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    Quote Originally Posted by [B
    Well, NOBODY liked Valentine on the club at that point. They all had one gripe or another with him. Franco was clubhouse poison at the time and probably worse than Valentine, but Leiter and Glavine both felt as starting pitchers that Valentine was throwing their arms out (Which he was...check out their Pitcher Abuse Points during the time Bobby V. was the manager...), which is why they jumped on Franco's band wagon.
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    Valentine's last year as manager was 2002. Glavine signed for 2003 and played for Art Howe.
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    2002 off-season.

    GIANT, since I can't PM you, I will post it here. You have pretty much said in every post that the Mets make too many "quick fixes" and don't utilize the draft. Would you consider trading a good amount of their top young talent for Johan Santana and locking him up for 5-7 years as a "quick fix"?
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    2002 off-season.

    GIANT, since I can't PM you, I will post it here. You have pretty much said in every post that the Mets make too many "quick fixes" and don't utilize the draft. Would you consider trading a good amount of their top young talent for Johan Santana and locking him up for 5-7 years as a "quick fix"?

    First, Glavine did not play for Valentine. The poster indicated Valentine wore out Glavine's arm, which is factually incorrect.

    The talk about Santana being available is just that talk. If Minnesota decides to trade him, they would be far better off trading him to a team that will offer highly rated prospects and maybe major league talent. The Mets farm system presently is devoid of prospects with rare exception. Buster Olney addressed this issue on ESPN the other day. He indicated the Twins would want Reyes and three prospects from the Mets. The Mets can't afford to trade Reyes and they don't have the minor league talent required to complete the trade. Arizona, Colorado and Detroit they have bountiful minor league systems and might be able to offer highly rated prospects. If The Mets convince the Twins to take the garbage in their farm system, it would be the biggest heist since the brinks robbery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANT View Post
    The talk about Santana being available is just that talk. If Minnesota decides to trade him, they would be far better off trading him to a team that will offer highly rated prospects and maybe major league talent. The Mets farm system presently is devoid of prospects with rare exception. Buster Olney addressed this issue on ESPN the othe day. He indicated the Twins would want Reyes and three prospects from the Mets. The Mets can't afford to trade Reyes and they don't have the minor league talent required to complete the trade. Arizona, Colorado and Detroit they have bountiful minor league systems and might be able to offer highly rated prospects. If The Mets convince the Twins to take the garbage in their farm system, it would be the biggest heist since the brinks robbery.
    First off, Buster Olney is an absolute idiot. I could show to you a list of some things he's said. They are so dumb and baseless they would make you wonder how he got his job to begin with and how he's managed to keep it.

    Second, you didn't answer my question. Would the Mets trading their top young talent (regardless of what you think of them) for Johan Santana and locking him up to a long term deal be a "quick fix"? You seem to value prospects so highly (like too many people) and condemn any type of move where an older player is acquired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYMets523 View Post
    First off, Buster Olney is an absolute idiot. I could show to you a list of some things he's said. They are so dumb and baseless they would make you wonder how he got his job to begin with and how he's managed to keep it.

    Second, you didn't answer my question. Would the Mets trading their top young talent (regardless of what you think of them) for Johan Santana and locking him up to a long term deal be a "quick fix"? You seem to value prospects so highly (like too many people) and condemn any type of move where an older player is acquired.
    I disagree Buster Olney is an idiot. Please identify the top talent the Mets could offer for Santana?

