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  1. Luke Bard was one of those fringe bullpen arms that showed signs of being a Twin until a bad year in AAA ball. Interestingly he was brought in to replace another former Twins prospect, Chris Mazza, who has gone onto a longer IL-list. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/05/rays-add-luke-bard-to-40-man-roster.html The Rays develop so many arms, but somehow they seem to also have become the home for Minnesota Twins castaways. Besides the above two, they have Ralph Garza Jr., Nick Anderson, J.T. Chargois, Calvin Faucher, Brooks Raley, Matt Wisler, Aaron Slegers and Dusten Knight on their 40-man roster or at AAA ball. Anyone from this list that you would love to see back in the Twins pen?
  2. QUIT TRYING TO MAKE PLAYERS VERSATILE. Lewis needs to prove himself as a starting shortstop and is doing a very good job doing just that. Don't mess with him at other positions. Yes, he needs to play everyday, get the at bats, do the fielding, and NOT get hurt. More likely to do that in St. Paul than on the bench at Target, assuming Correa is healthy and will be in the line-up at short every single day from hereon out.
  3. Only 3,000 some fans at the Oakland game. Now with Lewis going to St. Paul, maybe THAT team can win and fill their stands.
  4. We want Lewis to play shortstop, period. If you want to have a guy learn a position, send Miranda to St. Paul to play first base and bring up Curtis Terry (in place of Garlick) on the roster. Kirilloff is also the first baseman of the future and should be getting as much reps as possible. Gio is only here for another season, so Miranda, if he can get his bat going, WILL be the third baseman. Yes, Correa needs to play everday at shortstop. So we better see him at that position everyday for the nhext couple of weeks, otherwise there were better choices to send to the minors in the shortterm.
  5. Having to drop a pitcher is actually a plus for a roster addition, keeping Miranda and/or Lewis in the fold. Yes, Garlick would seem to be the odd man out. But barring the need for a third catcher, the Twins would now have a four man bench, and without a true DH, five men who need to find a place to play (Sanchez, Miranda, Gordon, Lewis, and Kepler). Now that is a bench in your search for a DH and any of those guys could hapily spell a position regular.
  6. Yep! This will be a wonderful series of games. At best, the Twins widen the gap between themselves and other teams in the division. You win your division to get to the playoffs, no matter how bad/good your record. But they do have to match up well against the other BIG teams in the other STRONGER divisions. Expect to see some shuffling with the rotation. The evils when they named Ryan the opening starter was that he woulkd be pitching, for the msot part, against one or the top two starters for any team the Twins face on a consistent level. (I often wonder why teams just don't reverse and start their worst pitcher is a probably losing situation.) But even against Kansas City and Baltimore, not to mention the Oakland, the games have been tough contests. I'm looking for the day when the Twins have Larnach and Coorrea back in the fold. Although I'm still not quite accepting Arraez at first base, but we need to keep him in the game!
  7. Rosterman

    A great problem

    It is too soon to speculate. He would have to get at least a multi-year offer bigger than the remaining two years of his Twins offer. Will he get a 7 year deal for that aveage amount (with, of course, opt outs). Will he be ignored? The joy of the Twins making this possible one-time over-pay run on a quality player is that Correa HAS to produce if he wants to make money. Which is good for the team that is currently playing him. Like players in their free agency walk year, they need to be better than best IN THE BIG MONEY HUNT. The kicker is that Corea could tank (or be injured) and the Twins would be on the bubble for at least another year.
  8. Baseball is coming back after a year of NO fans in the stands followed by a year of some fans, but a bad season of play. Season tickets were Blah! Plus the weather was touch-and-go in April. School happens. And now that the weather is wonderful, people are out-and-about and scrambling to gets things planted, normal springtime activities (they are starting to push 20,000 fans), and summer. Way back, Calvin Griffith was shicked when after committing his move to Minnesota he suddenly discovered (realized) people go fishing, abandon the town on the weekend for cabins and lakes, and other outdoor endeavors. The positive flip side is that people do come to town and do partake in OUTDOOR baseball, either here or in Saints-land. Watch for specials and lotsa of game packages. But it will take some clever marketing to egt fans back in the stands. If I were the Twins, I would be liberally employing former players, or those sitting out injuries, to appear at events (especially major sandlot games). Nothing sells tickets like personal appearances along with TC Bear. (Has TC Bear ever given a commencement address?) Winning will help, if the team can keep it going. Nothing like a beautiful afternoon or evening at one of the finer parks in the country, if you don't fear for your life riding the lightrail or parking outside the ramps in downtown Minneapolis.
