Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:41 PM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:07 AM
Other than that, none of those guys do anything for me. In fact, I'd rather watch the same group as last year pitch over the other guys.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:02 AM
Although, it would have been much better if he was still Fausto, that's a much cooler name.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:10 AM
Everybody knows that the Twins had bad starting pitching and injury problems with starters this year, but the dirty little secret is that the rest of the team was surprisingly healthy. You're not realistically getting anything BETTER than you got out of Mauer/Morneau/Willingham in 2013. It's very possible you'll get something worse. And to sign just a couple of placeholder starters that just throw innings and put the ball in play...I'm not really seeing how that formula makes this any better than a 70-win team next year. On the other hand, Jonathan Sanchez COULD figure things out and miss enough bats to be a Liriano-esque starter. And lets face it, if you try these high risk guys out and they implode, you'll just be sticking DeVries/Deduno/Blackburn/Walters/whoever in their spot again by June.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:17 AM
That said, Cleveland Indians fans would LOVE to have a shot at Francisco Liriano and be forever over the roller coaster that is Fausto Robert Carmona Hernandez! These two guys are the biggest teases available in FA.
All the talent in the world with inconsistent mechanics and very little mental toughness. Who am I describing? Both, Liriano and Hernandez. Maybe he gets a deal that includes an invite to Spring Training.
Caution: Other than the slider vs. sinker philosophy, these guys can be brilliant one start and terrible the next. If the Twins get on the Hernandez roller coaster, expect fans to be having Liriano-type de ja vu!
Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:09 AM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:46 AM
The 4 listed are almost 'legit' style MLB pitchers....not the Walters/Deduno style of retread.
If Mn has to sign a 5th starter type out of this group, Id probably go Colon as he's shown the past 2 yrs...performance enhancing or not....that he can give a team a few months of good starts.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:55 PM
I would much rather see Twins give shots to Gibson, Hendricks and Deduno.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:18 PM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:11 PM
I agree with you on this and it makes me nervous. All three have had a history of injuries and in 2012 all three were relatively healthy. I think we may be playing on borrowed time. Even though Justin Morneau is one of my all time favorite Twins, and I loved what Josh Willingham brought to the team--- I think you trade them now while their value is high. They are both on the wrong side of 30 and both have spent a lot of time on the DL during their careers. Both could fill the coffers with prospects and MLB ready players. The Twins may have to eat some of Justin's salary.
I would do it now before they get hurt in April or May and then we're stuck. I doubt Joe Mauer could ever get traded unless his contract is re-negotiated ---and why would he do that!