November 12, 2007

Twins Can Deal One

While the Twins have never been a team to trade away their prospects, or young players for that matter, this off-season they look determined to change that attitude in order to acquire more offense. And it might not be such a bad idea. With more than five major league ready starting pitchers, the Twins can afford to deal one of their prized players.

Next season, the Twins will have Johan Santana, Matt Garza, Kevin Slowey, Boof Bonser, Francisco Liriano, and Scott Baker competing for rotation spots. Plus, that doesn't include other major league ready pitchers such as Nick Blackburn and Glen Perkins. So, to say the least, the Twins could deal one, maybe two of them.

The most prized pitcher for other teams seems to be Matt Garza. Not only have the Rays talked to the Twins about him, but multiple other teams have inquired about him according to several reports.

Also according to the reports, the other most intriguing pitchers seem to be Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey.

If the Twins could get their centerfielder and third basemen out of one or two of these pitchers, I'd be happy. However, this would be under one condition.

That condition is that only one could be one of their top-tier guys such as Garza or Slowey. After that, the other guy would need to be a Bonser or someone from AAA or below. Right now it is strictly rumors, but it'll be interesting to see how the Twins use their prospects this off-season.

[Star Tribune]

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