Given the state of the club, Ryan really does need to sign that top-of-rotation guy. Or trade for someone, since its obvious he hates writing those big contracts. All of his clever ideas in the meantime (a Pelfrey signing for example) will just be kicking the can down the road.
He will surface somewhere, but might have to start in the high indy leagues. But he showed nothing this year that I would gamble with even a guaranteed minor league contract. It's his call if he wants to pitch for peanuts with the hope of a return to the bigtime. Hey, Matt Kinney and Dan Serafini still plugged along year after year. His big thing now is to have his medicals covered and to heal.
Agreed with Oldgoat about that game being the highlight of his career (and funny enough, 2 beloved by most Twins' fans players were the reason the Twins did not make the post-season: Jim Thome with that home run and Mike Cuddyer who did not try to knock AJP out and score)
I am amazed that the Twins did not try a pen role for Blackburn (like they did with Perkins) It was probably the $ and that ill-advised contract. In the minors he did have a 97 mph four-seamer (that Andy took away) which would had been a decent weapon in the pen.
Maybe he'll surface as a pen guy someplace
September 30,2008 - Blackburn starts game 163 for the Twins against the White Sox.
The one or two hits he gave up in 7 1/3 innings included, of course, that HR by Thome.
It was a gallant effort. He certainly pitched well enough to win.
Sadly, that was pretty much the highlight of his career. Great game.
Your plan only makes sense for an organization who's top goal is winning a world series. The Twins have demonstrated their number one concern is making money. Winning is nice if it happens but the cash flow target (whatever it may be) is the focus.
Throughout Twins territory, there are people crying into their Butera jerseys.....
I am frequently frustrated to read comments where people want a huge upgrade at SS. As if there are many a Tulo out there waiting for a job.
We are getting surprisingly good D out of our MI. At least I, for one, am pleased with the defense we are getting from out middle infielders. And, at the beginning of the year I believed that Escobar would be replacing Floriman at some point. No more.
His hitting, while not stellar, has come across as better than I had dared hope, too.
Florimon rocks! I feel that we have an excellent SS for the next several years in Pedro.
It's not a stat, but Florimon lately has been looking a lot more confident at the plate than earlier in the season. I think we're seeing him blossom as a complete baseball player.
Good point about playing between Sano and Rosario. I actually thought they would go with a great field/no hit SS last year. Wasn't expecting one this good. Good pick up by Ryan.
Just think how much better the list will be if the Twins would be aggressive in the international market and sign some more top prospects. Or get the advanced pitcher from Cuba on the FA market.