Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:36 am
I heard Jesse Crain made an appearance at Best Buy the other day and gave up 3 hits and an earned run. If you are like me, this does not surprise you. Peeking through the stat lines of our minor league clubs: would love to see Anthony Slama get a call, and see what he can do. Can't be worse, could it? I am adamant that we need to package a few prospects and get us a regular at 3B. I also think we need that knock-out pitcher at the front of our rotation. I saw an interesting idea while blindly surfing regarding our ability to get a certain Cliff Lee (sorry for not linking, as I seem to have misplaced the address). It proposed a trade of Kevin Slowey, Wilson Ramos and (insert low-level prospect name) for Lee and David Aardsma. If this trade was available, I would be all about it. It will take quality to get quality. I would miss Slowey, but we cannot miss the opportunity to get an Ace for the post-season. Couple this with a offensively "league average" Third Baseman (see Wigginton, Ty; Gordon, Alex; etc) and our Twins are in it for the haul! Here's hoping!
Posted on: October 13, 2009 10:26 am
For all my fellow Twins fans out there, we wander again into an offseason filled with what-if's. Unlike in years past, we have reason to hope that our team MAY break with old habits and spend some of our hard-earned money with the move into beautiful Target Field. As stated in an earlier post, I feel we should concentrate on bringing in a true #1 pitcher to mentor and anchor a young and talented group of starters. There are options out there, some better than others. The theme for my pitchers is "rebound", because it would seem that everyone that will be out there is coming off injury/surgery. Here are a few players that are out there. One of my personal favorites is:
Tim Hudson: All this guy does is win. Yes, there is an injury risk there, but there is also tremendous upside in mentorship alone. He has been playing for an organization that wins consistently, and that attitude will add to an already winning-attitude in Minnesota. Has a mutual team/player option for 2010, so very likely could stay in Atlanta. Hope to see him in a Twins uniform. He has good stuff, and would be cheaper than...
Ben Sheets - see Webb, Brandon
Rich Harden - I don't see what everyone likes about this guy. ERA is nice, but there is no innings there. We have had problems with our Bullpen getting abused the past few years, and we had the ball off to a guy that has pitched more than 150 innings just once. Remember a guy named Slowey, who last pitched in July? He was 50 innings shy of Harden's full season. Brian Duensing? Started 9 games and threw over half the innings Harden did. Asking me? No thanks. Give him to someone else.
Brad Penny - Not a bad option, but there are better ones listed here. He will go to a big-market team wanting someone to eat innings.
John Smoltz - will retire
Jarrod Washburn - No thanks.
Orlando Cabrera - Not a bad option, but think the draft pick is better. Says he wants to stay, and that would be better than Lil' Nicky Punto.
Miguel Tejada - Way too expensive. Good average, and would be another legitimate bat in our order. Not gonna happen with big market clubs out there. Here's hoping he is a bust... Is that bad?
Mark DeRosa - My #1 choice, bar-none. He hits for power and has a decent glove. Oh yeah, and he plays every position. If that doesn't scream Twins, I don't know what does. Average is a bit low, but is better than Crede.
Bottom line: We need an ACE; We need a healthy bat at 3B, and a "Justin, Joe, J.J." lineup would be just too cool. Add those 2-3 pieces (and keeping our other pieces healthy) and we will have much better success in 2010 and beyond. Looking forward to Target Field, and another AL Central Championship in outdoor baseball. Go Twins!