I understand the premise, but have to disagree with the conclusion. Coming off of three straight 90-loss seasons, entering 2014 with Correia and Pelfrey comprising 40 percent of the rotation again isn't going to sit well. Pelfrey is what he is at this point, and I would much rather roll the dice with uncertain young arms with upside than lock up Pelfrey at a discount.
I'm a daily reader but never post, until now. This article makes an excellent case for trading Perkins. Given his contract and status as an All-Star, he likely brings more trade value than any other Twin (even more than Joey Baseball). The hesitancy to trade him because he's "one of us" is something fans have to get over. If you hold on to the hope of building a winner with local boys, you are going to be waiting forever. You want a winner, you can't sit on a roster that's losing. The Twins need starting pitching help that will prepare them for 2015 and beyond.
I do think the Twins will still keep Morneau but they will not offer him a huge amount of money. He is just like everyone else, has his off day. However ever since he had his concussion, Justin just has not been the same. We are still all waiting for his come back still. If they do want to keep him around, he could possibly be a Designated Hitter. The Twins do need new blood and younger team if they want success, as they have not had the best few seasons.
I'll be disappointed if the Twins don't make Perkins available. As much as I love him, he'd be a fantastic trade chip. If they did, though, I think it would be best if they offered him to the Dodgers, who desperately need a closer especially now that they're getting into contention for their division. Even though I do follow LA, I'll admit I don't know their farm system inside-out, so I think a piece on the Dodgers as a fellow trade partner would be a great idea. Good piece on Philly though!
With all of the hitters starting to come up, Arcia, Hicks, Parmelee, with Sano and Rosario close by and Mauer and Plouffe on top of that maybe the Twins will spend a little on the rotation this offseason to get a top of the rotation pitcher if one is available this offseason. If for no other reason than to help Gibson shoulder the load of hope for a decent pitcher to help front the rotation.
A sobering point and one we need to keep in mind.
Sano and Buxton, along with Rosario, have many Twins fans excited. Me, too.
Still, they are a long way from MLB.
Patience, fans, patience.
Exactly, I've been making this point off and on with people counting our prospects before they hatch. We can't think of these players as certainties.
If you are correct about the market and i think you are then it is an easy decision- keep him. We always look at the upside of prospects but not as much for struggling vets. Maybe he comes back- not looking likely but we do not need minimal salary relief or a marginal prospect for a homegrown former MVP. He may DH against right handers in the future and have to accept more of a Jim Thome role. We are getting younger and that looks like it will continue but you need some vetrans. I hope we keep Morneau or Willingham.
To target Pelfrey in this post is disingenuous, this is why the old quote about numbers lie apply. True, Pelfrey struggled early but he has been been just what we need in his last three starts. I can side with you on Diamond, but he is the one pitcher especially after a good outing the last time out you want to be patient with. Twins dont have the best rotation in baseball right now but are respectable and merit a B- to B+ rating, much better than anybody thought they would be.
Agreed. He has about a month, or the Twins will seriously have to consider extending Morneau and cutting Parmelee or seeing if another player can provide production at first base if Morneau is traded.
Florimon had some defensive miscues in early in the season, but to be honest I have not noticed him making too many mistakes in the field recently.
If he can be a + defensive Shortstop than I will take any offense we can get from him.
Two months does not a season make--this goes for the disappointments as well as the positive surprises--but I can't help but like what Florimon has done. He looks like a good shortstop and as Nick stated, he's a bottom of the order guy who hits a little bit and can steal an occasional base. I amnot as optimistic for Correia, but I think he'll probably stay in the rotation until at least September and win his 10-12 games. Worley needs to get his confidence back, first and foremost, and if a CG shutout for Rochester help that, great.
Yes, how about a rotation that includes BOTH Gibson and Deduno!?
I would prefer Gibson just because he is someone to hope on for the future. If everything works out for Deduno at best he is a 1 or 2 year fix. Gibson is a long term solution to this team's biggest weakness -starting pitching.
Pelfrey and Deduno aren't quite interchangeable, since the latter is not on the 40-man roster. Someone (probably not Pelf) would need to be dropped if Deduno is added. That makes them related but separate issues.
My guess is he is going to have 1 more shot, I think his best option his to go to AAA and find out how to get the ball past the hitter, he will ultimately be better, 11 months returning is just too quick. The twins are going to have to give deduno a chance thus season, this would b the perfect time. Having pelfrey out there now just reminds me too much of what happened last year, whew we as fans were just hoping to get through 4 innings.
Pelf is entitled to refuse a AAA assignment, though he does have an option remaining if he does choose to accept. It is probably too far-fetched to believe that Gardy left him in to face Fielder so that if the worst happened Pelf would maybe be persuaded to accept the demotion, but that thought still crosses my mind.
Agree heartily with comment 3 - not only the errors, but (listening on the radio), heard a lot of "dug out by Morneau" on his throws. It's early. Small sample size. But eerily reminiscent of observations from last year. Defense up the middle is going to be important this year with the ground ball pitchers we have.
I appreciate a well thought, well articulated article like this.
Thank you Nick.
Quite the optimistic write up. I think health is a big issue as Plouffe has suffered injuries almost every year. I do believe it will help him to prepare to play just one position. I think that by the end of the season he will be regarded as a better ballplayer and more valuable that his buddy Delmon.