On your mark, get set, GO! After a really rough 23-50 start, oft-criticized Twins General Manager Terry Ryan is doing something rare for him, deciding to start making trades several weeks prior to the August 1 trade deadline. Ryan, in part because his job is undoubtedly on the line, is feeling immense pressure this year from the fans and upper management to improve this ball club. This first trade could be a sign of what is to come in the next five weeks.
On June 24, the Twins decided to part ways with outfielder/DH Oswaldo Arcia by sending him to the Tampa Bay Rays. In exchange, the Twins are receiving the dreaded player-to-be-named-later (PTBNL) or cash. Arcia’s four-year stint with the Twins was a rocky one. In his tenure in Minnesota, he was shuffled back and forth between the Twins and Triple-A. Arcia could not find his groove at the Major League level. In 251 games, Arcia batted .240 with 40 home runs and 120 RBIs. The 25-year-old, however, struck out a total of 305 times during that span. In the end, despite Arcia’s potential, he got lost in the mix as prospects were starting to come up and his numbers were going down.
The Twins have a habit of agreeing to take a PTBNL and then sending him to the Minors for a while, or just to trade the player in a different deal. That type of deal must change so the Twins can bring in proven players to improve the play and get better. If Ryan keeps his strategy going and gets a below average player in return for Arcia, the Twins’ attempted turnaround will continue to be slow and even put more doubt on the decision makers in the executive offices.
It has been reported that what the Twins receive from Tampa Bay may depend on how well Arcia plays down there. It will be interesting to see who the Twins get in return. Let us hope it is someone who can help the team in the immediate future. Is it too much to ask for a starting pitcher or even a closer in return?
Written by: Michael L. Sack