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  1. Fantastic article, Seth! Cool addition to the player analysis to see your late fall rankings. While you would have protected Baddoo, you would have still lost Wells (and maybe Ober?). Interesting question is whether the loss of Baddoo hurts worse than what would have been lost with Ober. Close, but I say no, as the Twins need pitching. Of course, with 20/20 hindsight, the 40-man contained several players you wish would have been removed or left unprotected to make room for all three of these.
  2. Yeah, I was wondering how Sano's play wasn't an error. Passing up the sure out for a throw home that has absolutely no chance.
  3. Thanks for the great write up, David. I also appreciate your additional playoff updates for the three teams in the hunt. Noting the long-awaited Joe Ryan start for the Saints tonight, have there been any hints from the organization as to when we'll see SWR make his Wichita debut? Unlike Ryan, SWR didn't even throw in the Olympics. But he'll be the last acquisition to make a debut.
  4. Too bad Strotman last threw on Tuesday. Since he's already on the 40-man, it would have been a great opportunity to get his feet wet.
  5. MLB.com rankings agree with the ordering of our top 3 (Lewis, Martin, Balazovic), but I was surprised there weren't more Twins in the top 100 prospects. Heck, Balazovic barely made it himself as #88.
  6. Sorry to sound a false alarm. I didn't see that the Saints are playing the back half of a postponed game (from June 20) where Jax and Rooker played...
  7. Griffin Jax pitched in today's St. Paul Saints game, so we must have a different starter tonight. He didn't make it out of the 3rd inning. 3 ER, 3H, 5BB and 2K. Playing mind games with the rookies? Also, Brent Rooker is DH'ing for the Saints. So far, 2-2 with a HR. Must be a couple of transactions that haven't been announced yet.
  8. You would have sons of coaches excluded instead? Your post assumes the applicants are all equally qualified, and that sons are chosen due to family connections. Isn't it possible that these sons have been immersed in the game as a result of being around their manager/coach father, and as a result, are more qualified than other applicants?
  9. I wonder if the still unnamed lower-level prospect is on the Dodger 40-man roster, just like Raley was on ours. Santana would be nice. Dodgers had a full 40-man roster. They brought in 2 from Boston (Betts/Price) and removed only one (Verdugo). They also bring in 2 from us (Graterol/Raley) and removed only one (Maeda). Understand the trade with LAA is off, so something has to give with the Dodger roster.
  10. The title of the article has just changed from Twins Back Out to Twins Willing to Back Out. Very dynamic situation, and maybe an indicator that Twins are using media as a negotiating gambit with BOS just as PseudoSABR commented above.
  11. Vanimal, where are you seeing that the Red Sox/Dodgers portion is official? Interesting. So, Verdugo and Maeda would be currently Red Sox. In that case, Twins leverage is lower than some might have perceived, as Boston could just plug Maeda into their rotation.
  12. Wonder whether the Twins will now try to re-work his contract? If he thought the Dodgers were unfairly affecting his paycheck, he probably should be equally or more concerned that the lower-payroll Twins may find ways to do the same. Consider structuring it to incentivize appearances and IP rather than starts and IP. At least from the Maeda's perspective, if he is forced to come out of the pen then, he would get a pay bump to compensate for the impact to his ego. Either way, it is clear the Twins are receiving a disgruntled pitcher. Let's hope Maeda is happier in MN!
  13. Should have looked it up before posting...yes, Alcala needs to be added to the 40-man to be protected from the Dec 2019 rule 5 draft. Surprised then, that they didn't make this move earlier.
  14. Would Alcala have to be added to the 40-man this fall to avoid being rule V eligible? If so, this is an easy decision.
  15. Just 3 of the top 20 prospects were in action. So many of them (9) are at the AA level that a rainout there, along with injuries and a FTM rainout, meant that just a couple were playing ball yesterday.
  16. Did Stashak even get his name on the top of the test yet?
  17. I think that he does. He signed with the Astros after he had turned 19. This will be his fourth season in the minors. As such, I think he is Rule 5 eligible if not added to the 40-man.
  18. My prediction - when pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday, Pineda is moved to the 60-day DL. Twins will use the 40-man roster spot for Napoli. Unfortunately, they cannot do the same for Santana, because they would lose him through May (60 days from start of regular season). Signing Darvish likely means Kinley is offered back to Miami.
  19. I really don't like how Berardino communicated his speculative prediction. Setting aside the head-scratching logic, why state only that the odd man out could be Moya? He should have at least provide the bizarre reasoning...or stated Moya's absence as an independent fact for readers to draw their own conclusions.
  20. Thank you, Brandon, for this article. You were on the mark with the due process matter. I found some of the other portions to be a bit less fair. First, while you are right that Bitsy's testimony would be the strongest evidence against Sano at a trial, the questions posted on twitter about the enormous size of Sano (and whether someone his size/strength would "struggle" for 10 minutes to get her into a bathroom) would definitely be asked on cross examination. It is a fair question; people aren't wrong to question accusations, and should not be condemned for doing so. There are a number of other portions of her claim that will undoubtedly be explored as well (e.g., why did no one hear screaming?; why she wasn't raped if that was his intent?; if she noticed, but didn't reciprocate his flirting, why would she join him solo in the bathroom area?) Second, the article uses information to persuade readers of Sano's guilt that would not likely be admissible in court because of its unreliability. These include the suggestion that Sano must be a sexual assaulter because he made advances on an usher while playing for the Lookouts, and the studies on the probabilities of false sexual assault claims. Undoubtedly, some in our forum know the accuser well. They are right for believing her and supporting her. (They would also be right to acknowledge their relationship as potential bias to us readers.) For those of us that do not know her, we are under no obligation to believe one side or another before understanding facts, biases, motives, etc. The Duke lacrosse team was once accused of similar behavior.
  21. To be clear, please tell me you are referring to the 3rd and 4th pieces. Or, do you believe that JDL + Alvarez may no longer be the 1st and 2nd pieces? Thanks Dave!
  22. I agree that the Twins are responsible for the content of Wolfson's tweet, and that it has to be interpreted as what it is - negotiating through the press. However, I don't think you can conclude that your source hasn't been doing the same with you. Could be seeding you with information intended for the other party to the negotiation. I'm not making a judgment about what is actually occurring, but I am saying that you cannot be completely certain the information you are receiving and posting is the ground truth. That said, I have enjoyed your updates and the discussions immensely. So, thank you.
  23. Great thread Jaykay! I could not agree more with your sentiment. I'm just pulling for the kid, and really enjoying the show. I saw Byron go first-to-third in a spring training game two years ago, and I immediately texted a friend that I've never seen someone run so fast they get blurry. Let's hope he's able to carry over the comfort and confidence into next year, because he can make a huge impact!
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