The real answer to the question of who Villareal could replace is anyone except Perkins.
If you can stash him in the minors, then no harm no foul, but I don't think they need to give a guy like him a spot in the rotation.
Right now the way I see the pen-
IMO are all locks due to either success: Burton/Perkins/Theilbar/Fien/Swarzak or contract/need for roster space: Duensing/Diamond etc
After that you have to imagine Tonkin has to be the next in line (if he doesn't crack the pen out of ST), followed by Jones and possibly even Dakota Watts. Additionally, I think the Twins need to go down to a 6 man pen at some point as well, especially once Sano and some of the other youngsters force their way onto the roster.
I'd much rather have Tonkin, but that's because I believe he's a better pitcher than Fien, and he's younger, and it is time to build for the future.....as for the guy who is available, if he'll sign a minor league deal, what is the downside? Rolling the dice is what a team that won't sign the most expensive FAs needs to do.
for me? It is about using your assets the best possible. A team that keeps their budget in check should not be spending hardly any money on the bullpen. And, Tonkin is cheaper and younger. But really, it is a nit. My post was more about rolling the dice, and I should have started with that part.
The Twins currently do have some good pieces in the pen, which is all the more reason to flip some of them for non-40 man prospects.
Gee 4.59 career ERA is about the same as Hughes and Pelfrey right?
I understand we want a better option, but if there isint any , why not do like we did last year with a couple pitcher who didnt make it out of the minors, I already forgot the starters name , but the lefty perez, was the other.To me there is not a problem dumpster diving , as long as it isnt the only avenue of getting players
to me this offense is not good, and the defense is just as bad in some areas, and we could use a Garza type starter, so like last year why not trade from our strength?