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    Rosterman got a reaction from David Youngs in Twins Claim RHP Ralph Garza Jr. off Waivers   
    As long as you can keep him on the 40-man, he has more option seasons. When I saw him enter the waievr field, thought "oh, my!"
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Danchat in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    Marcos Diplan added to the Orioles. The guy was a cash purchase to the Twins from the Brewers back in 2019 and he spent final two weeks with the Twins, on the 40-man roster, before being waived and then claimed by the Tigers, who also tried to run him thru waivers and he was claimed by the Orioles.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from glunn in Ralph Garza Jr. claimed by Minnesota Twins   
    When I saw that the Astros had put this guy on waivers, I thought "this would be a nice pick-up for the Twins."
     
    Plus, they had the 40-man roster spot opened. Just another arm to give a tryout for the 2022 bullpen.
     
    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/08/twins-claim-ralph-garza-jr-waivers-astros.html
     
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from glunn in The Twins Starting Pitcher With the Most To Prove   
    Be interesting to see how the Twins rotate starter prospects into the mix. I imagine we should see Balazovic and Sands brought up, not to mention Stortman. Just so they get a taste of the major leagues. I wonder if the Twins would consider using someone like Gant as a regular opener for the younger starters.
     
    I also don't see the Twins wanting to shut down a guy like Over before the season is over. The question is do you just keep him at the 50-60 pitch level or push that upwards towards 100.
     
    Also will be interesting to see if fall instruction league exists and who the Twins send to whatever is Wieetr Ball.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from DocBauer in The Twins Starting Pitcher With the Most To Prove   
    Be interesting to see how the Twins rotate starter prospects into the mix. I imagine we should see Balazovic and Sands brought up, not to mention Stortman. Just so they get a taste of the major leagues. I wonder if the Twins would consider using someone like Gant as a regular opener for the younger starters.
     
    I also don't see the Twins wanting to shut down a guy like Over before the season is over. The question is do you just keep him at the 50-60 pitch level or push that upwards towards 100.
     
    Also will be interesting to see if fall instruction league exists and who the Twins send to whatever is Wieetr Ball.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from wyowib in POLL: Grade the Deadline   
    Considering Faucher was the only throw-in prospect they lost, kudos to the Twins. They managed to move Robles who has been horrible going into the deadline. They managed to get something for Happ, a guy who had one more start with the Twins before going away, even if the Twins had to include some cash.
    All the other names? Donaldson would be a great pickup for anyone, if they had a spare $25m laying around. There were so many other outfielders NOT named Kepler. Simmons could've been packaged with someone the Twins MIGHT NOT be able to protect come the Fall, but there was no one needing his services that wasn't replaceable within their own ranks, period.
     
    Was really surprised on Pineda. Except that there are further suspension or injury fears with the guy for the remainder of the season. Was the Twins asking price too high? At least, keeping him, we get to see if he IS worth keeping for his benefit to the clubhouse! Which can be BIG!
     
    I am more curious to see how the Twins handle the need to play ANYONE not on contract to possibly return NEXT season, come September. They have the opportunity to use it as a try out for some maybees trolling in AAA ball, get some advance looks (and experience) for folks who could break camp, or egt an early callup.
     
    Waiting to see if the Fall League happens and who the 3-5 are that go that way.
     
    Plus the list of six year free agents vs. guys needing Rule 5 protection. The Twins can still have 7-9 open spots on the 40-man going into the November deadline. I would like to see at least four of the names added and getting play in September.
     
    I'm going to give them an A! If you kept Berrios for another season, paid him $10m, made a qualifying offer, and got a draft pick...well, basically the Twins saved $10m, got a draftpick the Jays paid $7 million to sign, something the Twins would probably never ever do. And the guy (and corresponding pitcher) are fast-tracked in the system. They could see service come 2022 if you don't worry about adding them to life too soon.
    Plus, the Twins will continue to be BAD for the year, which means they get a much higher draft pick next season. So, there can still be a plus in that as they manage to still draw 20,000+ folks a game to see outdoor baseball.
     
