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  1. It is official, Byron Buxton has a "boxer's fracture" of his left hand. He will miss weeks recovering from his latest injury. It just never seems to end for the ultra-talented center fielder. If it isn't his legs, then it's his shoulder, if it isn't his shoulder, then it is his head (concussions). I feel terrible for the player and feel some disappointment for the organization. A wonderful talent who just can't seem to stay on the field. Time is drawing short for Buxton to perform for the Twins. Assuming he is out until after the All-Star break, he might be able to play 60 more games this season. He will almost certainly be either a free agent or traded before he reaches free agency and he is such a risk that it is unlikely that the middle-market Twins will make legitimate offers to keep him. ing time. So that will be a silver lining. Whatever fleeting hopes of returning to contention depend on the Twins winning lots of games against their Central Division opponents in the next few weeks and now it appears that they won't have their best and most exciting player. Someone will get more opportunities. I presume Nick Gordon will get some time in center field as will Max Kepler and the two left hitting rookies (Larnach and Kirilloff) will get plenty of play
  2. If you haven’t had a lot of experience with the mystery team, it’s because the Twins - as long back as I can recall - have never turned out to be that team. But Doogie Wolfson was all over it. Not too much later, it was confirmed the Twins were sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox. In return, they were getting P Kenta Maeda. Adding Maeda is a big deal on the field, but let’s look at three unique things off the field. ***Maeda signed an 8-year, $25 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2016 season. He has four years, at $3 million per year left on his incentive-laden contract. His incentives include: $150,000 for making Opening Day roster $1 million for starts 15 and 20. $1.5 million for starts 25, 30 and 32. $250,000 reaching the innings of 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180 and 190. $750,000 if he throws 200 innings. ***The fact that so much of Maeda’s earnings are tied to starts and innings has been a contentious point recently. The Dodgers tried to rework his deal, which he declined. The message to him was to “pitch better.” Maeda is definitely going to begin the season in the starting rotation, but someone is going to get squeezed if everyone is healthy when Michael Pineda and Rich Hill return from suspension and injury, respectively. We already know how Maeda would feel if it’s him. ***Maeda has some interesting “perks” in his deal which raise additional questions. His original contract gave him the right to wear #18. That’s currently worn by Silver Slugger catcher Mitch Garver. The Dodgers had to provide Maeda with four round-trip business-class airline tickets between Japan and LA annually. Can he fly out of MSP? There’s a $1 million assignment bonus. Do the Twins pay that? Allegedly. --- What we do know is that even if Maeda only has an average (by his standards) year, he will make nearly 30 starts and throw around 170 innings, triggering incentives that will earn him nearly $10 million total, which is still a steal in this market for a mid-rotation starter. All of the other stuff, though… stay tuned...
  3. The baseball world experienced a blockbuster on Tuesday night when it was announced that the Red Sox were moving OF Mookie Betts, P David Price and cash to the Dodgers. It has long been assumed that OF prospect Alex Verdugo would be a part of the return. But what else was Boston getting? And then in jumped the #MysteryTeam.If you haven’t had a lot of experience with the mystery team, it’s because the Twins - as long back as I can recall - have never turned out to be that team. But Doogie Wolfson was all over it. Not too much later, it was confirmed the Twins were sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox. In return, they were getting P Kenta Maeda. Adding Maeda is a big deal on the field, but let’s look at three unique things off the field. ***Maeda signed an 8-year, $25 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2016 season. He has four years, at $3 million per year left on his incentive-laden contract. His incentives include: $150,000 for making Opening Day roster $1 million for starts 15 and 20. $1.5 million for starts 25, 30 and 32. $250,000 reaching the innings of 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180 and 190. $750,000 if he throws 200 innings. ***The fact that so much of Maeda’s earnings are tied to starts and innings has been a contentious point recently. The Dodgers tried to rework his deal, which he declined. The message to him was to “pitch better.” Maeda is definitely going to begin the season in the starting rotation, but someone is going to get squeezed if everyone is healthy when Michael Pineda and Rich Hill return from suspension and injury, respectively. We already know how Maeda would feel if it’s him. ***Maeda has some interesting “perks” in his deal which raise additional questions. His original contract gave him the right to wear #18. That’s currently worn by Silver Slugger catcher Mitch Garver. The Dodgers had to provide Maeda with four round-trip business-class airline tickets between Japan and LA annually. Can he fly out of MSP? There’s a $1 million assignment bonus. Do the Twins pay that? Allegedly. --- What we do know is that even if Maeda only has an average (by his standards) year, he will make nearly 30 starts and throw around 170 innings, triggering incentives that will earn him nearly $10 million total, which is still a steal in this market for a mid-rotation starter. All of the other stuff, though… stay tuned... Click here to view the article
  4. Two 30-year-old natives of Venezuela, both switch-hitters, both came to the majors as shortstops who became utility players and were to become free agents at the end of the 2018 season. I was looking at Baseball Reference and thought I would compare the former Twin with the current Twin. I was surprised how similar their numbers were. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/escobed01.shtml https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonzama01.shtml While they are very similar, there are differences. First of all, Gonzalez has remained a versatile defender, while Escobar has become a fixture at third base for his new club. Neither are spending appreciable time in the middle of the diamond, this year Escobar has played one game at second base and Gonzalez has played one game at shortstop. Gonzalez has started mostly at third, but with the return of Miguel Sanó, he's started multiple games at first, third, left and right field. Escobar has truly come into his own as a hitter. He hits in the middle of a good Arizona lineup and leads the National League in games, plate appearances and at-bats. So far, he is putting up numbers worthy of All-Star consideration. After an extremely slow start, Gonzalez has put up numbers in line with his career norms. It is intriguing to consider what might have happened if the Twins had somehow managed to retain Escobar. Would he have been able to have the role that Gonzalez is filling? Would the Twins then converted Sanó to first base and not acquired Cron? For what it's worth, it appears that this has worked out for all concerned.
