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All Aboard the Crain Train

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment


Those are the words you can hear uttered as you wait to board the train that goes around Twins Territory and occasionally running through (literally RUNNING THROUGH) cities such as Chicago. This train is better known as the Crain Train.

Wait, you’re telling me you don’t know the story of the Crain Train?

The Crain Train is a train that originated in 2004, but it went full time in 2005. It wasn’t always called the Crain Train though. When it started it was mainly an unnamed train, but there were various names it was given. Some dubbed it “The Bullet”. Others called it “Turbo”. And some others called it “ZOOM ZOOM”, all for it’s terrific speed.

It chugged along for a good while until disaster struck. There was an accident. It wrecked. Unfortunately, there is no photographic evidence, so nobody knew exactly what happened. From that point forward, it would be known as the Crainwreck.

The Crainwreck was a train nobody wanted to ride. Everybody lost confidence in it. And in 2009, it was decided something had to be done about it. It was sent to the plant in Rochester, New York to be fixed. There were some immediate results, but this year the wheels fell off.

This time the Crainwreck became even more infamous than before. People wanted it to be out of use, or at the very least sold to to another territory so they didn’t have to have to go through the pain off seeing it on the tracks.

But in mid May something amazing happened. The Crainwreck figured something out. It didn’t always have to be fast. If it could only take people on the scenic route, it might be better off. So it started going in curves at a slower speed rather than always fast. It worked. Thus, the Crain Train was born.

Ever since this the Crain Train has been carrying people all over Twins Territory on a magical ride. They now have the confidence in the Crain Train that they never thought was possible in the Crainwreck.

The Crain Train has done more than inspire confidence is the folks around Twins Territory. It has caused others to just stop, stare, and walk away in befuddlement.

There are many people in Twins territory that have climbed aboard. Now it’s your time. All aboard the Crain Train.

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This Post is Going to be a Crainwreck

There are many things to be said about Jesse Crain. Some people like him. Some don’t. For me, it’s not about the untapped potential or the frustration he brings. It’s about the money.

Jesse Crain has been worth 2.5 WAR in his career, with approximately half of that coming in 2006 (1.2). He has been worth 1 WAR from 2007 while getting paid 4.34 million for his services. In my opinion, 4.34 million is to much to pay for 1 extra win over 4 years. As he’s going to be a free agent in 2011, he should not be given a new contract and the Twins should move on with younger arms such as Anthony Slama and Kyle Waldrop. Especially since he’ll be seeking a pay raise. He’ll want more than his current 2 million, with my guess being somewhere around 2.25 million.

Should There Be Such a Thing As Too Much?

July 7, 2010 6 comments

Anybody who is following the Twins should know that the Twins are in discussions with the Seattle Mariners concerning Cliff Lee. Theses talks “are ‘interesting’ and have ‘posibilities.'” These talks have gone to the point where it has been reported that Bill Smith has offered Wilson Ramos and Aaron Hicks for Lee.

The fact that Aaron Hicks could be included in a deal for Cliff Lee has many fans outraged. They believe, and wisely so, that he is too good of a prospect to give up for 2-3 (regular season) months of Cliff Lee. He was, after all, ranked by Baseball America as the 19th best prospect in all of baseball. As Seth Stohs says, Hicks isn’t untouchable, but he shouldn’t be traded for a rental player. That is conventional wisdom and I was agreeing with it, until I thought further.

I wondered a couple of things. The first I wondered was how many of the recent 1st round picks have made it to the big leagues and either had success or are currently having success. I figured some of them have probably had success (I heard there was some guy named Mauer) and that some of them probably didn’t. The next thing I wondered was how is the payroll going to be in the coming years? Surely there will be players with payroll increases meaning that it will be harder to keep around players like the free agent acquisitions Hudson and Thome.

Part 1: Recent 1st Round Picks

1st Round Pick-1997-Michael Cuddyer:

Like him or hate him, Michael Cuddyer has had success in the big leagues. He has been put in many positions on the field and his real success started in 2006 when right field became his home. He got comfortable there and put together a 3.1 WAR season. In his 2 full seasons since then (he was injured for the majority of 2008) he put together 2.6 WAR seasons. This season hasn’t been as successful, but he has been a decent 1st round pick.

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Twins Players Avoid Arbitration

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

*Update-Francisco Liriano has signed for $1.6 million, and Jesse Crain has signed for $2 million.

*Update-Pat Neshek has signed a contract worth $625,000 guarenteed and $75,000 in incentives.

*Update-The Twins have signed Brendan Harris on a 2 year salary worth $3.2 million guanteed and $650,000 in incetives. He gets $1.45 million in 2010 & $1.75 million in 2011.

*Update-The Twins have signed Matt Guerrier for $3.15 million.

Several Twins players have avoided arbitration today by signing one year deals.

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the Twins have signed J.J. Hardy for $5.1 million. Delmon Young signed for $2.6 million, with $50,000 in performance incentives. Carl Pavano has signed for $7 million.

In my opinion the Young and Hardy deals are fairly priced deals. I think, given Pavano’s injury history, he should have been given a performance incentive-laden deal.

Christensen hears that all of the Twins arbitration eligibles have signed and looking to confirm it.