Posted at 4:54 PM on July 31, 2008
by Steve Rudolph
The White Sox got Ken Griffey, Jr., the Yankees got Pudge Rogriguez, the Angels got Mark Texiera and the Twins simply got worse.
With Alexi Casilla possibly out for the season and the front office reluctant to mortgage the future in a trade, it's now going to take a near miracle for the Twins to remain in the hunt.
As a fan, I'm disappointed. However, I'm not sure there was much the Twins could have done.
Management is probably like most fans and never imagined this team would be 11 games over .500 at the trading deadline. Knowing that this team should be even better next year, it doesn't make a lot of sense to trade a player who is going to help the team in the future for one who likely won't even be on the roster in the spring.
Is there anyone you really wanted to see in a Twins uniform? If so, I'd love to hear who would you have been willing to give away to get him?
I still say that Beltre could have helped us out a lot. The obvious needs were middle relief, and a good power bat. With pretty much every team out there looking for relief pitching, it probably wouldn't be worth it have jumped into a bidding war, but I think we could have gotten a good bat... Oh well, now we're gonna have to go pick up Bonds.
It was more about who I would've liked the Twins to cut out of their current 40-Man roster.
Guys like Monroe, Everett, Lamb, Bass, Boof and to a lesser extent Livan... if the Twins could have traded them for a marginal prospect or a slight improvement at a different position, that would've been nice. They are kind of just taking up roster room right now.
Maybe they'll all clear waviers and the team will be able to jettison some of them that way...
I agree, Brian. With Monroe, I just think he needs more ABs (though I'm not sure where he should get them), but the rest of them could have been tangled for something. I was slightly intrigued by the rumor of Bonser for Aurilla. I know he would have been on par with a Cirillo/Batista/Boone type player, but we would've shed Boof, and it couldn't have hurt at the very least (did anyone see that the first batter Boof faces out of the bullpen has a .462 average? Ouch!).
Sorry, it's Aurilia. But, he's not a Twin anyway, so who cares?
Brian, you make a good point about clearing waivers. It's possible Bonser, Lamb, Bass and Everett will clear waivers and might still be dealt to make room for Liriano or maybe even Bobby Korecky in Rochester is the Twins want to add an arm to the pen.
I'd say itt looks like we made out much better than the Yankees and the White Sox did. We got Francisco Liriano. The White Sox got a player who is average at best when he's not on the DL, and the Yankees got a terrible catcher, a catcher so bad he lost substantial playing time to Brandon Inge. Griffey is displacing Konerko from the lineup. Is that an improvement? He can't play center any more either.
Monroe was a bad baseball player with a lot of power. If the Twins could have gotten anything for him or Livan, they would have. That's why they DFA'd them today. All those guys have extremely limited trade value. I'd rather have Boof than Aurilia. How exactly is that anything but a downgrade from Buscher. We can't just send our scraps to some team and except anything valuable in return.
I would have liked to see Brian Roberts, but we don't have the chips for that. All of the team's best prospects are on the big league club, except Parmelee. I'd be very disappointed if they traded him.