While I do not advocate this trade, the unfortunate thing is that the Twins have been so poorly managed throughout these past years that we have absolute black holes at certain positions.And catcher is one of them, this despite having $24.5 million invested in the position with Jason Casto's contract.
Mitch Garver is the "brightest" Twins catching prospect, but he is a 27 year old rookie that doesn't seem to have management's confidence to do anything beyond being a backup utility catcher.After Garver, you have to go to A+ league to find a catcher that is even a minor prospect in Ben Rortvedt, a 2016 2nd round draft pick.But Rortvedt has a minor league career .630 OPS versus Garver's .793.I get that the Twins FO apparently prefers catchers who cannot hit at all but Rortvedt's minor league stats do not prdict a catcher that can hit major league pitching.
So, the best approach to this matter is the rebuilding approach.Don't trade your prospects to fill a "hole".Bring up Romero, Gordon, Rooker, Wade, Bard, Curtiss, Gonslaves, and maybe a couple of guys deeper in the minors like Arreaz. Let this team lose games, gain experience, and develop at teh major league level.
Then, in another couple of years, the team might develop into a competitive team and you can fill int he holes from there.Think the 1991 Twins filling in the catcher position with Brian Harper.
Unfortunately, the fluke 2017 season has led this team down the wrong path, and even before that no one has been willing to tear this team down to its foundation to properly rebuilding, preferring the patchwork approach that has led us to this point today.As I have said, many times in this forum, the longer we delay taking the rebuilding medicine, the longer it will take before we have a competitive team.