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    dbminn reacted to AZTwin in Nelson Cruz traded to Rays   
    Ahhh and we got Joe Ryan. Like the deal. Guys that appear close to the big leagues with solid numbers.  Will contribute earlier rather than later. Probably back of the rotation types but that has some value
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Nelson Cruz traded to Rays   
    If true, this deal is going to make "who do I cheer for in the postseason" a verryyyyyyy easy decision.
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    dbminn reacted to Seth Stohs in Minnesota Twins 2021 MLB Draft Signing Tracker   
    I think this is a fair point. Edouard Julien was adament about going back to Auburn and then when they came back with the 5th round money, he signed. Could see the same here. As a senior next year, he'll have to be top 2 rounds probably to avoid being a 'senior sign' and get less than $200K... I don't think the Twins will go over that number. 
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    dbminn reacted to darwin22 in Game Score: Twins 7, White Sox 2   
    In this lost season its always good to get a "W" over the W-Sox.  A few observations/questions?
    1.  Did Pineda do enough tonight (impress another GM) to pitch his last game in a Twins uniform? If so, I'd like to thank Big Mike for 2+ seasons of quality work in our rotation.  When he was healthy, you could make the argument Pineda was our most consistent SP.
    2.  When will FO/mgmt realize their doing nothing but hurting (my opinion) Celestino by keeping him on the active roster?  Since his promotion to Twins on June 2nd, Celestino has played in only 19 games with only 51 ABs and has done zip at the plate (.137 avg/.185 OBP).  I do understand why he was promoted (injuries to Buxton and Cave and reluctance to play Kepler regularly in CF), but, I may be on an island here----this kid needs REGULAR ABs!!  Yes, the experience has helped him, but he was very average during his early season time with Wichita.  Is his demotion back to Wichita only a matter of time until mgmt decides to bring Cave (ugh) back from Saint Paul?
    3.  Is there any hope that some (desperate) team would be willing to deal for Colome?  Before allowing 1 ER tonight, Colome had put together a string (6 games) of allowing allowing only 1 ER in 6.1 IP.  I know, I'm reaching.
    4.  Nice to see the continued production from Polanco.  I wish my confidence level was higher as everytime he has a productive night I leave him on my bench on my fantasy team.
    5.  Is the promotion of Brent Rooker a foregone conclusion when Cruz is traded?  I'd like to believe what he's done at Saint Paul has earned him that opportunity....but his low avg and propensity to whiff and lack of defense has me thinking mgmt might be looking at Refsnyder or Garlick.  Others thoughts?
    and finally
    Who wants to make an argument---please provide facts----for Happ to continue getting regular starts the remainder of the season?  Count me in the camp that is strongly in favor of seeing some combination of Jax, Winder and Barnes fill 2 rotation slots throughout August until the FO deems Balazovic is ready for a call to 'the show'  Don't see FO eating the remainder of Happ's contract so he can provide mop up duty the rest of the season.  He has NO ROLE in 2022------no reason to give him any more starts.
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    dbminn reacted to Vanimal46 in Would You Do This Trade? José Berríos to the Mets for …   
    No doubt. The dominoes are stacked, and Berrios is the first one. If he goes, then the other dominoes will fall too.  
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    dbminn reacted to Seth Stohs in Kirilloff Having Wrist Surgery   
    Certainly not unexpected. They said when he came off the IL that it was a possibility but that he could play through it until the pain got bad again. I assume that's what happened, and they just decided now was a good time to get it done. 
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Twins, Rocco & Staff   
    @Greglw3 Berríos threw just 94 pitches last night and sailed through six innings, allowing fewer baserunners than innings pitched.
    And this is what vexes me about fandom and baseball management. Half the fanbase is screaming at Baldelli for pulling pitchers too early while the other half is screaming at him for leaving in pitchers for too long.
    What's most likely is that Baldelli uses his pitchers in a pretty similar way to other managers, he's just not pulling the right strings and/or rolling snake eyes way more than usual this season.
