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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to Harrison Greeley III in Will the Twins Consider a Nelson Cruz Reunion?   
    Cruz needs to do the right thing. He needs to sign with the White Sox and be a shadow of himself like a good Twins hall of famer. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to mikelink45 in Will the Twins Consider a Nelson Cruz Reunion?   
    Just like Greinke - time to move on.  Age is not negotiable and we have enough bats to fill the DH/1B/corner OF slots.  He was great to have on our team, but like Thome he has only so much gas left in the tank at this stage and if you remember he left us mid season for a contender just like Cruz and then the next year he was on three different teams and called it quits. Time for the old song - Thanks for the memories -
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to DocBauer in Analyzing Outcomes for Recent Free Agent Relievers   
    I agree with the basic sentiment that signing a big $ BP arm seldom makes sense or turns out right. History shows this as being a crap shoot, but then again, FA in general can be that way I guess. That doesn't mean the Twins shouldn't sign SOMEONE they think has real value for $6-7M-ish to augment the back end of the pen. I don't know who that guy is right now I'm sorry to say. 
    We keep talking about making a trade for a quality SP with a couple years of control. But what about a trade for a BP arm from a team not expected to compete in 2022, OR, a team needing a little help somewhere who has a setup arm they would be willing to deal? That used to be a common way for teams to acquire a closer, get the setup guy from someone else who may be ready for the next step.
    Other than trading for Reardon, way back in the day, and nabbing Nathan from the Giants as, you guessed it, a setup man ready for an expanded role, the Twins excelled in developing their closer from converted starters within their system. Aguillera, Perkins, Trombley, Guardado are some examples. (Aguillera was acquired as a SP and then later converted). That is the best way to go to be sure. But we don't have THAT GUY at the moment. Alcala might be the next opportunity, but he's just taking that first step to being a reliable back end arm. Duran could be as well, but I'm sure as hell not going to give up on him as a SP at this point. Canterino is the same, but further away.
    They really, really need ONE ARM they believe in to join Rogers, Duffey, Thielbar and Alcala on that back end. And nobody wants to hear this, and I don't want to say it, but until someone shows me a real FA or trade target that makes sense....forgive me....I still have to wonder if Colome isn't a viable option. At some point, we have to forget April and May last year and look at his career and what he did from about June 1st on. I hope they can do better for the same $ or a bump, but I think he needs to be considered as a 1yr option. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from Heiny in Analyzing Outcomes for Recent Free Agent Relievers   
    How about we lobby MLB to require that relief pitchers must go back to their former teams. Let's name a few the Twins would get: Pressley, Hendricks, Graterol, Shaggy, May, Curtis, Anderson, Littel, Romo ( no wait a minute), Fernando Rodney ( uh oh...not again), Blake Parker ( I need to take a phone call) and Sam Dyson..., Astudillo... ? My wife is calling , it is time for me to get off the computer. See you guys later. Now if I can just find my delete button on this new laptop..
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from Scott51104 in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! Just NO ! I do not want to build a team this way. As Cuba Goodin said : "Show me the money, Jerry !"  Just spend the money and keep and reward the good players and sign some really good FA pitchers. Please. And start promoting players while they are younger. What more does Miranda need to do to get promoted?  Get some more hitters, and jettison those hitters who are strikeout artists. Throw the ball hard and accurately, hit the ball where they ain't, catch the ball. It's not that complicated. Damn. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from darwin22 in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! Just NO ! I do not want to build a team this way. As Cuba Goodin said : "Show me the money, Jerry !"  Just spend the money and keep and reward the good players and sign some really good FA pitchers. Please. And start promoting players while they are younger. What more does Miranda need to do to get promoted?  Get some more hitters, and jettison those hitters who are strikeout artists. Throw the ball hard and accurately, hit the ball where they ain't, catch the ball. It's not that complicated. Damn. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from Karbo in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! Just NO ! I do not want to build a team this way. As Cuba Goodin said : "Show me the money, Jerry !"  Just spend the money and keep and reward the good players and sign some really good FA pitchers. Please. And start promoting players while they are younger. What more does Miranda need to do to get promoted?  Get some more hitters, and jettison those hitters who are strikeout artists. Throw the ball hard and accurately, hit the ball where they ain't, catch the ball. It's not that complicated. Damn. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from Aerodeliria in One Fan's Opinion: Rooker is Ready   
    Good article. I think the Twins must keep Rooker over Garlick, due to Rooker's outstanding power. However his defense is lacking, and I am concerned about the number of Twins who have similar traits of big power and huge, rally killing strikeouts, when a single punched to the opposite field is needed.,  To be frank, I would like the Twins to adopt a new hitting strategy, which favors more singles and less strikeouts.