    I reiterate the Mets do not have the prospects to offer Minnesota for Sanatana. The older players acquired by the Mets for draft choices Glavine (you despise him), Martinez hurt his arm, Alou he was injured for better than half the season. They cost the Mets draft choices. Yet, you continue to believe by following the same pattern the Mets will be instant contenders. It doesn't work that way. The Angels when they were owned by Gene Autry spent lavishly on free agents Joe Rudi, Bobby Grich and Reggie Jackson etc. and they won nothing. Colorado spent big money on Mike Hampton (another Met failure) and Denny Naegle. They won nothing. Colorado realized the error of their ways and addressed their farm system. They are currently in the playoffs with Franklin Morales, Manny Corpas, Garrett Adkins, Brad Hawpe and Brad Holliday. They will be contenders for more than this year. Older players are fine provided you have the foundation in place with young talent. Older players should supplement rather than be the foundation for a contender. If you recall the 86 Mets they had Dystra, Backman, Strawberry, Gooden, McDowell etc. all products of their farm system. Frank Cashen than traded young players for Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and Danny Heep and the Mets made it to the World Series and won it. The Mets need to follow Cashen's blue print it was the same one used by Johnny Murphy in 1969 the other year the Mets won a championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANT View Post
    I disagree Buster Olney is an idiot.
    He said the Indians would trade C.C. Sabathia if they weren't in contention this year.
    He said Eric Gagne would veto a trade to the Mets since he would not be able to close (The Mets were not one of the teams Gagne could block).
    He wrote an article that made it sound that Mark Buehrle was halfway to Shea Stadium. Here's what he wrote in his article: “There is an absolute, natural framework in place for a deal with the Mets: Buehrle for Lastings Milledge, with the White Sox perhaps sending some other piece along, because Buehrle is only a few months from free agency.”
    He said Mets would go after Carlos Zambrano during the season.
    He said The Mets would trade for Alex Rios (because it "made sense").
    He said the Mets would trade for Manny Ramirez for years.
    He said the Mets had traded for Barry Zito every trading deadline for the past few years.
    Thought the Red Sox would trade Matsuzaka after singing him.

    I reiterate the Mets do not have the prospects to offer Minnesota for Sanatana. The older players acquired by the Mets for draft choices Glavine (you despise him), Martinez hurt his arm, Alou he was injured for better than half the season. They cost the Mets draft choices. Yet, you continue to believe by following the same pattern the Mets will be instant contenders.
    They needed to sign Pedro to show the team was working towards winning. They needed Glavine because the rotation would have been worse without him. I don't like him but I rather see him in the rotation than the Mets put a bum in there simply to get the draft pick. I think you are vastly overrating the draft. Just because you draft someone doesn't mean they will be a significant contributor.

    Colorado spent big money on Mike Hampton (another Met failure) and Denny Naegle. They won nothing. Colorado realized the error of their ways and addressed their farm system. They are currently in the playoffs with Franklin Morales, Manny Corpas, Garrett Adkins, Brad Hawpe and Brad Holliday. They will be contenders for more than this year. Older players are fine provided you have the foundation in place with young talent. Older players should supplement rather than be the foundation for a contender.
    Hampton wasn't a Met failure. They actually drafted David Wright with a compensation pick for letting Hampton go. They got Heilman with the other draft pick.

    If you recall the 86 Mets they had Dystra, Backman, Strawberry, Gooden, McDowell etc. all products of their farm system. Frank Cashen than traded young players for Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and Danny Heep and the Mets made it to the World Series and won it. The Mets need to follow Cashen's blue print it was the same one used by Johnny Murphy in 1969 the other year the Mets won a championship.
    I also recall that it took Cashen about 5 years to produce that team. You're not going to get a great farm system in 2 years. It's been getting filled since Minaya came here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYMets523 View Post
    He said the Indians would trade C.C. Sabathia if they weren't in contention this year.
    He said Eric Gagne would veto a trade to the Mets since he would not be able to close (The Mets were not one of the teams Gagne could block).
    He wrote an article that made it sound that Mark Buehrle was halfway to Shea Stadium. Here's what he wrote in his article: “There is an absolute, natural framework in place for a deal with the Mets: Buehrle for Lastings Milledge, with the White Sox perhaps sending some other piece along, because Buehrle is only a few months from free agency.”
    He said Mets would go after Carlos Zambrano during the season.
    He said The Mets would trade for Alex Rios (because it "made sense").
    He said the Mets would trade for Manny Ramirez for years.
    He said the Mets had traded for Barry Zito every trading deadline for the past few years.
    Thought the Red Sox would trade Matsuzaka after singing him.


    Please provide the support for your allegations against Olney i.e. provide the publications where he wrote these things.


