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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to LastOnePicked in No Half Measures   
    I favor the second option. A space needs to be cleared for Miranda, and the Twins desperately need a full year to get a better assessment of their prospects at the big league level. There's likely no need for Donaldson here in 2022. I like him, and I wish this was 2019 again so he could have played a role on an up-and-coming contender in MN, but it's not. Brewers would be a good fit.
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from gman in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    Donaldson is the developmental key; trade him and use the salary savings to help retain Buxton or chase down a decent starting pitcher, Donaldson's absence opening up 3rd base for Miranda, who has nothing left to prove in AAA. With Donaldson completely out of the picture Sano moves to DH, opening up 1st for Kirillof, and backs up both corner positions if needed. 
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to ashbury in Need a JOB?   
    Anymore.
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from Unwinder in Giants, Red Sox Proving You Don’t Need These 3 Things   
    Tom, you have to stop making sense. It's antithetical to off-season discussions.
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from Karbo in Giants, Red Sox Proving You Don’t Need These 3 Things   
    Tom, you have to stop making sense. It's antithetical to off-season discussions.
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Giants, Red Sox Proving You Don’t Need These 3 Things   
    Tom, you have to stop making sense. It's antithetical to off-season discussions.
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to mikelink45 in Giants, Red Sox Proving You Don’t Need These 3 Things   
    Nice review and feel good look at Twins possibilities.   Rookie pitchers!  Something our FO seems adverse to trying, we are more into retreads.  Let's hope that changes.
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from 4twinsJA in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    Donaldson is the developmental key; trade him and use the salary savings to help retain Buxton or chase down a decent starting pitcher, Donaldson's absence opening up 3rd base for Miranda, who has nothing left to prove in AAA. With Donaldson completely out of the picture Sano moves to DH, opening up 1st for Kirillof, and backs up both corner positions if needed. 
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    Donaldson is the developmental key; trade him and use the salary savings to help retain Buxton or chase down a decent starting pitcher, Donaldson's absence opening up 3rd base for Miranda, who has nothing left to prove in AAA. With Donaldson completely out of the picture Sano moves to DH, opening up 1st for Kirillof, and backs up both corner positions if needed. 
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from RpR in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    Donaldson is the developmental key; trade him and use the salary savings to help retain Buxton or chase down a decent starting pitcher, Donaldson's absence opening up 3rd base for Miranda, who has nothing left to prove in AAA. With Donaldson completely out of the picture Sano moves to DH, opening up 1st for Kirillof, and backs up both corner positions if needed. 
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to Whitey333 in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    Is this what they call fantasy baseball?
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to chpettit19 in Velocity Is (Still) a Problem for the Minnesota Twins   
    Looks like the Twins were dead last in avg fastball velo in 2020 while having a top 5 staff and 24th in avg fastball velo in 2019 while having a top 10 staff. 2019-2020 Twins pitching staffs had more WAR (according to fangraphs) than any other AL team and only behind the Dodgers in all of baseball while being 26th in fastball velo. Not sure that shows a great correlation.
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from beckmt in Velocity Is (Still) a Problem for the Minnesota Twins   
    In order of priority isn't location, movement, velocity the old pitching refrain?
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from mikelink45 in Velocity Is (Still) a Problem for the Minnesota Twins   
    In order of priority isn't location, movement, velocity the old pitching refrain?
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    Dave The Dastardly got a reaction from roger in Velocity Is (Still) a Problem for the Minnesota Twins   
    In order of priority isn't location, movement, velocity the old pitching refrain?
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to Brock Beauchamp in So, the Yankees tried to acquire Simmons at the deadline   
    You continue to use batting average while it's just a part of overall offense. Yeah, other people hit around .200, like Kepler for example. 
    Except Kepler slugged .413 while Simmons "slugged" a comically bad .274. I literally did a double take when I saw that number, it's that bad. I can't even recall the last time I saw someone slug that low. When I think of "mediocre no power slap hitter", the player that always pops into my head is Jamey Carroll and he managed to have a career slugging percentage of .338, or a whopping .064 higher than Simmons in 2021.
    And that's why Kepler's overall offense (98 OPS+) was just kinda bad for a corner outfielder while Simmon's overall offense (57 OPS+) was hilariously bad. 
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to ashbury in So, the Yankees tried to acquire Simmons at the deadline   
    "We already went over this.  You give us the rights to Andrelton Simmons's contract.  We give you the right to no longer have Simmons.  Is that not clear enough?"
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in So, the Yankees tried to acquire Simmons at the deadline   
    It’s not hard to imagine that the Yankees called the Twins inquiring about Simmons, and that would be enough to call it “interest.” 
    Still, the response from the Twins should have been: DoneDeal!He’syoursNoBacksies TooBadSoSad *click*
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to TheLeviathan in So, the Yankees tried to acquire Simmons at the deadline   
    Ok....now I'm on board for firing them. 
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to KirbyDome89 in So, the Yankees tried to acquire Simmons at the deadline   
    Tell me this wasn't another "he's a leader/vet and we need to maintain respectability," decision, a la Pineda. 