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from DocBauer in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! Just NO ! I do not want to build a team this way. As Cuba Goodin said : "Show me the money, Jerry !"  Just spend the money and keep and reward the good players and sign some really good FA pitchers. Please. And start promoting players while they are younger. What more does Miranda need to do to get promoted?  Get some more hitters, and jettison those hitters who are strikeout artists. Throw the ball hard and accurately, hit the ball where they ain't, catch the ball. It's not that complicated. Damn. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! Just NO ! I do not want to build a team this way. As Cuba Goodin said : "Show me the money, Jerry !"  Just spend the money and keep and reward the good players and sign some really good FA pitchers. Please. And start promoting players while they are younger. What more does Miranda need to do to get promoted?  Get some more hitters, and jettison those hitters who are strikeout artists. Throw the ball hard and accurately, hit the ball where they ain't, catch the ball. It's not that complicated. Damn. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to Doctor Gast in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Of coarse he's our most valuable trading chip because he's our MVP, he did it all, was under paid and was durable. But should we? The answer is absolute NOT.
     1st reason is he's still underrated because he's finally just recovering physically from his bout at SS and this was his 1st year return to 2B (Being 3rd defensively at 2B is amazing). As he continues at 2B and proceed to get completely well and find his groove, he'll regain his prowess (offensively and defensively), fulfilling his potential by becoming a MVP. Ever increasing his worth to us which is irreplaceable.
    2nd reason is by trading Polanco we are stating we are rebuilding. Then we are committed to trade away all our underrated valuable core players (Polanco, Buxton, Kepler, Garver and Donaldson). And let's throw in Sano, we won't come close to get what they are worth. This will cause a large influx of prospects, flooding our roster. We have already a serious 40 man roster crunch, losing valuable undeveloped CF and pitching prospects via waivers. (I've stated this for a while now). Now multiply that by the wave of new prospects, this is irresponsible and impractical.
    Our problems this year weren't due to the players where we need to get rid of the core and rebuild. It was due to management. I give them credit for removing Polanco at SS and getting a real SS. But I do fault them for not going out and trading for very good starters and closer that were bargains, instead dumpster diving FAs. Also how they mismanaged LF and CF subbing, relying on a weak rotation and failing BP. To name a few. Many blame injuries, good management allows for this by providing quality depth. Chicago had more serious injury problems from the beginning of the season but still handily won the division. I could go on.
    Since our management is returning, our only hope is that they transform their mindsets. If not and they choose to rebuild. They would have appropriately selected the right uniform (to commemerate the '91 WS win) to usher in the new "Twinkie Era". UGH!
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to tony&rodney in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    Considering the contract and the way Polanco responded to better health with a fantastic 2021 season, the Twins would need to get back quite a haul. His at bats are generally tough for the pitcher and he could easily maintain his production throughout the length of his contract. My sheet always includes Jorge Polanco at 2B, but the Twins might find a trade possible if another team offers the right collection of talent. I have not thought about what a Polanco trade would generate because I'm keeping him.
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to mikelink45 in Is Jorge Polanco the Twins' Most Valuable Trade Asset?   
    No, We need his bat, he hits HRs, but he also gets other hits something that is lacking for many of our batters.  As I watch the post season I have loved to see players get well placed hits against the shift.  That is true baseball.  Polanco has bat control and is a player I am happy to see come to bat. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Eddie Rosario   
    Oh, that's not what I meant at all. I'm happy Rosario is doing well with another team. I have nothing against the guy at all, I enjoyed his time with the Twins, it simply didn't make sense to keep him for $9m.
