Posted at 12:58 PM on June 28, 2005
by David Zingler
Letís face it, the Central Division race is over. All hail to the White Sox. Sure there is still the Wild Card, but even if the Twins were fortunate enough to come out on top of that jumbled race, they wouldnít hit enough to advance in the postseason anyway. Reality bites, huh.
That gives Terry Ryan a little over a month to unload veterans like Jacque Jones and Joe Mays, who are each in the final year of their contracts. Heck, why not also see what you can get for Kyle Lohse? Or even Joe Nathan? Iíll even bet when the deadline draws near, some team will be desperate enough for a warm left arm that you could unload Terry Mulholland on them.
With prospects like Scott Baker, Dave Gassner, Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins waiting in the wings and Matt Guerrier pitching effectively out of the bullpen, the team should have no problem replacing the inconsistent Mays and Lohse. Nathanís value meanwhile probably canít get much higher, so why not deal him -- for the right price, of course -- and give Jesse Crain a shot a closer?
Itís apparent to anyone with two eyes and the slightest grip on reality that the Twins infield situation is a mess. Iíll stick it out with Justin Morneau at first base, but other than that itís a free for all. Dealing some or all of the above-mentioned players, would give the team a chance to shore up the infield and wouldnít significantly weaken the organization in any area.
Trade Nathan? I don't think so. It's only June and your quitting? Doesn't make sense.