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from wabene in POLL: Grade the Deadline   
    Considering Faucher was the only throw-in prospect they lost, kudos to the Twins. They managed to move Robles who has been horrible going into the deadline. They managed to get something for Happ, a guy who had one more start with the Twins before going away, even if the Twins had to include some cash.
    All the other names? Donaldson would be a great pickup for anyone, if they had a spare $25m laying around. There were so many other outfielders NOT named Kepler. Simmons could've been packaged with someone the Twins MIGHT NOT be able to protect come the Fall, but there was no one needing his services that wasn't replaceable within their own ranks, period.
     
    Was really surprised on Pineda. Except that there are further suspension or injury fears with the guy for the remainder of the season. Was the Twins asking price too high? At least, keeping him, we get to see if he IS worth keeping for his benefit to the clubhouse! Which can be BIG!
     
    I am more curious to see how the Twins handle the need to play ANYONE not on contract to possibly return NEXT season, come September. They have the opportunity to use it as a try out for some maybees trolling in AAA ball, get some advance looks (and experience) for folks who could break camp, or egt an early callup.
     
    Waiting to see if the Fall League happens and who the 3-5 are that go that way.
     
    Plus the list of six year free agents vs. guys needing Rule 5 protection. The Twins can still have 7-9 open spots on the 40-man going into the November deadline. I would like to see at least four of the names added and getting play in September.
     
    I'm going to give them an A! If you kept Berrios for another season, paid him $10m, made a qualifying offer, and got a draft pick...well, basically the Twins saved $10m, got a draftpick the Jays paid $7 million to sign, something the Twins would probably never ever do. And the guy (and corresponding pitcher) are fast-tracked in the system. They could see service come 2022 if you don't worry about adding them to life too soon.
    Plus, the Twins will continue to be BAD for the year, which means they get a much higher draft pick next season. So, there can still be a plus in that as they manage to still draw 20,000+ folks a game to see outdoor baseball.
     
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from lecroy24fan in Twins Roster Moves - 2021   
    Besides anyone from the new additions, I only see the potential of giving Balazovic, Sands, Winder Vallimont and maybe Albers attempts to start. Of course, Thorpe will be back ion the mix soon.
     
    The bullpen arms showing life are Vasquez (crafty lefty from the old days), Hamilton, Cano, Vincent, Moran and Barraclough.
     
    Strotman and Ryan are shoo-ins to get exposure in September.
     
    You should get to AAA ball Gore, Neff and Ryan Mason sooner rather than later.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Danchat in 2021 MLB Trade Deadline Tracker   
    Man, the Twins should be acting like the Nationals.
    I'm looking forward to the Twins totally striking out at the trade deadline as no one wants what we have for sale, even in a special blue-lite markdown in the next 24 hours, or a two-for-one special!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    Eduardo Escobar is with the Brewers. Guess the White Sox lost out.
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    Rosterman got a reaction from bighat in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    Eduardo Escobar is with the Brewers. Guess the White Sox lost out.
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    Rosterman reacted to Mike Sixel in Should the Twins Cut Happ?   
    They better add young guys in August, or they won't be able to start any of them in MN at the beginning of next year. 
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    Rosterman got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Finding Hope for a 2022 Bullpen   
    It's so hard. The Twins are looking at who will return to the roster in 2022. Who they need to see who they may/may not be keeping because of 40-man considerations, Rule 5, six year free agents. In some ways, we will see a cycle threw of some odd names.
     
    Hamilton will either get a looksee and will be jettisoned, or kept on the 40-man. The pain is for every name added, someone has to go.
     
    CASE IN POINT: We traded Cruz and Faucher for two pitchers. One takes the place of Cruz on the 40-man, but someone, ultimately we lost a position player. But in the end, we do have to add the other Ray acquire to the 40-man, which means a player has to go in his place.
     
    Okay: case-in-point that the Twins WILL have plenty of roster spots with free agent departures. But both Tampa players HAVE TO BE ADDED. Not sure if Moran or Cano needs to be added. Hamilton would have to be added to be kept. If they don't, he will surely walk. But he also needs to stay once added or he will also walk.
     
    Our current trouble is all the players on the IL, including our top two starting prospects in Duran and Balazovic. Throw in Smeltzer and Thorpe and Stashak. That's now five pitchers that the Twins would pretty much keep, but seeing little results. So, a couple may be gone just because.....
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from ToddlerHarmon in Finding Hope for a 2022 Bullpen   
    It's so hard. The Twins are looking at who will return to the roster in 2022. Who they need to see who they may/may not be keeping because of 40-man considerations, Rule 5, six year free agents. In some ways, we will see a cycle threw of some odd names.
     
