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  1. LaBombo's Avatar
    You made a good case for Marcum, but you omitted the last sentence of the interview with him...

    "The Kansas City, Mo., native added that he has no preference with the geographic location of a franchise or if it's an American League or National League squad, but wherever he ends up signing, he wants there to be a realistic chance at making the playoffs."


    Which pretty much rules out the Twins. On the other hand, rationalization can be a powerful force when fueled by greed.

    But if Marcum rules out the Twins for being non-competitors in 2013, we'll have another high water mark of Twins futility, since Marcum apparently sees an 89 loss team that's gone 20 years without a postseason appearance as having a better shot at the playoffs.
    Updated 10-24-2012 at 04:55 PM by LaBombo
  2. Thegrin's Avatar
    You must be Youking !

    adding Youkilis means we are going to give up on Plouffe. That is not the way to make long term improvements to the Twins.

    What if Plouffe had not hurt his hand ? What kind of hitter would he be ? That is what the Twins must find out. You propose to spend a lot of money on an iffy proposition, without giving Plouffe the chance to prove his value. Are you related to Bill Smith ?
  3. emoeby's Avatar
    Any chance this is was a reaction to Target Field, to try to pull the ball and maybe more power?
  4. Willihammer's Avatar
    If he is going to keep stranding runners, they had better get someone behind the dish who can actually catch those pitches.
  5. Rosterman's Avatar
    If he needs a rest....go for it. But it would be nice if he is on the field in someway during the homestands.
  6. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    This is an excellent article. It seems like this has been such a common, recurring question since the 90s. I have no answer, but I tend to think that the answer is not currently on the roster.

    If Escobar is as good with his glove as I have heard, I might just be willing to completely sacrifice offense to watch a good defender every day. Is that what it has come to?
  7. SteadyDietOfCheese's Avatar
    ... it is obvious that the players cannot be counted on to do this kind of determination. They have machismo and often millions at stake.

    I get the machismo part, but aren't their contracts guaranteed? Surely there's no financial hit taken by going on the DL, is there?
  8. Top Gun's Avatar
    Rockies acquired LHP Jonathan Sanchez from the Royals for RHP Jeremy Guthrie.

    It's a swap of bad contracts that makes sense for both sides. The Rockies receive $1.1 million of salary relief, while the Royals might actually be upgrading their sorry rotation with the addition of Guthrie. It's not clear if the Rockies plan to put Sanchez in the rotation or in long relief.
  9. four6three's Avatar
    Joe Christensen reported today that Blackburn's turn around in the minors (and recall to the show) is from reviewing tape from '09. I wonder if he meant reading this article? http://www.startribune.com/sports/163042356.html
    Updated 07-19-2012 at 01:05 PM by four6three
  10. ltwedt's Avatar
    Great write-up - I don't see a downside for the Twins picking him up - Sounds like a "typical" TR deal -
  11. ltwedt's Avatar
    Agreed - Mitch Williams was an idiot when he played, and not much has changed.

    Only one I can't listen to more is Tim McCarver. - (Did that sentence make sense?? If it did, then you would do very well as an interpreter in today's world!)
  12. mini_tb's Avatar
    Thanks, Parker. Excellent analysis as usual.
  13. PeanutsFromHeaven's Avatar
    Best line in a scouting report yet: "[hits the ball] a distance reserved for those wearing big boy pants". I am picturing a future where grizzled scouts say "He's got big boy pants power..." and Brad Pitt growls at them from the GM chair.

    Great write up on Buxton--shots of him eye to eye with Mauer and Morneau breed confidence (bordering on foolish optimism) and even if he turns into Matt Kemp-lite he's a worthwhile investment for the Twins.
  14. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    If only he could get through to Valencia and Hicks (and tell Hicks to stop trying to be a switch-hitter), the Twins could have two impact players up in the bigs right now so we wouldn't have to watch Trever Plouffe out in the field (only said that because I was at a game last year where he made 2 horrible throwing errors 2 innings in a row.)
  15. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
    It's nice to see Revere's BA sitting in the 0.290s after today's game. Hopefully he can build on that and work on drawing more BBs.
  16. rogrulz30's Avatar
    Boston continued to throw Valencia fastballs away, and Valencia tried to hit a homerun on every one of those pitches, most of them he of course hit a baby pop fly, or sent a tailor made double play ball to the shortstop. Nothing is going to be changed with Valencia, he is uncoachable, and will continue to try and hit the ball over the fence like the selfish player he is.
  17. Highabove's Avatar
    But the Dutch get free health care!!!
  18. James Rivah Twins Fan's Avatar
    Excellent analysis Parker. Keep it comin'.
  19. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Swarzak is not very good. His minor league numbers since 2007 (!) show that pretty clearly. He has no business being a major league starter. He's the Luke Hughes of the pitching staff . . .
  20. SpinnesotaGirl's Avatar
    Nice article! As you mentioned, I sure hope the Twins' staff are taking a look at his mechanics. We need him firing on all cylinders!
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