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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
    The view that not signing Jason Frasor isn't a big deal equates to "pie-in-the-sky" nonsense?

    The frustrated viewpoint would have changed if we had signed Frasor? Signing him or not really doesn't change anything, that's the point, it's pretty meh. I'm discouraged as well, with or without Frasor, if they do nothing else I'll be downright depressed.
    I'm talking about the forum in general. Again, as I said earlier, it's not Frasor, it's what he represents - a player who is arguably better than anyone the Twins signed as a FA going for a low-risk contract while we sit 30% (give or take) down from our payroll last year. So it feeds the view that this offseason has been a complete failure by the very expectations the Twins told us to get behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
    I have just a simple question:

    in a 99 + 96 loss team that has a 9th (Perkins) and 8th (Burton) inning guy, how much a priority should be a 7th inning guy? Given the 99+96 Ls

    (in my book, I wouldn't even waste $ extending Burton - he is 31 - trade him. Get the kids to pitch in relief and there are many college power arms coming in the pen from the recent drafts. But Ryan has millions to throw away to the likes of Correia and Burton)
    So why are they a 96 loss team? Simply put, no starting pitching.
    Too bad the Twins never resigned Scott Baker like they were supposed to. He must have backed out because I read it here it was a done deal and then he ends up with the Cubs and look what we have now. A bunch of 5th starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
    I have just a simple question:

    in a 99 + 96 loss team that has a 9th (Perkins) and 8th (Burton) inning guy, how much a priority should be a 7th inning guy? Given the 99+96 Ls

    (in my book, I wouldn't even waste $ extending Burton - he is 31 - trade him. Get the kids to pitch in relief and there are many college power arms coming in the pen from the recent drafts. But Ryan has millions to throw away to the likes of Correia and Burton)
    I'll disagree on the RP'ers. Wasting money is when you start signing mediocre arms for 5M/yr in the bullpen. Getting average bullpen arms for 2M is a great value regardless if you are a rebuilding or competitive team.

    Burton's trade value is greater on a reasonable 2 yr contract (w/ option) than if he's a pending FA at the deadline. The only way that this is money wasted is if Burton blows out his arm next season.

    The Frasor equation is even simpler. Frasor (as a Twin) has more trade value than not signing anyone and keeping the money.

    The kids will have plenty of chances to pitch in the bullpen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    Right but you have to understand every guy like this is going to remind people of the promises laid out before the offseason and cause them to look again at the pitiful collection of "talent" brought in with this much salary room available. You could argue with the trade of Span they essentially took 30M in reduced payroll and spent 14% of it to help a roster that produced one of baseball's worst records.
    Today I learned:

    In order to keep TheLeviathan happy, all Terry Ryan has to do is make a public statement to the effect of: "we will only be bringing in ****ty players this offseason." Then, when anything good happens, he'll be thrilled! Because it's really all about the expectations set right?

    Aim low. You might fail upward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
    Aim low. You might fail upward.
    Today I learned Talking a big game about high expectations and being "content" landing Correia makes 70Chargers a happy Twins fan.

    See how that game works? This organization knew fans could see the writing on the wall and, in my opinion, basically lied publicly to keep fan support up. That's worst case, I admit. Best case is that these guys talked a big game and failed to live up to it. Either way I fail to see how this deserves a defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    Today I learned Talking a big game about high expectations and being "content" landing Correia makes 70Chargers a happy Twins fan.

    See how that game works?
    This "game" isn't working well for you actually.

    See, I have literally never once said I liked the Correia signing or that I was "content." (Seriously. Go look.)

    On the other hand, you saying that all you really care about is the difference between what Terry Ryan said and what actually happened is all over this thread. And if that's all you care about, I'm afraid we won't see eye to eye here.

    Observe:

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    I'm talking about the forum in general. Again, as I said earlier, it's not Frasor, it's what he represents - a player who is arguably better than anyone the Twins signed as a FA going for a low-risk contract while we sit 30% (give or take) down from our payroll last year. So it feeds the view that this offseason has been a complete failure by the very expectations the Twins told us to get behind.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    What I see is a few posters here so aggressively looking to defend the Twins that they are jumping on anyone expressing frustration as if they're canceling their Twins Fan membership cards and stomping down to Target Field with pitchforks in hand. Chill, people can be frustrated and message boards are totally appropriate venue to express it. Lectures like the ones you, Psuedo, and nurse are handing out about it look pretty friggin silly in light of what the organization has said about what it would do this offseason.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    Right but you have to understand every guy like this is going to remind people of the promises laid out before the offseason and cause them to look again at the pitiful collection of "talent" brought in with this much salary room available. You could argue with the trade of Span they essentially took 30M in reduced payroll and spent 14% of it to help a roster that produced one of baseball's worst records.

