Trade Deadline Live Chat at 1:00 Today

31 Jul

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Today is the day… At 3:00 central time, the trade deadline will be passed and life can return to normal. As of about midnight last night, FoxSports.com was reporting that the Twins and A’s had a much better day of negotiations to bring Orlando Cabrera to the Twins. I fear that will happen, but hopefully it won’t be a big prospect. As we can imagine, if the Twins do nothing, it will be very interesting to see how the clubhouse reacts. Which players will go off and which will say the right things. 

Starting at about 1:00 this afternoon, I will be hosting SethSpeaks.net Trade Deadline Live Chat to talk about the Twins, the trade deadline and any other topics. I will take your questions until 4:00 at which time I will be heading back to the Metrodome. 

It will be a busy day, so expect updates here if and/or when things happen:

Any thoughts on the day? What do you think?   

TWINS, ANGELS SERIES

After a day off, the Twins will get back to baseball tonight when the Angels come to town. Will the Twins be able to turn the tables on the Angels in the Metrodome? Leave your thoughts here
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Thursday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Angel Morales, Beloit Snappers

Thursday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Steve Hirschfeld, Ft. Myers Miracle  

ROCHESTER REPORT

Thursday –Rochester 1, Gwinnett 2 – Yohan Pino was good, but the Red Wings offense wasn’t in the loss. Pino went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs. He allowed just three hits, walked four and struck out five. Rob Delaney got the final five outs. The Red Wings had seven hits. Trevor Plouffe went 2-4.    

ROCKCAT RECAP

Thursday – New Britain 2, New Hampshire 1 – I would say that Michael McCardell’s adjustment to AA is going quite well. In this game, he gave up one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. Carlos Gutierrez then threw two shutout innings. Alex Burnett got two outs before Anthony Slama struck out four in 1.1 innings of scoreless work. It gave Slama his 21st save. Brian Dinkelman went 2-3 with two walks. Luke Hughes and Juan Portes were both 2-4.   

MIRACLE MEMOS

Thursday – Ft. Myers 0, Clearwater 2 Steve Hirschfeld was excellent again and gets little to show for it. He threw six shutout innings and gave up just three hits. He walked none and struck out seven. Dakota Watts came in and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Joe Testa got the final out but not before giving up a hit and a walk. The Miracle managed just four hits. Chris Parmelee hit his 18th double.   

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Thursday – Beloit 10, Great Lakes 11 (12 innings) Angel Morales had a big game. He was 4-5 with a walk and his 14th double. Nate Hanson went 3-5 with his 15th double. Drew Thompson and Tyler Ladendorf were both 2-6 with a double. James Beresford went 2-6 as well. Dan Osterbrock got the start and gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out seven. Michael Allen gave up a run in his two innings. Kyle Carr came in and gave up three runs on a hit, a hit batter and two walks in just 0.2 innings. Billy Bullock then gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He struck out three. Steve Blevins struckout four in two shutout innings. Bruce Pugh got two outs in the 12th, but gave up an unearned run for the loss.   

E-TWINS EXTRAS

Thursday – Elizabethton, Johnson City – Postponed by Rain again. 

GCL TWINS GOINGS ON

Thursday – GCL Twins 3, GCL Reds 4 Jairo Perez just keeps hitting. He went 3-4 with his fourth double. Alejandro Machado was making a rehab appearance and went 2-3 with a walk and two stolen bases. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-4. Michael Tonkin started and gave up three runs on six hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out eight. Leonardo Parra threw two shutout innings. Andrei Lobanov gave up only an unearned run in his two innings to take the loss. He struck out four.    

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25 Responses to “Trade Deadline Live Chat at 1:00 Today”

  1. jps July 31, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    I think the best case scenario we can hope is that the “progress” in the O-Cab talks are that the A’s are keen on a player in a position we have some to spare, and we get that deal done. Also, I think we need another SP, perhaps one of the D-Backs hurlers whose names have been thrown around. Hopefully we can get one of them for a AA or spare AAA prospect, helping them dump salary.

    I think the O-Cab deal has to get done, if we don’t get Scutaro (would prefer Scutaro) in the avalanche that would follow a Halliday trade.

    I think the weight of the trade deadline has been weighing on the top of our order. Morneau and Mauer have struggled a little lately, and I think they are distracted. I think if we don’t make a deal, this team goes downhill with a bad attitude, and if we don’t sign any meaningful UFA’s in the early offseason, don’t expect to sign Mauer.

    However, if we do make at least one deal that will help us right now, I think things can pick up pretty quickly, not only from the extra player’s performance, but the attitude lift as well.

    Hopefully by your 1pm chat, we’ll be talking about at least 1 acquisition.

  2. jps July 31, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    What about the idea of getting Mahay from the Royals? He’s been awesome against our lefties, and it seems he only struggles if left in too long. They’re trying to unload his salary, so perhaps he can be had for little.

  3. Gopher Nation July 31, 2009 at 8:17 am #

    I am afraid of a deal at this point as I expect Smith finally feels he has to make a deal, good or bad, to appease the masses. This looks like a one-side deal on the horizon.

