• Drew Butera Traded to the Dodgers

    Several minutes after the 3:00 central time trade deadline, reports trickled in that the Minnesota Twins had traded catcher Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The reports indicate that the Twins will receive the ever-popular Player to be Named Later.

    As of now, that will mean the Twins have opened up a spot on their 40 man roster. The Twins were unable to complete any other trades before the July 31 deadline passed. I have a feeling that the Twins will be more busy in August.

    In the coming days, and throughout August, the Twins and other teams will place many (most?) of their players on waivers. Players who pass through waivers can still be traded.


    Back to Butera-- although he proved he can't hit enough to be a starting catcher, his defense was terrific. He'll likely fill a similar role with the talented Dodgers team.
    This article was originally published in blog: Drew Butera Traded to the Dodgers started by Seth Stohs
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    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Um...what? Pretty sure they have another 10 months to spend that money and have given no indications that they won't use it.
      They could still spend it, but on who? There better be some hidden gems or outside the box ideas because all of the pre-draft favorites are signed or are committed. I HATE the nickle and dime approach to free agency, traditional or international.

      Spend your money on big players with upside, not a bunch of little players who's performance can be repeated by a half-dozen other guys in the system. I don't know anyone but a hoarder who prefers quantity over quality.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      They could still spend it, but on who? There better be some hidden gems or outside the box ideas because all of the pre-draft favorites are signed or are committed. I HATE the nickle and dime approach to free agency, traditional or international.

      Spend your money on big players with upside, not a bunch of little players who's performance can be repeated by a half-dozen other guys in the system. I don't know anyone but a hoarder who prefers quantity over quality.
      Quantity is quite valuable when projecting 16 year olds.

      And just because a couple of lists you read are mostly used up doesn't mean there aren't guys left.

      I was surprised to read they had already spent about $3 mil. They have signed guys none of us even know about.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      Quantity is quite valuable when projecting 16 year olds.

      And just because a couple of lists you read are mostly used up doesn't mean there aren't guys left.

      I was surprised to read they had already spent about $3 mil. They have signed guys none of us even know about.
      No debate, those predraft rankings obviously aren't a clear indicator of success, but so many of the guys regarded as top international players have been spot on in the past. It's possible the Twins have some insight into some unknown players but they have little experience in the DR so it makes it seem like they are playing the odds with quantity as opposed to the odds with quality and I don't like it.

      So many of the top Latin players today were highly regarded international signings, the odds of getting a super star seem so much better going that route.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Tuvalu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Tuvalu. Hyperbole can kiss it I guess.
      That was good- nicely done. Now, name a country large enough so that the entire population can't fit in Target Field that has a GNP of less than $40 million...
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by big dog View Post
      That was good- nicely done. Now, name a country large enough so that the entire population can't fit in Target Field that has a GNP of less than $40 million...
      Looks like twice as many people as I thought chose to see it as hyperbole rather than snark.

      How about shifting the economic scale back to baseball and simply pointing out that the Twins pocketed more unspent payroll than the Astros or Marlins spent on payroll?

      With contraction and relocation off the table for a while, it appears there is no action left at the franchise's disposal that will go completely undefended.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Looks like twice as many people as I thought chose to see it as hyperbole rather than snark.

      How about shifting the economic scale back to baseball and simply pointing out that the Twins pocketed more unspent payroll than the Astros or Marlins spent on payroll?

      With contraction and relocation off the table for a while, it appears there is no action left at the franchise's disposal that will go completely undefended.
      No, the snark was very clear, but it was hyperbole-intense snark. Too tempting a target. Plus it was cool to learn about Tuvalu so I wondered what else people had in the bag. I forgot that any post is at risk of being immediately challenged in most threads as either mindlessly attacking management or mindlessly agreeing with management. Sorry for sidetracking all the snark. My bad.

      big dog will go lay down by his dish now and think about what he's done
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      No debate, those predraft rankings obviously aren't a clear indicator of success, but so many of the guys regarded as top international players have been spot on in the past. It's possible the Twins have some insight into some unknown players but they have little experience in the DR so it makes it seem like they are playing the odds with quantity as opposed to the odds with quality and I don't like it.

      So many of the top Latin players today were highly regarded international signings, the odds of getting a super star seem so much better going that route.
      Um, didn't the Twins already get a couple of the top guys? Wasn't Kepler a guy they ultimately got for less than a mil?

      How do you know there is nobody "good" left and the Twins approach is wrong? I am pretty sure they are on top of things..
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      Quantity is quite valuable when projecting 16 year olds.

      And just because a couple of lists you read are mostly used up doesn't mean there aren't guys left.

      I was surprised to read they had already spent about $3 mil. They have signed guys none of us even know about.
      Just because you haven't heard of them doesn't mean they suck. Had you heard of Arcia before we signed him? I believe the Twins did sign a top 10 player on most lists this year (Diaz). Last year, they signed a top 5 player (Minier), in addition to one high on some lists (Thorpe). Could they sign more? Sure. But relative to the league, they are in the upper half in this area, which is a big reason they have the #1 system in all of baseball.
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