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    Default 2018-2019 Minnesota Twins Off-Season Thread

    The "looking ahead to next season" articles are starting, so might as well start the off-season thread a few days early.

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    Sid: Twins will reevaluate everything for 2019 season

    The Twins entered 2018 coming off a playoff appearance and posting the fifth-best record in the AL at 85-77 in 2017.

    Paul Molitor, who was named AL Manager of the Year, was rewarded with a three-year contract.

    But this year has seen the team regress in every way possible. And while they are in second place in the AL Central, they will finish with a losing record, were eliminated from playoff contention with two weeks to go and have only the ninth-best record in the AL.

    With the news Wednesday that Molitor wants to remain with the team for 2019, Twins President Dave St. Peter said that means he will most likely be back next season.

    “Paul is under contract and he has done a good job as our manager. In fairness to him, he really has not had his club this year,” St. Peter said. “There is always discussions that take place at the end of the year and certainly if Paul wants to come back, I would expect that he’ll be back. We’ll proceed collectively in trying to get better.”

    In 2019, the plan is to have more remodeling done at Target Field, but St. Peter said there is no plan to increase any ticket prices.

    When it comes to the rest of the club, the Twins are preparing to examine every part of their roster as they head into the 2019 season.

    “There is an assessment going on in terms of where that young core is,” St. Peter said. “We continue to believe in them, but there are certainly more questions today than there were a year ago. We have some work to do. We have to be realistic about where we are and where we aren’t.

    “But I do know this, we’ll go into the offseason aimed at getting better, kind of assessing those weaknesses. I know there are question marks, but I fully expect you’re going to see a lot of guys in this young core group of players — including the [Miguel] Sanos and [Byron] Buxtons, take steps forward here. I expect to get more out of them in 2019 than we did in 2018.”

    http://www.startribune.com/twins-wil...son/494570191/

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    STrib: Pitching 'openers' will be among Twins' 2019 game plans

    The growing trend toward using one-inning “openers” instead of traditional starting pitchers has produced some marvelous trivia. When Gabriel Moya took the mound on Thursday, for instance, he became the first big-league pitcher to start four games against the same opponent over a 10-day span in almost exactly a century, since Grover Cleveland Lowdermilk of the St. Louis Browns repeatedly faced the Philadelphia A’s in 1918.

    But if openers are providing intriguing searches of Elias Sports Bureau’s statistical database, it remains to be seen if they’re beneficial to a pitching staff, too. Moya, who has now faced the Tigers in nearly one-fourth of his 41 career games, allowed singles to the first two batters he faced Thursday, eventually allowing a run on Nicholas Castellanos’ sacrifice fly. It was only the second time in six “starts” that Moya has allowed a run, and the first time a Twins opener has been scored on since the Yankees got a run against Tyler Duffey on Sept. 11.

    Thursday was the Twins’ final experiment with the nontraditional pitching format — at least until next season. Don’t be surprised, however, if the opener becomes a relatively frequent feature of Twins games in 2019.

    “I still think we’re going to see it” for the foreseeable future, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I haven’t learned a ton, because it’s kind of how I thought it would be, for the most part. But it hasn’t lessened my intrigue about how it can help a team over the course of a season.”

    http://www.startribune.com/pitching-...ans/494572561/

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    They have a few arms that might end up OK, but slim pickings with the field.

    Rosario is a solid player. I imagine he'll be on his way out soon as he'll ask for too much money.

    Kepler and Sano might be decent, but they've hit their ceiling.

    Buxton? Lucky if he ends up as a serviceable big league player at this point.

    Hope Royce Lewis is the savior?

    I think we're headed for another 1990s dark years for the Twins.

    Hope to cultivate the farm system/hit on draft picks enough to where you might get lucky enough to have a group of them emerge as solid players in the big leagues at the same time. It's the Twins way.

