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    Article: Big Trades Impact Twins


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    Teams are giving up more than I expected for rental players. I thought the lack of compensation picks for traded players would negatively impact the market but that doesn't seem to be the case. A good sign for the Twins.

    And damn, Ichiro looks old in that photo.

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    Don't worry the Twins will find a way to screw up somehow. I bet they give Liriano away for nothing and hold on to Span. I guess Ryan believes these guys are superstars or something. The only real trade chip is Josh Willingham and for some stupid reason Ryan is refusing to trade him. Willingham has a history of being injured and is having a career year. This is clearly the best time to trade him at 33.
    Last edited by Fanatic Jack; 07-24-2012 at 08:21 AM.

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    Ryan needs to trade Liriano before his next start. I think the risk is just too high that Frankie poops the bed Sunday and has little trade value. Pitt Tex LAA and LAD should be called and take the best offer.
    Last edited by twinswon1991; 07-24-2012 at 08:27 AM.

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    this is certainly encouraging... would be nice to trade Liriano for a Randall Delgado type pitcher and then trade Span for another starter plus a high ceiling A ball kid who is also (hopefully) a pitcher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic Jack View Post
    Don't worry the Twins will find a way to screw up somehow. I bet they give Liriano away for nothing and hold on to Span. I guess Ryan believes these guys are superstars or something. The only real trade chip is Josh Willingham and for some stupid reason Ryan is refusing to trade him. Willingham has a history of being injured and is having a career year. This is clearly the best time to trade him at 33.
    If teams are willing to give up high upside pitching prospects for Willingham and Ryan turns it down he has failed again. How will the Twins become competitive again eithout trading high on assets like Willy for pithing? We know that draft/develop is not an org strength snd I dont see the Polads upping payroll anytime soon.

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    Curious

    Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
    If teams are willing to give up high upside pitching prospects for Willingham and Ryan turns it down he has failed again. How will the Twins become competitive again eithout trading high on assets like Willy for pithing? We know that draft/develop is not an org strength snd I dont see the Polads upping payroll anytime soon.
    What is this organizations strength????

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
    We know that draft/develop is not an org strength snd I dont see the Polads upping payroll anytime soon.
    Yeah that group of Cuddyer, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel and Span that the Twins drafted and developed sure were crappy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Yeah that group of Cuddyer, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel and Span that the Twins drafted and developed sure were crappy!
    All drafted before over 10 years ago...try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
    All drafted before over 10 years ago...try again.
    Guys like Perkins and Plouffe have both been nice draft picks Revere looks like he can contribute in the majors, Ramos turned into a nice player as did Garza, Loshe and others.

    Also Arica, Hicks, Rosario, Buxton, Gibson and Benson are all within a year or two from potentially being impact players in the bigs.

    It's not as big of a wasteland as people make it out to be.

    IMO what killed them more than anything else was getting nothing but garbage for Santana, how nice would it have been if we would have taken any of the other rumored packages out there? We should have gotten at least one very good major leaguer (all-star) and one or two others that eventually would contribute.

    All we got were a 4th OF, a AAAA pitcher (humber) and a couple AAA relief pitchers. Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Yeah that group of Cuddyer, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel and Span that the Twins drafted and developed sure were crappy!
    Not many pitchers in that bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom Boom View Post
    Not many pitchers in that bunch.
    Garza, Radke and they developed guys like Santana and Liriano. That "bunch" won 6 titles in 9 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Guys like Perkins and Plouffe have both been nice draft picks Revere looks like he can contribute in the majors, Ramos turned into a nice player as did Garza, Loshe and others.

    Also Arica, Hicks, Rosario, Buxton, Gibson and Benson are all within a year or two from potentially being impact players in the bigs.

    It's not as big of a wasteland as people make it out to be.
    So relief pitcher in Perkins, Ploufee who's done nothing in his career outside of an insane June/July. Loshe hasn't been in the organization for years, Revere is still living off a hot May and has such a limited ceiling even if he makes it.

    As for the kids in the minors, let me know when they're up and contributing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Garza, Radke and they developed guys like Santana and Liriano. That "bunch" won 6 titles in 9 years.
    Radke was drafted in 1991, which is a long time ago.

    Garza pitched all of 133 innings for the Twins.

    Santana and Liriano both came to the Twins in trades, which you can give the scouts credit for, but they were major league ready when the Twins got them.

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    The issue is the gap between the veterans of the early 2000s, and today.

    Not one legit starting pitcher has come up since Garza/Baker. Most of the relievers are from outside the system. No SS or 2B has come up in years. We don't know if a 3B has come up for more than a month or year in over a decade.

    This year, they added Plouffe, that's pretty much it.*
    Last year they added Revere (who while a nice player, isn't a very good/great player)
    The year before, um, who did they add?
    The year before, um, who did they add?

    That's the issue. The gap.

    If you won't sign FAs, you need to bring up contributors (plural) every year.

    *in this list, I'm probably missing a relief pitcher or three
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom Boom View Post
    Santana and Liriano both came to the Twins in trades, which you can give the scouts credit for, but they were major league ready when the Twins got them.
    Not really.

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    Agreed, neither Santana nor Liriano were starters when they got here day 1.
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom Boom View Post
    Radke was drafted in 1991, which is a long time ago.

    Garza pitched all of 133 innings for the Twins.

    Santana and Liriano both came to the Twins in trades, which you can give the scouts credit for, but they were major league ready when the Twins got them.
    Yeah, but in those 133 innings he pitched well, just like he has the rest of his career! I forgot pitchers like Baker and even Blackburn had a couple nice years.

    Also Liriano and Santana were NOT major league ready when the Twins got them. The whole reason they got Santana in the rule 5 draft is because the team that gave him up didn't think he was major league ready. He had only pitched as high as low A ball when they got him and he was 20 years old. The Twins did amazing with their development of Santana.

    Ditto with Liriano, he was 19 when the Twins got him and had all of one inning pitched above low A ball.

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    The bottom line is the Twins haven't done well at delveloping pitchers and position players over the last decade. Hell if they would have they wouldn't have to give 2 year deals to 38 year old infielders or have a rotation with a bunch of no-name AAAA scrubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
    The bottom line is the Twins haven't done well at delveloping pitchers and position players over the last decade. Hell if they would have they wouldn't have to give 2 year deals to 38 year old infielders or have a rotation with a bunch of no-name AAAA scrubs.
    This.
    Lighten up Francis....

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