This likely won't be a very popular opinion, but the Twins gave up on this year for maybe five guys who:
a. probably don't rank in the top 15 in their organization and
b. probably don't rank in the top 300 in the minors and
c. likely will make little to no difference in their future?
That's what Littell, Enns, & Watson are, right? And given the reliever market (which we just saw for Kintzler), they certainly wouldn't have needed to give up much to add a couple of competent relievers.
I know it's been a tough week, but this was a mistake. I don't get why they wouldn't ride it and chance the 9% chance they hat making the playoffs. It feels like panic. What did we gain exactly for giving up?
Yeah but the alternative was to deplete the farm even more to try and fill too many holes on this team for such a small chance of success even to reach the wild card round. So if the gamble didn't pay off then what wait for another window. Staying with what we have wasn't working. We already lost a series to the A's and both Clevland and KC have better pitching and fewer holes to fill than we do. Sell was the option with the best percentage for future success.
I don't get why you would be so down on the prospects we got. These are not your typical Twins deadline pickups. Most all of them are fast risers\young for their level and have high upside. Yeah lots and lots of prospects don't turn out but the odds are better when picking out of someones top 20. None of the players we traded had much value to begin with. I think they did a heck of a job to get us some compelling arms for our window.
This team has more work to do and we need to find out more about how the prospects we have handle facing MLB players. This should open the door to do that. Even if you are right and none of these guys make it you have to try and find better talent if you want to compete with better teams.