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    Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
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    That and it insures the club continues marching towards its inexorable drop to a $65M payroll in 2014, which sadly appears to be the club's prime imperative at this point.
    Yeah, that simply isn't true nor will you provide one shred of evidence stating such.
    There is no need to provide any more shreds of evidence, it's already ubiquitously abundant, from the Twins own mouths and actions.
    Trying not to violate policy here. One trade of a player does not make for a salary dump. No FA signings when there have not yet been any significant FA signings does not mean the Twins are not going to spend any money. So what kind of thought process leads to jokin's statement?
    This isn't rocket science. The Twins had a full boat of in-their-prime players going into 2011 and went all-in at approximately $114M on the payroll. As we all know, the season ended up in disaster from early on, the Twins publicly profferred, while still in-season, that they were going to significantly cut payroll for 2012, even with a bevy of players still in their prime. Obviously, something happened between Smith and Ownership regarding philosophical and financial differences from Oct 1 to his dismissal in late November. Ryan re-entered the picture and continued the previously publicly announced payroll slashing while making incremental band-aid upgrades to keep the product cosmetically saleable to the the marketing department. Can anyone dispute the fact that the Twins were in a very healthy position financially to maintain their 2011 payroll in 2012 by acquiring one or two legitimate SPs? The Twins did the opposite, by not re-signing any of their FAs, they clearly chose to play a dual game, selling one concept of "fielding a competitive team" to the buying public- while quietly admitting to the press, "off the record", that payroll was going to be cut in 2012 (which happened) and possibly, 2013 (which they have admitted, could very well happen). Thus far, they are holding true to form for their quiet admissions to Lavelle, et al. The last step of the process is moving the remaining high-dollar 2013 expiring contracts now or in-season, or, letting them lapse at season's end. By trading one of your 2 best bargaining chips for a pitcher who likely won't be a significant factor until 2015, even with an appalling need for SP arms in 2013, tells you this is a team in rebuild mode, whether they admit it or not.
    Last edited by jokin; 11-29-2012 at 09:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
    It's not what the Twins loss, but waht did they gain in the next 4 years? Nothing!
    A guy who has a chance to become our best in house pitcher since Matt Garza is "nothing"?

    They also added a bit of payroll flexibility and opened up Arcia and Hicks (both of who could be better then Span) paths to the majors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
    2015 at the earliest...so that's what we are shooting for...
    Barring any setbacks and expecting a standard progression, Meyer will be in AA this season.

    So you expect him to pitch 1 1/2 seasons in Rochester?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
    It's not what the Twins loss, but waht did they gain in the next 4 years? Nothing!
    4? Meyers will be up in 3 or less, imo. They also freed up money, that they can now use to sign two legit pitchers, instead of one. Let's see what they do with the money before totally giving up on this year....
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
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    Sickels had him as a B in his 2012 book - FWIW
    Yup, and that was prior to a very strong 2012 season with a 9.7 k rate, 1.101 WHIP and 2.86 ERA.

    He is a B/borderline B+ prospect at this point who has some nice upside.

    Sickles has an article on this here: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/...als-alex-meyer

    If you are curious, he rates him as a B+, which puts him in the same class as Arcia and Buxton. He thinks Meyer has a higher ceiling than Gibson too. That meas he should be in Sickle's top 50..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Obviously this move was made with 2014+ in mind, and that is fine, especially since we took upside over "sure thing". But looking further into it, does this really hurt the Twins that much in 2013?

    Span no doubt is a good player, who the Twins will miss but his production it appears is entirely replaceable. On the defensive side of things, Revere is at least as good of an overall defensive player as Span at CF and there is a very good chance that he has significantly better range in the position (quite possibly top 2 or 3 in all of baseball) Obviously his arm is garbage, but in CF I think it is "hidden" a bit and his range more then makes up for it.

    Span certainly had a solid bat, but I don't think we are going to miss it as much as people think. Even with his best season in 3 years Span still posted the 6th best OPS on the team behind Willingham, Mauer, Doumit, Morneau, and Plouffe. I think there is a very good chance all 5 post higher then Span again in 2013. Parmelee should be able to post a higher OPS as well, if he didn't I would be pretty disappointed/surprised. Some may argue that OPS isn't an end all be all and that since Span was a leadoff hitter OBP mattered more. Span finished 4th on the team behind Mauer, Willingham and Jamey Carroll (which is surprising). In addition he was only 9 points higher then both Morneau and Revere. A healthy Morneau should out produce that in 2013, while I actually think Revere regresses a bit. She you are looking at what would be the 5th best OBP guy on your team having to be replaced. IMO in an offensive standpoint Parmelee should be able to come close to that as well.

