You keep calling this odd. It is possible the Twins did try to make a deal and the Royals liked what they got from Washington.Believe it or not, MLB teams use their own prospects rankings and scouting reports, not the lists you and I do to decide on players. It is also possible the Twins did not want to give up what the Royals wanted. Also possible the Twins didn't have interest in Herrerra. Lots of players will be traded between now and the end of August. Some may be traded by the Twins, some may be traded to the Twins, some may be traded between teams who are not the Twins.
Or even more plausible, since the GM has come out and said it, it was really hard for them to trade a player they signed at 16, and they wanted to put him in a great spot where he could compete for a title...
That’s exactly why it’s odd....
If it’s true they offered a lower package for him, that’s poor value attribution. No matter the rankings, the Nats got a steal and most agree. The royals may have asked for slightly more from Twins, sure. But it’s odd because slightly more than what Washington paid is still a good deal
If it’s true the twins weren’t interested in Herrera then I’m not real sure what they are looking at. It’s an elite arm at a position of need for a decent price.
And the bit about sentimental trades???? Cmon, that’s pandering. You don’t keep your job for feel good trades, you keep it for making good decisions. If they would have got what they wanted from the twins, they would have taken it and said the same thing. Twins are technically still in the race.
So ya, I find it odd that we couldn’t have made a better offer. The “odd” about it is that it signals we aren’t looking that direction and don’t want to give up mid level prospects. This isn’t the mark of a team that thinks it can win now. It’s the mark of a team not sure with what it has.
And maybe they are right to think that, just not a sign I want to see if I am looking forward to a push this year.
So ya, odd. A team pushing this year finds a way to make that deal happen at that cost or slightly higher