Not even a little bit. Had no interest last offseason... none this offseason.
He had surgery and is unlikely to pitch this year according to MLBtraderumors, so no. In the offseason maybe if he is cheap enough.
Not bad. I would love the Dempster and Bedard additions. Unfortunately, I have to imagine only one of them will actually be signed. I disagree with those who think players won't sign with the Twins. Money speaks. And the Twins are not going to be as bad this year as last and not as bad next year as this. In the AL Central, that might mean the playoffs next year. A Dempster, Diamond, Hendriks, Gibson, Bromberg (we'll say for now) rotation is significantly better than the best rotation the Twins will roll out at any point this year.
Plouffe/Valencia is interesting. I think if Plouffe continues doing what he is doing, the Twins are going to have to try to get something for Valencia. Something. I expect Plouffe to be playing third next year, and Carroll/Dozier in the middle. Doumit is very likely to be traded. Maybe Valencia sticks around as a DH, or the Twins play Parmelee/Morneau/Mauer at 1B/DH in a kind of rotation. Chris Herrmann and Pedro Florimon may be up instead of Butera and Doumit, then.
I have to wonder if there is going to be a market for Jared Burton at the deadline this year. If they Twins can get anything for him, they have to make that trade. I also don't think much at all of Swarzak. Replacing those two I would have Manship and Slama.
Originally Posted by Rosterman
Gibson will still be a mid-season guy, if the Twins are lucky, and may be the 5th staretr with a late season callup.
Barring a setback, Gibson will be on the opening day roster. He has already begun throwing and will be pitching in games before the end of the season.
The thought of anyone of worth wanting to sign with the Twins being predictable is a pipe dream.
That said, I see you deep-six Casilla, who I thonk will be gone, too. I picture Plouffe maybe being the third baseman of the future. The Twins have to figure out what to do with Valencia and the Japanese kid.
The Twins do have bullpen depth, even Manship, Slama and Waldrop are around, as is Carlos Gutierrez and a couple of otehr names.
The question is who is the 5th starter (Walters or DeVries or Bromberg). Gibson will still be a mid-season guy, if the Twins are lucky, and may be the 5th staretr with a late season callup. B.J. Hermsen might make the jump. But if the Twins want a free agent body, they have to make an overwhelming offer early and hope...similar to what they did with Carroll and the Rangers did with Nathan, to land even the guys you talked about.
Valencia and Blackburn may both be untradable.
I mention that I would trade Blackburn for whatever I could get.
I have to disagree that Carroll is on the bench. Unless Valencia seriously improves, they are going to leave him in AAA until he figures things out. I also think that the closer's job will Perkins' to lose. I also think that the Twins #5 pitcher next year might be Walters, but I wouldn't count on it. Also, you seem to be forgetting that the Twins have Blackburn under contract through next year.
Sounds like an 80-90 loss team to me, poor defense, mediocre pitching, and a decent but not overwhelming lineup. Sounds like the rangers for most of last decade. I don't really have a better proposition for next year but it's not looking good either way unless we spend some $ on pitching or trade willingham for someone who will be an ace. It looks to me like either way we're playing for 2014
Nelson pitched 4 innings allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 5. He throw 60 pitches in his first start of the year after making 6 relief appearances. I believe that he could end up making the Delmon Trade look a lot better for us if he is left in as a starter. He throws hard and strikes people out.
and now a double play to finish out the 3rd inning.
In the third he has given up a double followed by an error by Levi Micheal
Liriano just showed his potential
Totally with you on seeing the potential with this team if they could just get their starters together.