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KirbyDome89 last won the day on February 2 2018

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  1. The Padres tendering him a deal last year doesn't make the Twins decision any less perplexing/stupid. So the strategy is to "stash," him on a crowded 40 man and make acquisitions/cuts around him until they get an offer that's acceptable? I mean c'mon....Do you honestly expect teams to start making significantly better offers, ones that would justify Pagan occupying a roster spot, later in the offseason or ST? I understand you aren't beating the drum for Pagan to return, but the logic you're using to rationalize the move is shallow at best. There will almost always be some other team(s) sniffing around. Organizations kicking the tires isn't relevant when we're talking about how a guy like Pagan fits for the Twins. We just watched this play out with Sano, he'll certainly draw interest elsewhere, but I doubt we hear much moaning about the Twins being wrong to move on because somebody else decided to hand him a big league deal.
  2. ....or if the player isn't fixable. It makes plenty of sense to say "he was terrible for us, what we thought we could fix only got worse, let's not pay him again; he can be another team's problem." Neither do I, but I absolutely believe it matters where he was. If having him in house was such an advantage, and the results somehow managed to top his last two s*** seasons, that's a strong indicator that either your ability to "fix," him is non-existent, or there's no fixing to be done. This isn't a card game where the deck just reshuffles; the Twins organization isn't going to radically change between now and opening day, yet we should expect that from Pagan. I forget, was Pagan on that Padres roster Opening Day?.... If MN can unload him, great; good riddance. I don't think whatever paltry return they'd get will be worth tendering him the deal and flirting with having him in the bullpen to start the year, but at that point I won't care.
  3. Yeah I disagree with your interpretation. Those things (physical or mental capability) are a product of the engine, not the the force that's driving it, but that's not really the point. Sure, every team thinks they can fix somebody else's broken pieces, but not every team watches that signing blow up in spectacular fashion and then thinks they'll re-up and run back the same experiment with different results. That's where this argument starts to fall apart for me. If Muncy posts an OPS barely over .600 in 2018 does LA continue feeding him ABs? Ditto for Urshela, and really all the others listed as well, Lopez being the lone exception, and he was a Baltimore draftee and pre arb so it's not really all that comparable. I don't doubt someone else would've given Pagan a shot, but I do have serious doubts about how many other teams would've been eager to hand him a contract if he was blowing games for them last season, or the previous two.
  4. I guess if you believe his issues with HRs and baserunners are going to evaporate then sure, it's the engine. Shiny was in reference to the K rate and "stuff," that's constantly touted despite the poor results. I think there's something that doesn't click internally but the real point was that interest outside of MN doesn't validate the decision to sign or keep Pagan anymore than guys signing or being claimed elsewhere invalidates the Twins decision to let them go. Do I think they were "dumb," for rolling the dice on him last year? Not necessarily, but it wasn't exactly a great gamble. Do I think they're "dumb," for tendering him a deal? If he's on the team opening day, yes. It's such a high risk/low reward move. Even if it works out for this season, the process (acquire a guy who finds a way to go from bad to worse, feed him the ball until your season is cooked, tender him a cheap deal and stick him in lower leverage situations) is awful and non-repeatable.
  5. If I buy a lemon that was much more of a headache than it was worth, and eschew the chance sell and recoup part of my initial investment, was my decision making process sound at any point just because somebody else liked the shiny wheels?
  6. Actively cringing at the fact they could've gotten something for him and instead decided to run it back with one of the worst relief pitchers in team history.
  7. Absolutely love the cream alternate. It's clean, classy, and the all white TC cap fits perfectly. Nice work. The pinstripes for the road unis are cool. Roads are never that flashy but I like these. The Navy alternates are ok. I'm not a huge fan of the lettering but whatever. I didn't realize how large the script on the white tops was when I saw the leaks. Honestly, it's a little much for me. The blue numbering to offset the red script is nice though. I wish they would've gone back to the original sized TC on the caps, it looks like they kept the enlarged version they introduced alongside Kasota Gold. I hate the M caps. The north star (I'm assuming that's what it is) feels so out of place that it ruins any shot at this being a decent cap.
  8. Yep, the dude pretty much eroded any positivity the fanbase had for him over the last 3 years. He played an ugly brand of baseball in the field and at the plate by the end. I don't begrudge anybody for getting tired of watching it, I know I did.
  9. Me too, I hope that color never comes back in any way, shape, or form. The white tops look nice and I agree on the navy alternate as well. I don't think it's much of a step up from the old navy top, and that one looked like a Target knock off jersey IMO.
  10. They limited his innings but he was shelved due to a hip injury (which likely is related to the groin issues he had all of this season) not workload.
  11. Yeah, if shorts starts weren't "the plan," they were at the very least an obvious aftereffect of roster construction and organizational philosophy. Honestly, if the FO wasn't planning on short starts it's probably more of an indictment than simply failing to build a bullpen and develop young arms capable of easing the innings burden.
  12. Totally on board......with a number of years and AAV we feel provides great value. What team isn't interested within those parameters?
  13. He does throw the fastball "more and more," it's his only plus pitch, he throws it 60% of the time, and that usage isn't a secret. Pushing Ryan to develop at least one other respectable off speed pitch isn't about fixing what isn't broken, or forcing him away from using his FB; it's about trying to raise his ceiling from fringy back end guy to solid middle of the rotation guy. Better teams were quick to make the adjustment this year; Ryan's numbers against playoff teams were awful.
  14. "How can we tell if a batted ball would have been a hit against a normal alignment? There’s certainly some level of judgement involved, but in most instances, it’s not a difficult assessment to make." There's nothing in the article that shows how they're arriving at these numbers, only the vague statement above. The piece seems to be working backwards, particularly when they start talking about the shift ending the "launch angle era," or being the primary culprit for BA trending downwards.
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