  9. They could always trade him! Seriously, they have to add an extra bench bat once we come to the end-of-the-month. And, as someone else posted, if you have to rotate Buxton and Correa thru the DH spot, better to have Lewis playing in the field then, if possible (although Celestino can play in centerfield). The loser in all of this will be Gordon, especially with the return or Larnach. Maybe Kepler can cycle in at first base, although it has been years since he put in any play there.
  10. JAKE ODORIZZI on crutches! https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/05/jake-odorizzi-carted-off-with-left-leg-injury.html An update! https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/05/jake-odorizzi-carted-off-with-left-leg-injury.html
  11. Jeez. Polanco batting cleanup? At least Kepler has only led off once this season, I believe. Of course, with this "new" baseball, still trying to figure out the roles of the pitching staff. Looks like bullpen arms will be asked to go a minimum of two innings in msot cases since starters can't do five innings, and even the 100 pitch count is not being pushed (okay, short spring training et al, but.....) When Ober returns, will we be without WInder in the rotation? Can we run with an opener, at least, for Archer, so maybe he can start facing the bottom of the order and do that three times? I wait for Larnach to return and see what happens in the outfield. The good news is that if Buxton needs to DH, we have Celestino in centerfield. The bad news is where to play Lewis and Arraez. I wish we could send Miranda down to St. Paul for a few weeks just to work things out there, play first base there. Can we designate for assignment Garlick and bring up Curtis Terry, by chance, just for the first base heck of it. (And heaven forbid, what happens IF and WHEN Sano returns). I will always shake my head at Rocco's batting order. But right now sit patiently until we get Larnach and Correa back. Happ-maker! Ha! I'm hoping we aren't seeing the Bund-Arch as a rerun of last season! When the rookies (Smeltzer, WInder) can pitch longer and better than the vets...ugh!
  12. We need loud tick-tock-tick and a buzzer which means "it is time to throw the ball."
  13. Rosterman

    A great problem

    Correa would have to be hitting huge for another team to even think about his deal...plus that he COULD walk or stay. At any point, if he walks, you can just try and get him yourself the next season. But, yes, if the Twins are contending, you don't want to make other teams better!
  15. Soon the team should have 20,000+ fans on a regular basis at Target Field. More if they run some great deals. Can Royce Lewis play first base? Yes, Miranda should work out kinks in St. Paul, and would probably be one of the casualities if and when Larnach and Correa come back. Does Lewis need to play shortstop evryday if he is the future guy? Better yet, Correa NEEDS to play shortstop everyday if he expects to get some offers in the off-season, or he ahs to allow himself to be traded if and when the time comes. I hate the thought of Lewis in one of the corner outfield spots. Suddenly, we have an embarrassment of riches if Larnach and Celestino continue to dominate so Kepler becomes the spare (can Max play first base?). Of course, the Twins have no TRUE DH!
  16. It's a big jump to the majors, not to mention playing first. You have to learn and get used to the different ways people throw you the ball. Be nice if he could rotate at third/DH with Gio, let's say. Get his swing back.
  17. Luis Gil was up to New York for a game and sent back to minors. Red Sox have designated Jaylin Davis, and Los Angeles Angels AARON WHITEFIELD for reassignmeent. Astros sent NIKO GOODRUM to minors. RALPH GARZA JR. had his third call up with the Rays, since he Twins let him go in spring training, the Red Sox claimed him, then dropped him from their 40-man, before he ws claimed by Tampa.. Miami has called up Lewin Diaz. Then sent him back down. Toronto calls up ANDREW VASQUEZ...again!
  18. I'm all for giving a guy a day off. Or rotating him into the DH position. But if the opportunity is there to break a tie game, or maybe tie it up in the 10th, does a day off mean you can't come off the bench and maybe hit? Might as well be sitting in the stands, then.
