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  1. I see the FO/Twins doing what was done in Cleveland with pitching: Get a bunch of guys and get them to compete and see who ascends to the next level. All these young pitchers have talent. It is now up to the organization to enable the ascension. I think Rodriguez is like the others but with a bit of experience. I am leery of saying that Ober and Ryan are sure-fire rotation pieces. Both had a decent year last year; neither pitched that many innings. Both Ryan and Ober haven't gone much past 100 innings pitched in any year.
  2. I would trade Polanco because of the Bringback; keep Arraez, Miranda, Martin, Gordon to play 2B; JD, Miranda to play 3B (Sano sometimes); Lewis, Martin to play SS Get a quality SP for Polanco (love the bat, but his trade value is at the highest right now; ie he isn't injured) Then I'd try to trade Kepler I love the "youthful exuberance" of some of these players, Arraez especially
  3. I think he holds the bat too tightly; squeezes the bat handle (way) too hard. Someone needs to get into his head and say: "You are a .300 hitter (vice 60 HR guy)!" To that end, could someone please play "pepper" with Miguel every day for at least an hour.... From the simple dude.....
  4. Larnach reminds me of a left-handed Sano; fast ball in the zone - Smash; breaking ball - Strike 3eeee. Or even an earlier version of Buxton; Byron couldn't put the bat on a breaking ball; but after 2-3 years of futility he is now awesome ($100M awesome). It looks like Byron simplified his swing. I think I'd have Larnach play Pepper for at least 2 hours per day; I think he has plenty of bat speed, but needs to learn control of the bat..... (BTW, Sano should play 2-3 hours of Pepper per day, every day) Just a prediction, I'll bet R Lewis will have to simplify his swing to hit major league pitching. Great analysis from this article, very understandable.
  5. Just a thought: Why not let these kids play? If R Lewis is healthy enough to play/defend at SS, why not let him play say 4 of 7 games, 1-2 of the off games at DH. Would this be better/worse than what Simmons did? Polanco at SS, Gordon? Then, after 40 or so games, evaluate! At that time, the other SS (presumably Martin) would either be able to play/defend at SS or not. If we get a rental player for a year (Iglesias ?), they would need playing time. Bottom line: Is Lewis ready to be a major league Shortstop? Is Martin? If not now, next year? I really don't like that strategy: I say let em play!!
  6. I thought we already had Hosmer (just spelled D-o-n-a-l-d-s-o-n, and a couple ticks younger).........
  7. Newbie here; I googled the Twins record with/without Buxton in lineup. From Gleeman: "Since the beginning of 2019, the #MNTwins have played at a 99-win pace when Byron Buxton is in their starting lineup and an 81-win pace when he isn't. 100-64 record with Buxton. 106-106 record without Buxton. During that time, he's slugged .557 and rated +27 runs defensively. 8:49 AM · Sep 25, 2021·Twitter Web App" I'm not a WAR/analytics person, but this is entirely extraordinary. Twins are +36 wins when he plays and 0 wins when he doesn't. When he first came up, he couldn't put the bat on the ball, now, Crush-er-oma! If he isn't worth the money that they are talking about, then just field the AAA team in Minneapolis (like they used to do).
  8. What do you guys think? Sign Baez to be a long-term SS solution and then bring back his brother-in-law Berrios in '23.
  9. Ryan didn't wait for the starting pitchers market to mature before he signed Hughes, Nolasco and then Pelfrey. If you want the guy, just do it baby..... A healthy Wilingham at 6-8 $Mil is just about right, 2 year deal/extension?
  10. I like the "Thome" approach; let him have about 100 less at bats per year to keep him fresh not only for the end of this year but into next year also! Yes, if Josh W keeps producing, sign him for another couple years.
  11. my point is: "learning how to win"; that urgency, what can I do to help the team... If Meyers can do that with the Twins, I am all in, but the current Twins must prove that they can be in this pennant race.
  12. I think the Twins are bringing in guys with a winning track record; Kubel with the Twins, Morales with the Angels.... And then just some half-way decent players, Willingham, Corriea; to see if they become decent players who help make the Twins "Pennant Race" capable About Meyers/Mays, the Red Wings are in a pennant race, I think it would be wise for the Twins to let them try to win said pennant race, as opposed to bringing them up for a month or so of Major league experience (at least this year)
  13. Perhaps that would spur him on a bit...... Hmmmm.... Motivation??? How about introducing our friend J Mauer to our other friend M Zimmer; I believe his quote was: "I like the weight room!" Wouldn't that be something to have J Mauer beef up a bit, a little more zing on those line drives. Heck if J M worked for the Red Sox or Yankees and their "chemical engineering" shop, he'd be about 6'6" and 270 lbs (remember when Texeria's head looked very small)......again, Hmmmm.....Or how about the occasional weight room visit
  14. This guys got it!!! Now the elephant in the room: When do you look to trade J Mauer to Boston? There is no real 1B in the pipeline (Vargas/Sano???)
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