OK. Tremendous moves! And made at the right time and place, in the right market.
Much like the AJ trade to the Giants to place Mauer at catcher and acquire Nathan, Bonser AND Liriano. These kinds of moves just don't happen ever day.
Boy do I wish the Twins could pull something like this! But is it reality? Or just smart and lucky opportunity?
Does this team need a couple smart FA signings and maybe one smart or lucky trade? Absolutely! But what it also needs is a couple guys to just be healthy and figure some stuff out! No trade will do that!
Can the Twins add a Cain and Yelich equivalent this off season. Maybe... Maybe Not? It doesn't matter... the Twins just need to move on from the old way and try to improve each roster spot.
The old way was saying we got Trevor Plouffe at 3B and moving on to finding a bullpen guy cheaply.
The old way this off season would be saying we got Rosario, Buxton and Kepler so there is need to trade for Yelich because the OF is set. Or saying Jake Cave did alright this year... He can be the 4th OF and then moving on to find a 2B.
The Brewers had Braun, Broxton, Santana, Phillips plus... Thames, Perez and Villar who could also play OF. They didn't say... We got more than enough OF... They added Cain and Yelich and utilized the options available on Santana and Broxton. They gave Bruan a first base mitt to use in spring training. They improved when and where they got the chance and didn't let players become etched in stone at static positions to block the possibilities.
We don't have to trade for an MVP type like Yelich... We just got to trade or sign someone who has ability and make it work. We can give Kepler a first base mitt to create space. We got the DH position to use. Buxton and Cave have options to stash in AAA for even more depth.
The Brewers, Dodgers and Cubs have figured this out... the rest of the league has to catch up to them now. Gather your assets where you may. The new manager just needs to be able to figure out how to handle the "good problem to have".
A Skeleton walks into a bar and says... "Give me a beer... And a mop".
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Strike Zone Automation Advocate