  19. Tough luck for Big MIKE PINEDA and his incentive heavy contract. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/05/tigers-michael-pineda-suffers-fractured-finger.html Pineda update - no surgery! https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/05/tigers-michael-pineda-no-surgery-broken-finger.html
  20. Smeltzer would give the Twins another lefty, and a long-man to boot. Remember that they will have to go down to 13 pitchers come June 1.
  21. Short season INDY Ball begins this weekend and into next week. Seems a bunch of guys released from the Twins this spring and beyond found work - not to mention VANCE WORLEY still out there! EX-TWINS Playing in Short Season Indy Ball Leagues AMERICAN ASSOCIATION Chicago Dogs Michael Bowden minors 2015 Stu Cliburn (c) minors pitching coach 1993-2019 Kansas City Monarchs Brandon Koch minors 2021 LEWIS THORPE pitcher 2018-2021 Kane County Cougars Ernie de la Trinidad minors 2018-21 VANCE WORLEY pitcher 2013 Jimmy Kerrigan minors 2017-21 Nick Anderson minors 2021 Sherman Johnson minors 2021 GEORGE TSAMIS (m) pitcher 1993 + former Saints manager Sioux Falls Canaries Blaine Hardy minors 2020 Tyler Beardsley minors 2016-17 Gabe Snyder minors 2018-21 Cleburne Railroaders Engelb Vielma minors 2012-17 OSWALDO ARCIA outfielder 2013-16 Winnipeg Goldeneyes Max Murphy 2014-17 FRONTIER LEAGUE Washington Wild Things Rob Whalen minors 2021 Trevor Casanova minors 2018-19 Joliet Slammers Tanner Kiest minors 2018 New York Boulders Max Smith minors 2019-21 Sussex County Miners Nick Garland minors 2021 Randy Cesar minors 2019-20 Justin Washington minors 2021 Schaumburg Boomers Juan Pichardo minors 2019-21 New Jersey Jackels Zach Goree minors 2021 Quebec Capitales T.J. White minors 2014-18 (jumped from Mexican Leagues) PIONEER LEAGUE Boise Hawks Ryley Widell minors 2017-20 Aaron Sutton (c) minors manager 2020 Missoula Puddleheads Jared Akins minors 2017-2021
  22. So, we can continue to beat up on the Front Office for the Yankees and Padres trades, not to mention the signing of Bundy and Archer. Or we can sit back and enjoy that the Twins actually have a winning record with 5-6 guys on the 60-day IL and a host of other nursing injuries. Not to mention that Winder, Lewis, Miranda, Duran and Sands have all had debvuts with the team...did I say they have a winning record going into Mid-May!?! Batting averages are down across baseball for some unexplianed reason beyond that guys seem to be standing exactly where balls are hit in the field. Not to mention that starters don't last and fresh arms can be had daily by any team as long as the rosters are set like they are (back to 13 pitchers come June 1 - WHO IS GONE FROM THE TWINS PEN?).
  23. Why push Cano for a third inning? Well, with sttarters seldom going more than five, I guess ALL relief pitchers have to be able to now pitch at least two innings, if not more. Maybe the Twins NEED to use the opener logic for some of their pitchers! Have guys like Archer come in and face the bottom of the order to start their day.
  24. I still haven't figured out who Cotton and Contreras replaced on the 40-man.
  25. I wanted to say that the strikes vs. balls ration seemed so different in these games. But it was about even in the double-day game, and Verlander gave a lesson in pitching in the first game by going for contact vs. working the corners.The walks hurt with Ryan & Co. Probably didn't help Winder either. Pitchers throw stikes. Set their pace. Try to control the game. The minute first-class hitters see "the nibble" they can wait it out. First pitch strikes put the pitchers in front. If you can get a secon pitch strike, then you can start the nuibbling. The six pitch inning by Verlander is one ALL pitchers should study. That being said, were the Twins hitters just overmatched? Again, getting a runner on base SHOULD also change the pitcher work ethic. It should make them worry (as every Twins pitcher seemed to when a Astros was on base) that the runner was going to advance. So you throw strikes, which the Astros seemed prepared to attack, too...especially in that over-sealous inning for Cano/Stashak. The Dodgers and the Astros have showed the weaknesses of the Twins. Hey, even the Orioles and A's, in their own way (as well as The Royals) did hold their own. Don't start buying a season ticket package to get preferential treatment for the post season yet.
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