    They needed to sign Pedro to show the team was working towards winning. They needed Glavine because the rotation would have been worse without him. I don't like him but I rather see him in the rotation than the Mets put a bum in there simply to get the draft pick. I think you are vastly overrating the draft. Just because you draft someone doesn't mean they will be a significant contributor.

    Balderdash! You don't understand the draft. I have cited numerous teams that have used the draft to their advantage. The Mets do not fall into that category.


    Hampton wasn't a Met failure. They actually drafted David Wright with a compensation pick for letting Hampton go. They got Heilman with the other draft pick.

    You proved my point. The draft does work provided you exhibit patience.


    I also recall that it took Cashen about 5 years to produce that team. You're not going to get a great farm system in 2 years. It's been getting filled since Minaya came here.


    It took Cashen time because the Mets farm system was a disaster. Previous ownership under Lorinda DeRoulet didn't spend any money on player development. Please provide the names of all the prospects Minaya has signed other than from the Dominican Republic from the June draft whom you believe are prospective major leaguers? Please provide the names of players you believe the Twins would accept for Santana?

    I totally disagree with you on the Mets using the draft to their advantage. I respect your right to disgree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANT View Post
    Please provide the support for your allegations against Olney i.e. provide the publications where he wrote these things.
    I'll look tomorrow. I know he said the thing about Sabathia on the radio. I can dig through ESPN and some other sites to find the links.

    Balderdash! You don't understand the draft. I have cited numerous teams that have used the draft to their advantage. The Mets do not fall into that category.
    What I understand about the draft is that the players you draft are no guarantee to succeed and if they do, won't for some years. They needed Glavine and Alou because they were in a position to win this year and whoever they drafted wasn't going to contribute this year.

    You proved my point. The draft does work provided you exhibit patience.
    It works but it is no guarantee. The Mets and many other teams have acquired players from their camps in Latin America. The baseball draft isn't like football or basketball where you have a very good idea of how a player will turn out.

    Please provide the names of players you believe the Twins would accept for Santana
    Do you mean players the Mets would be willing to trade and/or the Twins would accept?

    Also take into account a few things:
    A) Johan has a full no-trade clause. He's said he'd waive it (for compensation). It's more where he wants to go than where the Twins can get the best offer.
    B) The Twins will only get the prospects they deserve if the team getting Santana will sign a long-term deal. Arizona and Colorado don't have those resources. He'd cost too many prospects to be a rental which means the Twins wouldn't get as much as they could without a window to make a new deal.

    I totally disagree with you on the Mets using the draft to their advantage. I respect your right to disgree.
    I agree they should be using the draft. However, the draft is not the only way to succeed.
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    [QUOTE=NYMets523;1019567]I'll look tomorrow. I know he said the thing about Sabathia on the radio. I can dig through ESPN and some other sites to find the links.

    Great.

    What I understand about the draft is that the players you draft are no guarantee to succeed and if they do, won't for some years. They needed Glavine and Alou because they were in a position to win this year and whoever they drafted wasn't going to contribute this year.

    This is contrary to your position. You claim the Mets are not using the "quick fix" approach yet you now admit (which proves my point) they wanted to win this year. Justin Upton of Arizona drated last year is in the major leagues this year. Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy of the Yankees were drafted last year and are in the big leagues.

    It works but it is no guarantee. The Mets and many other teams have acquired players from their camps in Latin America. The baseball draft isn't like football or basketball where you have a very good idea of how a player will turn out.

    There are no guarantees in life except death and taxes.

    Do you mean players the Mets would be willing to trade and/or the Twins would accept?

    Also take into account a few things:
    A) Johan has a full no-trade clause. He's said he'd waive it (for compensation). It's more where he wants to go than where the Twins can get the best offer.
    B) The Twins will only get the prospects they deserve if the team getting Santana will sign a long-term deal. Arizona and Colorado don't have those resources. He'd cost too many prospects to be a rental which means the Twins wouldn't get as much as they could without a window to make a new deal.


    [B]Provide me with a list of players you would accept if you were the G. M. of the Twins from the Mets.

    I never said Colorado and Arizona were interested in Santana. Provide me with a list of prospects you would accept from the Mets for Santana?