  4. jps July 31, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    With Terry Ryan in the room, it won’t be that one-sided.

    Hey Seth (or anyone else), did you see the discussion on mlbtraderumors.com this morning about a “trade value metric”. The person who brought that up has a good idea, but there are way to many variables that go into trade value, which you just can’t measure very well. I am a statistician, and there is a something for multiple variables, and it’s called a regression. Too many baseball people are into “metrics”, which combine many variables into one value that has somewhat of a lost meaning. I do like some of those metrics, but if you want to get scientific, you need to get into prediction and projections for each player that go into a trade, but also figure in cost and the position of need, which are more important variables in a trade.

    I would compare the trade deadline to dating. You have to find a match with someone who has and is willing to give you what you need. The Twins, however, never get past the first date. (I was going to mention Rosy Palm, but tried to keep it clean…) Anyway, if you think the online dating services have a “metric” or a “model” that works to find that special someone, then maybe it can be done :)

  5. John Welsch July 31, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    I agree with jps that Scutaro is a better acquisition than Cabrera, but I can’t see us getting Scutaro. If the price has come down on Cabrera, unfortunately he will be our upgrade, and that isn’t saying much. For Oakland this is a classic case of selling high as Cabrera’s value will never be better. However his career stats clearly show that he isn’t .300 hitter, and he isn’t an OBP guy either. While he may be an upgrade over Casilla at 2B today, he doesn’t have ‘Lexi’s athleticism or ability to improve. Plus, as Ozzie Guillen will tell you, he is a cancer in the club house.

    Pitching is a more important area to improve than 2B. A starter would be preferred, but any healthy major league arm would be welcome. Yes, I want Bill Smith to do something to improve this team, but he has to be smart about it.

  6. Alan Harrer July 31, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    I believe Cabrera is a bad move. I would go for Kennedy, or our old friend Castillo with the Mets. They both hit around 280, they are both one to two year moderate fixes. Even if they bat left, they on average hit 80 points better then our current crew. They would cost less, but give us enough to get over the hump. Defensively they seem capable of doing a reasonable job getting the outs that count as Gardy would say. We need to be careful dealing with the A’s, Billy has a way of winning the trading wars. Kennedy would not be a cancer either.

  7. mike wants wins July 31, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    yes, trading for an old, mediocre player is exactly what I expect from this organization. I will be shocked if they don’t acquire this guy, who is apparently a jerk and has numbers similar to Harris.

    I can’t wait to see what they do in the offseason. Which never was or has been is available for the pen? Which terrible player will fill 2B? So many unanswered questions!

  8. mike wants wins July 31, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    One more thing? When is it likely they’ll have three All Stars on the team for 3-4 years in a row? When will they have the best player in baseball, the best closer in baseball, the best run producer in baseball? If they aren’t willing to build around these guys in their primes, when are they likely to ever build for the present?

  9. jps July 31, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    I think MWW is right, except they should have gotten Sanchez to have him also next year, hoping to make a run both this year and next, and then some of the other prospects will start coming up by the end of next year, after we had dealt away much of our mlb-ready talent this year. Heck, I think Scutaro still meets that need.

    Just a question here. How do Macri and Plouffe project for the majors next year? Macri seemed to do alright last year with the Twins, but has not been given another chance. I see he gets multi-hit games a couple times a week in AAA, plus he plays multiple positions. I think we could actually spare Valencia, having Harris, Buscher, and Macri able to plug 3B if we have a solid 2B or SS.

    • tree9546 July 31, 2009 at 10:30 am #

      I don’t think Macri projects at all to the majors. He is nothing more than roster filler in AAA. Outside of his glove he doesn’t have any plus skills. Plouffe needs to pick up the pace as well. His bat has had all kinds of holes after a year in AAA and he still isn’t that great with the glove.

  10. mike wants wins July 31, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Buscher is nothing special, with no power and is LH. Hughes should have his job. I just don’t get it, I really don’t.

    • tree9546 July 31, 2009 at 10:33 am #

      Buscher has joined Punto in the Gardenhire naked photo black mail game. Seriously, I love guys that spend years in the minors and then finally get a shot but Buscher has not responded at all this year and does not deserve to be in the majors. How many teams would actually carry him on their roster this long without producing?

  11. sam July 31, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    tiwns have alot of players that they will not keep this winter so it better to trade some how and hope to get something for they now..they have alot of free agent that they will not be able to sign.

  12. rosterman July 31, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Agree. The Twins have a lot of questionable players.

    If they get Cabrera, then they probably don’t need a real shortstop for at least 2, maybe a third season. That makes Plouffe expendable as there are some other names in the minors behind him.

    The Twins have to ask themselves where Casilla fits in. They sadly have Punto for another wealthy season and they will play him rather than not, so that make Casilla expendable. Again, folsk coming up from behind.

