Sunday Insider: The rent-a-pitcher plunge

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 26, 2010 - 11:28 PM

If Seattle dangles Cliff Lee, the Twins have the motivation and the resources to swing a deal. But it's not without risk.

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omahajamesJun. 27, 1012:42 AM

With an ERA of 2.39, Lee is truly amazing. The Twins best are not even close (Liriano 3.11 and Pavano 3.33). With the Tigers and Sox proving themselves serious contenders, Lee would likely be the difference maker in winning the division.

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kevinv1964Jun. 27, 10 1:26 AM

...someone always says,"We shouldn't mortgage the future just to win now." Okay, so why is it better to win in the future than to win now? Suppose the Twins hold onto their prospects and they all develop and help the team contend down the line (no guarantees there)? What good will that do if you're still unwilling to make a big move to put that team over the top? The point is not to collect prospects. The point is to win it all, and this might be as close as the Twins get for years.

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ccschonsJun. 27, 10 2:20 AM

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dustys33Jun. 27, 10 3:16 AM

It's a win,win situation. Realistitacly what are we giving up. Helping win this year and hopefully deep into playoffs will justify next years salary. Take advantage while the takin's there.

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ORIOLE75Jun. 27, 10 5:09 AM

The Twins are playing .500 baseball against teams outside of thier division. Look it up if you don't believe.

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TribFibsJun. 27, 10 7:08 AM

Actually, LaVelle, the Twins have done the rent-a-pitcher thing in the past. John Smiley in 1992. We traded our top prospect (Midre Cummings) along with Denny Neagle in May of that year, fully realizing Smiley may not stay after the season. He didn't, of course. ORIOLE75, the Twins aren't just playing .500 outside the division, they're playing .500 PERIOD since the end of April. That is not good. As I said before, it's not a surprise Chicago has caught us, it IS a surprise we're still in first, though.

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mauerpower18Jun. 27, 10 8:05 AM

That They would trade an MLB Pitcher... NO ONE DOES THAT EVER! so it wont happen that way. Ramos, Swarzak, and a couple of AA or High A prospects that is it. Blackburn isnt going anywhere and Slowey is staying as well. Baker's contract is too salary friendly and he has been an amazing pitcher in the second half when it counts. It will be AAA pitching only.

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fjt1966Jun. 27, 1012:08 PM

Acquiring Lee is well worth the risk.

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scruyuuJun. 27, 10 2:23 PM

Consider what the twins are prepared to give up for weeks of lee (he'll never resign with them) vs. what they accepted back from the mets for years of santana. Every team needs a proven ace, but they also need to be smart. This is not the deal the team should be making. They should be dealing for another bona fide #3 hitter and looking to trade guys like cuddyer and kubel to get one. Right now their lineup doesn't work--too many immobile corner outfielder types who struggle to hit the ball out of the infield and no actual infielders to speak of. Then there's the mauer problems--it's ok to rest your catcher once a week or so. It's NOT ok to constantly rest your #3 hitter (especially when he's really a #2).

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twins10Jun. 27, 10 3:50 PM

Consider what the twins are prepared to give up for weeks of lee (he'll never resign with them) vs. what they accepted back from the mets for years of santana. Every team needs a proven ace, but they also need to be smart. This is not the deal the team should be making. They should be dealing for another bona fide #3 hitter and looking to trade guys like cuddyer and kubel to get one. Right now their lineup doesn't work--too many immobile corner outfielder types who struggle to hit the ball out of the infield and no actual infielders to speak of. Then there's the mauer problems--it's ok to rest your catcher once a week or so. It's NOT ok to constantly rest your #3 hitter (especially when he's really a #2). -You're crazy.

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