Most of us realize that we're in a bridge year to the future. Only delusional people expecting the Twins to make a run at Greinke.
This article is a joke. This guy obviously knows nothing about the Twins. I don't disagree with everything he wrote, but blasting Parmelee, not even mentioning Benson, suggesting Perkins should start, not even mentioning Hendriks, this guy is clueless about this team. The only "D" grade I can agree with is starting pitching, even then I say it is a D+ with potential to be better with some luck. I'm as disappointed as anyone about the lack of attention to the ML roster, but at least there is promise here. This team could be competitive as early as next season. I'm hoping JR is saving money this offseason to sign some good starting pitching next....
Like it or not, this article is probably a good barometer of the national perception surrounding the Twins right now. Let's face it, our 25 man roster doesn't exactly strike fear in any opponents. I'm not exactly happy with what Ryan accomplished in FA. I am happy with the trades and very excited to watch all of our young talent continue to develop. It just means I'll be paying that much more attention to what's going on down on the farm and probably that much less attention to what's going on at Target Field.
These are the kinds of articles that should be in the star trib every day. Their should be no end the the public berating and belittling of the Twins ownership and front office by the media for their off season actions.
The twins didn't need to sign the top of free agents lists for pitchers to improve this team but put much more effort into signing some of one year deals with free agent pitchers. First they had payroll fexibility to do so and even if season was a bust they could trade these pitchers for
a prospect or for a player that might fit into organization longterm planning. Aslo there have been a few middle infielders they could have signed to upgrade the level the twins have. Another possibility they could have traded for SS prospect that is major league ready and would still fit with total
rebuild the Twins are in now.This use of one year deals would not affected longterm goal or rebuilding and would still leave club option when this team is really ready to compete. This use of short term contracts would have left twins with a club that would have played 5oo ball and on outside chance they may have made the playoffs something for fans watch and optimism of future to come. The bottom line is philosophy of Twins and Terry Ryan is build within and be patience to get where your at. The Twins did well with this plan back in Terry's first stint as GM and this will probably work well again to building a team with least amount of dollars spent. The other side of this is what does it do to the revenue stream for club in the future by lost future attendance and Tv revenue if
Twins go through dark period like last time it makes Twins brand name less desireable product to put on TV. I think this was little bit of what you saw was difference with Bill Smith and Twins ownership he wanted use free Agent market to build team in near future but costs look to risky from ownership. Also Bill Smith track record on player aquitions were poor and had shown no where of improvement. I think Twins do wonderful job of scounting and identifying talent under Terry Ryan's leadership but when it comes to free agents Twins really fall down on this
because their behind on the curve. They are not using sabermetrics on prooven players to determine where they are at in their carreers but still using scounting and what they think they can be. Until they update this part of organization and start using it we are left with a team rebuilding from within waiting until they get right mix of playes to compete again.
I would not hold my breath on local writers holding the team that accountable. D for 2013 sounds about right. They are likely worse at two OF spots, did nothing to improve the infield, and added bad starters to the rotation. B sounds about right for the future.
I'd also add that Worley has ML time at this point and you know what his floor is. Looking at his minor league numbers, the guy could still improve a bit too.
You should judge the trade twice.....first in what you know at the time of the trade. Second, years later. But, really, the most fair is the first, given what you know now, would you make the trade? Anyone can make a good decision five years later. Now, that said, we do not have the same information as Ryan....so that makes it a bit harder.....if all three out pitchers work out, it is an A for the future......
The Twins outlook isn't surefire rosy, but this is a crap article. They have at least as much on-field talent as every team in the division except Detroit. That isn't saying much, I know.