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There is one aspect of this off season that I don't think anybody has touched on, so I will give it a shot:
What if the Twins stand pat with pitching this off season?
An argument could be made for standing pat. The reasons for spending money have been discussed ad nauseum, lets look at some reasons not to spend:
- The Twins are expected to be at or near the bottom in the AL Central this year. If the Twins brass believe this, then spending any money on any
Jim Bowden is at it again.
In today's article, he writes about trade candidates for all 30 teams. For the Twins, he lists Justin Morneau. Even though the Twins have said they aren't trading him, and Willingham may be a more likely target. That being said, I can at least swallow that one. The rest of the article is the usual lazy work that he passes off.
Among the 30 players listed are pitchers:
Before I begin, a quick recap for those who don't know what has been going on.
A while back, Thrylos started a thread by posting that, according to a source, Scott Baker had signed a 3 year contract with the Twins. The deal had not been announced, but Thrylos said it was signed and done, and it would be announced. A few people responded in disbelief, Thrylos responded in a demeaning fashion. A few days ago, news came out that Baker actually signed with the Cubs. The thread turned
As we know, national pundits rarely go back and critique their own predictions. I wonder if our Twins Daily posters are made of stronger stuff.
I started a thread before the year asking for bold predictions for the year. This seems like a good time to revisit these. I will start with mine:
- Scott Baker will make less than 10 starts for the Twins, but they will pick up his option
The Twins did not make any deadline moves! Hide your women and children!
Anybody listed as non-player personnel in the Twins organization beware of flash mobs of angry Twins "fans" distrought over the fact that there were no trades today.
Ron Gardenhire - You will be doomed to write the same lineup as yesterday! The horror!
No trades to complain about how we were hosed!! No new players to mock and ridicule!!
Terry Ryan... can only
Ok. So Liriano has been traded to the White Sox for two marginal prospects. Let's look at at a few things we can assume to be correct:
1) The Twins were not going to offer Liriano the $12.5 mil qualifying offer at the end of the year.
2) The Twins do not want to roll the dice with Liriano in the future (ie long term contract).
3) The Twins made the best deal they could as the deadline approached. Like it or not, 2 low level prospects was it.
Now, Let's look
There is an awful lot of noise being written about how the Twins should blow up their team for prospects, fire the entire staff or administration for some new direction, or call up everybody with a pulse to see how they perform in the "big show". I don't believe you will see any of that happen. I actually believe the Twins won't make any major moves at all. Here's why:
The Twins looked at 2011 and basically chalked it up to a mulligan. With all of the injuries, and poor
There are things in this game that are seriously driving me crazy. An example:
The Twins are up by three runs in the top of the ninth. Capps (or Perkins or Burton) is warming up in the pen to come in to pitch the bottom of the 9th for the save. The Twins hit a homerun making it a four run game. Capps will sit down and Burnett will start warming up. Why? Because it is no longer a save situation. The only instance in sports where a managers decision is based solely on whether or
Jim Bowden has yet another "wonderful" article over at ESPN discussing 5 players who could be traded before the trade deadline. Of the players he has listed is Justin Morneau. He talks primarily about Morneau being a risk and hurt, but has still slugged .490. Let's review:
1) The Twins were leery enough on Morneau to try to keep him out of the field as much as possible this reason. Only when Chris Parmalee totally stunk did they start moving him back to 1B.
For those of you too young to remember the Mick when he played for the Twins, let me take a few minutes to enlighten you:
Mickey Hatcher was loved in Minnesota. Not so much because he was a great player (though he was decent enough to be a semi-regular starter), but because he was slightly crazy. Everybody loved him. There are a few stories about him I would like to share.
On May 4, 1984, Dave Kingman hit a towering fly ball that went up through one of the drainage holes
At the end of 2011, the Twins had some choices to make on a handful of players. Some they released, others the chose not to sign, others they did resign. Lets take a look at how those decisions have fared out so far, along with the players brought in to replace those that left:
Michael Cuddyer - left via free agency
Replaced by Josh Willingham
Lets take a look at the stats for 3 utility infielders during the first 3 years of their career:
Considering the Twins record this year, I too believe it is time for the fans to revolt. I think that a 6-16 record after a 99 loss season is reprehensible, and should in no way be tolerated in the state of Minnesota. I mean who do the Pohlads think we are? The Pirates? The Royals? That being said I have created a step-by-step guide in exactly how we should respond to our current situation.
1) The Twins fans need to form a PAC for the exclusive purpose of throwing out of office
After today, Matt Capps has now given up runs in 4 of his 8 outings. Comparing this to other pitchers
Jared Burton - 2 of 10
Glen Perkins - 3 of 9
Jeff Gray - 2 of 10
Alex Burnett - 2 of 9
Brian Duensing - 2 of 10
Looks like that $4.5 million was well spent.
And I don't want to hear about sample size...