    Hamilton will either get a looksee and will be jettisoned, or kept on the 40-man. The pain is for every name added, someone has to go.
     
    CASE IN POINT: We traded Cruz and Faucher for two pitchers. One takes the place of Cruz on the 40-man, but someone, ultimately we lost a position player. But in the end, we do have to add the other Ray acquire to the 40-man, which means a player has to go in his place.
     
    Okay: case-in-point that the Twins WILL have plenty of roster spots with free agent departures. But both Tampa players HAVE TO BE ADDED. Not sure if Moran or Cano needs to be added. Hamilton would have to be added to be kept. If they don't, he will surely walk. But he also needs to stay once added or he will also walk.
     
    Our current trouble is all the players on the IL, including our top two starting prospects in Duran and Balazovic. Throw in Smeltzer and Thorpe and Stashak. That's now five pitchers that the Twins would pretty much keep, but seeing little results. So, a couple may be gone just because.....
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from glunn in Game Score: Twins 7, White Sox 2   
    Well, Pineda increased his trade value. Donaldson is making himself look valuable. 
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    Rosterman got a reaction from DocBauer in Twins Minor League Week in Review: All Four Teams Over .500   
    I feel so bad for Rooker. You have Garlick and Refsnyder both holding 40-man positions. You have Celestino rushed, but shows promise. Cave is back. Both Larnach and Kirilloff are here to stay. Until the Twins figure out if they are keeping Cruz and the eventual fate of Sano, there is no place for Rooker in the inn. Especially when the Twins are more than happy to play Arraez or Gordon in the outfield, too.
     
    Happily Rooker has increased his value as a possible trade chip, or for himself if the Twins choose to move on from him in the off-season.
     
    WHich brings he question - you are making additions/deletion decisions on the 40-man. Who do you keep of Rooker, Cave, Garlick, Refsnyder, Astudillo?
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    Rosterman got a reaction from howeda7 in Ken Rosenthal: Twins Trying to Sign Buxton Long Term   
    At best I see it as 5/70+ incentives, putting Buxton at age 33 for his next big contract. Of course, he could wait and have a stud year and get a 5/100+. I don't really see a middle ground. He could also fall flat on his face.
     
    Same with Berrios. I'm sure the Twins would love 5/85+, but Berrios, if he has a decent year like this one is proving to be (wait, doesn't he usually tank in the second half), could easily command 4/100 by waiting a year. Again, he would be eligible for one more big contract if healthy.
     
    The gauntlet has been thrown down. Take it, or move on. The way the Twins have played with so many like Cuddyer, Hunter, Escobar, Santana and more........
     
    Of course, building the organization a beautiful stafium, in which the team's share is pretty much paid for, meant the team could keep their own home grown free agents, rewarding them, perhaps, a but more because of what they have contributed to the team in the past. But why pay YOUR GUYS more when you can always grab folks like Donaldson on the free agent market in the PRIME of their careers!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Battle ur tail off in Ken Rosenthal: Twins Trying to Sign Buxton Long Term   
    At best I see it as 5/70+ incentives, putting Buxton at age 33 for his next big contract. Of course, he could wait and have a stud year and get a 5/100+. I don't really see a middle ground. He could also fall flat on his face.
     
    Same with Berrios. I'm sure the Twins would love 5/85+, but Berrios, if he has a decent year like this one is proving to be (wait, doesn't he usually tank in the second half), could easily command 4/100 by waiting a year. Again, he would be eligible for one more big contract if healthy.
     
    The gauntlet has been thrown down. Take it, or move on. The way the Twins have played with so many like Cuddyer, Hunter, Escobar, Santana and more........
     
