Great blog idea. I would have traded one of my favorite players, Span. I beleive a deal was in the works last year that sent Span to the Nationals, for a releiver, (Storren or Clippard) and a position player (Bernadina or a second baseman). I would take Clippard over Storren, this would create more stability in the bullpen and hopefully lead to NOT overpaying for Capps. With extra money, perhaps Cuddyer or Kubel stays in Minnesota. Perhaps Ryan would go after a starting pitcher. I know you said one move, but this is one move that would lead to more cash for this past offseason.
I would have traded Santana a season earlier than they did knowing he was not re-signing with the Twins. The Twins had zero leverage in trying to get quality in return because they waited to long.
I would have them have Slowey starting last season with Blackburn in the bullpen and would have never traded Slowey. But that is a just a small move. Getting to the root cause of the Twins problems, last off-season, I would have brought a GM outside of the organization who would have finally shown the door to the manager of the millennium and his buddies and ask Jim Rantz to retire.
Yea, my cable went out twice, then I prettymuch gave up.
Nothing beats a Sunday of blogging, listening to Remy and watching the Twins.... except when the cable went out.
Well NESN went out. Thanks, cable!
Chang steals second on a pitch in the dirt. Twins showing some speed so far!
Rene Rivera taps it right in front of the plate. 2-3 putout. Beckett done for the day.
Beckett looking a little wild, or showing a lot of respect to Ray Chang.
Burroughs caught stealing by a couple steps.
Burroughs apparently given the green light on 3-0, but fouls it off. Guess you can't walk your way to the major league team.
Walks on 5 pitches. One out, one on.
Hughes grounds out to short. Beckett using all his pitches, it looks like.
Falls behind Cody Ross. Thrown first pitch balls to all 3 hitters so far.
But, strikes out Ross on a down and in slider.
Falls behind #2 hitter, Ellsbury. Sensing a trend?
Ellsbury lines into unassisted double play to first base.
Frankie falls behind 3-0, works it to full count, walks Pedroia.
Bates grounds out, Revere is stranded.
Tosoni flies out to right center, medium deep. Revere advances to third.
Revere steals second! Vroom-vroom.
Nishi weakly flies to left after a 6 pitch at-bat.
Revere singles on second pitch on a liner-ground ball to the right side.
I'll give you that it may be too early, but I don't buy your argument about Baker ($6.5 MIL), Liriano ($5.5 MIL), and Pavs ($8.5 MIL) potentially coming off the books meaning they're likely to be spenders next year more than they have been. If they were going to be spenders, this was the year to do it as they had Cuddyer ($10.5 MIL), Kubel ($5.25 MIL), Thome ($3 MIL), Nathan ($11.25 MIL), and Young ($5.374 MIL) come off the books, and they replaced them with Carrol ($2.75 MIL), Doumit ($3 MIL), Willingham ($7 MIL), and Marquis ($3 MIL).
Good point, Steve. It is true their attitude is certainly more "small market and home-grown" than a true, big market team like the Yankees.
I'm not trying to give the organization the benefit of the doubt too much here, but I do think that we'll see them spend more free agent money after the 2012 season, when it's possible that Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano will be off the books. We're only a few season into Target Field, so it might be a little premature to judge what they will or won't do with respect to free agency.