Twins Promote Mulvey

15 Jul

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In what I would have to consider a bit of a shocking move, the Twins decided to promote starting pitcher Kevin Mulvey today, optioning Jose Morales back to Rochester. Mulvey came to the Twins in the Johan Santana trade and has pitched well considering his age and the Mets excessive rushing of prospects.

I can’t say that I understand the decision at all. He can pitch long relief, and I have been told that he really seems to understand pitching. To me, that means starter, not reliever, so is something more going on?

Or, is this a simple way of trying to showcase Mulvey for a potential July trade?

Let me know what you think… are you as surprised as me?

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13 Responses to “Twins Promote Mulvey”

  1. gobbledygookguy July 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    this is more likely a way of saying we tried the guys we brought up are as good as what we could trade for.
    just like making a trade without giving anything up, of course you usually get what you pay for.
    well actually smith gets less than he pays for most times.

  2. Bill in Sarasota July 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Mulvey can complement Dickey in long relief stints.

    Mulvey is much better vs RHB compared to LHB and Duensing is much better vs LHB compared to RHB.

    Hopefully with 12 pitchers, Gardy will do more R & L match ups.

    Once Slowey is healthy, Swarzek will replace either Mulvey or Duensing.

  3. mike wants wins July 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    I’m ok with it, but it is a surprise. I don’t know how this helps him or the Twins, long or short term. Delaney or Slama would have made more sense. They are relievers now and in the future. Mulvey is a starter or trade bait, I think.

  4. mike wants wins July 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Did one of my predictions just come true? Mulvey “earned” it by being in AAA longer…..

  5. tree9546 July 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Duensing has not impressed me at all this year. IMO if Swarzak can get more starts in and throws a QS each time Gardy should consider keeping him in the rotation and sending Liriano to the pen to iron out his pitches.

  6. Bill in Sarasota July 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Delaney nor Slama is ready.

  7. thrylos98 July 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    The Morales down instead of Buscher (esp with Punto and Harris around to fill SS and 3B when Crede cannot play) is not a good decision.

    As far as the pen goes, at this point there are 4 long men: Dickey, Keppel, Duensing, Mulvey. If one of them is used for the 7th inning, there will be problems. I hope that they are showcasing the 3 younger ones for a trade for a real major league reliever

  8. mike wants wins July 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    I have no idea why everyone wants a reliever so badly. The starting rotation is not good enough, 2B is not, SS barely is, LF isn’t (so far), DH against lefties isn’t. Bullpen help isn’t that critical (and I’d rather they try Slama or Delaney than deal for a RP).

  9. roger July 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    I agree Seth, puzzling? I guess they really want Crain to pitch and get thru his problems. His last few outings have been better, but he has also had some disappointing outings so I understand their wanting him to spend another month or so in Rochester. I know that Mulvey has been a bit disappointing to some of us in Rochester, then again, he was good for the Twins in spring training which I suspect the coaches up here remember.

    As for Morales, pinch hitting 2-3 times per week doesn’t use him like he should be used and I suspect he has proven that he can be an excellent back up to Mauer so let him go back and play most days.

    Still, Mulvey is puzzling. Didn’t I just say last weekend that I thought he would eventually be in the majors, just not with the Twins. Oh well!

  10. Twins Geek July 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    Well, Dickey has been pretty hittable recently. I wonder if Mulvey is out of options next year. So this is to help them make a decision this offseason?

  11. thrylos98 July 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Mulvey has never used any of his options… He was drafted in 2006 (as a 21 year old) and did not even had to be in the 40-man roster to be protected for the Rule 5 draft (that would have happened next season.) Given that he is on the 40-man roster now, he has 2 more years of options left.

  12. roger July 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    John, Mulvey was not on the 40-man roster, thus will be added today. That will give him three years of options remaining. If they send him back later this summer, he would still have two more years (2010 and 2011). So the Twins have total control over him until November, 2011 or 2012.

  13. TT July 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    Actually the Twins have control over Mulvey until spring 2012, at the earliest, if they use his options for 2009, 2010, 2011. I believe if he spends less than 20 days in the minors the rest of this year, it won’t count as an option year either. That would mean 2013 would be the first season he is out of options.

    I doubt they are “show-casing” Mulvey. If he isn’t ready to get major league hitters out, showcasing that fact isn’t going to add to his value. If he is ready enough to be showcased, he is ready to help the Twins.

    The biggest problem with all the talk about trades is that the Twins lack players they can trade. Does anyone seriously think the Twins have a surplus of starters they should trade for a second baseman. Should they trade Young or Gomez for a reliever? They don’t really have any prospects who are major league ready that teams covet. Its hard to figure out what kind of deal would make the Twins better this year and not sell off a big chunk of the future.

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