    Now personally, I love what Ryan did in everything but FA contracts. (Genuinely love it!) But a guy like Marcum screams what he was talking about in the handbook and other places. As did a bevy of others. I don't blame people for grumbling. And I think it's silly as hell to lecture people on having disappointed bitterness when the root source of that is an expectation that wasn't created by the fans, but by the organization who couldn't wait to reassure us all that they were mad as hell about losing and not going to take it anymore. And all that big talk landed us was friggin Correia in non-trades.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    It doesn't have to be Frasor. But this team has publically declared their comfort with being done this offseason. When you see talent like Frasor still out there for reasonable price tags - that is hard to swallow with the amount of budget room left.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    It doesn't change that with this amount of budget space that they aren't willing to be a little more risk averse. They are playing it way too safely - from choosing Pelfrey over Baker, Correia/Blanton over Marcum/whomever, etc. They have the budget room to take more gambles and they said, pre-offseason, that they were going to be more aggressive. All people are doing is holding their feet the same fight the Twins lit themselves. I don't get the crusaders to defend the Twins from the very expectations they set out. That is 100% ridiculous.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    Frankly, there is no defense of the FO when they set the expectations and then failed to live up to them. Again, I like what they've done for the most part, but that doesn't mean they are beyond criticism.
    I mean, damn, TheLeviathan. We get it already! If the front office had only said that they would bring in terrible players, you wouldn't be bitching so much. After all, it's all about expectations, right!?

    Still want to play this "game"?

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    Wow, up to four pages in a Jason Frasor thread? Can't wait to see the double digit beauty that will pop up once Marcum signs with another club. Seems like every thread is turning into a "the Twins are cheating the fans, d bag!" vs "they don't have to justify their payroll to you, a hole!" Battle Royale.

    Looks like at this point, as much effort is being put into discrediting one's opponent than into making one's point. I thought election season was over.

    In full disclosure, I've taken my fair share of jabs at front office defenders. This is starting to look petty though, sorry for my behavior. I hope others too see how unconstructive this is getting.
    Last edited by nicksaviking; 01-05-2013 at 12:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    Perhaps there should be less strawmen thrown around then. None of those asinine questions were brought up by anyone. They're incredibly stupid, shallow contributions to the conversation.
    Put Me On Ignore... Do it right now... I find no redeeming qualities in any of your replies and you don't like anything I have to say anyway... Put me on ignore...

    As a matter of fact... You pretty much **** on everybody around here so I think that quite a few others would appreciate it if you put them on ignore as well.

    You are an ass of the first degree. Your tired overuse of adverbs like "incredibly" in front your adjectives like "stupid" lack tact and civility and I've read the last one.

    Is your self esteem problem really that toxic? Yeah... Self esteem... Because no one who actually felt good about themselves would respond like you do!!!


    Don't bother responding... You are on ignore... You'll just be responding for everyone else and 90 percent of the board hates you already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
    This "game" isn't working well for you actually.

    See, I have literally never once said I liked the Correia signing or that I was "content." (Seriously. Go look.)

    On the other hand, you saying that all you really care about is the difference between what Terry Ryan said and what actually happened is all over this thread. And if that's all you care about, I'm afraid we won't see eye to eye here.

    Observe:













    I mean, damn, TheLeviathan. We get it already! If the front office had only said that they would bring in terrible players, you wouldn't be bitching so much. After all, it's all about expectations, right!?

    Still want to play this "game"?
    I'm not sure your side does get it. Splitting hairs against convincing arguments doesn't make the status quo defenders noble, too good to play the game, while attempting to stay above the fray. The Twins offseason is deserving of constructive criticism in an attempt to moving the franchise towards showing more of a pulse in attempting to right the ship. To mix metaphors, your side is the one playing useless word "games" in defense of this moribund enterprise while Rome burns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
    The view that not signing Jason Frasor isn't a big deal equates to "pie-in-the-sky" nonsense?

    The frustrated viewpoint would have changed if we had signed Frasor? Signing him or not really doesn't change anything, it's pretty meh. I'm discouraged as well, with or without Frasor, if they do nothing else I'll be downright depressed.
    In my best Lloyd Christmas voice:

    "So you're saying there's still a chance?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
    You can't just make up **** up and call it a fact. People will stop taking you seriously if they already haven't.

    You really don't have any basis for your distinction between cheap and penny-wise--it's just your opinion.

