Blackburn absolutely! I'd keep Morneausy and Span. But, somebody needs to convince Span that money can be made in RF allowing Revere to go to CF. Need middle infielder and two starting pitchers.
I can see another season of Butera, until one of the other backup catchers mature. Yes, Jeff Gray. What about him. Or Burnett. Or Swarzak. And, Blackburn. You forgot a few.
You like Jeff Gray? I'd like to see Clete Thomas and Wilkin Ramirez cut loose too. I wouldn't mind another season of Capps and Butera isn't a big problem in my eyes.
These are some interesting dreams. I would love to see collapses from the White Sox and Tigers. It would also be nice to win a series from the Yankees.
I was thinking about going with that for my believeable dream, but my believeable dreams were too strong for my wildest dreams to get a hold of them.
32-20 would be nice.
Shields has intimated that he would really, really, really prefer to stay with the Rays and really doesn't want to get traded. So that leaves Dempster, Josh Johnson, and Liriano. I am also reading on several sites that the Twins are in active talks with the Cardinals for Liriano. I am hoping this means that a deal will materialize soon, because if it doesn't, then Liriano gets to pitch one last time for the Twins tomorrow night.
And this has shrunk; According to MLBTR, the Angels have traded for Greinke. This really seems to leave Shields, Dempster (because it seems like his deal with the Dodgers ain't goin to get done), Josh Johnson, and Frankie as the top pitchers on the market. Also, it takes away a team that was supposedly really interested in acquiring Liriano.
So are the teams that want to trade something legit for a pitcher....
I knew I forgot one.
If Billy Beane is still anything like what he was in Moneyball, it would be an interesting conversation with him and Terry Ryan.
James Shields. I don't think you mentioned James Shields.
That throw-in of the A's at the bottom was interesting. I can see Billy Beane getting aggressive and going for Frankie, especially if he thinks the rest of the market is afraid of him. They might be worth a team profile story.
For future reference, this probably would get a lot more feedback if it was posted in the forum instead of in a blog.
I still have some questions after reading these articles, but the 10 teams with the lowest payroll and the 10 smallest-market teams are eligible, and the Venn diagram of that gives you the 13 teams that were eligible this year. The odds of getting a pick are weighted in favor of those teams with more losses.
One very interesting thing is these picks can be traded. I'm eager to see how many of these picks get included in trades.
I remember a number of posters who wanted us to take Gausman instead of Buxton.
Sounds like we made the right choice.
James, I am not sure that the Orioles would get the pick with the new rules that are in play with the CBA, but don't trust me on that.
It sounds like Appel is looking for cash, and Gausman wants to leave his mark on his college. I guess I can't blame Gausman for that part.
You forgot to mention that even with the 6th worst record, the Twins would be picking 7th in draft as Baltimore would get a compensation pick immediately after the pick they lost (I assume that is still the case in the top 10 picks, but they are protected, so I'm not really sure how that works).
Next year's draft class is supposed to be much deeper, so even if the Twins don't end up with either of these guys, they very well could end up with someone of a similar caliber. But who knows, they could both go back to college and wear down their arms so much that they end up being useless.
Assuming neither is injured, I think KLAW has already said they are the top 2 prospects for next year, given what we know right now. That is very subject to change, as someone will step up, but both of these guys would be at or near the top.
That said, they will be college seniors, and have no leverage. At this point, it is between taking real money now, or going to school and losing a year of income (and maybe making more, and maybe making less).
I think he will, especially with these new restrictions on signing bonuses
Anybody else think that Boras may have trouble getting draft signees in his stable if Appel doesn't sign?
Capps and Doumit are almost certainly traded at the deadline.
Hopefully Pavano and Liriano can be too (but they might both just be not signed instead).
I hope Jared Burton has a market at the deadline too. Not sure if he will, but the Twins getting something back for him would be nice.
We'll see about trading Valencia for something as well.
I think Diamond will stick at the back end. And Gibson is on pace to pitch this season yet, so there is no reason that at least by June next year, he isn't in the rotation. Maybe Walters fills in during that time. A Dempster-Hendriks-Diamond-Gibson-Bromberg rotation might be what we are looking at by this time next year. A Bedard addition would be nice in there.
Hopefully the madness around Slama will stop and he is inserted AS SOON AS HE IS OFF THE DL this year. I would prefer a bullpen of Manship-Burnett (though he could be optioned next year if he isn't this year)-Duensing-Guerra-Slama-Perkins-Oliveros (get the walks down!).
Chris Herrmann and Pedro Florimon might be up as well.