I believe their plan is this based on what I have read, heard, etc.:
1. Rid the books of any dead salary for the 2015 season outside of Mauer
2. Rebuild the farm system through the draft & international signings.
a. They are off to a good start in this regards but would benefit from more frontline SP depth and up the middle talent
3. Spend sparingly in Free Agency for 2013,14, 15 &16
4. Over the next 3 seasons get our
The Denard to the Nationals rumors refuse to die, and with the Twins looking like they will not be competing in the next 2-3 years. I think maximizing Spans trade value and dealing him in the next month might be the right thing to do.
Now what type of package could we expect to get from Washington has been of of much debate among fans. I have seen some suggest that anything less the Jordan Zimmerman is a deal breaker and others who have clamored we still look for a package revolving
In really studying the Twins major leage and minor league rosters this off season, and looking back at the past 4 years I came to the painful conclusion that the Twins missed their window to win a World Series. I think 2009-2012 was that window, and they missed that window due to career altering injuries, poor front office management, and the damn Yankees.
Justin Morneau suffering a concussion when he had just reached his absolute peak, was a more crippling blow then most realized.
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Stanford ace Mark Appel followed up his great start last week with a not so great one this week. While he went 8 innings and struck out 11, he gave 8 hits, two HR's and 7 runs in a 7-4 loss to Fresno State. Conor Glassery at Baseball America had a nice write up on him after the start that can be found here. While the amount of hard contact he gives up now is concerning, Appel can grow into a dominant starter if his
High school game recaps are proving more difficult to come by, but I was able to find some information on each of the guys I have been intrigued by.
Harvard-Westlake's Lucas Giolito has shown why he may be the first high school RHP ever taken first in the draft hitting 100 mph and striking out 8 in 6.1 in his last start. He only gave up one hit and walked no one, the Twins could be in a good position in that they can just take whichever pitcher Houston doesn't take at 1-1.