07-02-2012, 01:30 PM #21
To examine the terrible state of affairs try to think like any opposing GM and try to find minor league talent or cost contolled mlb players you would like to acquire off this team. This is why the Twins must ne sellers, they have a lost generation of talent due to terrible trades and drafting.
07-02-2012, 01:43 PM #22
07-02-2012, 01:47 PM #23
I think the Twins showed their hand when they extended Dumait, with Willingham, Mauer, Morneau, you have a core worth building around. Add a couple of good starters and they're in contention next year. If you blow up the team by trading all your decent assets (Perkins, Span, Ploufe, Burton, etc.) then all you have is the two lame ducks with big contracts (Mauer and Morneau) sitting there, with a crappy team around them, hoping all these 'prospects' you pickup mature.
Span might go though, since they have Revere to replace him. Thats the type of trade that Ryan will make, identify where they have 'extra' players and trade them for needed parts.
07-02-2012, 02:10 PM #24
Couldn't the answer be neither? As has been stated many places, the entire flock of position players is under contract. There's a ton of money coming off next year and the year after. Could the strategy be to take the lumps the rest of this year, trying to stay competitive and find people that can help around the fringes, and then go after two really good starting pitchers in the offseason AND a few other smaller pieces? I know a lot of people hate that strategy thinking things need to get blown up. I'm honestly not sure which would be more effective. But it's possible that they neither buy nor sell as part of their long term plan, no?
07-02-2012, 02:11 PM #25
If you think of selling now as buying for the future, it doesn't sound so bad. So, as everyone has pointed out already, there is no way the Twins should try and trade to be better this season. As well as the Twins have been playing recently, they haven't reduced how many games they are behind in the division. I say build for next year with whatever trade chips you have, but keep some of the big pieces (Like Span, Willingham, even Morneau) unless you are blown away from an offer. I have a feeling that TR has very similar feelings on this issue.Posts on other sites: