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    Rosterman got a reaction from cHawk in The Twins Are Good, Right?   
    I like that Rocco has finally been dealing a consistent lineup. Now players have to stop striking out.
     
    But the return of Kepler, Garlick and Sano doesn't raise expectations. Simmons is fine, but he is still a contact guy. Cathcing is so deep in the hole, both on offense and defense. Is there anyone out there and is it worth to take a gamble on...Lucroy? I almost feel like I would go with Willians everyday until he can't do it no more.
     
    Clippard is disabled. Littell is in the minors. Poppen is with the Pirates. May is May and would fit right in with the current bullpen. Wissler and Romo are both horrible, so glad they aren't in the pen.
     
    The strikeout is fine, if it doesn't come with walks and hit batters...as well as the long ball. Hard throwers are fine, yes. But sometimes you do want a Brandon Kintzler coming out of the pen. Between starters that, as a whole, can barely pitch five innings, and no roles for the bullpen (go ahead, let's pitch two innings, you are closing today, you come in and stand three runners everyday, just throw buddy you are on your own). What looked like a reasonable strength for the Twins ahs turned into a disaster, especially when a team can't push across more than two runs in a game. 
     
    The key for the Twins has always been what to do with Sano and can Buxton play today. At some point, you just gotta cut Sano rather than work around him all the time. 
     
    And going forward, look at the 40-man. Who is NOT going to be on the roster in 2022 (prospects currently there) and those that are currently holding a space and you have no desire bringing them back, make the hard decision of eating salary or give a short string for them to increase their value and trade them off to make room for a prospect and create a temporary roster spot for someone, eprhaps, who is hungry to be a major league player again.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Kirilloff’s Confusing Decision   
    Rooker would've been the odd man out. And the guy showed last year and this spring that he deserves at least a chance. Rooker could also fit into the Twins longterm plays, as a potential fulltime DH, or an option for first base protection who can also play the outfield.
     
    If Rooker didn't make the team this year, he would be gone from the Twins organization in short order.
     
    So spring stats can count. Plus the role a player might play for the club (why Cave gets chosen over Garlick for the moment).
     
    Now about WiIllians.....
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    Rosterman got a reaction from ToddlerHarmon in The Shortstop factory   
    Nick Gordon is the forgotten guy. Maybe, just maybe, he will get a utility role shot this year.
     
    Royce Lewis to the outfield? Already crowded, even after deep-sixing Rosario (no one had grabbed Eddie yet). 
     
    Javier, still highly rated, but has already gone thru two Rule 5 drafts. That ahs to be amazing for such a still highly rated prospect. At some point the Twins have to work him onto the 40-man.
     
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     school players vs. college players? Discussion on some positions? Yes, MOST prospects don't pan out at all. Others seemed to be packaged more after their first season in a club's system, which can be a smart move...you basically only have money invested.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from mikelink45 in The Shortstop factory   
    Nick Gordon is the forgotten guy. Maybe, just maybe, he will get a utility role shot this year.
     
    Royce Lewis to the outfield? Already crowded, even after deep-sixing Rosario (no one had grabbed Eddie yet). 
     
    Javier, still highly rated, but has already gone thru two Rule 5 drafts. That ahs to be amazing for such a still highly rated prospect. At some point the Twins have to work him onto the 40-man.
     
    High
     school players vs. college players? Discussion on some positions? Yes, MOST prospects don't pan out at all. Others seemed to be packaged more after their first season in a club's system, which can be a smart move...you basically only have money invested.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from mikelink45 in Eddie or Miguel or Byron or Max? You choose   
    Is Rosario too expensive? That seems to be the question. Can he be too expensive with a 2-3 year deal at this point, too?
     
    Three of the four mentioned haven't really lived up to their potential.
     
    Sano is always the elephant in the room. Do you look for a better third baseman? Do you look for a better first baseman? Is he the designated hitter the Twins need for life? Do we still shudder at the ghost of David Ortiz and fear a departing Sano will be the second coming of such a ghost. He is considre3d cheap for the current longer haul. And the ultimate, what is his worth to someone else at this point.
     
    Buxton just can't stay healthy. Jeez. What a thing to be tagged with. We have seen Hunter leave. A run thru names like Span and Gomez and Revere and Hicks, most all have produced at times better than Byron. What is Byron besides a ground traveller? Does he have bigger power? Will he ever be a base stealing threat? He can go from first to home faster than anyone. The Twins managed to get that extra year, as well as cheaper hearings because of on field time. From just being in the line-up and playing a lesser field, Rosario has more worth, it seems.
     
    Kepler. Man. I hated the fact that he batted leadoff in 2019 and moreso in 2020. I don't think he is a leadoff hitter, and is best placed in the lower portion of the order. He is mighty cheap, and IF he shines will have better trade value. Right now, he is more valuable to the Twins.
     
    The question is where do you put Krilloff, Larnach, Rooker (and to a lesser extent names like Baddoo, Wallner, Celestino, Maciel - all of whom would probably be on par with any of our current guys in years to come). Throw in the mix the need to looks at Urbina or Soularie in the next 3-4 years. Plus, Royce Lewis could be an outfielder instead of an infielder.
     