    In regards to speed, Span had it no doubt, but for every 2 steals he had it seems like he had one pick off. Revere is a better base runner no doubt, but overall the Twins will be hurt a bit on the "speed" category until a guy like Hicks comes up. Good news for the Twins is they didn't exactly run a whole lot anyways.

    All this isn't even factoring in that Hicks could very well be up sometime in 2012 and ultimately be a better fielder, hitter (especially in the power category) and runner then Span.

    So at the end of the day, while strengthening the team in the mid to long term I don't think it hurts the team much in the short term. Revere in CF is an upgrade defensively and it allows to get Parmelee a shot at playing every day. Additionally it makes Hicks and Arcia's path to the majors much easier.

    Pretty solid move and great timing by Ryan IMO as Spans value was unlikely to get any higher.
    A lot of valid points here. Let me add my two cents:

    1) I believe a lot of people, both GM's and fans, have underrated Span for a long time. While not exceptional in any one category, Span was above average in many. The ability to be decent in the leadoff spot is not just about numbers. It is about professional at-bats, table setting, and providing quality while leading the team in PA. Span does all of these things. His ability to play CF and low salary make him a wanted asset.

    2) Span could easily have been one of the nucleus for the next wave. More prospects burn out than excel. While we hope that the Hicks, Rosario, Buxton, et. al. group comes up and produces, the reality is that only 2-3 of them will have any real impact in the majors. Span is a proven MLB commodity that should still have a number of quality years left.

    3) I like the fact the Twins are looking more toward a hopeful 1-2, than another sure 4-5. I think it shows the Twins are willing to take a few risks, something they have been generally averse to in the past. I'm not sure this was exactly how I would have like to see it. I would have like to seen an additional MLB ready #4-5 starter, along with Meyer, to help the team today as well.

    4) Why is everybody convinced Parmalee will be productive at a major league level? He has not exactly torn it up for the Twins in the past. I think odds are better Hicks will be out there before him.

    This smells of a typical TR move, reminiscent of Pierzynski or Knoblauch. Trading a vet for low minors guys, "knowing" they will help you in the future. While we won't have an answer for a few years, I tend to give TR the benefit of the doubt on these types of moves. Span is the type of player that Twins fan's tend to gravitate to. Hard working, better than average, no public dust ups, by all account a stand up guy. I for one will be sorry to see him go.
    Last edited by Fire Dan Gladden; 11-29-2012 at 09:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    That and it insures the club continues marching towards its inexorable drop to a $65M payroll in 2014, which sadly appears to be the club's prime imperative at this point.
    Yeah, that simply isn't true nor will you provide one shred of evidence stating such.
    There is no need to provide any more shreds of evidence, it's already ubiquitously abundant, from the Twins own mouths and actions.
    Trying not to violate policy here. One trade of a player does not make for a salary dump. No FA signings when there have not yet been any significant FA signings does not mean the Twins are not going to spend any money. So what kind of thought process leads to jokin's statement?
    Its not even worth responding to him. I got reprimanded earlier for pointing out his "shenanigans" (After he went and cried to the site owners lol) Clearly the Twins dumping an effective player who was scheduled to make $5 million is "salary dumping" plain and simple meanwhile they hold onto Willingham, Mauer and Morneau who are scheduled to make about 50 million in 2013.

    Is there an ignore feature on this site? Serious question.
    "Cried to the site owners"? Again with the personal attacks, pointing out that you are blatantly violating site policy and adding nothing to the debate, Seriously? "Shenanigans" for making no editorial comment on a post except "here come the inevitable negative reviews" about the trade and merely quoting said national scribe?

    Regarding the salary issue, the Twins traded a $5M entity that progresses to $9M in 2015 for someone who won't make the major league minimum for at least 1 or 2 years and puts not one, not two, but now 3 OF out of 4 all virtually making the MLB minimum.

    The Twins have hinted that they may cut payroll again in 2013. What is so controversial about considering them at their word.

    Would it really be so surprising to you if 2 out of the three 3 high dollar guys you mention are moved now or in-season? It can be argued that this is actually a good business strategy. It certainly doesn't call for your all-out frontal assault on fact-based opinion.