    I agree they should be using the draft. However, the draft is not the only way to succeed.[/QUOTE]

    The draft is not the only way to succeed but you won't succeed without it.
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    "First, Glavine did not play for Valentine. The poster indicated Valentine wore out Glavine's arm, which is factually incorrect."

    Sorry. Got caught up in that one. He was abusing Leiter, though, and Leiter quickly clamped on to Glavine.

    "Please provide the support for your allegations against Olney i.e. provide the publications where he wrote these things."

    You can spend a good half a day on ESPN.com, find that, and even more. Or just search this forum (Baseball-Fever.com in general) for specific posts, since many have accompanying links. Olney is a moron; easily the worst analyst they've employed long-term outside of Steve Phillips. In late 2005 (I think), someone posted Olney's trade rumor record on mlbtraderumors.com. He'd actually been wrong more times than he was right. Now, sure, most rumor mongers are. But by roughly 85% of the rumors he reported???

    "It took Cashen time because the Mets farm system was a disaster."

    You could easily replace "Cashen" with "Minaya" here and get the same results. Our two best prospects obtained via the draft under Phillips were David Wright and Aaron Heilman. Oh, and Scott Kazmir. Plus one international free agent star signed in Jose Reyes. Outside of that, we had virtually nothing. To his credit, Jim Duquette got Philip Humber and Mike Carp. And basically no one else.

    "Please provide the names of all the prospects Minaya has signed other than from the Dominican Republic from the June draft whom you believe are prospective major leaguers."

    They may not come up in their current roles and it will obviously take some time, but...

    -Mike Pelfrey
    -Joe Smith
    -Jon Niese
    -Kevin Mulvey
    -Dan Murphy
    -Tobi Stoner
    -Phillips Orta
    -Eddie Kunz
    -Stephen Clyne
    -Brant Rustich

    That's 10 in 3 years who I believe will at least see Major League playing time. Hector Pellot flopped and I think Bobby Parnell hit his ceiling. Yes, I know 9 of 10 are pitchers, but isn't that our biggest problem right now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANT View Post
    This is contrary to your position. You claim the Mets are not using the "quick fix" approach yet you now admit (which proves my point) they wanted to win this year. Justin Upton of Arizona drated last year is in the major leagues this year. Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy of the Yankees were drafted last year and are in the big leagues.
    They weren't guaranteed to be on the ML roster this year. Brian Cashman didn't even want to bring up Chamberlain and Kennedy. He only did it out of necessity. All of them could have flopped as easily as they've succeeded.

    Alou and Glavine were quick fixes but the team won't be set back several years because they sacrificed the draft picks to acquire them.

    I never said Colorado and Arizona were interested in Santana. Provide me with a list of prospects you would accept from the Mets for Santana?
    I just used Colorado and Arizona as an example of teams with the farm system to get him

    If I was the Twins GM, I would be willing to accept Aaron Heilman (he's not a prospect but the Mets want to get rid of him and he's not bad), Lastings Milledge, Carlos Gomez, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber, Fernando Martinez, Mike Carp. I'm not the expert on the Mets farm system. I'm sure if you asked someone more knowledgeable of it they could tell you more. I am sure a deal could be worked out that would satisfy the Twins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYMets523 View Post
    They weren't guaranteed to be on the ML roster this year. Brian Cashman didn't even want to bring up Chamberlain and Kennedy. He only did it out of necessity. All of them could have flopped as easily as they've succeeded.

    Alou and Glavine were quick fixes but the team won't be set back several years because they sacrificed the draft picks to acquire them.


    I just used Colorado and Arizona as an example of teams with the farm system to get him

    If I was the Twins GM, I would be willing to accept Aaron Heilman (he's not a prospect but the Mets want to get rid of him and he's not bad), Lastings Milledge, Carlos Gomez, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber, Fernando Martinez, Mike Carp. I'm not the expert on the Mets farm system. I'm sure if you asked someone more knowledgeable of it they could tell you more. I am sure a deal could be worked out that would satisfy the Twins.