    Truth be told, I would take an option on getting Rosario signed for a team friendly 3-year-deal and move from there. I would entertain any offers for Sano or Kepler and even Buxton. Moreso hoping the value of all four of these guys will sky in 2021 and you can comfortably work in Kirilloff and Rooker with an open DH position (sorry Cruz) and Larnach later in the season, and still not hurt yourself offensively.
     
    I hate the though of getting nothing for Eddie and just letting him walk. That's what we did with Ortiz - not that Eddie is Big Papi. 
     
    The Twins have been lucky offensively that the team does play as a good team on the field and overall in the batting order. 2021 showed that there are weaknesses in these guys and no one, including Polanco and Arraez and Garver, are set for the longterm, but still offer team play - which is most important. No superstars, including these big four that promised so much.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from mikelink45 in Twins Bullpen in the playoffs - those ex - Twins   
    Anderson was a sleeper. The Twins needed to give him a shot. And Curtiss, always felt, had the stuff. But needed some guidance in the majors. Took his lumps. Got cut loose by Angels and Phillies.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from dbminn in My prediction for the new 29 man roster   
    I feel bad for the careers going forth of most minor league free agents. I wonder how the minor league rosters would fill out, and the need for short-schedule ball at Eliz and GCL. Maybe jsut keep players downm there playing in-house games and see Eliz disappear a season early. All the Twins propsects will need playing time in the minors and since most (especially pitchers) seldom play a full season of hard ball, this aprtial season would be great for them.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from bighat in COVID-19 Threatening Baseball Next   
    What happens if one person on the team or support staff gets it and it goes around the clubhouse. Then to another team, or someone gets it and carries it to another city before discovering they are sick. The minors are going to take a big hit!
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in Twins to be Bolstered by Big Mike   
    The joy is that the Twins have a decent depth of 7-8 arms opening the season and instead of trading they have Pineda and Hill coming in for mid-season and beyond, if need be.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in Projecting the Twins 2020 Opening Day Roster   
    I'd be comfortable with this. Picture Willians, depending on production, having an outside chance ahead of Cave. That is the one BIG job fight in spring training.
     
    Thorpe and Dobnak might rotate out with others. Again, the 40-man roster will be pretty tight. The Twins will have one opening when Hill goes on the DL. Harper might be out. Poppen a possibility. But that is pretty much it.
     
    The job will be Wisler's to win or lose. Stashak also has to come prepared. Romero needs to show that he can stay with the organization. 
     
    Stay away...major injuries!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Doctor Gast in 4 Year Window?   
    We basically have Gordon to replace Adrianza or Gonzalez in the near future, and any number of other prospects. Of course, the team friendly contracts for Kepler and Polanco and ano also makes them tradable. Interesting that to buy out arbitration and first year of free agency is roughly $10 million a year now. A decent investment to keep young players on the team.
     
    The Twins do have lots of OF/1B potential candidates. Like Sano moving over to first, or eventually DH. Even looking at DOnaldson for the long haul, the Twins would need a DH after the next season (possibly the 40-year-old wonder Cruz might hand on for still another campaign). You suddenly see riches in the Twins system. Where do we put Lewis. Will there be room for both Laranach and Kirilloff, not to mention anyone else. They have a very young shortstop behind Javier that they drafted alst year, too. There seems to be okay potential at catcher with Jeffers and Rortvedt in the wings.
     
    The biggest question is getting innings and exposure for the rotation. Some power arms, as well as people like Enlow, Sands, Ober, Colina, Barnes, Sammons to go with Duran, Rijo, Balazovic. Some will succeed, after some exposure to the majors. A couple may be bullpen arms. But there is promise in the minors, along with some arms that could surprise in the relief corps.
     
    It all depends on how bad you feel you need a veteran presence. Yes, it is wonderful to have a dominant arm in the top of the rotation, a grizzled veteran in the middle of the bullpen, an aging bat on the field roster. Especially if they do act as a pseudo-team leader.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Monkeypaws in Are Homer Bailey and Rich Hill Really A Good Idea?   
    The only plus is that the Twins can open the season looking at the future. They don't need five starters every fifth day. And they will be able to get a good hard look at a possible advancement by Dobnak, Graterol, Thorpe or Smeltzer to be a part of the rotation for most of the season and going into 2021 as being viable starters. If you have real pitching arms in the minors, you need to give them a chance. Otherwise, why draft rotation arms. Just buy them each and every season.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Dantes929 in Are Homer Bailey and Rich Hill Really A Good Idea?   
    The only plus is that the Twins can open the season looking at the future. They don't need five starters every fifth day. And they will be able to get a good hard look at a possible advancement by Dobnak, Graterol, Thorpe or Smeltzer to be a part of the rotation for most of the season and going into 2021 as being viable starters. If you have real pitching arms in the minors, you need to give them a chance. Otherwise, why draft rotation arms. Just buy them each and every season.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from adorduan in Falvey and Lavine fear loss of readers for TD   
    It is a competition. Every player has a team/s they long to play for. Agents have a pecking order of teams they contact, and they look for the money.
     