    Of course, building the organization a beautiful stafium, in which the team's share is pretty much paid for, meant the team could keep their own home grown free agents, rewarding them, perhaps, a but more because of what they have contributed to the team in the past. But why pay YOUR GUYS more when you can always grab folks like Donaldson on the free agent market in the PRIME of their careers!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from roger in Twins Rookie Duo Impresses While Other Teams' Top Prospects Struggle   
    Be a shame if Baddoo would win rookie of the year. But as said above, there was little that would make me 40-man him considering the pecking order of outfielders ahead of him, at the time, in the minors. Kudos to Larnach and Kirilloff for running with the opportunity and working their butts off, shades of Kepler in his beginning years!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from h2oface in Twins Rookie Duo Impresses While Other Teams' Top Prospects Struggle   
    Be a shame if Baddoo would win rookie of the year. But as said above, there was little that would make me 40-man him considering the pecking order of outfielders ahead of him, at the time, in the minors. Kudos to Larnach and Kirilloff for running with the opportunity and working their butts off, shades of Kepler in his beginning years!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from roger in With the 26th Overall Pick the Twins Select Chase Petty   
    And they must think he will sign!
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in What Problem Do You Want to Address with 50% of the Season Left?   
    At some point, sooner rather than later, STOP playing players who won't be with the organization in 2022. Can't wait to see how they handle the outfield mess when Cave, Refsnyder and soon after that Garlick are activated. I would still rather see Celestino as the 5th, for now.
     
    You gotta cut bait with unproductive possible free agents.
     
    Okay, then we also have to address the pitchcount of any starter wannabees. But, hey, look how many will break 100 innings if they only pitch five inning every 5th day for the remainder of the season. Hey, tag team at some point, right? Of bring back The Opener.
     
    Arraez plays everyday!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from DocBauer in What Problem Do You Want to Address with 50% of the Season Left?   
    At some point, sooner rather than later, STOP playing players who won't be with the organization in 2022. Can't wait to see how they handle the outfield mess when Cave, Refsnyder and soon after that Garlick are activated. I would still rather see Celestino as the 5th, for now.
     
    You gotta cut bait with unproductive possible free agents.
     
    Okay, then we also have to address the pitchcount of any starter wannabees. But, hey, look how many will break 100 innings if they only pitch five inning every 5th day for the remainder of the season. Hey, tag team at some point, right? Of bring back The Opener.
     
    Arraez plays everyday!
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Greglw3 in This Twins Front Office Doesn’t Have An Inspiring Trade Deadline Track Record   
    Yeah, thank goodness Twins didn't have to pay Jake the total $19 million last season. They just couldn't reach a deal for this season, for some odd reason. Twins felt better off with Happ and Shoemaker.
     
    Lance Lynn was a headcase. Kinda straightened out with the Yankees. Twins passed on him (and him on the Twins) when a free agent. Twins could've traded like the Sox did, but didn't/
     
    I would've gone harder after Rich Hill. Tampa got a full season of Rich for less than the Twins for weeks in 2020. Go figure. But, hey, we got Happ who is younger.
     
    Twins didn't feel Kyle was worth whatever in arbitration, so they passed. They also didn't see the worth in a long-term contract, Texas struck gold, only paying partial for 2020 and getting a deal for this season (and maybe the next). Who would have figured. If you can't reward a player for what they have done growing up in the organization, then you might have trouble keeping players beyond arbitration. Just saying.....
     
    Astros needed a pitcher and the Twins had little invested in this Rule 5 pickup of yore. Didn't see him as a closer, and someone getting expensive for "just" being in the pen. Got a decent return...and Ryan got to pitch in Texas where you wear lots of suntan lotion.
     
    Littell dominated as a starter in the minors. Went ker-plink. Then showed greatness as a bullpen arm. Then ker-plunk again. Thought he might appear bad enough that no one would care that they had to 40-man him. I felt the Twins gave up on this future (possible) Liam Hendriks.
     
    I was a Trevor May booster. He is over 30 and the Twins didn't want to pay him $8 or so million or wrangle a multi-year deal with the guy. That they couldn't trade him was a loss for the front office. He would be our closer now instead of Colombe or whatever.
     
