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« on: June 20, 2019, 10:29:27 am »

Never swing , never spend, win(?)"Let’s get right to it!MLBTR collected a slew of hot-stove rumors surrounding the Twins. Like most rumors lately involving the Twins, they are of the “Well they COULD afford him and that’s interesting.” variety. (It isn’t actually interesting.) However, the Twins seem to have legit interest in reliever Ryan Madson who is likely such a mad son because he amassed an entire -0.4 WAR last year. Relievers are volatile beasts, so perhaps they see something they like and aren’t just being cheap. We can’t know for sure! M-Sabermetrics has a really fun piece looking at the 2018 0-Swing All-Stars at each position. If you don’t know O-Swing it’s basically the percentage of swings by a player at all pitches outside of the strike zone. You may be surprised to find 4 Twins here, (only one of whom is still a Twin.) such as the man Roberto Clemente Jersey , the myth, the legend: Robbie Grossman. (Oh and some guy named Joe Mauer.) Make of that what you will.Just gonna leave this here. (He did it! He changed his body composition! The absolute madman!)To protect you from aliens, here’s some music from X-Com: UFO Defense The answers will show us what the 2019 team will look like"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceScaling the Rocks5 major questions for the Colorado Rockies’ offseasonNew,210commentsThe answers will show us what the 2019 team will look likeJones would be a good right-handed option. Will Adam Ottavino back?Adam Ottavino was perhaps the Rockies best reliever in 2018, and he’s about to hit the free agent market. That’s notable because it came right after the Rockies went on a relief pitcher spending spree. The Rockies have $42 million committed to Mike Dune, Jake McGee , Bryan Shaw, and Wade Davis in 2019. Just because they already have all that money dedicated to the bullpen isn’t enough reason to not re-sign Ottavino, but because most of those contracts look like a really bad idea now might be. Ottavino is lovable and has at times looked un-hittable in his Rockies career, but players like him don’t have a good track record for longevity.Will anything be done about Ian Desmond?Ian Desmond was better in 2018 than in 2017, but if that’s not damning with faint praise I don’t know what is. As long as Desmond is the starting first baseman — the “versatile” Desmond played 89% of his 2018 innings at first — the Rockies are likely to be one of the least offensively productive teams at the position. It’s not clear what the Rockies can even do with him though. The most fitting role for Desmond is still probably super-utility platoon player — someone who mostly hits left-handers and gets a fair share of playing time at multiple positions. That would allow Ryan McMahon to take most playing time at first, who probably give better offensive production there. He almost certainly wouldn’t be worse than Desmond. Desmond could also move to the outfield and be that right-handed option Bill Mazeroski Jersey , but the issue of low productivity from the places team’s want it — the infield and outfield corners — would remain. Will the Rockies “make a splash”? I completely understand the front office’s resistance to fan appeals to “make the big move,” and I also get why beat writers try to temper down those calls. They’re hot takes that assume of the form of an imagined reactionary front office chasing the shiny objects. They also don’t always work out. It wasn’t long ago when AJ Preller and the Padres splashed their way to the bottom of the NL West. But the Rockies need only look at the team that dismantled them in the NLDS to see how some splashy moves work out exceedingly well. The Brewers traded their top prospect for a player who is likely to win the NL MVP and signed an outfielder who will probably finish in the top 10. They had the best record in the National League and will play host in the NLCS. If any Rockies fan thinks that it wouldn’t have been a smart move to trade Brendan Rodgers for Christian Yelich or to sign Lorenzo Cain and find places for them to play, I have a bridge made of offensive mediocrity to sell you.