Maybe there was some risk...
by, 05-10-2014 at 05:31 PM (649 Views)
With the signings of Kubel, Bartlett and Guerrier, comments overwhelmingly went like these below.
This isn't low risk..... it's NO riskMinor league deals don't cost anything.What's the negative??Minor league contracts have zero downside.Great move to give the Twins one more option without any risk whatsoever.It's nothing more than looking at every possible way to improve your team, with virtually zero cost and no impact to your 40 man roster.
Complain about the major league signings all you like, but this?No risk? No impact on the 40 man roster?Ryan and the Twins continue to take fliers on former players who -- at least based on recent history -- appear to be washed up. The latest is Matt Guerrier, who joins Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel as players to rejoin the organization in the wake of seasons that were marred by injury, poor performance or (in Bartlett's case) not actually playing.
I've got no problem with the strategy. How could you? There's no risk here.
Signing decline phase players (even to minor league contracts) does have a risk.
It kept the Twins from seeking other younger solutions.
It invests playing time into players with no upside.
It costs a few younger players on the 40 man roster who have a better long term shot at being a role player.
Everyone wasn't on the no risk side of the conversation.