Mediocre old guy, or young guy with upside who still has to learn....which would you rather watch in MN or Rochester? If he's mediocre/bad, and goes to Rochester, does a young guy stay in AA that could move up? Does that delay his appearance in MN when he's needed? Those are the possible downsides, imo. Not sure any of them come to fruition, but to imply there is no downside to filling AAA with old guys, as opposed to younger players with upside, well, that seems off to me. There is always downside risk in any move or non-move.
Honestly, if this was anyone else, this is no news. I don't see what the problem is here. Minor league signings happen every year. Every team does them. The fact that we go with a guy with upside that we know doesn't bother me at all.
Baker signed with Seattle. Can't bring back that winner.
Matty Guerrier...for whatever reason....was always I guy I felt trust with when he came to the mound. Probably one of my favorites from that bullpen group - glad to see him in the mix.
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN talked with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire yesterday and was told the team is circling back with one more notable free agent. "[Assistant GM] Rob [Antony] just called me the other day and told me they were gonna make another run at a guy, and I'm like, 'Wow that's pretty good,'" said Gardenhire.
I certainly hope Guerrier isn't the guy to make Gardenhire this excited.
IF they cut him.....or do they keep a guy around that is ok, because they young guy "still has to earn his way".....I mean, should they fill all of AAA with AAAA guys, because then Rochester is better, or should it also have some guys that are maybe AA right now, but will be AAA and then MLB?
Again, I'm not saying it will happen, but to say "no possible downside", that's not how the world works, imo.
Downside would be something like Mike Trombley circa 2002.
Not every signing has to fill a future need. Sometimes you have to fill needs in the present. Most people here would like to see the Twins do better. I would like to see them do better sooner rather than later. If there is a hole in the Twins bullpen this year and Guerrier can fill it, so be it. If it doesn't that's ok as well.
Look at the big picture. If Deduno, Worley and Diamond don't make the 25 man roster as starters OR relievers and they are waived and claimed, there will be openings in the organization at the AAA level for major league experienced pitchers to fill in for injuries. The Twins are only doing their due diligence and planning for the loss of experienced pitchers. They appear to have enough potential high level starters, they also need high level experienced relievers.
If he pitches well, but doesn't make the team, he would also make a good tradable asset. If they could get something for Butera, they could get something for Guerrier.
Now, please don't get me started on the risk of failing to not sign him.
Pat Neshek is a free agent too :)
Good Lord - this is the kind of stuff that drives people away from TD. There is no downside to this in any way, shape or form. They can cut the guy tomorrow if they want. Opposition to signings like this are petulant potshots at TR.