    The Twins have Harris as a super-sub, who seems to be the only guy producing. He enters arbitration, so he’ll be an added expense, but he far outweighs keeping such folks as Tolbert, Macri, Machado around. Besides, such names as Singleton, Tolleson, and even Toby gardenhire are in the super-sub wings.

    If Cuddyer can back up first, there is no reason to have Buscher around. Of course, Cuddyer isn’t the best abck0up at first, believe me. But perhaps better than Buscher. Crede will walk as the Twins won’t pay a part-time player. He did his job so far in 2009. The Twins have Valencia in the wings who deserves a shot, as well as Luke Hughes, who lit up some eyes last season and is still a vaiable option.

    So, between the majors and AAA the Twins have a lot of guys who will be playing somewhere else in 2010, I’m sure.

    Now the outfield. Delmon Young has had 16 at bats and 4 hits since the all-star break. Someone has to believe in the guy. To compound matetrs worse, there’s no reason to dream of Jason Pridie being anything but an AAAA player, and he should be shackled off in a trade. Martin, Roberts, Tosoni are all equally fit to be that 4th or 5th outfielder. Hey, Kubel is actually the 4th outfielder.

    The Twins have a few bench prospects to go with Tolleson, Hughes and the ilk. Winfree for one. Brock Peterson will probably get passed over and Erik Lis will get a shot in a year. Jose Morales is the best Twins bench player, not catching in the minors. Redmond will not be back, as his arm stinks. Drew Butera could be the emergency call-up if he remains with the Twins on the 40-man, otherwise the Twins have such folks as Jeff Christy and Allan de san Miguel who can catch defensively. Wilson Ramos could make Morales expendable. And down the line Danny Rams is showing signs of being a back-up to Mauer, as well as a possible backup at first.

    What, 6-8-10 guys who the Twins should be moving elsewhere…they don’t even need to be around for the remainder of this year. Any worth? Probably not. Which reflects even more on the general manager.

  13. sam July 31, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    twins can not keep pridie lis tolleson hughes winfree tosoni robert martin peterson all will be freeagents this fall..

  14. D-Luxxx July 31, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    LEN III’s article today mentions that Hicks was in the trade talks with Sanchez. Why not pull that trigger? We have a glut of CF talent and depth (Span, Gomez, Revere, Morales) so why not take care of part of the log-jam to address our currrent issues? I just don’t get it.

  15. clyde July 31, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    While being young for his level, With 20 errors and a .663 OPS at Rochester, I’d say Plouffe gets one more year at SS then put him back on the mound and see how he does ala Joe Nathan. If you remember coming out of HS: “Trevor Plouffe could do it all for the Encino Crespi baseball team this season. He was the Celts’ ace pitcher, their set-up guy and occasional savior. He went 12-2 on the mound with an 0.86 earned-run average, leading the Celts to the championship games of the Southern Section Division III playoffs and the prestigious El Dorado National Classic tournament.”

  16. Dome Dog July 31, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    MWW – you’ve gotten very pessimistic over the past week or so. I hope we don’t lose you to another team! I appreciate your insights and completely agree with your comment about having 3 all-stars who are arguable the best at their positions (sans Pujols) in all of baseball.

  17. tree9546 July 31, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Tigers go out and get Washburn. Does BS respond or sit on his prospects? I don’t think French has that great of an upside for the M’s, but they do get a guy to plug into their rotation right away.

  18. Gopher Nation July 31, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    I think everybody needs to calm down. Should we really have given up Hicks who is our #1 prospect for Sanchez? Is that really a smart move. Cabrera is nothing special. I would prefer the Twins not get him. If we really wanted him we could have signed him as a free agent in the offseason for half of what Punto signed for. I don’t think I would be for giving much up for him. No deal is better than a bad deal for the sake of making a deal. The Twins have so many needs and this is more of an indictment for their failures in the offseason than the trade deadline.

  19. DH in Philly July 31, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    What type of Free Agent would OCab be at the end of the year – does he have a shot at becoming a type A? at least that would net some draft picks (assuming we offer arbitration, which we may be afraid to do).

    • tree9546 July 31, 2009 at 11:52 am #

      I believe he is borderline between an A & B. That is said to be one of the hickups with Billy Beane as he wants a 1st round equivalent player in return. Manship? Robertson? How steep of a price do we pay for him? I’d give up Manship & others if we can pry Wurtz away from the A’s too.

      How bad is Teahan at 2B? His bat would be a major upgrade and KC is looking to unload Bannister & Mahay as well. KC has some MAJOR needs at pitching and might be easier to deal with them instead of Beanehead.

  20. Dome Dog July 31, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    I think Detroit just made a solid move getting Washburn. He helps fill out their rotation, and he is left-handed, which I think has to be a bonus for them considering the Twins are one of their main competitors and we just happen to have 4 of our top 5 hitters swinging from the left side of the plate. Solid gamble.

  21. mike wants wins July 31, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    yeah, not sure how I forgot Pujols, but my point remains.

    yes, I’m very pessimistic about the Twins right now.

  22. tree9546 July 31, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Twins get OCab for Ladendorf!

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