Posted at 9:46 AM on January 25, 2007
by Ben Tesch
The Twins are trying to solidify a dependable rotation, and with the signing of Russ Ortiz have added a veteran presence (and, ahem, a high ERA) to the mix. They've got Santana, Silva, and Boof pretty much inked in, but two more spots available with about 5 guys wanting to fill them: Matt Garza, Glen Perkins, Scott Baker, Sidney Ponson, and now Ortiz.
Got any hopes or dreams or predictions for the starting rotation for 2007?
Don't be too hard on Ortiz. You could point out that pitching in Cincinnati in 2005 (because of the park) and in Washington (because of the pitching coach and the NL east being the only division with offenses in the NL) might not be the best predictor of pitching value. He did well in Anaheim, a similar system to the Twins. He doesn't give up too many walks, he's not quite old, and in three of his six full seasons, he was better than average, park adjusted. What more could you want from your bargain #4?
I'm assuming that the Twins pretty much have Ortiz penciled into a spot, unless two of the other guys have some pretty amazing outings in the spring.
I'm not that low on Ortiz. If I were the Twins, I would have picked him over the other available guys at the price (Armas, Trachsel, Sele) and probably even over a couple guys who get paid 3-4x what he makes (Weaver, Batista, Meche)
Man, how did a team that a year ago sported a mighty fine rotation, become one that has to resort to Sidney Ponson?