Twins, Braves have what the other team needs

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 9:36 AM

Baseball's general managers' meetings are getting under way with the Braves needing outfielders and the Twins in search of major-league ready starting pitching.

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BallFourNov. 7, 1211:09 PM

It's been 15 years since these two teams made any trade, insignificant as that one was. So they haven't exactly been trading partners, something that often helps get these things done.

sniggleNov. 7, 1211:27 PM

Are you kidding me with what we would get in return?! Medlen is the man! That is the guy we need to get even if we have to give up both guys. But Willingham for Medlen would be great.

lindy_frank123Nov. 7, 1211:33 PM

They need to get more than Medlen for Willingham. Atleast a prospect too. That kid Medlen is lights out right now.

jlangsethNov. 8, 1212:06 AM

simply put the twins need to trade an outfielder like i need a hole in the head. The outfield is good right now, and in my opinion it's too good to be messed with... big willy can hit like a robot and span is a great lead off man and an even better CF (with a club friendly contract, plus span himself has said he would go play a corner spot if need be instead of a trade), and to add revere is a 4 tool player with upside. Please dont mess with the OF, something that is working (and really one of the teams only stregths) just to get prospects that may or may not pan out. the Twins/ pohlads need to sign a legit starting pitcher or two from FA that are not named pavano or baker and get back to relevance in the central. That being said I have loved watching span over the years and will be sad to see him go if thats what the front office decides. Span was a consement profesional, and a twin through and through, and this is my plea... please dont trade him for minor leauge scrubs that will never see fruition on the ball club. Another 99 loss season will be too much to take. respectfully jlangseth a SW minnesota sports fan

bobo72Nov. 8, 1212:27 AM

Give it up Joe. The Twins are not--I repeat NOT--going to trade Willingham. Terry Ryan trades bad contracts, not good ones. In fact, I'd say he's more apt to talk Joe Mauer into a trade this off-season than to trade Willingham. It won't happen, Joe, so let go already.

klide2Nov. 8, 12 5:32 AM

Let me illuminate you a bit boys. If a deal with Atlanta happens, it will be either Span or Morneau. Span should be dealt because he is far too injury prone. That will get worse as he gets older. So if they can get either two "ready to go" pitchers from the Braves, or one of the Bravos top three starters, including Hudson, then a deal should be made. Span fits their needs. We have surplus outfield talent and Parmalee needs to play every day. I see the Atlanta talent daily and can tell you for sure, the Twins do not need any 89 to 92 mph throwers. We have plenty of them now.

meegwichNov. 8, 12 6:14 AM

klide2---Your'e absolutely correct.

wildhorse1Nov. 8, 12 6:55 AM

Give Spann and Willingham to Atlanta for a couple of AAA prospects. Isnt' that the Twins' way, getting screwed in trades?

rms316Nov. 8, 12 7:30 AM

I'd rather not see Willingham traded. He hits, hits home runs, and drives in runs. That's something the Twins could keep. Span, on the other hand, I would trade. Medlen is outstanding.

MagicNov. 8, 12 7:36 AM

Twins - Atlanta Trade Talks: Ryan: You guys have any soft tossing pitch to contact pitchers who will never make your roster anyways. Atlanta: We have a few of those that were looking at, but were waiting until the end of the tryout before we sign them Ryan: Once you sign them for the minimum were willing to trade our best hitter (Willingham) for a handful of "off the street" prospects. One last thing, they can't ever question our pitching coach on pitch selection. Atlanta: Your a shrewd businessman Terry, I don't think Minnesota realizes what a great baseball mind they have up there. Ryan: Its the Twins Way


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