You mad at the Twins inactivity? I'm not! Here's why...
So you're mad the Twins aren't active with a big name signing yet? Are you upset when Ryan says our newly acquired SP from the Pirates might start when he's 29 years old and has little no MLB success? Are you grumpy when TR says Duensing and Swarzak might start next year? Eddie Rosario gets suspended for being an idiot and it means he ruins our prospect for established SP plan? UGH, right?
It might get even worse! Josh Johnson goes to San Diego for "personal reasons" from what he says. A cheaper 8 million dollar a year deal (with incentives). Tim Hudson goes to the Giants. Today I read on MLBTR the Royals signed Vargas to a 4 year deal. The Dodgers and Giants are talking to Dan Haren. Where are the Twins? Weren't they supposed to be linked to pitchers who actually have a name and maybe know how to pitch just a little bit? I mean, heck ... we even lost PJ Walters to the Royals! No more PJ next year. No wonder those relievers need to work on starting again...
You know what? I LOVE IT! I love it all! Why am I not upset one bit? Reasons below:
1. Padres are done with SP's from what it looks. Johnson joined an already crowded rotation. We can eliminate them as competition for any bidding wars. I don't know about you, but I'm sick of hurt pitchers. I want someone healthy and ready to go ... Johnson wasn't worth it with hoping he'd be healthy.
2. If the Giants sign Haren, they are done. Yet another competitor gone for the Twins to bid against. Twins never seemed too in on Haren. Let the Giants have him. He'll want to be in the NL anyway.
3. The Royals are out of the way with Vargas. Their rotation is full from what the MLBTR piece seemed to say. From what it looks to be their rotation is going to be WEAKER next year! Vargas is a downgrade from E. Santana IMO. A division rival gets weaker in the rotation and can't compete with us for signing pitchers. That's a win to me.
4. I hope A.J. Burnett decides to return and re-signs with the Pirates. That would essentially eliminate them most likely (I'm not familiar with their rotation, but I'd guess they'd only be after one name, maybe two max).
5. I even like the Tigers trade. They keep Max and while it keeps their rotation strong, it limits them from going after what is out there.
In my humble opinion, names that I really didn't like or feel would sign here are signing elsewhere and taking options away for those remaining FA players I DO like and think would sign here. What does this mean for us?
Who is left (in order I'd sign):
Other options as well, but look at that! We've been mentioned for Garza, Hughes, Nolasco, and Arroyo. While other teams will also be there, we saw teams like the Giants and Padres in on all these pitchers. Those teams are signing other players and ELIMINATING themselves from getting one or two of these established pitchers! It's like they are going to LET them possibly fall into the lap of the Twins to sign if TR decides spending other people's money can finally happen (especially when he's being urged to spend).
The NL West has consistently been mentioned as a great division for pitchers looking to re-establish their value or get a decent year or two under their belts for a better contract. Many thought Hughes would go there. With the Padres full and the Giants possibly full, can he go there now? He may look at options wfor pitcher friendly parks and realize he has one option left ... TARGET FIELD! That means, we pretty much get the right to sign a 27 year old pitcher who could improve very well at Target Field. We could sign Hughes and possibly fix him in his prime. You won't get many opportunities better than that (I'm a Hughes apologist ... I make no qualms about it.)
What about Garza? Sure a team like the Yankees could swoop in, but they are more likely to go after the big Japanese pitcher. He may look around and realize a return to the Twins is the best bet to make him an ace as well as cash in. He's the best pitcher on the market IMO the Twins could try and get. If we bring him back, we're really well off.
Nolasco starts seeing his options drop. Who has rotation availability left? WE DO! He may have to come here.
Arroyo has a lot of suitors, but as those suitors drop, he could be in trouble looking at us a lot.
The bottom line is I want to see more teams sign pitchers not named Garza, Hughes, Nolasco, or Arroyo (I'd rather pass on Santana .. let another team sign him for his 100 million and eliminate themselves from one of these four coveted pitchers) because their options become fewer, they know the Twins have money to spend, and will start pushing their agents to get a deal done here.
What does this do for us?
1. Maybe we are able to sign a bigger name for less than imagined. It'll still be a bad contract .. I get it. However, it might be less of a bad contract than we originally imagined since it appears people don't want to play here due to the losing.
2. We keep our assets. No having to trade for a pitcher and no having to give up a draft pick to sign any of those four names.
3. We let Rosario serve his suspension, come back, and rebuild his value. He's still going to be a prospect after 50 games. We can use him later on. What if all of a sudden we are in the race come the trade deadline? Why not cash him in for something at that point if it matters? Signing two of the above named SP's puts us in the race if the pen stays decent and if our bats rebound from last year (which is possible).
I actually AGREE with TR saying he wants Johnson to make the rotation or will consider Duensing/Swarzak starting. Why not say it? We all know the chances of them actually doing it with them needing to show us something isn't likely to happen. However, when he says it, he's playing his cards. He's telling the FA pitchers we may as well just go with what we have until our prospects are ready and don't need to sign you. Why drool all over a pitcher and let him take advantage of you? The key here is if TR plays the game right and then goes and SIGNS a pitcher ... maybe as I said in point one, it works for less money. If TR doesn't sign a couple decent pitchers, then all of this optimism will go away and he'll deserve the wrath he gets.
I also agree for the same thing with catchers. Phillies signed Ruiz? Fantastic! I hope AJ's options drop so he comes here for a year and maybe we get a better deal on him. We have AJ catch so we have a solid option behind the plate, some attitude in the clubhouse and Pinto learns from him.
Let these other options that I didn't like sign. Hopefully the team offering Big Pelf a multi year deal is the Orioles so they are taken from the mix.
TR, the market is in your favor! Options for proven players are dropping. USE IT to your advantage! Spend some money for once your ownership WANTS you to spend! Bring them in and use their options dropping to your advantage.
I'm backing you on this. Show us you care. Show us 90 losses are done starting next season. Show us why we should come to the ballpark. Show us why we should give a damn. Sir, the baseball is in your field. Let's see what you do with it.