    And sure, Corriea is a status quo signing, so flame away, but to generalize that the Twins are maintaining the status quo when they just traded two of their CFers that were under team control for years for three legitimate, young pitchers is asinine. You seem ideological predisposed against the Twins.
    As we speak, I'm losing valuable sleep over the mere possblility that you're threatening to stop taking me seriously, seriously. As if your perjorative-lobbing is a formula for winning arguments. FYI, I did establish the distinction between penny-wise and cheap, have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. I consistently advocate for signing quality as a means to upgrade your performance on the field and ultimately through trades for teams in need of marketable talent. You have difficulty in comprehending that, only to admit much of your case was weak just down-thread. The Twins are currently sitting nearly $30M below last season (after cutting by 20% the year previously) and have yet to sign a legitimate flippable talent, meanwhile, they have failed to sigificantly address their woeful holes up the middle or up-and-down the pitching staff with sure options.

    Regarding the trades. I have been a vocal proponent in support of these moves, only suggesting that more might have been left on the table in the case of Span.


    Your perjoratives continued with my assessment of the risks taken in these 2 trades. Nothing was made up.

    You say 3 "legitimate" pitchers. I said, in a way apparently "asinine" to you, that the Twins traded 2/3s of their OF for 3 pitchers that still have a lot to prove and in 2 cases, quite a ways to go to say they are "legit". One of whom who has only pitched at Class A and was too old for that level where he dominated. How many dominant pitchers in Class A, who even are age-appropriate, flame out before they hit the Bigs? Quite a significant number, actually. The other minor league pitcher has stumbled at each of his last 2 promotions. He corrected himself in his 2nd trip through high A ball. Let's see what he does in New Britain. So again, you have another pitcher who has only proven mastery to A ball thus far. You've already counted these A-ball chickens before they've hatched.

    The Twins move these types of guys up slowly, you won't see them in 2013, perhaps they will get a look at some point in 2014, so again, it's 2015 to realistically expect them to make a significant impact in the starting rotation. Meanwhile, Bagger Vance still has question marks given his bad season, move to the AL and injury concern.

    For the record, I am ideologically predisposed for the powers-that-be in running my favorite team as if it's part of the 21st Century in a newly-minted showcase ballpark, not as a regime that would be just as happy in making a small fortune in contracting the team, blackmail the public into reinflating its value after contraction fell through and then taking the money to produce more bad movies and rap-music.

    "old nurse and twinsnorth49 like this" Of course you do.
    Last edited by jokin; 01-05-2013 at 02:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
    Wow, up to four pages in a Jason Frasor thread? Can't wait to see the double digit beauty that will pop up once Marcum signs with another club. Seems like every thread is turning into a "the Twins are cheating the fans, d bag!" vs "they don't have to justify their payroll to you, a hole!" Battle Royale.

    Looks like at this point, as much effort is being put into discrediting one's opponent than into making one's point. I thought election season was over.

    In full disclosure, I've taken my fair share of jabs at front office defenders. This is starting to look petty though, sorry for my behavior. I hope others too see how unconstructive this is getting.
    It is not so much defending the front office as it is not being terribly tolerant of baseless claims. Quibbling over which mediocre is better is rather pointless but done anyway. When one commenter gets a little cranky, they are responded to similarly and the whole works goes to hell.
    I don't think any fan is terribly excited about the fact the Twins didn't land a real good pitcher so far. There are different thoughts as to why this is so, and little tolerance for accepting anything beyond "my reason".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
    I mean, damn, TheLeviathan. We get it already! If the front office had only said that they would bring in terrible players, you wouldn't be bitching so much. After all, it's all about expectations, right!?

    Still want to play this "game"?
    So you pull the context out...that's the game? People on this board continue to rip anyone with a negative take on the Twins moves. My point is simple - they have a right to be bitter and negative because all they are doing is holding the team accountable to it's own words. There is no defense for that, none. Frankly, if they had said "we're going to rebuild this offseason" I would have given that a huge thumbs up. That's what they needed to do.

    I'm only defending the fact that people that are bitter, have plenty of reason to be. They aren't whiny, turncoat Twins fans and shouldn't be treated as such. And moves like this one are going to spark bitterness because people care about the team and every talented player that leaves the market is only salt in the wound that was this offseason.

    I wouldn't have had to repeat myself 6-7 times if people actually did "get it" - that's the problem.
    Last edited by TheLeviathan; 01-05-2013 at 07:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    A I consistently advocate for signing quality as a means to upgrade your performance on the field and ultimately through trades for teams in need of marketable talent.

    and have yet to sign a legitimate flippable talent,

    meanwhile, they have failed to sigificantly address their woeful holes up the middle or up-and-down the pitching staff with sure options.


    "old nurse and twinsnorth49 like this" Of course you do.
    There is a difference of opinion on what constitutes quality. What you advocate as quality is seen as little difference in what the Twins actually signed.

