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    dbminn reacted to TheLeviathan in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    You won't have remorse that Buxton couldn't live out that contract or be what we hoped he could be?  That sounds implausible.  We could look back in 5 years, not with remorse that we did it, but with remorse that it didn't work.  
    I would hope any Twins fan would be upset that we never get another PA out of Buxton.  That's demonstrably bad for us as fans, for the team, and for Buxton himself.
    You can acknowledge downside or failure in a move without regretting the decision.  Those are not mutually exclusive.
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    dbminn reacted to USAFChief in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    You maybe, but not "we."
     
    There is no chance I look back on this with remorse. None. There is absolutely NOTHING the Twins could have done with $100m this offseason that would have been money better spent. 
    If Buxton never gets another PA, I won't complain. 
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    dbminn reacted to Doctor Gast in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    Congratulations to Buck & FO! We are fortunate that Buck is a forgiving man and that he indeed wanted to stay in MN. God bless him. May he be able to max out his contract.
    Now get the trading machine warmed up for starting pitching.
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    Buxton, and it’s not close. 
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    I'm surprised about so many of the aspects of this contract. First, that the Twins were able to convince him to accept big MVP bonuses and not plate appearance bonuses, ensuring that performance, not health, will escalate the contract. Second, no opt out or anything, full no-trade clause (good for Buck!).
    Remember, Buxton *should* be a free agent *right now* but the front office hosed him very intentionally. Byron appears to be a very forgiving man and we should all be thankful for it. This is a very team-friendly contract.
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    dbminn reacted to HerbieFan in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    Seems like a fair deal for all involved.  The avg salary shouldn't keep the FO from pursuing FAs.  Now let's hope he  reaches some of those bonuses.
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    dbminn reacted to Unwinder in Byron Buxton Agrees to a Contract Extension with the Twins   
    This is an incredible bargain for the Twins, and it's amazing that they were able to lock him down for so many years. Wow!
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    dbminn got a reaction from wabene in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Nothing makes a manager look better than a great bullpen. Regardless of how one feels about Rocco, he didn't have the arms this season. A moribund bullpen. 🤫
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    dbminn got a reaction from h2oface in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Nothing makes a manager look better than a great bullpen. Regardless of how one feels about Rocco, he didn't have the arms this season. A moribund bullpen. 🤫
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    dbminn got a reaction from h2oface in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    You win the Most Concise and Biting Comment Award! Hard to argue too...
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    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Buxton, Rosario, Sano, Polanco and Kepler were all under 25 and on the Twins in 2016. Berrios, Pressley, Duffey and May were all on the big league team. They had won 83 games in 2015. Ryan et al had drafted Kirilloff, Baddoo, Rortvedt, Balazovic and Miranda in 2016. 
    Yes, the draft sucked for three years. The only player to develop, Garver, is thanks to the current front office. But I just named 14 players that have had a positive impact from the Ryan years. That is not a roster moribund and in despair. 
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    dbminn reacted to bean5302 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Keeping Pineda on the roster and pitching is totally defensible. The Twins already have 3 rookies in the rotation and 2 of the 3 are long shots to stick. They honestly don't have any MLB caliber starting pitcher candidates who aren't in the rotation right now. When Ryan is ready after his return from Tokyo, I expect he'll get a look. Thorpe will probably get a look if his velocity is there, Dobnak will probably be available at the end of the month. There aren't any legit options waiting for their shot right now.
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    dbminn got a reaction from gunnarthor in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    You win the Most Concise and Biting Comment Award! Hard to argue too...
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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    As someone said above, it didn't matter who he brought in earlier this year, they'd fail. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Nothing makes a manager look better than a great bullpen. Regardless of how one feels about Rocco, he didn't have the arms this season. A moribund bullpen. 🤫
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    dbminn reacted to bean5302 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Oh yeah, the way they had Garver play 1/2 to 1/3 of his games in the minors at utility positions and didn't give him a legitimate shot until they failed to protect Stuart Turner from the rule 5 draft, Jason Castro got injured, and their ill-advised free agent signing, Bobby Wilson, played like crap. The front office didn't defend Garver, instead allowing Molitor and Glen Perkins, among other pitchers, to take a nasty public swipes at the future starting catcher in 2017-2018.