  5. Today marks the last day that the Twins get to beat up on the Baltimore Orioles. Right now, the team is riding high with the top OPS and slugging percentage in MLB. On the position player side, there has been only one disappointment and that is the subject of this thread--Marwin Gonzalez. Let's face it, Gonzalez has been poor at the plate. He's hitting .164 and his OPS (.488) is lower than the team's slugging percentage.Talk in the game threads on this site is to trade him, release him, bat him ninth or bench him. I don't see any statistic (advanced or otherwise) that suggests that Marwin has been particularly unlucky. Yet Gonzalez has been a regular with almost 80 plate appearances in the first 24 games. I liked the signing when the Twins acquired Marwin and I still do. I think that Baldelli is correct in going with him as the principal third baseman and I think his offensive performance will improve. Gonzalez started slowly last year and ended up with a 102 OPS+ for the season. It is early yet, there are 138 games yet to be played. If Marwin were to go 5-5 today with a double and a homer (for instance), his numbers would look OK, that is the way the early season works. Other veteran players have had lousy starts and came back to have good seasons. As a switch-hitter, Gonzalez offers some balance to the lineup and with everyone else raking, the team can afford to be patient. On the other hand, we're not talking about Trout or Altuve here. Gonzalez is a good player with a lifetime OPS+ of 101, enhanced by a career year two years ago. His biggest asset has been his versatility, with the ability to be plugged in almost anywhere and hit and field competently. I don't think the leash should be too long and the Twins do have a third baseman working back from injury right now. Baseball Reference (and my eyes) say that Gonzalez has been good at third base so far this year. When Sano returns, he can be freed to be the guy who starts almost any place and is a solid veteran and a threat at the plate. It can't hurt to have quality depth in a long season and I think Marwin Gonzalez will provide that depth and versatility for the Twins has he did for the Astros.
  6. The Twins have all but guaranteed that the top three starters to begin the season are Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes, and Kyle Gibson. Three viable candidates remain for the final two rotation spots to start the season. Each has factors in their favor and each has deficiencies that might put him in the bullpen or the minors. Tommy Milone-Milone finished 2015 in the rotation after earlier being sent to the minors and also missing time with minor arm issues. He finished the season with a 9-5 record and a 3.92 ERA. Milone would be classified as a young veteran-he's 29 and has logged 619 innings in just under four years of service time. He is a lefty, the only southpaw competing for a spot in the rotation. Tommy is not known as overpowering, featuring a <90 mph fastball and no dominating pitches. Milone can't be classified as durable, exceeding 160 innings only once in his career and he has only two complete games, the last in 2013. Milone fanned 6.4 per 9 innings in 2015, in line with his lifetime rate of 6.5 per nine. Milone has always achieved better results than his peripherals, compiling a lifetime 3.97 ERA despite a lifetime 4.23 ERA and having a better ERA than FIP every year since his cup of coffee with Washington in 2011. Tyler Duffey-Duffey also finished 2015 in the rotation after a nice run in Rochester. He was very impressive in his debut season for the Twins, going 5-1 with a 3.10 ERA, fanning 8.2 per nine innings. Duffey features a couple of different curve balls that mystified hitters in his rather brief stint with the Twins last year. Duffey is 25 and was a relief pitcher in college. There is a possibility that hitters will catch up with Duffey in a full season, especially since he doesn't throw terribly hard. Duffey has options remaining and could be sent to Rochester without risk of being lost to another team. Ricky Nolasco-No pitcher the Twins have had since Ron Davis has done more to be poorly regarded by the home fans than Ricky Nolasco. He came to the Twins with a reputation of being a solid mid-rotation starter who would log plenty of innings and he came with a big paycheck-over $12M per year. In his first two years with the club, he hasn't earned his paycheck, not even close. He's only pitched 196 innings and hasn't been effective-an 11-14 log with a bloated 5.64 ERA. Nolasco has whiffed 6.9 per nine with the Twins, in line with his 7.3 per nine average. Ricky has two years remaining on his big contract and is 33 years old. Significantly, in Nolasco's career, his achievements don't come close to his peripherals. He has a lifetime 3.81 FIP, but a lifetime 4.54 ERA. As a Twin, the difference is even more dramatic (4.15 FIP vs 5.64 ERA). IMHO, at some point FIP loses it's luster as a predictor of performance and I think that is the case for both Nolasco and Milone. Milone will most likely exceed his peripherals and Nolasco will not. Milone has performed better more recently, is younger and is a lefty. In my book, he wins out for sure over Nolasco. Milone should be and probably will be the #4 starter. Nolasco vs. Duffey is a bit tougher to call. Duffery ML experience is limited, he does have both bullpen experience and options remaining. Nolasco has a decent history plus that contract. Both Duffey and Nolasco have had a bad outing in Ft. Myers, while pitching better in their other appearances. I would predict that Nolasco is given a spot in the rotation and that Duffey is either optioned or sent to Rochester. I think Duffey should get that spot with Nolasco in the bullpen as a starter-in-waiting.