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Twins, Rocco & Staff   
    You're joking, right? You can't throw a rock on this forum without hitting five people who are mad at Baldelli.
    I agree that the front office should be closely examining why Baldelli has faltered this season (I think the loss of Mike Bell has hurt him a lot) and how to change that going forward. After two successful seasons out of three, I'm not ready to move on from Rocco quite yet.
    As for Johnson, I think your evaluation is pretty unfair. Just 12 months ago, he was a pitching genius for improving the squad drastically over a couple of seasons, culminating in the Twins posting a very good pitching staff last season. Until three months ago, no one questioned his ability to handle MLB pitching and it feels like a real knee-jerk reaction to decide he can't do the job because everything blew up in everyone's face this season. There's plenty of blame to go around this season from the backup role players all the way to Derek Falvey.
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    dbminn reacted to adjacent in Trade Deadline Preview: The New York Mets   
    I took a look at the Mets minors. I am no expert, but the whole system doesn't seem very good to me. I don;t know if they are a good partner from the Minnesota point of view,
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    dbminn got a reaction from DocBauer in Olney: Twins reluctant to trade Buxton, Berríos, Rogers   
    My guess is that Falvey is sending messages to both players and other GMs... "We like these guys and we're trying to sign them, but we'll listen to offers. Up until now, your offers haven't impressed us in the least."
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    dbminn got a reaction from Unwinder in Olney: Twins reluctant to trade Buxton, Berríos, Rogers   
    My guess is that Falvey is sending messages to both players and other GMs... "We like these guys and we're trying to sign them, but we'll listen to offers. Up until now, your offers haven't impressed us in the least."
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    dbminn got a reaction from Danchat in Olney: Twins reluctant to trade Buxton, Berríos, Rogers   
    My guess is that Falvey is sending messages to both players and other GMs... "We like these guys and we're trying to sign them, but we'll listen to offers. Up until now, your offers haven't impressed us in the least."
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    dbminn got a reaction from chpettit19 in Olney: Twins reluctant to trade Buxton, Berríos, Rogers   
    My guess is that Falvey is sending messages to both players and other GMs... "We like these guys and we're trying to sign them, but we'll listen to offers. Up until now, your offers haven't impressed us in the least."
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    dbminn reacted to Tim in Trade Deadline Preview: The New York Yankees   
    I think the best fit for the Yankees would be Max Kepler. They need a left handed bat more than anything, Kepler and the short porch in right would be great. They also would stay under the luxury tax, which is their biggest concern right now.
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Olney: Twins reluctant to trade Buxton, Berríos, Rogers   
    Berríos has bet on himself since day one. This is more of the same, in my opinion. I don't know why we need to ascribe animus to the situation just because a guy wants to maximize his payday and has faith in himself that he can do it.
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    dbminn got a reaction from In My La Z boy in Olney: Twins reluctant to trade Buxton, Berríos, Rogers   
    Here's Falvey with Mad Dog Russo on MLB Network today:
     
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from Melissa in 3 Twins Second Half Storylines to Follow   
    I will:
    Appreciate every Cruz PA while he's a Twin. Enjoy watching Buxton play again, no matter how many or few games.  Follow the young OF, Kirilloff and Larnach, as they continue to improve. Hope Gordon can develop into a solid MI/CF. I'm pulling for the young man after what he went through the past two years. Monitor the trade wire for an answer to the big question... retool or rebuild? Be surprised if Balazovic pitches for the Twins in 2021.   
     
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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in The Trade Deadline - Who Stays, Who Goes?   
    Cruz, Colome, and Pineda.....though I'd like more, I think that's it. I do think Simmons is about 50/50 right now....
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    dbminn reacted to Aaron Noetzelman in Minor League Report (7/15): Jordy Blazes, Garv Sauce Thrives   
    New to the site.
    What are Varlands numbers on the traditional 80 scale? Seems like he always dominates.
    I read these every day. Seems like Osiris never gives up runs as well. What's his story?
    Jordy Blaze, keep that wing healthy and we'll see ya soon...
