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  1. The boost in payroll from Target Field's revenue...

    The boost in payroll from Target Field's revenue was more about keeping from our home-grown stars than hiring big free agents. This year it enabled them to avoid salary-dumping deadline trades that...
  2. Span's numbers in 2010 were mediocre because his...

    Span's numbers in 2010 were mediocre because his BABIP was about 25 points below his career average. That happens to everybody once in awhile. I think he overreacted to it by being more aggressive at...
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    After watching Bill Smith over the last few...

    After watching Bill Smith over the last few years, nobody should understand that better than Twins fans.
  4. Since his TJS, Liriano has been dreadful just as...

    Since his TJS, Liriano has been dreadful just as often as he's been outstanding. 122 G, 638.2 IP - these are not trivial sample sizes. Over that time, he averages out to 4.69 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and...
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    Sounds like a good idea to me. Shields is a lot...

    Sounds like a good idea to me. Shields is a lot like Brad Radke (workhorse, good K/BB, too many HRs), and just the sort of proven front-of-the-rotation guy the Twins should be looking to sign in the...
  6. $14M might be a shade too lowball, but this is...

    $14M might be a shade too lowball, but this is essentially exactly what the Twins' approach should be. And I haven't seen anything to suggest that a team couldn't make qualifying offers indefinitely.
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    Several of the 2nd-tier options are spending some...

    Several of the 2nd-tier options are spending some time on the DL this season. I don't think many FAs will get lengthy deals without a track record of durability. This will play into the Twins' hands...
  8. I hope they keep on thinking of Burton and...

    I hope they keep on thinking of Burton and Perkins as the guys who pitch the 8th & 9th inning of close games, in whichever order. Outside of Burton, I would consider any of the Twins' upper level RH...
  9. I had this misconception as well, but MLB Trade...

    I had this misconception as well, but MLB Trade Rumors cleared it up the other day. The Twins would only get one pick back for Liriano, and it would be the sandwich pick. So if somebody offers a...
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    When we're talking about Span's career numbers, I...

    When we're talking about Span's career numbers, I think the decent thing to do would be to give him a mulligan on the two weeks he spent last August trying to play through a concussion. When he's had...
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    You're right on the first point. Rather than have...

    You're right on the first point. Rather than have 3 blue chip OFs at Rochester next April, why not turn one of them into a blue chip SP? That would be a good way to fill a desperate organizational...
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    I'm sure the thought was that Appel would either...

    I'm sure the thought was that Appel would either go #1 or #2, so why agree to take less than the slot value of the #2 pick (the $6.2M the Twins gave Buxton)? That was rational enough. But when the...
  13. Here's what has to happen: 1) Everything...

    Here's what has to happen:

    1) Everything that's been going well (Diamond, Liriano 2.0, Plouffe, relatively good health, etc.) keeps going well,
    2) Morneau hits .312/.382/.544 in the 2nd half,...
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    Since moving to Target Field, the Twins' average...

    Since moving to Target Field, the Twins' average combined spending on the MLB payroll and the Draft has been about $110M. It was about $119M last year, about $112M this year. As dreadful as the first...
  15. I think he'd take it, too. I can't see another...

    I think he'd take it, too. I can't see another team giving up a 1st rounder to offer a multi-year deal to a guy as inconsistent as Liriano (though somebody like San Diego might give up a 2nd-rounder,...
  16. Every position player on the 25-man roster is now...

    Every position player on the 25-man roster is now under team control for 2013. I take this as a signal that the FO is going to make an effort not to field a dreadful team next season.
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    Thank you, Mr. Diamond, for that excellent...

    Thank you, Mr. Diamond, for that excellent example of what happens when you don't do 1 & 2.
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    Pitch-to-contact can work as long as the...

    Pitch-to-contact can work as long as the following 3 conditions are met:

    1) You never walk anybody
    2) You keep the ball in the yard
    3) You have a rangy and sure-handed defense behind you

    This...
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    This gets to the heart of it. I like to formulate...

    This gets to the heart of it. I like to formulate it this way: Blackburn isn't good enough to get away with walking people. He's always been hittable, but when his BB/9 was 1.8 he could keep the dam...
  20. The schedule is set up for the Twins to get away...

    The schedule is set up for the Twins to get away with a 4-man rotation of Diamond, Liriano, Hendriks and Blackburn for the rest of the month, with the exception of the 23rd and half of the...
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    League splits broken down by batting order,...

    League splits broken down by batting order, position, whatever else you could want: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/split.cgi?t=b&lg=AL&year=2012
    Or you can use the pull-down menus on the...
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    I think part of the reason they picked Cory was...

    I think part of the reason they picked Cory was to have a good foil for Gladden. It's a nice "Good Cop, Bad Cop" tandem. Personally, I love the way Gladden calls the game with his former...
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    Based on how they've acted in the past, I think...

    Based on how they've acted in the past, I think the Pohlads like making money. Fielding a competitive team next year will help them make money. Ryan has historically addressed the team's needs pretty...
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    I love the call on the flagpole shot. "Oh my...

    I love the call on the flagpole shot. "Oh my goodness gracious" is the Dick Bremer equivalent of "Holy sh#$!"
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    They will if they don't want to see a decline in...

    They will if they don't want to see a decline in attendance again next year.
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