Intros are pointless, let’s roll.
if Byron Buxton was a free agent right now and got an 8 year deal, how much money do you think he’d get?
— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) May 20, 2019
I think something around…$120 million maybe? I was initially thinking $20 million per year, but that’s a bit steep and there’s still gotta be some risk baked in. At this rate, he’d be getting $15 million per year — assuming we’re voiding/avoiding his remaining years of club control.
Frankly, I think I’d probably do this if I was a team. There’s so much raw talent here, and the downside is still lots of value on the bases and defensively.
Are you surprised that the #MNTwins haven’t used an opener after using them frequently last Sept?
Is Rocco’s coaching staff open to it? The starting pitching performance has been great, but a case can be made for Pineda.
— MNTwinpinions (@MNTwinpinions) May 19, 2019
Not really. Last year it was more about the dearth of available pitching talent, and the fact that Kohl Stewart — who was more or less a rotation mainstay down the stretch — fared better as a primary pitcher than he did as a starter, albeit in a small sample size.
I really only see The Opener as experimental right now, and that’s not really something the Twins need to think about unless they end up tinkering with Michael Pineda, who has a significant third time through the order penalty — granted, he’s still working his way back from Tommy John surgery and has looked better of late.
Do the players see themselves/this team as one thst can go the distance? Or are they being cautious about getting too excited this early. MN fans are always cautiously optimistic. But what does the team think?
— Andy Pants (@pants_andy) May 19, 2019
The team has an air of confidence around it right now. I won’t name names, but I spoke to one player in Fort Myers who said, “We’re going to the playoffs this year, I’ll tell you that.” It was a young guy, too.
But I think he speaks for a lot of his teammates when he says there’s plenty of confidence this team can get to the playoffs. From there, you just let the chips fall where they may.
Also. Are some of the philosophy’s that help this team break out being promoted organizationally/in the minors? I.e. Does Wes Johnson’s approach/ideas get shared throughout or each team stick with their own staffs philosophy’s.
— Andy Pants (@pants_andy) May 19, 2019
This is an organization that is very well synchronized from the top down. In the past, I’d say they were decently well in lockstep with one another, but I think this current regime has them on a completely different level. It’s pretty visible with how they run drills in spring training and that sort of thing, and I’m very sure it trickles down to the minor leagues, where guys are preparing for their MLB futures.
Who do you think the Twins All-Star(s) are as of right now
— Jake Adams (@JacobAdamsTwins) May 19, 2019
I wanted to give one of the catchers the nod — and still might since it’s such a shallow position in the American League — but Mitch Garver missing as much time as he will with his high ankle sprain seems to put a fairly big crimp in his chances.
It’d be pretty neat to see three or four guys go to the game though, wouldn’t it?
Who are the Twins looking to potentially trade for as the trade season inches closer?
— Jack Morrison (@B1GKAT) May 19, 2019
I did some legwork on that here but the main thing you’re looking for is “good reliever, bad team.” Mychal Givens comes up a lot — and for good reason, because he’s the exact prototype of this theory — and the odds are good that Jonathan Schoop could give the Twins the lowdown on what kind of guy he is, etc.
If I had to power rank the arms that I’d look at to add to this bullpen via trade, I’d go like this:
- Will Smith, San Francisco
- Givens, Baltimore
- Shane Greene, Detroit
- Greg Holland, Arizona
- Ian Kennedy, Kansas City
Certainly some other guys will become available as the season goes on, but for now, that’s where I’m at.
Who do you think hasn’t reached their full potential yet and still has a ton of a improvement to make?
— Cory Moen (@CoryMoen) May 19, 2019
I’ll give you two:
Max Kepler on offense. He came into Tuesday night’s game hitting .244/.321/.457, and I just feel like there’s more in there. He’s taking his walks, has more to show against lefties and has been a slow burn at every point in his development. He’s not a star if he can get his batting average to .270, but he’d be a damn fine player at that level.
On the pitching side, I still think Pineda has a lot more to show than he has so far this season. I know that’s not a popular take, but he’s a thoroughbred physically — in terms of big and strong in his trunk, rather than more slightly built like a Jose Berrios, for instance — and at his peak he did everything you could want a starter to do: strike guys out, no walks, get grounders and keep the ball in the park. The last one is key. If he can do that, and his velo ticks up as the weather continues to warm up, it could be a nice second half of the season for him.
Do the Twins make a move on Liriano?
— N.T. Olson (@iamnickolson) May 19, 2019
I listed him up above, but privately I do wonder how long Pittsburgh can stay in the race. Entering Tuesday the Pirates were just 2.5 games out of first place, but the Cubs are starting to sizzle and the Brewers and Cardinals, in my opinion, are just clearly better-built teams.
So if the Pirates fizzle rather than sizzle down the stretch, I think the 35-year-old Liriano his the market, and he’s done a darn good job setting up for Felipe Vasquez this year: 0.81 ERA, 11.3 K/9, 1.08 WHIP and a FIP of 2.51.
Does that mean the Twins will have interest? I don’t know, but it would seem like a really cool storyline and he can still get guys out, too.
