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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:35 AM
"Blackburn is an established major league talent". Have you ever seen him pitch?? If not for the stupid contract the twinkies wouldve cut him 2 years ago. Blacky has no business being on an mlb roster. The injury was a HUGE break for the twins because Liam is much more talented.
Blackburn is hopefully only out one game, and he's had two relatively solid starts, especially considering last year. Every source says there is more movement on his pitches and he's hitting his spots. Whether that will keep up or not is another thing, but he's been the Twins #2 pitcher. Again, that's not saying much, but with Baker going down, Blackburn needs to have a good season. It will be an added bonus if Hendricks and Swarzak pitch well, too, especially with an ailing and flailing Liriano, who does not look like a ML pitcher right now. Twins are going to need them all, but they should definitely be looking elsewhere as well.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:17 AM
Regarding Baker, could the Twins decline next year's option and resign him for, say, 2 years, $3-4 million? I think it would make sense for both parties. The Twins are desperately lacking pitching depth. By re-signing Baker, if he ever returned to form, they would be adding an experienced veteran pitcher on the cheap. For Baker, this injury couldn't have come at a worse time, so I think he'd be willing to consider some, albeit cheap, job security.
Yes they could do that, but I don't see Baker getting more than a 1 year offer for $1M plus incentives.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:43 AM
Waiver wire? I guess it could lead to marginal improvement but that clearly is not the answer.
Here is the problem. We simply do not have a very good team and we need to rebuild. The run from 2002-2009 is over. The Twins need to get Joe Benson and Brian Dozier up, along with Chris Parmalee and Ben Revere. I would not be adverse to seeing them bring up Sano and Rosario either. The concept of moving these prospects up station by station essentially ends in a full scale rebuild. Players can be developed at the major league level without extended, one level per year minor league experience. Two World Series proves that. AS I have stated before, in 1984 Kent Hrbek was the American League MVP runner up. Using the one step at a time approach that the current Twins management use with high school signees, he would have been in AA ball instead.
Greg Gagne, Kirby Puckett, Tim Laudner, Gary Gaetti, Frank Viola, Randy Bush, and Kent Hrbek all essentially jumped from A or AA ball into the big leagues after one or two years in the minors. IT took time to win championships, but they were reasonably competitive relatively quickly.
Now is the time to follow a new approach and rebuild the team.
Well, sure, but... Nick's article is all about using the waiver wire to bring in pitching that might be useful in rebuilding, and at the least would be no worse than the marginal bottom-dweller pitchers we have now in terms of immediate usefulness. In fact, he specifically states that rebuilding is his recommended strategy in his conclusion: "if they can bring in . . . young [pitchers] with a chance to fill a need for years to come, that would be a big win."
This recommended strategy aligns perfectly well with your comments about bringing up position players, yet position players haven't really been our main problem this year. We can bring up all those prospects you mention, and they may indeed field their positions well and potentially hit the cover off the ball on a regular basis, but that won't address the Twins primary need now and in the future: pitching.
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If there are extra cost involved, the Pohlad's won't do it.
That's garbage. Pohlads will spend if the baseball staff says it's worth it.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:11 AM