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  1. I'd like to see Pinto get 2-3 starts at Catcher +...

    I'd like to see Pinto get 2-3 starts at Catcher + 1-2 starts at DH every week, but Gardy isn't likely to do that. So, I'd get rid of Gardy. But that isn't going to happen, either. So, they might as...
  2. So, Morales is a good hitter, but not...

    So, Morales is a good hitter, but not significantly better than the DH options already on the team. In fact, his production last year was worse than what Twins DH's have done to this point in the...
  3. Yeah, this is why it seems like a pointless move....

    Yeah, this is why it seems like a pointless move. They're probably getting little to no upgrade at DH (and I don't really expect Morales to get much time at 1B unless Mauer is on the DL), and even if...
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    Arcia last year: 6.1 BB%, 31.0 K%. To start this...

    Arcia last year: 6.1 BB%, 31.0 K%. To start this season: 5.3 BB%, 31.6 K%.

    "Swinging out of his shoes" seems to be what he does. Although his slash lines throughout his minor league career have...
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    When I look at the front office decisions this...

    When I look at the front office decisions this winter, I'm not entirely sure whether management is really lost at sea or just merely content to muddle along and collect high draft picks until Buxton...
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    "Going back to the 2013 Baseball Prospectus ...

    "Going back to the 2013 Baseball Prospectus comment, it is the hype that clouded the previous judgement on Hughes rather than seeing him for what he is, which is an above average starter."
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    Hughes had a 5.19 ERA (-0.7 rWAR) this year, 4.85...

    Hughes had a 5.19 ERA (-0.7 rWAR) this year, 4.85 ERA over the last 3 years. In 2 of the last 3 years, his value has been below replacement level. Why guarantee $24M/3 years to a guy like that, on...
  8. Although Pinto struggled a bit when first...

    Although Pinto struggled a bit when first introduced to Class A levels, after crushing it in Rookie league, he went on to really rake the ball in the last 2 seasons at all levels from High A to the...
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    You know, Kirby Puckett was worth 50.8 rWAR in...

    You know, Kirby Puckett was worth 50.8 rWAR in his 12 seasons with the Twins, from age 24-35. Torii Hunter has been worth 50.1 rWAR in his career, all but 0.6 of it in the 13 seasons from age 25-37....
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    They probably have 3 open spots in next April's...

    They probably have 3 open spots in next April's rotation. Correia is likely to be back, and although Albers is probably just the new Diamond, I imagine that he's earned a spot to start next season....
  11. Correia also has a 4.52 FIP, 4.19 xFIP. 2009:...

    Correia also has a 4.52 FIP, 4.19 xFIP.

    2009: 3.81, 4.14
    2010: 4.71, 4.06
    2011: 4.85, 4.38
    2012: 4.43, 4.34
    Career: 4.52, 4.41

    It's still fair to wonder why Terry Ryan felt it necessary to...
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    You know, I don't recall reading or hearing...

    You know, I don't recall reading or hearing anyone say so before, but when the Twins signed Morris, they really were just taking a 1-year flyer on a big-name veteran who hadn't been good the previous...
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    Right. After the 1986 season, according to...

    Right. After the 1986 season, according to Chadwin, Morris' agent proposed to the Yankees a one-year arbitration deal. The idea was that other owners wouldn't object to Morris changing teams if his...
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    Jack Morris also hoped to sign with the Yankees,...

    Jack Morris also hoped to sign with the Yankees, according to a book I once read called Those Damn Yankees: The Secret Life of America's Greatest Franchise by Dean Chadwin, but New York passed only...
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    The pitching issue is the main reason I'm still...

    The pitching issue is the main reason I'm still feeling pessimistic about the Twins' near future, even with the crop of promising hitting prospects due to arrive in the next year or two. The free...
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    Will Chase is the next Sidd Finch.

    Will Chase is the next Sidd Finch.
  17. His first-pitch strike percentage is up (although...

    His first-pitch strike percentage is up (although not quite as good as in 2010), but it's interesting that meanwhile his total percentage of pitches inside the strike zone is actually at a career...
  18. Liriano 2010: 3.62 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 2.95 xFIP, 9.44...

    Liriano 2010: 3.62 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 2.95 xFIP, 9.44 K/9, 2.72 BB/9, 0.42 HR/9, 53.6 GB%
    Liriano 2013: 2.52 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 2.99 xFIP, 9.37 K/9, 3.50 BB/9, 0.37 HR/9, 52.7 GB%

    He's basically having...
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    Dozier at age 26 has emerged as a decent bat...

    Dozier at age 26 has emerged as a decent bat (.243/.311/.417) + good glove at 2nd base, a nice sort of player to have on the roster, especially as a compliment to a few real big bats in the middle of...
  20. Sano and Rosario are youngsters in AA; Buxton is...

    Sano and Rosario are youngsters in AA; Buxton is a kid in High A. Let's relax a little, give them time to develop and master fundamental skills in the minors before pushing them into the deep end of...
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    I think some pitchers are pretty good at inducing...

    I think some pitchers are pretty good at inducing weak contact, but the ones who have prolonged success tend to give themselves more room for error (or bad luck) by keeping walks down AND maintaing a...
  22. Morneau should be in the Twins HOF someday, but I...

    Morneau should be in the Twins HOF someday, but I think retiring #33 for him would be a bit much. In his Twins career, he's hit .278/.348/.484 (121 OPS+) and has been worth 19.3 fWAR. In his 2006 MVP...
  23. Yeah, I guess Sano may have to learn that the...

    Yeah, I guess Sano may have to learn that the hard way. Besides needing to show better respect toward club management and the game itself, I hope he realizes now that he's in AA for nothing but to...
  24. He doesnt strike anyone out, and his walk rate is...

    He doesnt strike anyone out, and his walk rate is up, HR rate is up, LOB% is down, GB% is down.... When a guy has a K/9 at around 4.5 or less, he needs everything else to go just right. For awhile...
  25. I'd like to see the list of players who had,...

    I'd like to see the list of players who had, let's say, +25 WAR careers after posting < 9 BB% and >25 K% as a rookie. I'm genuinely curious, but probably don't have the time to research it. My guess...
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