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    dbminn reacted to bean5302 in Minor League Report (7/15): Jordy Blazes, Garv Sauce Thrives   
    Glad to see Garver hitting the ball right away and Jake Cave running at full speed. Phrases like "back fracture" are kind of terrifying to me, and regardless of how people feel about his abilities on the field at the MLB level, I'd think nobody wishes those kinds of injuries on anybody.
    The fact Balazovic got through 7.0 innings on just 90 pitches and only 2 more batters than the minimum is awesome. That's serious efficiency to go along with the double digit strikeouts. Hope he can keep it going and get up to 100 innings. 
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    dbminn reacted to bean5302 in Minor League Report (7/15): Jordy Blazes, Garv Sauce Thrives   
    Varland didn't sound like he was really heavily scouted as he was a 15th rounder in 2019 and, of course, missed 2020 due to the COVID shutdowns. The Twins reworked his delivery mechanics and he picked up several miles per hour on his fastball. Varland sits in the upper 90s now and can touch 100 in max effort throws. He also throws a slider, changeup and is working on a cutter, but based on his draft position and him describing himself as fastball heavy out of college, I expect all of them have needed some work. Evidently the work on his pitches must be paying off, but his UCL strain right away in 2019 does set off some red flags on durability expectations as far as I'm concerned.
    If he can continue seeing success as he moves up the ladder, it'll be a huge feather in the cap of the Twins front office and obviously a dream come true to stand on the mound at the MLB level for a kid who didn't have a hint he'd be drafted before getting the phone call.
    Seth did an interview with him earlier this year.
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Twins Minor League Report (7/14): By the Hairs of their Chins   
    This is a fun time of the year to follow minor leaguers that aren't big prospects. Three guys that are on a roll:
    Jordan Gore having success as a RP. He should be a good coach if he doesn't make it to the Twins. How many coaches have made it to AA as both a middle infielder and a pitcher? If he does make it to the bigs, he presents some interesting flexibility as a PR and emergency defensive substitution. As Dman said, Bechtold has figured something out. How about Alex Isola? A late 2019 draft pick (paid overslot), he's progressed every month. In June, he took a ton of walks and hit with power. In July, he's slashing .340/.415/.617 while sharing C duties with Camargo. Has anyone seen him live this year?   
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    dbminn got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Twins Minor League Report (7/14): By the Hairs of their Chins   
    This is a fun time of the year to follow minor leaguers that aren't big prospects. Three guys that are on a roll:
    Jordan Gore having success as a RP. He should be a good coach if he doesn't make it to the Twins. How many coaches have made it to AA as both a middle infielder and a pitcher? If he does make it to the bigs, he presents some interesting flexibility as a PR and emergency defensive substitution. As Dman said, Bechtold has figured something out. How about Alex Isola? A late 2019 draft pick (paid overslot), he's progressed every month. In June, he took a ton of walks and hit with power. In July, he's slashing .340/.415/.617 while sharing C duties with Camargo. Has anyone seen him live this year?   
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    dbminn got a reaction from bighat in 3 Twins Second Half Storylines to Follow   
    I will:
    Appreciate every Cruz PA while he's a Twin. Enjoy watching Buxton play again, no matter how many or few games.  Follow the young OF, Kirilloff and Larnach, as they continue to improve. Hope Gordon can develop into a solid MI/CF. I'm pulling for the young man after what he went through the past two years. Monitor the trade wire for an answer to the big question... retool or rebuild? Be surprised if Balazovic pitches for the Twins in 2021.   
     
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    dbminn reacted to Dman in Trade Deadline Preview: The Toronto Blue Jays   
    I think with all the health issues Pearson has had there is talk he might need to be a reliever sooner rather than later.  I don't know that you want to trade your best asset for a guy who could end up like Alex Meyer.  Personally I would go a less risky route but that is just me.  If Pearson is healthy and meets his potential I think a straight up trade would make sense just based on years of control, but if that were the case why would the Jays trade him?  They would only trade him if they were betting he wasn't going to make it.
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