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to tony&rodney in Eddie Rosario   
    I might be wrong or confused but while I agree that it made sense to move on from Rosario last offseason, it is pretty  natural to be pleased that Eddie is contributing to his current team. I'm not obsessed with Rosario and it doesn't seem others were obsessed. At least I hope not because baseball is a tough business and teams need to bring in new players while the ones we watched are released, traded, or moved on from like Rosario. 
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to Number3 in Eddie Rosario   
    I know it does no good to dwell in the past. My main point is that I was glad to see Eddie in that situation. When Acuna returns to the Braves Eddie will probably be on his way to another team; that team being not the Twins. I do hope he sticks another year with the Braves. The Braves are my favorite NL team. Guess why? It is because when I was a kid they defeated the hated Yankees in the 1957 World Series and had a 3-1 lead in the 58 Series but managed to lose. Those were some teams with Aaron, Matthews, Spahn and the rest.
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to mikelink45 in Eddie Rosario   
    ESPN quote - on how the Braves rebuilt their OF after losing Ozuna and Ocuna.  "The Pederson acquisition was a boost, but it wasn't enough, so Anthopoulos leaped into action as the trade deadline approached. On one momentous day, he remade the outfield mix for manager Brian Snitker. In three trades completed on July 30, the Braves acquired Jorge Soler from Kansas City, Adam Duvall from Miami and Eddie Rosario from Cleveland."
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to tony&rodney in Eddie Rosario   
    No, at least we shouldn't. I'm not thinking that. I enjoy watching him hit though and Atlanta is still playing and Eddie had a nice hit for them. Maybe just some nostalgic rooting for a former Twin.
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to beckmt in 6 Questions that Will Determine the Twins' Offseason Course   
    Pohlad's have always stepped up for a face of the franchise player.  I hope they just pay Buxton.  IF you trade him you might as well tear it down and rebuild. You have a lot of pitching coming in the next few years, so hopefully that will work like Cleveland and put the young player pieces in around this.
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from Nick Nelson in 6 Questions that Will Determine the Twins' Offseason Course   
    Outstanding synopsis Nick. "Macro vs. Micro".  I felt like I was reading an article from The Atlantic. Really a well written article. Thank you.
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from DocBauer in Analyzing Outcomes for Recent Free Agent Relievers   
    I don't want to hear this, Doc.
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to DJL44 in One Fan's Opinion: Rooker is Ready   
    If Rooker was not already on the 40 man roster I doubt the Twins would acquire him from another team.
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    tarheeltwinsfan got a reaction from roger in Analyzing Outcomes for Recent Free Agent Relievers   
    How about we lobby MLB to require that relief pitchers must go back to their former teams. Let's name a few the Twins would get: Pressley, Hendricks, Graterol, Shaggy, May, Curtis, Anderson, Littel, Romo ( no wait a minute), Fernando Rodney ( uh oh...not again), Blake Parker ( I need to take a phone call) and Sam Dyson..., Astudillo... ? My wife is calling , it is time for me to get off the computer. See you guys later. Now if I can just find my delete button on this new laptop..
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to se7799 in Analyzing Outcomes for Recent Free Agent Relievers   
    I honestly believe our best options for relievers is to develop them in house.  I'd rather trade for, or pay for top end starters.  But so many good closers/relievers are converted or non successful starters.  We have witnessed this from our own team in the past few years.  Maybe a couple of our minor league starters whom can not handle a full seasons workload could become high end relievers soon.
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    tarheeltwinsfan reacted to Trov in Analyzing Outcomes for Recent Free Agent Relievers   
    I have never been a fan of going out to sign FA relievers to big deal.  One, relievers can be so volatile in terms of output.  You can find guys out of no where or guys that have long string of success flop.  Investing large sums to them never seem to pan out all that well. 
    I hope the team does not make in big splashes in the RP department.   
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