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But that doesn't take anything away from his career. One of the greatest hitters ever -- if not the greatest.
I only went Saturday, but I heard it was a smaller crowd than expected. Something like 13,000 for the weekend. There were fans trickling through the press box and Legends Club areas. They also had people down through the clubhouse and hallways downstairs. It got a little crowded downstairs, but I think it's cool that fans got to see parts of the place they wouldn't ordinarily see.
It was also a small adventure shuffling players from the clubhouse through the downstairs concourse. Several six-foot-somethings with Twins jerseys walking through among a polite crowd of winter coat-wearers.
Tough for most of the players to blend in. Although I'll admit I didn't recognize Vance Worley at first glance...
It depends how you view the roster construct. The Pohlads typically put 52% of revenue back into the on-field product, so I hear what you're saying. If they feel they've got Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera lite on the way, it makes more sense to not shell out a ton of cash in a non-competitive year. Could be just biding time, in which case I wouldn't be too frustrated.
That's a good question though, because it's tough to blame fans for getting anxious. Patience is a tough sell.
Yankees will be stout this year, yes. Don't forget some random variance at play
Good question, but I think that's oversimplifying it.
I'd prefer Garza, but I've been told the Twins weren't willing to give him four years. My hunch is that the team entered the offseason knowing they needed to get one of the better free agent pitchers available. Maybe Garza was going to sign later and the Twins weren't willing to wait around, for fear of losing out. So they secured the guy they could in Nolasco.
Definitely could. But if I ran the show he'd start in New Britain (AA).
Yes. I don't have a recent update on either, but the Twins could afford another move.
Would need to be willing to part with a second round pick to sign Cruz. Arroyo doesn't do much for me at all.
July is possible but I wouldn't even rule out September for Sano. Johan could well end up here on a minor league deal with no guarantee of making the roster, but I would guess that's not the only move made between now and March 31.
Buxton shouldn't even be up in September. I think he's more likely to be 2015.
50-50, either they will or the won't ;-)
I think there's a decent potential that Johan signs in Minnesota to try to give it another go. But I think people need to recognize he's a real long-shot to even make the big leagues as a serviceable arm again.
I don't advocate the Twins chase a stat like RBI. Get people on base, avoid outs. Runs will follow.
That could be it. But he's old and not a discernible upgrade. He's a depth guy in my eyes.
Yes. Berrios is a ways off but Tonkin is in my projected bullpen.
This goes back to the lineup construct. I don't believe they're setting themselves up to make a run in 2014. But again, if you think you've got Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera lite on the way, it doesn't make sense to pursue short-term stopgaps at 3B or OF.
A full season of Mauer's bat will help score more runs. But pessimism over the lineup's capacity to score runs is fair.