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  1. Even Jim Pohlad seems to be backing away from this one. It is time for some good old fashioned owner meddling.
  2. I like the idea of Kluber and Wood although this market suggests that those numbers may be low.
  3. 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 $30mm+/yr pitchers is about 8 teams. Moreover I can not recall a top SP FA ever clamoring to pitch in MN. Being perpetually upset at the FO for not taking steps that are not even on the table is ludicrous. The Cheap Pohlad saw is equally lame. They may be perceived as mega rich but they are not obligated to spend for the entertainment of others. All the owners could spend more but most scale their payroll to the size of the market revenues. We don't have it any worse than the majority of teams in MLB. I think it sucks that their is no financial parity in MLB. To me that detracts from the game of baseball. just my .02$
  4. 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?
  5. On a more hopeful note I was able to watch Miranda’s AAA debut and a few days later Winder’s in person. Winder was hitting 96 regularly according to the ballpark radar and seemed to have great command of all of his pitches. Miranda’s 3 homers were all smoked. I would love to know the exit velo on two of them. Scarcely time to stand up before they left the yard. Both nights were pretty cool. These were the first Saints games I have seen in years as I live in San Diego.
  6. Maybe Shoemaker can get a locker next to Winder. What an opportunity to share some of that veteran “savvy”.
  7. The front office did well in their trades for Odorizzi and Maeda. They came up with a solid solution to acquiring the services of Pineda. They came close on Lance Lynn. Many forget that he was coming off TJ surgery. It is pretty common for a SP to need 5-10 starts to start getting their control and velo back. I do think there are ways forward to build out the pitching staff. A lot of references on here to Tampa Bay. One of their strengths has been to find unheralded players on the rise and trade for them or sign them. Oakland is another team that seems adept at finding such players. I hope this off-season the FO can play to their similar strengths. It would appear that their strength is not finding the aging SP with something left in the tank.
  8. Tyler Wells is pitching well for a lousy Baltimore team. I had mentioned 3 players in an earlier thread that seem like the type this FO won’t audition. Palacios, Cano, and Moran. All 3 should be at AAA right now. IMO They are all better than their counterparts at STP. There are other names such Miranda & De la Trinidad that fit the criteria of being better than much of the STP roster. The Twins have a reputation for promoting their players slowly which is often described as “conservative”. I can think of other descriptions for that. Let the kids play! Give your top minor league club with which you share a market the best available minor league talent. Who knows, maybe it would be synergistic and help local fans overcome the malaise induced by the mlb squad. Might even provide a better setup for the FO to evaluate possible LT pieces…(smacks forehead)… I will sit back and wait for the chorus of “that’s not how it is done” that will come from some quarters
  9. I started this thread saying Moran and Cano would be examples of pitchers that we should look at. Just noticed that you wrote a piece on those exact 2 players as players to watch. Guess you are coming around Seth. The actual start of this convo was not what internal options should be brought up now but rather why we let promising pitchers go in the offseason only to replace them with some one else’s castoffs. Add Tyler Wells to the list I started with. Not sure why this view needs to be corrected, rebutted, or deconstructed. It was just my opinion
  10. Rogers, Duffy, and Stashak were products of a prior FO. In a sense though this reinforces my point that internal development could be a stronger component of our bullpen composition. All of the pitchers above were allowed extended auditions and rewarded the organization with high upside, cost certainty, and years of control. In the case of Duffey his combined first 4 years were pretty forgettable. I am not sure why Law, Waddell, Anderson, etc warrant an opportunity over internal candidates. This is not a rant about the FO. I like much of what they have done.
  11. I would hope we would take a look at Palacios at AAA. Relievers Cano & Moran should be promoted to see how they do against better competition. It would be frustrating to continue to add to the list of relievers that we simply gave away such as Nick Anderson, Curtiss, Chargois, Littell, etc. It stands in stark contrast to the “has beens” such as Colome, Robles, Minaya, Waddell, Law, etc. that populate our bullpen annually. We somehow seem to have roster space as well as perceive (imagine) some upside for these type of reclamation projects. It would be refreshing to see the organization actually vet more of their own young relievers. They would be cheap, controllable, and still have some upside projection. It can’t be worse than the annual squander of $10-$12mm on retreads to try to fill out a bullpen that has become a winter tradition with this front office.
  12. Seems too soon for this convo. For my part I would like to see how we do with Chicago in the upcoming series. I understand we may well get to this situation but I am finding it emotionally difficult to go there yet. I am still shell shocked by our heinous start
  13. Could someone enlighten me as to Happ’s absence? I must have missed something explaining why he did not pitch when it was his turn.
  14. I like the Dobber as our 6th starter and durable long reliever. Either way he is going to pitch some meaningful innings this year. The Twins will be a better team if they prioritize a 5th starter that can successfully get thru a major league lineup 2-3 times. IMO this requires a higher strikeout skill set than the Dobber presents
  15. It would appear to me that Happ has outpitched Odorizzi for the past 5 seasons. My opinion is this signing does improve the team. Plenty of time left in the offseason for more constructive roster moves. It may seem right now that we are “losing” the off-season to the White Sox. Perhaps we will. I trust this front office and I respect that they play the “long game” rather than reacting to other team’s moves.
  16. This is just what I needed to read today. Corey Koskie rocks!
  17. My vote would be for LaTroy Hawkins. He seems to understand entertainment as well as baseball. To me he brings a fresh perspective and does not lean on old yarns and outdated baseball philosophy. To me by far the worst is Smalley. I have to mute him when is sharing his smug and often dreary commentary. His style reminds me of Joe Morgan. Boring know it alls. Blech
  18. Love this trade! Maeda is not a 3rd or 4th starter. He is more of a #2. The Dodgers used him differently but it does not define his talents or results. Graterol is a pitching prospect which is an oxymoron. He has barely pitched above AA. He may be great or he may not even have a MLB career.
  19. I don’t understand the complaints about this front office. They have been very successful by any rational comparison. The team just won a 101 games last year. The critics asked for and got change and improvement in virtually every area of the organization from where it was 3 years ago. It is the burden of some Twins fans to believe that their is some nefarious lineage that flowed from Carl and TR and lives on today. Perhaps the critics should consider altering their perennial skeptical expectations. Things change sometimes for the better. We have our best shot since 1991 to win a WS. I am interested in that not in complaining about the offseason or PR battle for who can sign the most famous player for the most exorbitant amount of money. This is a strong organization that will be in the thick of the races for the next several years. They are doing well and the critics need to find some way to deal with that.
  20. And the Corvette beats the Maserati on any track...every time
  21. Mike Minor would be a quality addition and potentially affordable. Kirilloff not in tonight’s lineup...he is a Pittsburgh kid...Could it be? Reality is so un-fun.
  22. I would welcome this move. I see his performance last year as pretty emblematic of a pitcher recovering from TJ surgery. We have seen a similar recovery path with many TJ pitchers including Joe Nathan and Michael Pineda. Control and command gradually improve. I think it would be a mistake to rule him out. If you remove the month of April last year his results with the Twins improve dramatically. Dude is 300#’s of stoic and less emotive than most Scandinavians. I don’t read an attitude so much as a personality. Other than commenters on TD I have not seen it reported anywhere that he was a malcontent. Just my .02$
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