Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:18 PM
Question: has one pitcher, Tanaka, really held up FA for all the remaining SP on the market as teams scramble to bid for him? I mean, it's now past the first of the year, and arguably, the top three (American) FA SP's are still on the market, along with a fairly close 4th in Arroyo. There are also a few decent mid-rotation types available on the cheaper side as well. So is everyone really holding out for Tanaka, or are there enough questions about the remaining FA available based on reward vs financial demand that is slowing, and thusly, lowering the market?
I strongly advocate signing Garza, provided there isn't some pending physical condition worrying doctors and scouts. (Nothing concrete, but there have been small whispers) I have no problem at all with $15-16M per for him and what he brings. Now, anything beyond 3 years and an option or easy auto based on performance, or a possible guaranteed 4th year does bother me. I say to put the money on the table up front one way or another, but hold it to 3+ or 4 years max.
The Twins CAN afford this move. They ABSOLUTELY SHOULD make this move.
Correia can then be traded for a solid bench contributor or decent prospect. (Possible package scenarios apply here as well) Dont kid yourself, either now or sometime before the start of the season, probably during ST, Correia will be easily moveable to someone needing depth and innings and consistency from somewhere, either because they are short in the rotation to begin with, or due to injury or slow rehab for someone on their roster. He provides a track record, a solid year last year, short term commitment, no great financial commitment, and the Twins could even afford to pick up at least a portion of his contract to make said trade easier.
Now picture this rotation:
Deduno, (healthy) Gibson, Worley-Diamond winner. (Deduno out, Gibson with options)
Our bullpen pretty much as currently constructed. (Tonkin ready to move in)
And our position player roster/lineup pretty much as is/expected with a few battles: notably CF and LF with lead off considerations.
A few more million in FA/Correia trade to add, hopefully, a couple versatile bench players (Betemit & Baker anyone?) and the Twins are a nice mix of experience/proven players as well as young talent, roster flexibility, a balanced and solid bullpen no longer overworked, and the best rotation in years, with the oldest SP being what, 31?
I know injuries happen and can derail a season in any sport. Players at any position and any sport can suddenly lose it.
But you sign Garza to go along with what has already been done, add a couple more solid, relatively inexpensive role players like those mentioned, move Correia in some fashion, and look at what is now on the field and tell me this isn't the best, most interesting and competitive Twins team in years!