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  1. I like the chart. The pitching staff was a pretty obvious potential problem even in the off-season. The twins seemed too invested in best case scenarios. And, despite the injuries, the offense wasn't horrible and had some bad luck. Sano's slump was a killer as well. That all said, I think the FO should take the majority of the blame. Rocco second. Players/injuries the rest.
  2. Trading for Alcantara would be a great idea. Miami seems to have a few decent pitchers, I'd be happy to take them all. That said, I'm not sure Miami would want those two guys, I'm honestly not sure what they're doing, but they have five prospects in the top 100, three of which are pitchers in AA, AAA, MLB this year. They'll have a top 6-7 pick this year and a supp, I believe. Other than the weird 2020 season, they haven't been a winning team since 2009. It looks like they are desperate for bats. And we have bats.
  3. None, if we have the money to bring in a big free agent, I want it to be a pitcher. That said, to answer this thread, Carlos Correa would look great in a Twins uniform.
  4. You know, this season has really sucked but MLB has some really exciting players. Vlad is probably my favorite non-Twin since Ichiro. I don't expect we will win this series but it could be a fun one to watch and a very hard test for our pitchers.
  5. I think Brandon is right. Over his last 18 games, Rooker is hitting .294/.419/.510. Unless he collapses (certainly possible), you could argue that he's slowly adjusting to ML hitting and first round picks tend to get multiple chances. I think it's probably more a 80/20 odds that he stays.
  6. Man, I think this is really close to what will happen. I should have just copied it.
  7. We've had 30 years of experience. According to Cots, this years payroll was the second highest ever at 125m. Attendance was down. We aren't making a big splash in free agency (and if were, I'd hope it was on pitching). The offense will probably be pretty similar to this year. C - Garver/Jeffers 1B - Kiriloff 2B - Arraez SS - Polanco 3B - Donaldson LF - Larnich CF - Martin/Celestino RF - Kepler DH - Sano Assumptions - Buxton's traded for a Berrios type return. I think the Twins would try to move Donaldson but won't be able to but probably will by the deadline and Arraez is a good replacement there for him. I could also see the Twins spending a small amount to bring in a defense-first short stop again.
  8. I mean, you know this is a completely misleading and not remotely honest. Berrios was 22 and a top 20 prospect in all of baseball. Ober and Ryan were in A ball at 22. These aren't even remotely comparable. And again, you know this is misleading. Gibson had a 2 WAR season, a 3 WAR season and then the disappointing 1 WAR season. Dobnak has a negative WAR for his career and was out of baseball for years and the Twins are the only team in baseball that thought he was a ML pitcher. By the end of 2016, Gibson had started 100 games, amassed 6 WAR and thrown 570 or so innings. But, hey, maybe you honestly think a future of Dobby, Ober and Gant will work out. Or maybe you're trying to minimize what the Twins had to make the current FO look better than they are.
  9. I think one thing that is overlooked in these discussions is how bad ownership has been for the Twins for 30+ years. It's to the point we take it for granted. Ryan, Smith, and now Levine were handcuffed by ownership's refusal to spend reasonably. Until MLB created the draft pool for the 2012 draft, the Twins couldn't necessarily draft the best player, they had to draft players they can afford. Even when they picked Mauer, Pohlad was quoted as saying he felt it was his duty to not overpay for draftees. This FO has, by far, more payroll flexibility than the previous Twins but they still are hamstrung. Berrios should have been an obvious player to stay but if he won't take a team friendly deal, they had to move on. They are almost certainly going to trade Buxton this offseason. If I had a choice between new owners or a new FO, I'd easily take new owners.
  10. The replay didn't look good. I thought, "hope he didn't break his knuckle."
  11. Another nice inning. Would love to see him get a complete game!
  12. Rortvedt looks like he should be a better hitter than he is. He has a nice stance and swing. I'm always depressed when I realize how bad his bat has been.
  13. The Yankees won the trade but that doesn't necessarily mean it was a "bad" trade for us. Unless the prospect flames out, usually you lose a trade where you send a guy with more years of control for a vet. But were there better internal options or low value free agents? Cave was cheap, was this a cost based move? But the number of defensible but didn't work out as envisioned moves by this FO is certainly growing.
  14. Nice article! I've mentioned this before but I have a friend who is an international scout for the Royals. He pushed heavily for them to sign Whitefield but they didn't. He sent me a text the day he signed with the Twins telling me that we got a nice little player with upside. When he made the majors, he told me his bosses sent him a congratulatory note as well.
  15. It's stuff like that makes discussions impossible. It's either the Twins had no pitching when the new guys took over or they had a great pitching system. It's either you think the FO is doing well or you think they are clueless idiots. Jesus. Everyone has to go to extremes. No one ever wants to concede or even accept the other side might have a point.
  16. I like this post, a lot. Not much to add here and maybe more of a clarification but maybe 3A) trade from depth. We have a lot of corner outfielders, 1B/DH bats, and second basemen. Move them for pitching.
  17. Glad Green Bay lost. I hate them. SF looks good. The NFC west is going to be the most competitive division this year. Rough loss today for the Vikes. We should have won, lots of missed opportunities, not sure how the replay officials didn't reverse both calls but, whatever. Next week we could easily be 0-2. On the plus side, our punter seems pretty good and I had no expectation, none whatsoever, that our kicker would force overtime.
  18. Vikings played bad but officials had a pretty bad day, too. Ugly loss.
  19. Bradbury is having a pretty bad half, too
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