    You really think that a player is going to sign a contract with the Twins in hopes of being traded to a team that wouldn't sign them originally? This kind of thinking is why Pseudo's comment about making fecal matter up

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    Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
    You really think that a player is going to sign a contract with the Twins in hopes of being traded to a team that wouldn't sign them originally? This kind of thinking is why Pseudo's comment about making fecal matter up
    It isn't uncommon for players to sign with a team they know isn't very good just so they can assure themselves of an opportunity to showcase their abilities. Hell, the entire concept of signing a minor league deal or a 1 year deal is based on that premise. So yes, many players would do that. (One could argue all those years of Dave Hollins and Otis Nixon were premised on exactly that notion and were used effectively to help the team's return to respectability around 200)

    And I would argue there is still plenty of quality available that far exceeds what we have signed thus far.

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    I do not disagree with you on that there is talent out there better than what the Twins have. Probably disagree on the value of that talent.
    Players traded in the past were signed to fill holes on the team. Hollins was traded when he was not working out. Roberto Kelly played here a year and a half before he was traded. That is a far different than singing a player in the hopes of trading them. See Miami for what that does for the integrity of the organization.
    Otis Nixon left after one year via free agency. Although it was probably as good of year as he ever had anywhere, I don't think the Twins got a draft pick for him. Just for accuracy in claims

    If signing talent is flipable than the Correia signing can never be bad because you can flip him for a good prospect. (Jab Jab, wink wink. Need a bigger clue that I am throwing it out there just to poke at you?)
    Last edited by old nurse; 01-05-2013 at 08:01 AM. Reason: couldn't resist a late tease probably forgetting that some people are 100% serious all of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
    Players traded in the past were signed to fill holes on the team.
    I fail to see how this helps. Jason Frasor, Shaun Marcum, hell even Michael Bourn, would all "fill holes" on this team. The Twins could sign three relievers and still be filling holes in all likelihood. Your point was that players don't sign to be moved, but players sign short deals for opportunities that they know may result in a trade all the time. That claim was 100% false on your part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    As we speak, I'm losing valuable sleep over the mere possblility that you're threatening to stop taking me seriously, seriously. As if your perjorative-lobbing is a formula for winning arguments. FYI, I did establish the distinction between penny-wise and cheap, have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. I consistently advocate for signing quality as a means to upgrade your performance on the field and ultimately through trades for teams in need of marketable talent. You have difficulty in comprehending that, only to admit much of your case was weak just down-thread. The Twins are currently sitting nearly $30M below last season (after cutting by 20% the year previously) and have yet to sign a legitimate flippable talent, meanwhile, they have failed to sigificantly address their woeful holes up the middle or up-and-down the pitching staff with sure options.

    Regarding the trades. I have been a vocal proponent in support of these moves, only suggesting that more might have been left on the table in the case of Span.


    Your perjoratives continued with my assessment of the risks taken in these 2 trades. Nothing was made up.

    You say 3 "legitimate" pitchers. I said, in a way apparently "asinine" to you, that the Twins traded 2/3s of their OF for 3 pitchers that still have a lot to prove and in 2 cases, quite a ways to go to say they are "legit". One of whom who has only pitched at Class A and was too old for that level where he dominated. How many dominant pitchers in Class A, who even are age-appropriate, flame out before they hit the Bigs? Quite a significant number, actually. The other minor league pitcher has stumbled at each of his last 2 promotions. He corrected himself in his 2nd trip through high A ball. Let's see what he does in New Britain. So again, you have another pitcher who has only proven mastery to A ball thus far. You've already counted these A-ball chickens before they've hatched.

    The Twins move these types of guys up slowly, you won't see them in 2013, perhaps they will get a look at some point in 2014, so again, it's 2015 to realistically expect them to make a significant impact in the starting rotation. Meanwhile, Bagger Vance still has question marks given his bad season, move to the AL and injury concern.

    For the record, I am ideologically predisposed for the powers-that-be in running my favorite team as if it's part of the 21st Century in a newly-minted showcase ballpark, not as a regime that would be just as happy in making a small fortune in contracting the team, blackmail the public into reinflating its value after contraction fell through and then taking the money to produce more bad movies and rap-music.

    "old nurse and twinsnorth49 like this" Of course you do.
    Someone asked me to show them where a diatribe was earlier......exhibit A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
    Someone asked me to show them where a diatribe was earlier......exhibit A.
    Yeah, now there is one. It's only going to build until games, even meaningless ones, are played. And people are justified to feel that way, even if it annoys you to hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    In my best Lloyd Christmas voice:

    "So you're saying there's still a chance?"
    Yeah, it's a bit early for all the vitriol in my view, however slim the chances that things might change. I'll remain hopeful, you can remain cynical, it's your right.

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