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    Top free agent wish list (realistic)
    1. Patrick Corbin
    2. Yasmani Grandal
    3. Kelvin Herrera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakin' The Plane View Post
    Top free agent wish list (realistic)
    1. Patrick Corbin
    2. Yasmani Grandal
    3. Kelvin Herrera
    I'm officially old. I've never heard of any of these guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyJamesMD View Post
    I'm officially old. I've never heard of any of these guys
    Grandal is one of the best hitting catchers in the game. I hope he stays in LA, but I'd love to have him here if possible.
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    I personally think there's a blessing in disguise in all the trades, injuries and etc.: the ability to give a few young guys an opportunity who've distinguished themselves. I still continue to be bullish on the long term prospects for this team.

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    I've always been a huge Kepler fan but him hitting .223 this year, even after a hot start (and a hot start against lefties no less) is pretty concerning. Another reason Buxton sucking at the plate hurts the Twins; if Buxton were playing up to his potential and hitting at least halfway decent, it MIGHT allow them to put a more limited defensive player in RF instead of Kepler that has a bigger more reliable bat.

    Maybe just a down year for Kepler and he'll be fine next year but this year was disappointing. If he keeps his weight in check, I'm more hopeful about Sano returning to form than Kepler for some reason but we'll see what happens next spring.

    I too am optimistic/bullish (as Bad says) on the long term prospects for the Twins. They have some pieces to work with and I'm hopeful for this front office even though many are skeptical. I think Falvey and Levine are building a really good foundation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ogee Oglethorpe View Post
    I've always been a huge Kepler fan but him hitting .223 this year, even after a hot start (and a hot start against lefties no less) is pretty concerning. Another reason Buxton sucking at the plate hurts the Twins; if Buxton were playing up to his potential and hitting at least halfway decent, it MIGHT allow them to put a more limited defensive player in RF instead of Kepler that has a bigger more reliable bat.

    Maybe just a down year for Kepler and he'll be fine next year but this year was disappointing. If he keeps his weight in check, I'm more hopeful about Sano returning to form than Kepler for some reason but we'll see what happens next spring.

    I too am optimistic/bullish (as Bad says) on the long term prospects for the Twins. They have some pieces to work with and I'm hopeful for this front office even though many are skeptical. I think Falvey and Levine are building a really good foundation.
    Kepler was really hurt by Sano not being in the lineup (and hitting effectively). The Twins need a dangerous cleanup hitter in the worst way. So frustrating that Sano isn't that guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ogee Oglethorpe View Post
    I've always been a huge Kepler fan but him hitting .223 this year, even after a hot start (and a hot start against lefties no less) is pretty concerning. Another reason Buxton sucking at the plate hurts the Twins; if Buxton were playing up to his potential and hitting at least halfway decent, it MIGHT allow them to put a more limited defensive player in RF instead of Kepler that has a bigger more reliable bat.

    Maybe just a down year for Kepler and he'll be fine next year but this year was disappointing. If he keeps his weight in check, I'm more hopeful about Sano returning to form than Kepler for some reason but we'll see what happens next spring.

    I too am optimistic/bullish (as Bad says) on the long term prospects for the Twins. They have some pieces to work with and I'm hopeful for this front office even though many are skeptical. I think Falvey and Levine are building a really good foundation.
    Share some of the substance for your optimism. For one thing, this team is incredibly boring. Is there someone who has a little life to them that I've missed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonlight View Post
    Share some of the substance for your optimism. For one thing, this team is incredibly boring. Is there someone who has a little life to them that I've missed?
    Well, Rosario, for sure. Kepler and Buxton, but not too engaging, if they can't produce. Polanco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikited View Post
    Grandal is one of the best hitting catchers in the game. I hope he stays in LA, but I'd love to have him here if possible.
    Not only that, but he handles a pitching staff very well by working with one of the most unpredictable managers in the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherJake View Post
    Well, Rosario, for sure. Kepler and Buxton, but not too engaging, if they can't produce. Polanco.
    Rosario - I agree. Buxton is exciting in the field if the ball stays in the park. Escobar was painful loss.
    I think I just need the off season. I can't be bothered to learn about these guys I dont recognize and might be gone by next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakin' The Plane View Post
    Not only that, but he handles a pitching staff very well by working with one of the most unpredictable managers in the game.
    You got that right.
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