I would undue the Young trade, taken Red Sox offer of Crisp, Lowrie, Masterson, and Lester for Santana, never trade Ramos for Capps, and unloaded Cuddyer, Kubel, and Nathan at trade deadline last year. We might actually have a pretty good team if these moves were undone. No doubt Bill Smith did some serious damage to this organization for the next five years. It will take time for GM Terry Ryan to get them back on track.
It's hindsight but taking Gary Brown (or Zack Cox) instead of Alex Wimmers would have been nice. I don't know if either player was really on the Twins radar but both seem to be progressing well.
I wouldn't have given joe Mauer 23 mil a year, that is way too high a percentage of the teams payroll. He probably would be playing for the yanks but I would have 2-3 good ball players, maybe a quality arm
Great ideas so far! You're right, Captain Kirkus, an idea can't really be viewed in a vacuum. One thing, whether it's acquiring a player or trading a player, leads directly to another.
Great blog idea. I would have traded one of my favorite players, Span. I beleive a deal was in the works last year that sent Span to the Nationals, for a releiver, (Storren or Clippard) and a position player (Bernadina or a second baseman). I would take Clippard over Storren, this would create more stability in the bullpen and hopefully lead to NOT overpaying for Capps. With extra money, perhaps Cuddyer or Kubel stays in Minnesota. Perhaps Ryan would go after a starting pitcher. I know you said one move, but this is one move that would lead to more cash for this past offseason.
I would have traded Santana a season earlier than they did knowing he was not re-signing with the Twins. The Twins had zero leverage in trying to get quality in return because they waited to long.
I would have them have Slowey starting last season with Blackburn in the bullpen and would have never traded Slowey. But that is a just a small move. Getting to the root cause of the Twins problems, last off-season, I would have brought a GM outside of the organization who would have finally shown the door to the manager of the millennium and his buddies and ask Jim Rantz to retire.
Yea, my cable went out twice, then I prettymuch gave up.
Nothing beats a Sunday of blogging, listening to Remy and watching the Twins.... except when the cable went out.
Well NESN went out. Thanks, cable!
Chang steals second on a pitch in the dirt. Twins showing some speed so far!
Rene Rivera taps it right in front of the plate. 2-3 putout. Beckett done for the day.
Beckett looking a little wild, or showing a lot of respect to Ray Chang.
Burroughs caught stealing by a couple steps.
Burroughs apparently given the green light on 3-0, but fouls it off. Guess you can't walk your way to the major league team.
Walks on 5 pitches. One out, one on.
Hughes grounds out to short. Beckett using all his pitches, it looks like.
Falls behind Cody Ross. Thrown first pitch balls to all 3 hitters so far.
But, strikes out Ross on a down and in slider.
Falls behind #2 hitter, Ellsbury. Sensing a trend?
Ellsbury lines into unassisted double play to first base.
Frankie falls behind 3-0, works it to full count, walks Pedroia.
Bates grounds out, Revere is stranded.
Tosoni flies out to right center, medium deep. Revere advances to third.
Revere steals second! Vroom-vroom.