I guess I don't see the grievance on getting younger.At this stage, that's probably the right answer, even if it doesn't help in 2016.I think my bigger problem was not getting better where the needs were obvious.
You're absolutely right about the pen. It wasn't addressed. It should have been.I get that O'day was expensive, but honestly, trading Milone this offseason (and I have to think they could have gotten something for him) would have offset most of the cost right there.Now you have an open spot for a younger guy who will also likely have been a better guy.That was my plan btw, so I can say this with hindsight.
Same went with Buxton.Sweeney was a good idea.But he never got a chance.A 1 year stop gap would have been a good idea.That wasn't considered.We might have gotten a bit older there, but handing the job to Buxton when it was obvious both last yearand in ST this year that he wasn't ready was the wrong answer.
I'm not sure my plan would have made us a contender... or for that matter, most realistic plans, but I do agree with point 5 more than anything else.It looks like someone somewhere completely missed the boat.
You and Nick are saying the same thing about a youth movement and I also realize that there are a lot more TD readers who also feel that a complete commitment to youth is the answer.
I believe that the time for this youth movement was after the 2012 season. The team was 66-96 and the top pitcher in the rotation was Scott Diamond. That's when you declare youth movement and you trade off anything of value that isn't nailed down.
They started this process with the Span and Revere trades but they should have kept going. Perkins could have fetched something decent and Willingham just hit 35 Home Runs so he might have brought some young talent back. I think Plouffe had a big month of hitting homers and he was about to enter his prime so... who knows. Liriano on potential may have been worth something. The Twins didn't have a lot of talent but there were moves to be made and commitment to get younger that probably should have happened.
Instead... Terry Ryan says (I remember this)... I don't believe in rebuilding it's only an excuse for losing games.
I say to myself... OK... That's how he wants to do it. I decide to let the man do his job.
If this is the case... No rebullding... After 2013 was as bad as 2012. Terry Ryan now has no choice.
Scott Diamond wasn't even as good Scott Diamond was in 2012... Our top pitcher was Sam Deduno in 2013. I loved Sam but Sam Deduno was #1 on the depth chart and Terry Ryan doesn't believe in rebuilding so he has no choice. He has to go out and pay big money to sign Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. If you are not going to rebuild and Terry said he wasn't... He has no choice but to sign these guys.
2014... We still suck... still no youth movement... and Ervin Santana comes to town. Again... Ryan has no choice... He has to sign Ervin Santana. He doesn't believe in rebuilding and he has been consistent by not going full blown youth movement. Oh and Gardenhire was fired so clearly expectations on the field have not been met.
2015.. Paul Molitor is the new manager and somehow and nobody thought this would happen but we kept ourselves in contention for almost the entire year. It was exciting... and I thought to myself finally and I await to see what kind of fortifications Ryan would make to this roster to increase the teams chances in 2016.
2016... So we were "THIS CLOSE" to making the playoffs in 2015. And for the first time since 2012...
The TEAM GETS YOUNGER!!!
I'm Ok with a youth movement... there was no reason it couldn't have started earlier and why wait until we get "THIS CLOSE" to dip your toe in the youth pool?
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