Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:31 PM
What would a C class prospect be like?? Can you give me a comparable name from the Twins farm teams that you would consider a C prospect?
Niko Goodrum, Aaron Slegers. Someone with a shot but not likely to contribute. They can probably get a C+ prospect for Willingham (Travis Harrison, Zach Jones)
Posted 24 July 2014 - 02:53 PM
Two years later, with worse numbers and an expiring contract, I'd think the Twins should be happy if they can get a prospect in "C" range. Any depth would be a welcome addition at this point. Too bad Willingham had a down year, I was hoping he'd be able to build some value if not to help the Twins offense, then to at least earn a decent prospect in return.
Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:03 PM
Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:39 PM
We also need to remember that in 2012 was Willingham's first season with the Twins after signing a 3 year contract and he wasn't interested in being dealt. What kind of message would that send other free agents in the future if they are thinking of signing a long term contract here? Probably the same things as prospects are now considering when signing with the Astros, and free agents think before taking a physical for the Orioles (see Gant Balfour contract negation last year).
Right, and for their part the Twins weren't really interested in trading Willingham in 2012 (likely due to that same thinking). The second point on this MLBTraderumors story from '12 sort of backs that thinking up.
However, my point was more towards his value. There were other teams actively interested in trading for a red hot Willingham in 2012 - and the return piece looked to be a number 4 starter at best. If rival GMs were down on his value THEN, what's his real value now? That's my concern. A C level prospect would be a good return - IMO.
Posted 24 July 2014 - 04:14 PM
Posted 24 July 2014 - 04:26 PM
- Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino 2m
Terry Ryan is having a talk with Josh Willingham now during BP. Didn't last long. Serious looks.
Don't be shocked if the Twins just cut Willingham. At this point they would have to take back all of his salary just to get a class C prospect back. Teams may be looking for right handed bats but nobody is going to beat down the Twins door to take on Willinghams remaining salary. Twins likely will put him on August release waivers and hope that someone picks him up for a salary dump. A slow left fielder with a bad back and knees isn't bringing any prospects back.
Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:46 AM
Posted 27 July 2014 - 02:32 PM
Posted 27 July 2014 - 02:33 PM
Had a chance to look over the Yankee's list. They have a few guys that might be of interest. I'm guessing Greg Bird or Gary Sanchez is asking too much. They have a lot of B-/C+ guys that look kind of interesting. I'd really like Ian Clarkin.http://www.minorleag...spects-for-2014
They probably offer A-Rod.
Posted 27 July 2014 - 02:42 PM
Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:51 PM
I don't think that will be the offer. I think it will be a guy on the fringe of the 40 man roster. Austin Romine, Preston Claiborne or maybe Zoilo Almonte.
If they can't get a Willingham cheap, they will simply pursue a better player. MLBTR mentions Byrd and Rios.