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  1. I don’t need to participate in all the dreary complaining as I will have all winter to do that. I guess some want to start early so as to be first in line with their “I told you so’s”. I still cling to the apparently antiquated notion that baseball is fun. Man, what I would give to be able to go back in time and see another Killebrew at bat. Right now I am going to enjoy the ride and personally hope that the Twins win the division, and a round of playoff games. It would be even better if they went all the way to the WS and stuffed it down the throats of the depressing complainers. So yeah, that is what I hope to see. This life goes by so fast. Morse is right..”enjoy the ride”. I will be at the game in Anaheim tomorrow and will be loudly encouraging my favorite team.
  2. 2 months in a row of below .500 performance does not suggest we should be emptying out the farm. This team is more than a good starting pitcher away from being a serious contender. Getting the “participation” trophy of possibly winning the AL Central is a lousy reason to trade good prospects. I was also at the games on Friday and Saturday. Joe Ryan was actually not as bad as the outcome suggests. He did throw 5 meatballs in the center of the strike zone that were not missed by 5 different hitters, however he otherwise had good poise and good stuff. Wearing Twins gear and enthusiastically cheering Buxton’s jack certainly gave the local partisans plenty of material to work with later. Saturday on the other hand was good fun and the Twins players were also having a good time. Sat behind their dugout both nights and their demeanor was radically different between the two nights. Some good pitching by Sonny Gray and a helpfully inert umpire fired the boyz up. I am usually an eternal optimist with the Twins but reality was on display these past 2 months and it is clear that the Twins are 3-4 quality pitchers short of meaningful contention.
  3. It seems like given the SS uncertainty next year that they would use every opportunity to take a longer look at Palacios. Happy for Soto though. Definitely a feel good story.
  4. Tangential thought in Miranda. Either Kiriloff or Larnach will be taking that roster spot very soon. Lewis will likely be back in the next couple of weeks
  5. Although not mentioned getting Larnach back would be a nice boost. IMO, when Correa is activated Lewis needs to head to AAA to practice being a SS. He is most likely our SS FT next year.
  6. It will be interesting to see who the PTBNL is. The structure of this trade suggests to me that it won’t be a throw-in. The $6.6MM added had to be about something more the average low A ball lottery ticket.
  7. Paddack’s first 3 seasons look like a lot of high end prospects numbers while they are learning. The raw material here is very good, is 26 years old, and comes with 3 years of control. It would not be surprising to see him at or near the front of our rotation in a year or two. Pagan also has a very good arm and good control with 2 years of team control left. My opinion is that these are both pitchers who need a new environment and more thoughtful coaching. There is a lot to like here. Rogers is the oldest player here and the one at the most risk of injury and is in the decline phase of his career.. He had one year of control left. If he has the good year that so many fans seem to expect he will be $9mm+ Next year. If he doesn’t he could be looking for a job late next winter. Brent Rooker was most likely someone we would have been releasing within 30 days for his roster spot. I rate this a solid win for the Twins
  8. Is there an injury news on Sonny Gray?
  9. I would prefer the Twins try to a make a run at John Means. I think we would line up better with the Orioles on a volume prospect trade and the Orioles have at times indicated Means could be available. He will be starting to become expensive before there window is open so I think it is inevitable that they are going to trade him. They are drastically moving and raising the outfield walls in Baltimore so perhaps they want to shine his numbers a bit before moving him.
  10. Pretty shocking how low of value they placed on Garver. Apparently the FO didn’t believe that Garver could stay healthy. IFK is a nice addition at short but did we really have to give up one of the better hitting catchers in baseball to get him?
  11. Even Jim Pohlad seems to be backing away from this one. It is time for some good old fashioned owner meddling.
  12. I like the idea of Kluber and Wood although this market suggests that those numbers may be low.
  13. I like the idea of high quality pitchers on short term contracts. We have one of the deeper starting pitching pipelines in baseball which seems to be getting forgotten. I feel the disappointment of the Berrios signing but that trade may come to look brilliant. The Thor signing bothered me more as I feel that the quality starting pitchers available on 1 year contracts is a short list. I would be happy to hear that we traded for any of the 3 SPs presumed to be available from Oakland, as well as the Reds or Marlins SPs. Every offseason there are a number of fans that think the Twins should be in on the very top of the starting pitching market and are angry when we are not. The list of teams that get to shop in that aisle of $30mm+/yr pitchers is about 8 teams. Moreover I can not recall a top SP FA ever clamoring to pitch in MN. Being perpetually upset at the FO for not taking steps that are not even on the table is ludicrous. The Cheap Pohlad saw is equally lame. They may be perceived as mega rich but they are not obligated to spend for the entertainment of others. All the owners could spend more but most scale their payroll to the size of the market revenues. We don't have it any worse than the majority of teams in MLB. I think it sucks that their is no financial parity in MLB. To me that detracts from the game of baseball. just my .02$
  14. The Twins have an awesome AAA setup. St Paul should be really proud of that beautiful park. On the night Miranda debuted their was a double rainbow. Sign, yes?
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