    By the way, Garver made the call to a catcher framing coach, Tanner Swanson, not the Twins front office, and Garver spent the time working to improve himself. So Falvey does get credit for hiring the coach Garver reached out to for training, but it was Garver who was trying to seek an avenue of improvement.
    If it weren't for Garver's initiative and hard work while being publicly humiliated and largely ignored by this front office, he certainly wouldn't be starting for the Twins. This front office did just about everything they could to miss Garver's talent.
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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    How much do you think a manager matters? I mean, a FA player gets about $7-8MM per win......and only a handful of managers make even $5MM.....I can't see that they matter that much. Probably 2-3 wins, making them underpaid relative to players. I could be wrong, maybe they are worth a lot more, but then I'd think they'd be paid a lot more.
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    dbminn got a reaction from Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Pretty bad is better than "near death" and "in despair". 
    The change needed to be made. Falvey and Levine should get credit for convincing the Pohlad's to provide needed investments in the farm system and analytics. But they had six top-100 prospects on the roster, all under 25. They had a great draft class entering their first year. It's not like the rebuilds of the Astros of the past or the Tigers of the present. 
    Like I continue to say, Falvey and Levine have done okay - great in some spots, questionable in others. I agree that 2022 is a pivotal year for their regime. I just get tired of the hyperbole.
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    dbminn got a reaction from sjunisu in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    I generally agree with your comment, I have not called for Falvey or Levine's head.  I disagree that the system was moribund, which was Nick's summation:
    "This reassembled baseball ops department has been working ahead of schedule basically since they took over a moribund franchise in despair."
    That's a bit much. The org was behind in the times but the system's roster was not "near death".
    And... they inherited a 23 year old Berrios who had pitched well at both AA and AAA but only had 14 MLB starts to his name. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from gunnarthor in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Buxton, Rosario, Sano, Polanco and Kepler were all under 25 and on the Twins in 2016. Berrios, Pressley, Duffey and May were all on the big league team. They had won 83 games in 2015. Ryan et al had drafted Kirilloff, Baddoo, Rortvedt, Balazovic and Miranda in 2016. 
    Yes, the draft sucked for three years. The only player to develop, Garver, is thanks to the current front office. But I just named 14 players that have had a positive impact from the Ryan years. That is not a roster moribund and in despair. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Rigby in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Buxton, Rosario, Sano, Polanco and Kepler were all under 25 and on the Twins in 2016. Berrios, Pressley, Duffey and May were all on the big league team. They had won 83 games in 2015. Ryan et al had drafted Kirilloff, Baddoo, Rortvedt, Balazovic and Miranda in 2016. 
    Yes, the draft sucked for three years. The only player to develop, Garver, is thanks to the current front office. But I just named 14 players that have had a positive impact from the Ryan years. That is not a roster moribund and in despair. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    I generally agree with your comment, I have not called for Falvey or Levine's head.  I disagree that the system was moribund, which was Nick's summation:
    "This reassembled baseball ops department has been working ahead of schedule basically since they took over a moribund franchise in despair."
    That's a bit much. The org was behind in the times but the system's roster was not "near death".
    And... they inherited a 23 year old Berrios who had pitched well at both AA and AAA but only had 14 MLB starts to his name. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    The Twins weren't exactly "moribund" when Falvey and Levine arrived. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from In My La Z boy in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    The Twins weren't exactly "moribund" when Falvey and Levine arrived. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from wabene in Reasons for optimism   
    I'm optimistic that:
    At least a couple of the long list of SP prospects will become very good major leaguer pitchers. It can take time for them to develop and there have been a lot of injuries, but by sheer numbers, at least a few will succeed.  Rortvedt will eventually hit major league pitching. Catchers are two-way players, so it can take some time for both tools to develop. His defense is so good, he'll get multiple chances to improve his hitting. Miranda will become (at least) a very good major league hitter. He has upped his power a lot, added walks and still doesn't K  much. That's a great combination. I'll continue to attend both Twins and Saints games. The latter to watch all the prospects, the former because major league baseball is great. Once I enter the stadium, I tend to forget about the team's record. It's all about that day's game.
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