I've heard, (and I think is is BS though), that Rodon(need to remember to drop the N) and Story could accept these. I honestly think it might be better trading if they miss on Rodon. Go after one or two of the pitchers in Oakland or Tampa. Sign Jansen as a reliever to pair with Tyler (righty/lefty) and let the kids play to see who is any good.
  13. First LOVE C&H. Have the complete set. Two I would like to a new Story at shortstop, but I think he waits on CC to sign. Hence I voted for Rendon.
  14. I agree. In fact you could trade one starting positional player for Manea. According to the Trade Simulator, you could swap Jeffers for Manea. But you would need a good sense if you could sign him.
  15. I love the The Machined, durable, solid #2 stuck in a role of being a #1. If he definitely said he wanted to test FA then I would flip him as well. 7 years is a long time for an Arm. I tend to favor higher value shorter term contracts for established #1 pitchers. For the Twins to ever be viewed as a good destination then need to do what the Nats did with Jason Werth(sp?), pay extra either in years or in annual salary to bring a BIG, (not 2nd tier), FA to Target Field. Out of the guys out there, I would go after Mad Max, serious. 2 years $90M, this gives him possibly one more contract with some team if he stays healthy. 1 year isn't going to do it. I would like to see up to 3 of the young Twins pitchers this year in any combinations. Growing for the future while they are still affordable. Get some Frankie Viola years before they leave if possible, Learning from Mad Max. Part of my sales pitch would be to talk to Mad Max about who he thinks would be a good #2 and possibly #3 we could realistically get. Rodon if his medicals are good? Trade with Oakland? Trade with Tampa? Yes this would push our budget past the 10% increase, but it would sell tickets and then hire away the 2nd in command from the marketing teams at Barcelona, Man United, Bayern or Man City. The US pro teams, except the NBA, are behind the soccer world when it comes to marketing merchandise. Yeah I am dreaming... But we can't simply do what we have always done and expect different results. If not Mad Max, then a SS. But the SS will cost you more years and more money long term. Displaced Tom but lifelong Twins fan...(Killer, TonyO, Ceasar Tovar, Jim Kaat, Jim Perry, Rod Carew and the infamous Billy Martin...)
  16. Good stuff. I am a BIG fan of promoting our talent to find out if they are going to succeed as well as a big fan of trading excess talent to bring back what we need. I've been playing around with TD Build Your Own and swung big, (but albeit not accurately from what I believe will be a true $$ perspective on 2 pitchers, low $3M on a catcher (but happy to go internal) and resigning Buxton. So 2 FA pitchers, Ober, Ryan and....well I went to the Twins minors again with Balazovic. But I'd be happy to adjust if we could swing a deal withe Marlins for Jeffers or Garver and get some more high potential pitching. Displace Northern MN Twins Fan residing where the best hitter in baseball is located. DC - I love watching Soto bat.
  17. >>Still up on the border. Good times Warroad? Former EGF-er myself. Who will they draft this year? If not a player, a position and H.S versus College. I remember Keith Law being down on their selection of Berrios, I think he was a supplemental pick, but that has turned out awesome. I don't miss the winds coming out of the Arctic Circle and thundering across MN in the winter times... TS in DC (yes I need your sympathy...)
  18. Actually Thrylos, Seth never mentioned fiancé. DC did when asked where he was when he found out he was drafted. Also DC mentioned the players who made the 5+ hour trip for his wedding, with 2 of them standing up at his wedding. I think it was refreshing to see that he complimented his coaches for his success.
  19. I read a couple of your posts and spot on, but with a caveat. If the player is worth and may not be here in 3 years because you have an prospect to replace him and get value in return. But for the love of God and the Hamm's Bear, don't throw money at fringe players... Which is why I am against Castro unless he can hit at least 1/4 of the time. .215 average, we have that kind of impact already.
  20. You can take Keith Law's opinion with a grain of salt, he was wrong after all about the Twins drafting Jose Berrios.... I quote: "but I also don't see much upside here beyond a fringy regular unless he can suddenly start making more contact." Not worth the ink. Id rather push our catchers instead of spending $$. Ramos has a better arm and infinitely better bat.
  21. This one is a no-brainer via the FA Market. Either you get Wilson Ramos on a good deal or no one at all. No one else adds any improved value either via hitting or defensively to make any sense. I would even go 4 years for Wilson for a couple of reasons. 1) He always could hit, he throws out 40% of the base stealers. A plus over who have now. 2) If/When our catching prospects are ready, you could trade him to a contender that needs a catcher/hitter. The rest of the FA options aren't worth the ink to sign them from the Twins POV.
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