    We are a cold Kansas City. Right?
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Cody Pirkl in Marco Gonzales: Underrated Target?   
    The Twins need to get better than Gibson, circa 2018. Then they need to be better than Perez in anyway possible. And I will feel much better, then, about the Odorizzi and Pineda signings.
     
    Don't get me wrong. It is probably WRONG to assume that players will consistently get better from season-to-season. The best you can usually hope for is that player declines will offset those that do excel. 
     
    And that it the gamble you sometimes (ofttimes) take on someone like Marco, that he can only get better in the next 1-3 years, rather than sink into oblivion. But you don't know that.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from mikelink45 in Falvey and Lavine fear loss of readers for TD   
    It is a competition. Every player has a team/s they long to play for. Agents have a pecking order of teams they contact, and they look for the money.
     
    We are a cold Kansas City. Right?
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Oldgoat_MN in Marco Gonzales: Underrated Target?   
    The Twins need to get better than Gibson, circa 2018. Then they need to be better than Perez in anyway possible. And I will feel much better, then, about the Odorizzi and Pineda signings.
     
    Don't get me wrong. It is probably WRONG to assume that players will consistently get better from season-to-season. The best you can usually hope for is that player declines will offset those that do excel. 
     
    And that it the gamble you sometimes (ofttimes) take on someone like Marco, that he can only get better in the next 1-3 years, rather than sink into oblivion. But you don't know that.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from mikelink45 in Rule V mania   
    Good. It gives the Twins a good look at Griffin Jax at AAA. And makes Wander Javier a possible trade piece if he can shine.
     
    Youa ctually have to look at a guy and think if he can give you any kind of work in 2020 to keep him on the roster. I think organizations are beyond grabbing someone to keep on the 25-man, then stash back in the minors. There is so much movement in the free agent realm (majors, guys not getting arbitration thus cheaper, minor league free agents, people just getting released because of peckng order). The smart teams figure out a way to pull off minor league trades, especially now going forth.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from mikelink45 in Robo umps and the future of catchers   
    I am surprised that there isn't "radio" between the dugout and catcher/pitcher. Instead of the catcher looking to the dugout sometimes for a pitch call.
     
    Errors. Happens if a bad throw from the catcher to a base which allows for an advancement of the runner. The passed ball is essentially an error, but still not an error unless a runner scores. It's when the catcher looks to have control but misses the ball. Yes, don't understand why NOT just call it for what it is.
     
    Boy, not only does a catcher have to know all about a batter (as should the pitcher), but ahs to work in conjunction with the pitcher for a throwing plan. And what happens when a new pitcher comes in? Which is why you see more and more catchers lined-up with specific rotation arms.
     
    Imagine doing the squats of a catcher, having to watch the game thru a mask, keeping the arm in shape to throw back 140 times to the mound. The catcher throws more pitches, per say, than the pitcher in a game. Just doesn't need the speed or pinpoint control.
     
    I can live with the electronic umpire. So the catcher doesn't have to play the games with their glove so much. Maybe eliminate some wild pitches and passed balls, too.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from mikelink45 in What good are records   
    There seemed to be a lot more marketing of players and their teams, as well as players in the major league baseball orbit. That ash changed with litle or no loyalty on both ends, sadly.
     
    But back to records. Have changed with the times, numebrs of games, way the game is played. Especially team records. But soemthin to alk about who bring recognition to a certain stat.
     
    My gripe is talking about being "such and such" against the Tigers last year, or the record of the Twins against the Yankees. The teams change so much, even in a year now, that you can't judge how that guy pitched or played against last year's version of any team, so why do it?
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    Rosterman got a reaction from adorduan in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    Considering Brian Dozier got a bigger contract with Washington, the Twins did pretty good. The thought of Schoop being more than a stopgap...naw. At best, he could've been a tradable asset in July, but because of the team's standing it didn't happen. He is still young and rebuilt his career a bit. Should be able to land a decent multi-year contract, but not with the Twins.
     
    A good signing. Didn't cost you anything but money.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from bighat in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    Considering Brian Dozier got a bigger contract with Washington, the Twins did pretty good. The thought of Schoop being more than a stopgap...naw. At best, he could've been a tradable asset in July, but because of the team's standing it didn't happen. He is still young and rebuilt his career a bit. Should be able to land a decent multi-year contract, but not with the Twins.
     
    A good signing. Didn't cost you anything but money.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Oldgoat_MN in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    Considering Brian Dozier got a bigger contract with Washington, the Twins did pretty good. The thought of Schoop being more than a stopgap...naw. At best, he could've been a tradable asset in July, but because of the team's standing it didn't happen. He is still young and rebuilt his career a bit. Should be able to land a decent multi-year contract, but not with the Twins.
     
    A good signing. Didn't cost you anything but money.
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Shaitan in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    Considering Brian Dozier got a bigger contract with Washington, the Twins did pretty good. The thought of Schoop being more than a stopgap...naw. At best, he could've been a tradable asset in July, but because of the team's standing it didn't happen. He is still young and rebuilt his career a bit. Should be able to land a decent multi-year contract, but not with the Twins.
     
    A good signing. Didn't cost you anything but money.
     
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