Rand: Would trading Glen Perkins make some sense?

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  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 6:05 AM

The Twins are 12 games back in the American League Central race at the All-Star break, and that gap figures to widen once Detroit becomes interested in the 2013 regular season. These last few weeks — two nice wins going into the break against the Yankees notwithstanding — have reinforced what we all suspected as soon as pitchers and catchers reported to spring training: the Twins, once again, will be sellers instead of buyers at the upcoming trade deadline.

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marshall89Jul. 16, 1310:40 AM

Trading Perkins makes more sense than any other potential trade we have now! If they don't, it's just another reason for Terrible Terry Ryan to be jettisoned from his job as the Twins GM. Look, 9 out of 10 seasons I want Perkins to stay, but this is the one time we should trade him. For one, we could easily deal him to contenders like LA or Arizona who badly, badly need bullpen help and would have plenty of prospects and/or current players to give us. Plus, even if the Twins commit to their rebuilding process as thoroughly and seriously as possible, he could easily regress before we're a contender again, so it just doesn't make sense in the bigger picture to keep him. Plus, even if Morneau's on the table, Perkins is still our best chip.

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caferevJul. 16, 13 1:07 PM

This is the problem with this organization (and several others): you're in dire need of good players, so what do you do? Trade away good player! For what, more prospects? Gawd, prospects, prospects, prospects...it's all this organization EVER talks about with Terry Ryan at the helm. What the Twins SHOULD be doing is standing pat, extending someone like Morneau to act as a core player, and putting together packages of the dozens and dozens and dozens of "prospects" it claims to have in order to land a couple front line pitchers, along with a worthy second baseman and shortstop. These prospects are assets--they're actual currency in baseball terms. So, trade them away to get what you need. There's no real #1 or #2 slot starting pitching in this organization. And rather than trying to find the next prospect that looks like, say, Felix Hernandez, why not just go get the REAL Felix Hernandez, and then you'll have no doubt. If the prospects are really as good as advertised, at least all these field prospects, trade some of THEM away and get pieces we need at the MLB level so that we can win NEXT YEAR and not have to listen to Terry Ryan tell us how great the future will be...again...and again...and again. Enough of this. It's time to act like a real GM in a real big league. Trade some prospects, spend some money. Why? Because it doesn't matter how many home runs Miguel San and Byron Buxton hit when they finally get up here if we have no pitching!! This team needs to keep its good pitchers, and it MUST sacrifice some prospects and some dollars to acquire bona fide MLB-caliber front-of-the-rotation pitching.

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