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    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    2013 will be another season to study the minor league box scores, and leave my transistor radio at home when I go fishing on the walleye opener, May 10, 2013, because the Twins will already be out of it. Here's my dream trip for 2013:
    July 5 or 6: Twins at Toronto Blue Jays
    July 6 or 7: Pawtucket at Rochester (Twins AAA)
    July 8 or 9: Cooperstown Baseball HOF
    July 10: East/WestAll Star Game at New Britan, CT (Twins AA)
    July 11: Trenton at New Britan (Twins AA)
    July 12-14: Twins at New York Yankees
    July 15: MLB Home Run Derby, at Citi Field
    July 16: MLB All-Star Game, at Citi Field (NY Mets)
    658 miles (and another 229 to go see Baltimore, and Span's hometown team, the Washington Nats. and two more teams off the bucket list…) I'm glad for the move, and I will pay for the trip with the money I save by paying no more than $10 to see Twins home games.

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    Why do they have to free up money for? They just got a new ball park for nothing!

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    [QUOTE=Bark's Lounge;65567]There were not going to be any miracle returns in a Span trade. Did I expect a trade like this, probably not. Am I disappointed in the trade, not really. Who knows, this guy could be a #1 or #2 starter in 4-5 years, he could also be pitching in Independent Ball or working for a construction company in that same time frame.

    I am however very happy for Denard Span. He is leaving a severely crippled franchise and heading to a team that has everything going for it. My guess is that Span flourishes in his new environment and has great team and personal successes.

    Viva Denard Span!!![/QUOThe best post yet , you nailed it .
    I hope this kid is the best pitcher ever, but he is still 3 years away from joing the big club,and a lot can happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    assault on fact-based opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydakota View Post
    I hope this kid is the best pitcher ever, but he is still 3 years away from joing the big club,and a lot can happen
    Where are people getting this 3 years from? Sickels himself says he could be ready come next season.

    People understand the difference between college starters and HS starters right? There is no reason why Meyer shouldn't spend the majority of this season in AA with a shot at AAA towards the end. If he keeps doing what he has been doing he will be with the Twins come June 2014.

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    They don't NEED to free up money, they just did......this trade is about getting a guy with big upside. If Law and Sickels like the deal, I'll take that for now. He'll start in A ball, imo, and move to AA during the year if he's successful at all. AA and AAA in 2014, maybe even MLB. Now that I've read around on him, I think this is the kind of trade I wanted them to make with Span (assuming they could not trade him and another player for Shields or something).
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
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    assault on fact-based opinion.
    Again with the personal attack? Please attempt to add substance to the forum and break down what part of my posts in question aren't fact-based opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
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    assault on fact-based opinion.
    Please attempt to add substance to the forum
    I'm digging the irony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydakota View Post
    I hope this kid is the best pitcher ever, but he is still 3 years away from joing the big club,and a lot can happen
    Where are people getting this 3 years from? Sickels himself says he could be ready come next season.

    People understand the difference between college starters and HS starters right? There is no reason why Meyer shouldn't spend the majority of this season in AA with a shot at AAA towards the end. If he keeps doing what he has been doing he will be with the Twins come June 2014.
    I hope this is the outcome. Setting a goal for competitiveness in 2014 over 2013 makes the most sense. I hope the negative reviews that Meyers has received are completely wrong and that Ryan knows more about Meyer than Rizzo does.

    Legitimate question: Who has the most bankable track record on prospects? Is it Sickels, or someone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    assault on fact-based opinion.
    Please attempt to add substance to the forum
    I'm digging the irony.
    Ironic that you refuse to debate, but instead attack. That's usually indicative of a losing argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
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    2015 at the earliest...so that's what we are shooting for...
    Barring any setbacks and expecting a standard progression, Meyer will be in AA this season.

    So you expect him to pitch 1 1/2 seasons in Rochester?
    He had 7 starts in A+. AA is probably pushing it. I'm guessing FTM with a midseason promotion... Perhaps they will rush him a bit given that he was pretty good in those 7 starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydakota View Post
    I hope this kid is the best pitcher ever, but he is still 3 years away from joing the big club,and a lot can happen
    Where are people getting this 3 years from? Sickels himself says he could be ready come next season.

    People understand the difference between college starters and HS starters right? There is no reason why Meyer shouldn't spend the majority of this season in AA with a shot at AAA towards the end. If he keeps doing what he has been doing he will be with the Twins come June 2014.
    I hope this is the outcome. Setting a goal for competitiveness in 2014 over 2013 makes the most sense. I hope the negative reviews that Meyers has received are completely wrong and that Ryan knows more about Meyer than Rizzo does.

    Legitimate question: Who has the most bankable track record on prospects? Is it Sickels, or someone else?
    Probably Terry Ryan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
    He had 7 starts in A+. AA is probably pushing it. I'm guessing FTM with a midseason promotion... Perhaps they will rush him a bit given that he was pretty good in those 7 starts.
    I meant that he'll be in AA at some point in the season, not that he'd start there. I'd wager a start in Ft Myers as well.

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