Twins Insider: Trades aside, offseason work is far from done

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 11:39 AM

Even after trading Denard Span and Ben Revere, General Manager Terry Ryan vows to "field a competitive team next season."

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Dantes929Dec. 7, 12 9:51 PM

Well, they can't become "proven" what ever that means, if they don't get the chance to play. I am less worried about center field than shortstop and 3rd base cuz we have no "proven" players there either and no top prospects near ready to step in. Outfield has good prospects in Hicks and Arcia who I think are ocnsidered near ready. I would have put Marcum at the top of the pitching target list.

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caferevDec. 7, 1211:45 PM

It seems like we're once again entering no-man's land, just like Ryan did in the 90s. Either your rebuilding, or your stacking your roster for now. They've unloaded 25% of their offense, so why not unload Morneau and Mauer as well? Why not free up the money, get the prospects in return, and really start re-building? Bret Myers isn't going to make a bit of difference to how this team pans out in 2013. He just isn't. If you start talking about real pitchers, like Sanchez and Dempster, sure, then you have a chance. Really, if TR isn't going to go after pitchers like that, what does he plan on spending the $30M? Or, is this just another cost-cutting year, until we're down in the $40M range that he feels so comfortable in? What an idiot.

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mmorriso7Dec. 8, 1212:06 AM

caferev--I agree-- These two moves were OK, but Terry Ryan is not being truthful when he says he wants to field a competitive team in 2013. Brandon mcCarthy signed elsewhere for about 7 million a year--he would have been a nice addition and they have $30 million to spend after the Span trade. They are going to get the bottom of the barrel of what's left which shows: "no Terry Ryan, you are not trying to be competitive".

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deroneDec. 8, 1212:15 AM

Does it make a difference if you lose a 100 games or just miss the playoffs in 2013? Just keep the faith for 2014 & 2015. Ryan is trying to keep attendance steady for 2013 while looking ahead 2014 & 2015.

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Isaac1975Dec. 8, 1212:18 AM

I want to totally rebuild, but I understand that it's a business. You can't trade Mauer because all the dummys who don't understand baseball would cry and not buy tickets and $8 beers. I think that if by July, we're clearly out of it (and we most definitely will be out of it), and Morneau, Willingham and Perkins have high stock, Terry Ryan will sell. I want to believe that we've learned from our mistakes. That we won't once again trade someone during their lowest time of value (Liriano, Delmond Young, JJ Hardy). If their haveing lousy seasons, we might as well keep them. Anyway, It's a fun time to be a Twins fan. Great things are on the way in a couple years!

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mblaineDec. 8, 1212:18 AM

Sign Lannan. He's quite solid.

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sidhartmannDec. 8, 1212:18 AM

We can be competitive if we open the purse strings. McCarthy would have been a nice addition at that price.

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stanbobDec. 8, 12 6:05 AM

Who else were the Phillies going to throw in if Willingham had been added to the trade? Don't leave us hanging len3.

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rpar1951Dec. 8, 12 7:29 AM

Maybe Ryan's definition of competitive is not what you're thinking. Maybe he means that a team that can win 30% of its games is, indeed, competitive. By that definition, he need not do anything more.

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Jakein08Dec. 8, 12 7:36 AM

Keep adding pitching TR. We can NEVER again be in the position we were in these past 2 years with terrible starters and no one to replace them. The Twins have proven, you cannot win without a decent starting rotation, no matter what else you have on the team. More pitching please!!

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