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#1 PseudoSABR

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

Say, that the Twins remain competitive (or even heat up) through the deadline; perhaps it becomes unpalatable to become sellers, but maybe there's a way to build for the future by buying at the deadline.

What would you be willing to give up for Gallardo? He's signed through next year and still fairly young (27). He started out slowly but has regained his ace form recently (though his K-rate is at a career low).

This is wishful thinking, because I imagine he'd cost more than we're willing to give up.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:40 PM

You gotta think it takes a haul similar to the one the Brewers got for Greinke last year. Not quite the same talent, but he isn't the rental Greinke was either. This means it takes a player of the Jean Segura talent range to start the conversation, I'd bet. Segura was ranked 55 by BA last year. So is it fair the conversation starts with an Arcia or Rosario? Just a guess as to what might get the ball rolling. The Angels threw in their top pitching prospect, too.

I don't think I am mentally prepared to start dealing our prospects. I'm just super excited to see what they could all do together. Obviously pitching is a huge need but I wanna see how this group of guys pans out.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:53 PM

Starts at least with Rosario and May (and probably even a better pitcher).

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:57 PM

Outside of Buxton, Sano and Meyer I would trade anyone in the minors for the right pitcher.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:59 PM

Outside of Buxton, Sano and Meyer I would trade anyone in the minors for the right pitcher.


I agree with you however I'm just not sure that he would be the right pitcher.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:02 PM

I agree with you however I'm just not sure that he would be the right pitcher.


You are probably correct. This was more a hypothetical statement than a direct response. It would take a big package to get Gallardo, I'm not sure I would do it considering health risks associated with drops in velocity and k rate.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:04 PM

I wonder what Philly would want to get out from under Cliff Lee's salary?

If there's one thing the Twins have, it's salary room.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:13 PM

Nothing. The Twins aren't going to be competitive for another 3 or 4 years, at which point Gallardo would be 30 or 31 and past his prime. Giving up long-term pieces that should play a key role in our bright future for a player who will be past his prime once we become competitive is silly.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:55 PM

I wonder what Philly would want to get out from under Cliff Lee's salary?

If there's one thing the Twins have, it's salary room.


Absolutely not, Lee is going to cost 77 million from 2014-2016.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:08 PM

Absolutely not, Lee is going to cost 77 million from 2014-2016.


Money should be of absolutely no consequence to this team for the immediate future.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:09 PM

Absolutely not, Lee is going to cost 77 million from 2014-2016.


Is that money earmarked for something else? Most of the youngsters won't even be arbitration eligible by the time that contract expires.

I like Gallardo, but I want someone who is under team control longer than 2014. If an extension could be worked out I'd be interested assuming the prospect haul isn't disgusting, which it may be.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:13 PM

The Twins aren't going to be competitive for another 3 or 4 years...


I think you overestimate the distance between competing and not competing.

If Morneau hits like his pre-injury self for 3 months (unlikely, but less unlikely than Cuddyer's career year he's having), Willingham starts to hit (likely), Gibson is good (50-50), Worley comes back up and is average (likely), then this team could compete this year. (I know that assumes the duct tape holds in all of the other places, too.) I wouldn't sacrifice a major prospect to try to force it, but this team still has a wide range of possible outcomes. I could see 70 wins. I could see 90. If they take a step forward in the next month, I wouldn't object to a minor trade to supplement an area of weakness.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:20 PM

Outside of Buxton, Sano and Meyer I would trade anyone in the minors for the right pitcher.


I'd throw Rosario on there as well, if only because decent middle infielders are the white elephants of the Minnesota Twins farm system.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:21 PM

I wonder what Philly would want to get out from under Cliff Lee's salary?


Probably not much and that's a very good idea.

Of course, the chance of this happening is somewhere around .000001%.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:25 PM

Nothing. The Twins aren't going to be competitive for another 3 or 4 years, at which point Gallardo would be 30 or 31 and past his prime.


Methinks you overestimate the mighty AL Central.

Look at the Tigers. They have Fielder, Verlander, and Cabrera in their prime and can barely scrape together 90 wins.

Verlander might age well but he's also a pitcher and could fall apart tomorrow. On the other hand, it's a pretty good bet that their FBI* is probably going to age... not gracefully.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:29 PM

I'd throw Rosario on there as well, if only because decent middle infielders are the white elephants of the Minnesota Twins farm system.


Rosario would certainly be on my no trade list as well and I haven't seen him play.

I think Middle Infielders are hard to find in every system. Look at the price tag Arizona paid for Didi. Atlanta refused to part with Simmons for Upton. Profar with the Rangers for Upton was a no go.

I realize that these guys are SS's but it does seem that quality middle infield has a steep price tag attached to them and I think the Twins should follow suit.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

Probably not much and that's a very good idea.

Of course, the chance of this happening is somewhere around .000001%.


i doubt Philly hands Lee away....too good of a pitcher with everyone getting extra broadcast dollars. He won't be a dump.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:46 PM

I wonder what Philly would want to get out from under Cliff Lee's salary?

If there's one thing the Twins have, it's salary room.


I'm pretty sure the Phillies have mentioned several times they don't plan to trade any of their starters. Why? I don't know.

While the idea of trading from our deep farm system for big league pitchers is a great idea I think it is too early to do so. The Twins still look like a sub .500 team. This should be a strategy used in the upcoming years once some of our current talent is up and adjusted. Also, due to the lack of good pitching on the market better teams are going to overpay to try to push them over the top. We don't fit that bill.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:51 PM

I wonder what Philly would want to get out from under Cliff Lee's salary?

If there's one thing the Twins have, it's salary room.


This. The one reason I've given the front office any benefit of the doubt on how they filled the gaps in this rebuilding season, is on the chance that they will pull the trigger on someone's desire to move salary, even if it's not a dump per se. I had been thinking in terms of trading an inexpensive outfielder (Willingham) for someone's better but more expensive outfielder, but hadn't found the right match to suggest.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:23 PM

I would be all for getting Lee but I highly doubt they entertain thoughts of moving him. They don't need to dump salary.