    The Twins need young pitching and a 1st baseman like they need another hole in the head. They have a kid named Garrett Jones, who by everyone's estimation in Minnesota (players and coaching staff) has more power than anyone that the Twins have in the organization. He is a natural first baseman and the Twins have spent the last season and a half in a miserable experience having him try to learn the outfield at AAA. He plays the outfield like a drunken sailor on shore leave trying to field live grenades. It's not pretty. They called him up in September and he DH'd and played a bit of 1st base, and that's probably the role he'll have next season. The other first baseman at AAA was Glen Williams, who has had a cup of coffee in the bigs that was pretty impressive, but Jones has passed him on the depth chart at first base.

    In terms of young pitching, the Twins are stacked. 4 out of the 5 of the likely opening day rotation for next pitched in AAA at some point this season and that doesn't include Nick Blackburn, who is probably the organization's best pitching prospect or Bobby Korecky, who set a Rochester franchise record for saves this past season. They would have little or no use for any of the young pitching the Mets have to offer and quite frankly Humber or Pelfrey would represent a downgrade of talent in their rotation.

    The Twins need someone who can play centerfield and has some pop in their bat and possibly a third baseman (should Mauer not move there in the off season) but I don't think that they are willing to part with Santana for unproven outfield talent, unless it comes with alot more that they can actually use because the pipline of talent is pretty full and really talented. 2 or 3 years from now will be a real good time to be a Twins fan, beacuse they are going to have a young and talented team that will kick some serious ass in the AL.

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    You can never have too much pitching today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYMets523 View Post
    You can never have too much pitching today.
    I can absolutely assure you that Minnesota would have no interest in Pelfrey or Humber as anything more than an absolute throw in. Minnesota is very happy with its young pitching in the organization and in all honesty the Twins had 5 guys who threw at AAA this year who are miles ahead of both of those guys in terms of talent and being MLB quality talent.

    In fact, neither of those guys would have been better than a 4 or 5 starter at Rochester this season.

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    "the Twins had 5 guys who threw at AAA this year who are miles ahead of both of those guys in terms of talent and being MLB quality talent."

    I guess, maybe, but Matt Garza and Scott Baker were both called up. So was Kevin Slowey, though he still needs some time to mature and was sent back down. That leaves southpaw phenom Brian Duensing as a comparable pitcher (Remember, Humber pitched both coming off TJ surgery and in the second worst pitcher's professional league, and Pelfrey was just plain rushed). But some of the other guys...David Gassner? Is he really better than Humber and Pelfrey? I'm sorry, I can't agree. And how about Jeremy "Quad A Rotation Filler" Cummings? And I know Ryan Mullins is good, but is he THAT good? I agree with your overall assessment, except I think you're severely undervaluing Pelfrey and Humber. No, the Twins don't have a use for them, but no, they're not that weak, either.
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    QUOTE=NYMets523;1019951]They weren't guaranteed to be on the ML roster this year. Brian Cashman didn't even want to bring up Chamberlain and Kennedy. He only did it out of necessity. All of them could have flopped as easily as they've succeeded.

    The point is they didn't flop.

    Alou and Glavine were quick fixes but the team won't be set back several years because they sacrificed the draft picks to acquire them.

    The Mets habitually sign older players every year like Alou and Glavine i. e. Cliff Floyd and overtime lose critical draft choices. Since the Steve Phillips regime, this has to often been the rule rather than the exception.

    I just used Colorado and Arizona as an example of teams with the farm system to get him

    If I was the Twins GM, I would be willing to accept Aaron Heilman (he's not a prospect but the Mets want to get rid of him and he's not bad), Lastings Milledge, Carlos Gomez, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber, Fernando Martinez, Mike Carp. I'm not the expert on the Mets farm system. I'm sure if you asked someone more knowledgeable of it they could tell you more. I am sure a deal could be worked out that would satisfy the Twins.[/QUOTE]

    The Met players you mentioned in a possible trade for Santana are rather unimpressive. Why should the Twins trade a Cy Young Award pitcher for any combination of those players when they can acquire better prospects from say the Angels. Besides the Twins are loaded with young pitchers throughout their system i.e. Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowery and Kyle Winthrop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalkowski110 View Post
    "the Twins had 5 guys who threw at AAA this year who are miles ahead of both of those guys in terms of talent and being MLB quality talent."