     
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    Rosterman got a reaction from Thegrin in This Twins Front Office Doesn’t Have An Inspiring Trade Deadline Track Record   
    Why did the trades happen. Well, if you remember, Escobar was entering his free agent year. No qualifying offer for the guy. There was contract discussion but nothing much was happening. Arizona called. The Twins saw an opportunity that after the season ends, depending on Escobar's final performance, they could bring him back on the cheap (always on the cheap here). Escobar had a wonderful time in Arizona, they made a very reasonable offer out-of-the-season-ending-gate and he just flatout accepted. No need to wait for a counter offer if the Twins weren't serious in the first place. Twins got two decent prospects.
    Shades of Zach Duke. Today we could be looking at similar trades for Law or Thielbar and, hopefully, Colome. Dozier was tanking and the Twins couldn't figure out if they wanted to keep him or not.  He was going to be a free agent. Trade him and maybe resign him (on the cheap). The Twins were forced to take Logan Forsythe and his salary in return, which ate up a roster spot, but Forsythe was okay. Twins also saw some return for Rodney, who was not going to come back for Twins money. Sorta like Robles this year, and a good reason for the Twins to offer him for a prospect. The Twins cleaned house and got prospects.
     
     
    In 2017 Lynn was a salary dump to the Yanks who gave us Austin, behind in the pecking order and out-of-options who might fit into the Twins need for a 1B/DH, and a...prospect still in the system with promise (Rijo).
     
    Someone wanted Kintzler more than the Twins who were on he edge of the Wild Card race, and the Twins thought they could stay in the hunt with Belisle or others. Plus they didn't think he was worth paying more money (shades of Wisler, May or others). Was he coming off a string of bad appearances for a couple of weeks? Anything? Somehow Kintzler still keeps finding work for his special blend of slowness and ground ball outs. The Twins grabbed Garcia, thinking they were in contention, then decided to flip him when the Yankees came calling...so they traded Ynoa for Enns and Littell. Littell was lights out in the minors and seemed a probable starter. We know what happened here. Enns was one of those throw-ins, make him work or lose him because you don't want to 40-man him.
     
    In 2019, the Twins were going on a bullpen hunt, shades of Matt Capps. Dyson bombed and all three prospects are still in play. Romo did his job and came back (on the cheap, the magic words) for another year of Twins action. Villamont is still a prospect to watch. Davis and Davis were depth the Twins could part with and were somehow behind Weil and a horde of outfielders.
     
    A word on prospects. Organizations know where guys stand in their system. They hopefully know, like in Ynoa, that they will advance to this level or that level, who is ahead of them in the 40-man protection spread, how much have we invested, what can we get in return. Teams like to trade impending free agents for prospects: if I can get a guy another team paid a couple of million to sign two years ago, well, I didn't have to pay that. And hopefully your scouting sees potential to fit into the mix of players growing on the farm. You also see prospects change hands that another team may/may not want to protect for 40-man considerations, or guys who will be impending minor league free agents or guys out of options as throw-ins. But if you look at the 100 names right now that the Twins have at Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers, how many will make it to the big leagues. Hell, how many will play three years in the minors before being replaced. You look at your dollar investment, the age of the guys, and any improvement. And you have scouts keeping tab of the same in ALL other organizations.
     
    Trade deadline actions happen for a reason. You can dangle all the players you want, but it is the contending teams that are sitting in the conference room looking at the board at their present needs (due to incompetence or injury) and looking at their own pecking order of players in the system, and then making a call a proposing a deal. If I am going to take-on your Donaldson, you may have to take on a similar return to deal with in your own future. I'm dealing with from system depth or players on the cusp of not having a place in my organization as part of any equation.
     
    Of course, Berrios is a key who, like Santana before him is running his own show as long as he produces. But teams also know they have to payout money on their end or lose him, or just wait another season and he will be a free agent.
     
    Robles, Rogers, Duffey, maybe even Colome could be had. Pineda and Happ are looking for takers.
     
    Cruz is an exceptional piece and only necessary for half-a-season. Can you trust that he will be there for the second half?
     
    Who would you want Simmons? Better fielding than most. Are you facing an injury dilemma? Donaldson is just too expensive. .250, not 10 home runs, missed a bunch of games? Try and put a spin on him!
     
    All the players the Twins traded away at deadline were as good-as-gone anyway, which is why they were traded (okay, maybe NOT Pressly, and a couple could've been resigned for double of their current salaries). 
     
    And with no waiver wire trades in August...you put the guy out there and can't pull them back to work a trade...gotta let them go...I sadly don't se the Twins doing that and eating any of he salaries of Colome, Happ, Simmons - which raises hell with the roster (since they won't be coming back) as they will take away playing time from the future.
     
     
     
     
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