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to kenneth frank in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    I don't know why they would even consider trading Garver. In my opinion catcher is the most important position player in major league baseball. Even though Jeffers and Rortvedt put up some disappointing numbers this season they are good catchers. But they are no Garver. The Twins have a strength at catching and need to keep it. Trying to plug a leak while creating another just doesn't work and this organization has proved that in the past. The fact is the Twins don't have a lot of asset strength (depth) to trade... except for maybe 3rd base.
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to chpettit19 in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    I don't know that I think trading away current MLB position players for current MLB pitchers gets the Twins any closer to competing in 2022. I don't see the depth others do at positions with players who could bring back the type of pitching people want. Luis Arraez is the only piece I see as being extra, but he's not the type of player who brings back the type of arms people are talking about. I don't see Garver as being expendable. All you're doing is creating another hole in another place. I think Garver is a top 3 bat for catchers in baseball, how do you plan to replace that? Jeffers and Rortvedt don't replace that. They simply don't. Garver is one of the team's 5 best hitters. How are you going to replace that? I think the lineup is thin the way it is. A Polanco injury next year and things get real bad real quick. 
    If you want to talk about shipping out prospects for major league arms I'd listen to that, but I don't see the MLB for MLB trade situation helping the 2022 W/L record. Kepler's no star, but his glove and league average bat are still more than anything that would replace him. Trade him and Garver? They're not good enough to bring back a #1 pitcher, but probably could get a #2 so now you have #1 and #3 rotation spots open and RF and C are significantly worse instead of having #1,2,3 rotation spots open while your lineup is good enough to compete. I don't think filling the #2 spot in the rotation counterbalances having to replace 2 starting positions players. FA $, prospect trades, and prospect development are what I think the road to competition looks like. Unless they're blowing it up and reshuffling everything. In which case it'll be one wild offseason.
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to 2wins87 in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    I think Trevor Rogers would be virtually untouchable given how good he was and how much team control he has left.  Similarly, if the Marlins are building for the future they're not about to trade Sanchez.
    I think Alcantara would probably actually be the most available, though it depends on how durable they think Lopez can be.  Alcantara will be more expensive in arbitration, Lopez is half a year younger at the same arbitration stage and his stats actually look better, he just hasn't been able to stay in the rotation as much, and he does have a smaller frame.
    Alcantara definitely looks like he could fit pretty well into a Berrios shaped hole in the roster.  I'm not really crazy about trading Garver though--or Jeffers really.  I'm pretty sure Garver projects as one of the top 3 offensive producers heading into next year.  They can rotate him through the DH spot to get him more at bats (and Jeffers more at bats vs lefties).  I'm not sure his trade value is really any higher than his value to the team, it seems like it would be pretty easy to end up treading water in any move involving him.
     
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to ashbury in Twins Catcher May Be Marlins Perfect Catch   
    If it's an overpay situation, fine, I like good pitching as well as the next fan. But a trade of Garver means the FO has to turn attention to finding another catcher for the 40-man who is either strong enough for us to want in the majors all season or else is acceptably good and has minor league options. Those aren't for sale cheap, which is why Miami would want one of ours. 
    I want to have a competitive advantage at several positions around the lineup, and Garver's offense provides that at catcher. You don't build a contender by being average everywhere.
    I don't believe a tandem of Jeffers/Rortvedt is championship quality for 2022, nor do I expect to incur no injuries to need to work around. None of Tomas Telis, David Banuelos, and Caleb Hamilton fit the job description, for me, as a viable third option. I'd rather Rortvedt remain the third option, until his bat develops further.
    OTOH, catcher is about the last position where I value having a total stud, since either he plays only 60% of the time or else brings roster problems by needing to DH on his days off (you can't attract a Nelson Cruz type if you have a Joe Mauer type).  So my mind isn't closed to the idea.  I just need some assurance that there is a plan beyond "gee, this looks like a good trade."  That seems like should go without saying, but too often I've wondered about a move, only to find several months later that the plan was "we'll make do with what we have."
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    Dave The Dastardly reacted to rv78 in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    I will give him an F.... Using Colome as closer at the beginning of the year as much as he did even after he continued to fail was inexcusable and set the tone for the rest of the season.... losing. His constant changing of the lineup verses Righties or Lefties is laughable. Injuries aside, a good Manager plays his best players every day regardless of matchups and has a lineup that is constant with a leadoff guy, #2 hitter, #3 hitter, cleanup guy and so on. He not only changed by player everyday but also where they batted everyday. It's can be tough for hitters to get in a groove when they don't even know if they'll be in the lineup much less where they will bat if they are. Giving guys days off after scheduled off days is another joke yet he did it all the time. I also can't count the number of times he pulled a decent hitter for a defensive replacement when he was behind in the game. Or he would do the exact opposite and pull his better defensive player for a pinch hitter when he was ahead. Makes no sense. After the trade deadline I was hoping to see a look to the future mentality on using the bullpen but he continued to use Colome as his closer. Why not throw Alcala into that role the last month of the season to see if he can be that guy in 2022 and beyond? Didn't happen until the last game of the season, It's as if someone told him to do it. 
    Before the season started we were all expecting to compete for the division. Supposedly there was more talent on the team at the beginning of the year then after the trade deadline when they lost Cruz, Berrios, Robles, etc, etc. Yet the team had a better record after those guys left. I'd say it must have been Management that blew it and that rests squarely on Rocco's shoulders.
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