Posted by: gravessack | December 18, 2012

New Faces

This offseason, the Twins have begun to address their most pressing need: starting pitching. While I do believe the team needed to add starting pitching, I have not agreed with some of the moves the team has made to acquire these pitchers. Here is what the team has done so far this offseason.

  • On November 29, the Twins traded outfielder Denard Span (who was my favorite player) to the Washington Nationals for Alex Meyer, a minor league pitcher. Even though Meyer is considered a very good prospect, I do not like this trade because Span, besides being my favorite player, was the Twins starting center fielder and a good leadoff hitter. Meyer could one day become a very good starting pitcher, but nobody knows for sure.
  • On December 6, the Twins traded outfielder Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May. May, who is in the minor leagues, is considered another good prospect and Worley was 6-9 last season after going 11-3 in 2011. Even though I could see this trade working out for the Twins, I do not completely understand why the Twins traded Revere because it looked like he was going to be the starting center fielder after Span was traded.
  • On December 10, the Twins signed pitcher Kevin Correia to a two-year, $10 million contract. Correia has a career 4.54 ERA, which is not very good.
  • On December 16, the Twins signed pitcher Mike Pelfrey to a one-year, $4 million contract. Pelfrey has a career 4.36 ERA and is coming back from Tommy John surgery he had last season. His best season was in 2010 when he had a 3.66 ERA. I don’t really know what to expect from him.

It seems to me that the Twins are looking toward the future and kind of giving up on next season, since they traded their top two center fielders, who were also the first two hitters in their batting order, for young pitching prospects. While it is important for the Twins to plan for the future, I would like the Twins to get a starting pitcher who has had a lot of success in the major leagues sometime this offseason.

What do you think of the moves the Twins have made this offseason??

Written by: Sam Graves

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Responses

  1. It does seem as if the Twins are looking ahead o the future. Pelrey and Correria can be around when “the prospects” start to demand rotation space and become trade chips at that time. The Twins will lose just as many games with or without Span and Revere. Both, with all the talk, were not in the longterm plans for the outfield, which has a glut of “prospects” (again who will be on field in two years. So, in planning for eventual teams, the Twins have done good. For 2013, they have some arms out there…but we don’t know yet who is playing the outfield or batting 1-2. If I have one complaint, the ownership ash a lot of fan/state/whatever money laying about that I wonder what they are planning to do something or nothing with, it seems.

  2. Sam, I think your comments are correct. Your concerns are appropriate for the Twins next year. Though different players, from what I read in the Globe last week the Boston folks have the same concerns for the Redsox. I think I should be looking for another team, do you think the perennial loser the Cubs is the way to go?
    Uncle Andy

    • Uncle Andy,

      Who knows? Maybe the Cubs will be better than the Twins and Red Sox next year!


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