I would.Hicks isn't going to make this team competitive.On the other hand if Lee returns to form next season our team looks a whole lot better.
That has potential to be a playoff caliber rotation.Things would have to break right but it has the potential to carry the Twins to the playoffs.I'm not worried about the vesting option; if he pitches 200+ innings next season he must have been pretty damn good and I want him back for 2016.The Twins can easily afford him so the money isn't a problem.
When we kept together a group of young, promising prospects, we rode them to 6 playoff appearances in 9 years and were continually about 1 player away from truly contending.
As soon as we started relying on 30+ vets in free agency and trading our prospects, the team collapsed into what you see now.
The idea of moving Aaron Hicks now at just 24-years-old (an age still younger than the breakout seasons of Hunter, Cuddyer, Gomez, Dozier, etc., etc.) when he's finally showing promise now to add a veteran pitcher at the very end of his career to a team that will still be mostly reliant on early 20s position players (Arcia, Vargas, Santana, Sano, Buxton, Rosario) is really just a recipe to top out prematurely and sputter back into irrelevance.
Let's have some patience. The team has been awful without promise for years now, yes, but now it's becoming awful with lots of promise. And, next year, with another year of Hughes, Gibson, Dozier, Arcia, Vargas, Santana, Pinto, May, a resurgent Hicks and hopefully, the arrivals of Meyer, Sano, Buxton, Rosario and maybe Burdi, Berrios, Polanco, etc., that's probably a pretty average team with an absolutely insane amount of promise.
Again, the concept of tweaking that to get 5 more wins instead of being patient is, frankly, pretty silly.
Edited by THE DFC, 22 August 2014 - 04:50 PM.