So yes, the Twins do need to at least consider the effect of late season player moves on their affiliates that are contending for playoff spots. It's not the prevailing factor, but it's a factor. I don't think that's unreasonable when you're talking about a difference of a few days' time one place or another. Then again, I'm a minor league fan.
Agreed, with one exception:
When the MLB team is contending, it should have the best talent up there to help them win. Putting MiLB affiliates feeling over winning at the MLB-level is nutty IMHO. Other than that, Hicks and Arcia and Parmelee can wait a week or 2 more in a non-contending season.