07-31-2012, 05:53 PM #1
Directions: Twins, Astros, Cubs
Twins, Astros and Cubs... three of the weakest teams the last two years.
While the Cubs and Astros dismantle, the Twins have retained their better assets for 2103.
With the dismantle the Cubs and Astros stock farm systems with hopes for the long term, the Twins moves (or lack) show they are planning to contend (stronger than compete) in 2013.
Why else retain Willingham who will almost certainly decline by 2014?
Why else sign Doumit and slow the development of Parmelee and Hermann? Doumit is likely the better player next year but I doubt beyond.
Why else demand so much for Span?
Why else retain Perkins and Burton when relievers were in some demand?
Why else retain Morneau instead of buying some prospects in a Wandy Rodriguez type deal?
Why else accept players in return for Liriano that can have a role on a major league team next year?
Time will tell which direction was correct. In 2014, there might be excitement in Chicago and Houston while the Twins have an aging roster playing at best .500 ball.
The only way this works is if the Twins plan to contend next year. For this to work, they must invest in two starting pitchers. Not a Marquis decline phase investment but spend twice that and get a Maholm type. Then spend more and get a lead pitcher. Will two pitchers be enough to contend? If not, they have taken the wrong direction.
They must have decided they could not risk Liriano taking the qualifying offer. They must not have projected Liriano as their lead pitcher. Having watched him the last two years it is hard to argue the point.
If the Twins don't find those starters in the winter, then they will continue the cycle of mediocrity. They will be quickly an aging team. They would have been better off long term by selling assets.
Is this the right direction for this team?
Should they have sold off their 2013 assets towards building a young and growing team?
07-31-2012, 06:08 PM #2
The Cubs and Stros have solid plans. The Twins have no direction, it appears they are content being stuck in the middle. Heck even competing in the AL Central is somewhat worthless, as the Twins have went ZERO for the playoffs in all but one trip under Gardy.
The only way to build a championship team when you don't have unlimited resources is to build a strong system and endure some short term growing pains. It appears TR is not willing to endure the short term pain to build the system.
It doesn't really matter what he could've obtained for Willy, Span, Morney, etc the FACT is that these guys will not be part of the next championship calibur team so they should be cashed in for some long-term assets. I hope these hitters have some value this winter but all will be one year older and have checkered injury histories so it is possible that NONE of them have any value other than in a salary dump type trade.
I give TR and F- UNLESS the Polads forced him to keep these vets just to try to keep some butts in the seats. If that is the case, the Polads might as well fire TR and act as the GM themselves.
07-31-2012, 06:14 PM #3
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07-31-2012, 06:20 PM #6
They need to be moved and they need to be moved now. The Twins can't afford to wait until the market is stronger for those two players. We need that bag of balls and we need that old pitching machine from the Rangers. We need a new bullpen catcher. We need to do whatever we can to ship these players out of town right now.
Your schtick is tired. Seriously. Just stop. If you don't have something of substance to post, just don't ****ing post anything.
My patience with this herpderp posting has long since evaporated. You're frustrated. We get it. Most of us are frustrated, too. Now stop posting the same goddamned opinion over and over and over again.
07-31-2012, 06:21 PM #7
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07-31-2012, 06:37 PM #9
Obviously starting pitching is the most glaring weakness for the org. The problem with starting pitching is that nobody wants to give it or the potential of it up in a trade. What makes it worse for the org. is that they've done a poor job of drafting and developing it and they don't spend money on it. I know that Terry Ryan has been successful with big trades-Knoblauch and Pierzynski, and smaller trades-getting guys like Lohse,Ortiz,Mayes and Bartlett and hopefully he can prove it again this coming off-season but what troubles me is that this has been one of the 3 worst teams in the league for the last year and a half and (correct me if I miss someone) Liriano's the only guy that's been traded away. Since the Twins like to re-arrange chairs much more than actually getting rid of anyone it seems that our only hope is that the art of the deal hasn't passed Terry Ryan by. This front office has a lot to prove this coming off-season. Here's to hope.
07-31-2012, 06:38 PM #10
07-31-2012, 07:00 PM #11
Let's not act like Houston or the Cubs got that great of prospects, even though the Cubs had the better chip in Dempster.
Houston is going to be a brutal team for at least the next three years, possibly longer. They didn't really have a choice, but they better hope everything goes right or it could be multiple cycles.
Twins have a better major league team and a better farm system than both of these teams, it is not necessarily a great comparison.Papers...business papers.
07-31-2012, 07:12 PM #12
Directions' The Twins have no direction, on the best day of trading, other teams finds trades, the twins fall asleep and are afriad to answer the phones. Whats new with that?
07-31-2012, 07:19 PM #13
The Twins plan isn't necessarily to contend in 2013. It is to be good enough -- or make enough moves even if that is retaining people -- to sell season tickets and put butts in the stands (and buying food, beer and merchandise).
That is the bottom line -- creating enough belief that you will put a respectable product on the field so that people buy tickets AND trying to be good enough that you can claim you are in the race until mid-summer to keep people coming to TF AND doing it as cheaply as possible.
07-31-2012, 07:32 PM #14
I liked how the Royals got two good pitching prospects while cashing in on Broxton which the Twins should have done with Burton. JC Sulbaran was a good get and the Twins probably could have gotten him and one of their other good pitching prospects while trying to package Span and Burton. The A's are another team that I like what they have been doing and how they replenish their system time and time again. Two years in a row now the Twins sat idle. If Ryan goes.. I would hope they consider getting Beane's underling David Forst a call.
07-31-2012, 07:33 PM #15
Broxton is a "proven" "closer.""Maybe you could go grab a bat and ball… and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
- Strib commenter educating the elitists on the value of RBI's
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07-31-2012, 08:21 PM #18
I don't have a problem not moving guys. I'm also of the opinion that if they sign Grienke they will be right in the mix next season and beyond. I doubt it happens, but they could even sign Grienke and Liriano. There will be enough money, and with Grienke, Frankie, Gibson, Diamond, Hendriks with Baker signed cheap... that is a playoff rotation. Add some offense with the prospects coming up and Morneau fully healthy and the Twins could win a lot of games. I'm not sure if JR feels the same way (that this team could compete with some legit FA pitchers), but keeping your best chips when you don't get the offers you want is what good GM's do. If they can't sign some pitching then they have the opportunity to trade.
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07-31-2012, 09:52 PM #20
Depends. Where is your money better spent? I say its better spent on elite starting pitching. Although, Grienke has not been elite for a while, he has still been very good. This type of ballpark would fare well for him too. It would just have to be for the right price.