Moves to Come?
by, 12-19-2013 at 06:52 PM (1056 Views)
As everyone who stays caught up on Twins news knows by now, Ryan Doumit was traded to the Braves yesterday for Sean Gilmartin. When I heard about this news, it got me thinking. At the moment, the Twins have a high number pitchers on their 40-man roster. After they added Gilmartin, their 2013 AAA pitching group got even more crowded, and I have a feeling that more moves might be coming to fix that.
The Twins' pitching rotation at the Major League level currently includes Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco, Kevin Correia, and Mike Pelfrey. That leaves one spot for a fair number of starters, including Scott Diamond, Sam Deduno, Vance Worley, and possibly even Andrew Albers, Kyle Gibson, and Anthony Swarzak. For the sake of argument (and because I am a huge fan of the guy), let's say Sam Deduno wins the spot (with the reasoning that, despite his age, he has great pitches and he is a real competitor). That leaves Diamond, Worley, Albers and Gibson without a rotation spot in the Majors for the time being (with Swarzak staying in the bullpen as the long relief guy). Not to mention that Alex Meyer is likely going to either start in AAA or move up to AAA partway through the season.
This leaves the Twins with another logjam to lighten up, this time in the AAAA pitcher group. At the moment, they are looking for a part-time catcher, possibly a SS, and always looking to upgrade their starting rotation. Obviously, none of the AAAA pitchers are viable enough to turn into a good starting pitcher. However, it is likely that a package of two pitchers could possibly wrangle an okay package.
I don't really have any idea of what kind of package would wrangle any non-C level prospect, but I would believe that Terry Ryan can make something happen. Give me ideas of what pitchers you think you might trade.