  7. In a surprise, Michael Cuddyer has retired from baseball according ton NBC sports. It is a surprise to me because he has been able to perform when healthy in the National League. Cuddyer won a batting championship when playing for the Rockies and signed a two-year deal with the Mets prior to the 2015 season. He has suffered numerous injuries, both with the Twins and also in his years in the NL. Cuddyer playing in 49 games for the Rockies in 2014 and got 408 plate appearances this year. However, he lost his regular spot with the Mets following yet another injury. Cuddy was my favorite player. When I was young, When I was young, I admired players who were great role models (Harmon), as I aged I like players who would make good neighbors and finally as a "mature fan" it was guys who I would approve of dating my daughters. Cuddyer would be someone for a youngster to emulate, someone who would be a good neighbor, and yes, someone who would have my permission to date one of my daughters. On the field, Cuddyer demonstrated a decent hit tool and the willingness to play anywhere on the field. He won't need my well wishes, but best wishes to him and congratulations on a fine career.
  8. Ricky Nolasco signed easily the largest free agent contract for the Twins last year. While not every Twins fan was happy, the consensus was that the Twins had opened their wallets wide to get a guy that would guarantee them innings and competitive starts. In other words, while Nolasco's ceiling wasn't thought to be that high, his floor was thought to be competence or better than that. For one season, at least, the Twins were totally wrong. They didn't get middle-of-the-rotation production from him. They didn't get bottom of the rotation production. Mostly, the team got very poor performance for what is agreed to be a lot of money. What went wrong? There are some things numbers that tell the tale. First of all, Nolasco has always given up a lot of hits and hasn't been very good at stranding runners. The naysayers of the contract pointed that out from the beginning. Secondly, Nolasco had spent all his career in the National League, without a DH, thought to be easier for pitchers to put up good numbers. The last two factors may or may not be supported by numbers--Nolasco pitched with forearm tightness from spring training until he was disabled in early July. He pitched to an awful 5.90 ERA prior to going on the DL, post All-Star game yielded a more representative 4.39 ERA. Finally, Nolasco posted a 4.30 FIP, indicating that he suffered from bad luck and bad defense. In watching most of his starts, I would submit that Nolasco didn't get much help behind him and that he suffered from a bunch of bloop hits and some bad hops. I also saw a lot of hard-hit balls with quite a few reaching the seats. What does the future hold? First of all, while the first year was a disaster, Nolasco's body of work suggests he'll bounce back. He's been pretty dependable and reliable for a long time. No, he won't be traded in a salary dump and I sincerely doubt that he'll be exchanged for another "bad" contract. He'll get a chance to come back for the Twins. Secondly, I don't see him in the top of Twins rotation next year or for the duration of his contract. The Twins signed him 10 days short of his 31st birthday, it is doubtful he'll every perform better than he has in his better years ('10, '12 and '13) and not close to his best year in '08. In looking at Ricky's season, I would classify eight starts as "good" or better, six as "meh" to average, and the remainder (13) to qualify as poor. Certainly not good enough, but there were some decent outings. How much was health related? An open question. I think Nolasco has learned a bit about what he has to do to succeed and might minimize those poor starts. He showed a pretty good breaking ball, to go with an okay fastball but he needs to mix his pitches effectively. Finally, the Twins need to improve their defense. Better defensive outfielders would probably disproportionately benefit the veteran hurler. Better defense, better luck and better health will most likely lead to better results. I doubt he ever is regarded as a good signing, but I also doubt he'll be viewed as a total failure going forward. The Twins should have expected better for over $12M per year, I think they'll get closer to it for the rest of his contract. But much like Joe Mauer, people will expect more than he'll produce.
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