    I guess, maybe, but Matt Garza and Scott Baker were both called up. So was Kevin Slowey, though he still needs some time to mature and was sent back down. That leaves southpaw phenom Brian Duensing as a comparable pitcher (Remember, Humber pitched both coming off TJ surgery and in the second worst pitcher's professional league, and Pelfrey was just plain rushed). But some of the other guys...David Gassner? Is he really better than Humber and Pelfrey? I'm sorry, I can't agree. And how about Jeremy "Quad A Rotation Filler" Cummings? And I know Ryan Mullins is good, but is he THAT good? I agree with your overall assessment, except I think you're severely undervaluing Pelfrey and Humber. No, the Twins don't have a use for them, but no, they're not that weak, either.
    Duensing is miles ahead of Humber or Pelfrey. Slowey will be fine. And if you put Slowey, Pelfrey and Humber on the table and asked me to pick 1, I'd pick Slowey every time and twice on Sunday. His stuff is just awesome. Mullins gets to the bigs in 2 years time. I saw him throw an eye opening side session last year.

    Gassner had a miserable year. Threw 1 real gem, a 3 hit shutout in May or early June, but his velocity was horribly inconsistent all year. The night he looked his best he was in the upper 80's consistently and touched the low 90's on several occasions. Other nights he struggled to get to the mid 80's at best. I've been told he's physically fine, but I can't explain it.

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    "Mullins gets to the bigs in 2 years time. I saw him throw an eye opening side session last year."

    I know he makes it, but I've heard he doesn't have the stamina to be a starter and is more suited to a set-up or closer role. Is that true?

    "Gassner had a miserable year. Threw 1 real gem, a 3 hit shutout in May or early June, but his velocity was horribly inconsistent all year. The night he looked his best he was in the upper 80's consistently and touched the low 90's on several occasions. Other nights he struggled to get to the mid 80's at best. I've been told he's physically fine, but I can't explain it."

    Perhaps his release point starts changing in-game? That was one HUGE reason Oliver Perez lost velocity sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalkowski110 View Post
    "Mullins gets to the bigs in 2 years time. I saw him throw an eye opening side session last year."

    I know he makes it, but I've heard he doesn't have the stamina to be a starter and is more suited to a set-up or closer role. Is that true?

    "Gassner had a miserable year. Threw 1 real gem, a 3 hit shutout in May or early June, but his velocity was horribly inconsistent all year. The night he looked his best he was in the upper 80's consistently and touched the low 90's on several occasions. Other nights he struggled to get to the mid 80's at best. I've been told he's physically fine, but I can't explain it."

    Perhaps his release point starts changing in-game? That was one HUGE reason Oliver Perez lost velocity sometimes.
    Mullins is tough to project. I think ultimately he may end up as the replacement for Joe Nathan in Minnesota, because Nathan will get more money in the FA market than the Twins can afford and he has stuff that would allow him to do that. If you look at the organizaton he's the one guy who has the stuff to close at that level. Korecky probably doesn't although he set a Rochester record for saves this past season.

    The mechanical thing with Gassner is a possibility, although he is such the cerebral sort I find it hard to believe that he would struggle with that at all. Like I said, it was baffling and from a 1st hand observation the only thing that was marginally different at all was the stride length and to be honest with you without reviewing video I can't tell you exactly how large the difference was, just that it was perceptable to the naked eye, which made me wonder about a groin/sports herneia type injury which restricted his stride.
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    Interesting about Mullins. I've seen video of him and he does throw pretty hard. Then again, a lot of people thought Liriano would be a closer or set-up type to make Nathan expendable, yet he did fine as a starter.

    "The mechanical thing with Gassner is a possibility, although he is such the cerebral sort I find it hard to believe that he would struggle with that at all."

    Not just the two-cent heads struggle with mechanics, even if they are good regarding talent. Take John Maine. Not repeating his stride is interesting, though. That's been one of MANY suggestions as to why Adam Bostick inexplicably lost it after his arm healed and he literally pitched a scoreless July.
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