The Twins’ horrendous start this year have fans once again venting about General Manager Terry Ryan and even Manager Paul Molitor. While I do not blame Molitor, it is time for Owner Jim Pohlad to get serious about how Ryan is handling his team. In a recent Star Tribune article, Pohlad claimed the start of the Twins 2016 season was a “total system failure” but at the same time has full support of Ryan. Pohlad also said that spending lots of money does not make teams better and he is blaming the players on the field for this mess.
It is time for them to wake up! It is true that the Twins offense and bullpen have been bad, but there has to be a point when our front office needs to do its job correctly! The Twins have shuttled players from Triple-A to the Majors and vice versa, hence Byron Buxton’s demotion April 25, after he had 22 strikeouts in 45 at-bats in 2016. They tried outfielder Max Kepler and pitcher Alex Meyer for a couple of games before sending them both back to Rochester. Due to injuries to Ervin Santana and Kyle Gibson, they decided to promote starter Jose Berrios, who has had one poor and one good outing.
With all that said and nothing working, Santana and Gibson are both scheduled to return this week, and Ryan has some tough decisions to make. He has to try to do something differently since what he has tried is not working. If the front office wants to really earn the fans’ trust again, there is a pitcher who could help this club come back from this mess it has created.
This afternoon, May 6, former MLB pitcher Tim Lincecum held a pitching showcase in Arizona for 20-plus teams. Lincecum has not pitched in the majors since June due to left hip surgery. Lincecum, who has not pitched well since 2011, is trying to land on a team. He is 31 and has pitched for San Francisco throughout his nine-year career. The two-time World Series champion has a career record of 108-83 with an ERA of 3.61 and has racked up 1,704 strikeouts. Lincecum is a four-time All-Star, whose best year came in 2008 when he won 18 games and had an 2.62 ERA. However, Lincecum has had a losing record and an ERA of over 4.00 since 2011 that could make some teams weary of him, making way for the Twins to snatch him up (that is my hope anyway!).
Lincecum could make for an interesting project for the Twins. It can get worse for the Twins, who have an 8-20 record, if Ryan does not try to improve the team. He and the Twins should at least give Lincecum a look and see if it is worth signing him to replace Tommy Milone, who is apparently being transferred off the 40-man roster later this week. Signing Lincecum would prove to the fan base that Ryan has not given up on his team. Will Ryan go for it or does he think this team is just doing well enough to make money that he probably won’t spend anyway?
Written by: Michael L. Sack