Posted at 2:00 PM on November 5, 2005
by Josh Lee
Jim Thome? Great. Matt Lawton? Why not? Frank Thomas? Sure, whatever. The offseason can be entertaining, not because big trades and free agent signings actually happen, but because it's fun to imagine the deals that could happen. Well, they could if your team actually had any money to spend on big-name players so that they wouldn't have to spend an entire season throwing a bunch of plucky-but-completely-out-of-their-depth AAA guys up against the wall to see if any of them stick. In reality, we're waiting to see what other teams' GMs are willing to give up for Kyle Lohse or Travis Bowyer, but that's a lot less exciting than coming up with baroque schemes to get Alfonso Soriano on the roster.
Or we could just keep ourselves occupied by imagining the madness that would ensue if Reggie Jackson were to buy the Twins, a rumor-of-a-rumor that was NOT LEAKED TO THE PRESS BY THE TWINS, who of course would never do anything to imply that THE TEAM MIGHT MOVE IF THEY DON'T GET A NEW STADIUM. Not at all.
Oakland seems to have no problem doing it with less money. The only reason they missed the playoffs was because their short stop got injured. Whenver Crosby was in that line up, they won BIG whenever he was out, they started to tank. The overlap is pretty good when you lookat it.
It appears as if Terry Ryan is (moderately) ready to deal, based on his comments in the Strib. Apparently they're going to be "concentrating on infielders." The White Sox also bought out Frank Thomas' contract.,,
Vegas, baby, Vegas!
If the team gets bought and is moved, let's sue to keep the name "Twins" here, you know, ala the Cleveland Browns in the NFL.
Then we'll get and EXPANSION team, baby. EXPANSION. That is TONS of blog fodder.
Hmm I'd be willing to give up the name Twins if we got a cool one in return. I mean let's face it, Twins is just not that magical a word especially for those of us in Greater MN.