I could almost see the side of being proud that your investment has skyrocketed and taking pride in making a big move that's been printing money for years, but it's not like any one of the boys had anything to do with it. They're all rolling around in Daddy's money.$1.4 billion should do it. It's part of the reasons I can't shed tears over them "losing $" on a $150 million payroll. They paid $35 million.
Lots of Twins connections here.Angels had hired Ron Washington- glad he gets another chance to helm a big league club
The Angels have hired Ron Washington as their next manager, the team announced on Wednesday. Washington, 71, has spent the past seven seasons as the Braves' third-base coach, helping them win the World Series in 2021, and he previously managed the Rangers from 2007-14, going 664-611 and winning...www.mlb.com
Rhys Hoskins?From our friends at MLB (off-season rankings) per the following criteria (we’re ranked 6th!) -
It hasn't even been a week since the Rangers won the 2023 World Series, but the 2024 season has already begun, in a manner of speaking. Signings have already happened, minor trades have been made, and the rosters that teams have right now already look different than they did justwww.mlb.com
Thanks to our friends at FanGraphs, who have compiled 2024 depth charts and projections, we can look at every team's roster and needs as of Nov. 7. By now, all team and player options have been decided. The seven players who received qualifying offers are all but certain to decline them. Where does everyone stand, right now? Let's rank some clubs.
6) Twins (41.3 WAR)
Free agents: 1B/OF Joey Gallo, RHP Sonny Gray, LHP Dallas Keuchel, RHP Kenta Maeda, RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Emilio Pagán, IF Donovan Solano, OF Michael A. Taylor
Biggest needs: First base, center field, starting pitcher
The most immediate question is how the Twins will retain or replace free agent Sonny Gray, who was a huge part of one of the best Minnesota starting rotations in decades. While there’s a decent amount of depth yet to pick from here – especially if Chris Paddack and Louie Varland return to starting duty – Gray’s top-end skill is not replaceable internally.
The other question, however, is how to approach two extremely different problems at first base and center field.
Byron Buxton didn’t play a single inning in the field in 2023, and Taylor, who performed well as his insurance policy in center, is a free agent. Alex Kirilloff, who overcame years of wrist and elbow injuries to show some promise with the bat, saw his season end early with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Given the ascension of rookies Royce Lewis, Edouard Julien and Matt Wallner, a trade of a corner outfielder for a solution elsewhere may be in the cards. Minnesota made a lot of progress in 2023; they can’t stop now.
Sweat equity for a route to being a Manager in the future or just seeing if he has any interest in such a role? It's reported that Craig Counsell is getting $8M in his new gig with the Cubs. Righteous bucks.1B coach doesn't even make much money. $80k-$100k.
He's not doing it for the money, I hope.
If they spend less money on more productive players, that is progress.Also weird that they don’t keep the payroll close to the same and try to keep making progress. They can afford it despite the TV money being a question. Not surprised one bit though.
If they do go back to Bally, at a bare minimum they need to go back to having an over the air package of games on Sunday or something similar. Bally being unavailable in like 2/3 of homes isn't a way to grow your fan base.Interesting stuff in here on the new TV deals.
- Goal is to reach a wider audience as estimated only 1.4 M in Twins territory (out of over 4M) had access to BSN.
- Out of sight out of mind might have impacted attendance. The Twins were still under 2 M at Target Field despite being in 1st place for virtually the entire season. That still was an increase, but on par with MLB overall accredited largely to the pace of play rule changes. Certainly a factor in the payroll being trimmed from a record high.
- Buried at the end, but a short term deal with BSN is not out of the question.
Team sources said the organization’s broadcast reach was significantly limited in 2023 despite their division title run.theathletic.com
Good info and call -Miller is listed as our 23 prospect and we have two other prospects ahead of him - Tanner Schobel #7, listed as a SS/2B & Danny De Andre SS @ #10. No info on them -if anyone has some please share.Hey - Twins farmhand Noah Miller has won the Rawlings Gold Glove award as the best-fielding SS in Minor League Baseball. the award covers all levels of the minors, so one winner at each position.
Miller just turned 21. He spent all of 2023 at Cedar Rapids (High-A). made 7 errors in 446 chances while turning 54 double plays as a SS. also played 12 games at 2B with 46 chances, 1 error and 5 DP.
as a hitter, slashed .223/.309/.340 with a .648 OPS. had 20 doubles, 5 triples, 8 HR with 60 RBI. drew 58 BB, had 108 K and 12 SB.
with Brooks Lee in front of him in the organization, maybe a trade chip?