If you had to guess one guy that is not on the current 40 man roster that has the best chance of making a big impact the rest of the year, who would it be? I realize that we dont need one of those guys to come through this year but if there was one guy not on 40, who would it be?
— Shea McGinnity (@SheaMcGinnity) May 19, 2019
Brusdar Graterol as a high-octane reliever down the stretch. The Twins are going to have to fill rotation spots next year unless they somehow retain all of Odorizzi, Gibson and Pineda, and if you want Graterol in that mix, you get his feet wet in August and September throwing darts out of the bullpen.
Would you prefer to trade for a reliever or a starter? Also, should I get my hopes up for kimbrel?
— Jacob Nosbush (@JacobNosbush) May 19, 2019
I get the sense that reliever will be the higher priority. They really like their 1-4 and there’s enough reason to believe that Pineda will come around that I don’t think they’re actively shopping for rotation pieces — especially with guys like Zack Littell, Stephen Gonsalves and Stewart able to fill in whenever needed.
It wouldn’t be hard to justify adding a bullpen arm — perhaps Kimbrel — but it’s hard to know where he’s at in terms of if he’d really sign with Minnesota. Money talks. Would I get your hopes up? No. But is it out of the realm of possible? Not at all.
Knowing that we are on the verge an awesome playoff run…if you had three moves to make, what would they be? And more specifically, which players would you pursue/trade?
— Shea McGinnity (@SheaMcGinnity) May 19, 2019
- Trade for Marcus Stroman
- Trade for Will Smith
- That’s it. A bullpen with Pineda and Smith in it would be absolutely filthy, the rotation would be stocked 1-5 and I really don’t see any needs on offense that they didn’t address already. If I wanted to get greedy, maybe keep tabs on Jose Abreu if C.J. Cron doesn’t have a good season, but so far he’s doing quite well.
Does the complete meltdown of Addison Reed serve as a great example of why the team is leery to through millions at Kimbrel?
— Scott Burlingame (@Gamescrows) May 19, 2019
Maybe a little. Reed was one of the better relievers available that offseason, and whether it was overuse to start 2018, a career worth of innings pitched or something else altogether, he appears to be far from the guy we saw just one year ago.
But if anything, it just underscores why the Twins have been among the most hesitant teams to hand out multi-year deals to outside relievers. Prior to Reed, the Twins had never done it.
Will they do it again? I’m sure they will, but they aren’t going four years on Kimbrel. Two years and $35 million? That might get it done.
Ok Brandon, choice for you: You can either have the Byron Buxton as he is performing right now for the next 8-10 years- no more, no less OR what's behind box #2, even more untapped potential or possibly a regression to previous production. Which do you choose? #AskBW
— Terry Anderson (@nater79a) May 19, 2019
As he’s performing now. Anything higher on a sustained basis would put him in that Mike Trout stratosphere, or just beneath it, but I think the gamble would be too high.
And he’s so good right now.
How aggressive do you think the twins should be / will be with Brusdar Graterol, based on how well he’s pitching in Pensacola?
— Javan Olmscheid (@javanolmscheid1) May 19, 2019
Fairly aggressive. I think he’ll be in Rochester by midseason and could get a look up here late. I’m probably among the most bullish on that, however, but again — I think that’s more likely than them throwing a bunch of cash at Kimbrel, for instance.
This team needs bullpen help, IMO. Some numbers suggest they are ok, but it’s not sustainable & they have a real shot to do something special this season, bullpen additions can only help. I’m lukewarm on Kimbrel & it’s an easy name. Who else is out there, either FA or trade?
— Ex Twins News (@Ex_Twins_News) May 20, 2019
You’re in luck. I broke that down in-depth here.
What is your predicted opening day #MNTwins starting rotation in 2020? Odds they resign Odorizzi, Gibson or Pineda.
— Justin Hayes (@justinbhayes) May 20, 2019
- OPEN (Stewart/Gonsalves/Graterol)
I think they get something done with two of their three impending free agents, though they could try to really muscle up in free agency and grab a Gerrit Cole or someone of that ilk. It’s still too early to have any idea.
Which truck is best truck?
— david, an old (@schlazor) May 20, 2019
Has to be the Dodge Ram doesn’t it….?
A Dodge Ram, 2019s motor trend truck of the year and the most fuel efficient truck in America with a 5 star safety rating and 4 JD Power and Associate awards. https://t.co/yVYc7kvlaY
— Dodge Ram Owner (@RamLover69) May 20, 2019
Will the Twins get past R1 of the post-season?
— BC_1957 (@1957_bc) May 20, 2019
I have no idea. Time to enjoy the journey rather than the destination, in my opinion.
Graterol and Gordon for MadBum?
— Scott Lindhólm (@4arlandria) May 21, 2019
I really don’t know. I run so hot and cold on that idea. He’s got a big personality and I’m not sure how that would be received in the Twins clubhouse, but he’s clearly one of the game’s best big-game pitchers and who wouldn’t like to have him in October?
My guess is this probably wouldn’t be quite enough, as they’d probably want three pieces — none of them Gordon. Maybe the Twins could convince them to take three top-10 prospects not named Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff or Graterol, but that’d be a mighty tall order, I think.
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