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  1. Thanks, Brock! Just tried it out, as I was used to old way of screenshotting tables. This will be nifty!
  2. Totally agree. One move sets up a butterfly effect that channels throughout the roster. You could also say that most of that $7.5M in savings went to another guy... Alexander Colome. He signed for $5.5M with a $1.25M buyout. Maybe the Twins don't sign Colome with Semien in the mix, but we'll never know!
  3. The day is January 26th, 2021. The Minnesota Twins had been rumored to be interested in various middle infield free agent options, but Marcus Semien was their top target, according to Darren Wolfson. The fit made some amount of sense, as the right-handed Semien would provide some pop against lefties and defensive flexibility across the infield. Semien did not sign with the Twins on January 26th. He accepted a one-year contract worth $18M to join the upstart Toronto Blue Jays, as their primary second baseman. The Twins quickly pivoted, signing Andrelton Simmons to a one-year $10.5M contra
  4. We'll have to see about the draft pick. That could end up to hurt, it could end up to be nothing. Look at the chart above for the chances that the pick goes on to have a successful major league career. V2 essentially boils down to this: The Twins are trading more POTENTIAL Value (Graterol, Raley and the Draft Pick are all varying "ifs") for more KNOWN 2020 roster flexibility. Considering where the Twins are in the window, I take that deal. I really think the $10M will allow this team to be more aggressive at the deadline, rather than be absorbed back into the books. The Twins can do what
  5. I am not necessarily calling this trade a heist by the Twins. Losing a top prospect like Graterol hurts, but I think it's fair. The likelihood is that the Dodgers end up with more future value from Graterol, Raley, and the draft pick. The Twins get more value in 2020 out of the deal. However, my argument is that this version is a better trade from the first version (Graterol for Maeda straight up). This trade was always about providing more value to the 2020 team, and receiving $10M with an open 40-man roster spot helps paint the picture that Falvine hope to add more at a later date.
  6. Great point. I have heard it's a deep draft, relative to previous years. Teams are trading up to get more picks. Then again, I will caveat that I am far from a draft expert!
  7. The three-team mega blockbuster involving the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers is finally complete. At this point, most Twins fans are aware of what happened - a deal was in place on February 4th, sending Graterol to Boston as part of the return for offloading Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers. However, that soon changed after Boston came to the conclusion that Graterol was not destined to be a starting pitcher. This was a conclusion that the Twins publicly announced well in advance of the trade. Chaos, medical speculation, and finger pointing ensued, and th
  8. Walker is definitely more intriguing, but it's hard to peg how effective he would be with the last two years lost to injury. Walker has more upside, but it's easier to see Chacin providing starts at the beginning of the season. I would not be opposed at all to signing Walker to a similar deal, and seeing how the cards are dealt.
  9. All great points. He also only has to provide innings until Pineda returns. If he's pitched effectively to the point of staying past that, all is gravy. And if he looks like a pumpkin in Spring Training, there's no commitment to roll the dice with him. The risk is the status quo (so, none), and the upside is the return of a guy who had been an average to slightly above average major league starter just two years ago.
  10. Jhoulys Chacín has signed to a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins, according to Robert Murray. This move raises the floor of the starting rotation with no risk, and Chacín has a history of being a dependable mid-rotation starter. However, that history was clouded by a terrible 2019, which is why the Twins were able to sign Chacín to a minor league deal. Chacín’s major league career to this point can be summarized in four acts: ACT I: Colorado High (2009 - 2013) 608 IP, 37 W, 41 L, 3.61 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 126 ERA+, 9.6 fWAR Chacín broke into the league with Colorado in 2009 at the age
  11. This post wasn't necessarily about his defensive aggression, but he does have to stay on the field for the offensive changes to bring an impact to the team on all sides of the game. Many of the quotes going around last season all spoke to Buxton's "instinct" to try and catch these balls. He's been told at every level how hard he works, being verbally rewarded when he sacrifices his body for defense. The new regime has tried to curb his aggression, but logic only takes you so far in the heat of the moment, especially at the speeds he travels. It's a Catch-22, because you would want Buxton t
  12. If he's healthy for a full season and provides similar offense, it's certainly possible he could lead the team in WAR.
  13. Byron Buxton has proven that he will provide multiple wins above replacement, if he stays healthy and hits at an acceptably average level. The bad news is that Buxton failed to stay healthy for the latter half of 2019, limiting what could have been. The great news is that he appeared to be making major swing and philosophy adjustments that may lead to above-average offensive production going forward. The first step was reducing his strikeout rate (K%), that allowed him to have a chance to put more balls in play. While Buxton may never have a strikeout rate below 20%, his 2019 K% of 23.1% dec
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