Weekend Updates & Seth on Sports on Demand

9 Nov

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Hello everyone, and welcome to another week starting with yet another Monday. I’ve got another busy week ahead of me, so if I miss a day or two this week, I do apologize. On Tuesday morning, I will be flying to Phoenix for a work conference. But I am also hoping to get to an Arizona Fall League game or two while I am down there, and that may happen later in the week. But for now, here is a quick rundown on the events of the weekend and a few other thoughts:

  • The weekend started a little early with the announcement that the Twins traded Carlos Gomez to the Brewers for JJ Hardy. John Bonnes wrote a tremendous article on the trade. To summarize, the Twins traded a bench player for a guy that they hope will be their starting shortstop 155 times each of the next two years. Obviously there is some risk that Hardy’s disappointing 2009 season becomes his normal. There is a chance that, since he’s just 23 years old, Carlos Gomez could actually learn to hit a little bit, and take good routes to fly balls and get on base and steal bases. He may gain some baseball IQ. But I happen to think this is a great trade for the Twins. By the way, be sure to check out Nick’s Twins Blog for his thoughts on the trade, as well as the thoughts on the trade from a Brewers blogger. Over the Baggy did a very in-depth analysis of JJ Hardy.
  • On Friday afternoon, John Manuel of Baseball America wrote that Wilson Ramos had left a game in Venezuela with an apparent knee injury. That is more than a little alarming. Ramos missed time twice during the 2009 season due to injury, and knee injuries are always worth being cautious with. Fortunately, everything seems just fine as he played both Friday and Saturday again.
  • On Friday night, the TwinsCentric guys got together and went to the Timberwolves/Bucks game at Target Center. It was a lot of fun even if the Wolves played absolutely horribly in the 2nd half. It’s always fun to hang out with John Bonnes, Nick Nelson and Parker Hageman. And hey, those steak sandwiches at Murray’s were all they have been touted to be. Excellent!
  • Speaking of TwinsCentric, here are a couple of notes. Of course, you can still buy your copy of the Offseason GM Handbook, both the electronic book or now the print version, by going to www.TwinsCentric.com.  
  • Secondly, be sure to follow TwinsCentric on Twitter, @TwinsCentric. Of course, you can follow SethSpeaks at @SethTweets.
  • On Saturday, the Twins made the easy and correct decision in picking up the 2011 option on Michael Cuddyer’s option. The option was for $10.5 million. The buyout would have been $1 million. If Michael Cuddyer was a free agent right now, instead of having at least one year left with the Twins, what would he get? Since he is 30 years old, it is likely that after a 32 home runs season, he could get a contract equivalent to the two year, $19 million contract that Bobby Abreu signed with the Angels last week Since Cuddyer is younger, it is possible that he would get a third year guaranteed, with an option for a fourth year. My guess is as a free agent this offseason, Michael Cuddyer would get a three year, $29 million contract. So, adding just one more year, and taking him through age 32, is just an easy decision.
  • Also on Saturday, Roger posted his organizational review of Centerfield, an area where the Twins have some strong prospects.
  • Sunday was the bye week for the Minnesota Vikings, and yet it was a great week for the team. The Bears got crushed by Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals. Soon after that game was complete, the Green Bay Packers managed to lose against the previously 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings are now 7-1. The Packers and Bears are both 4-4.
  • MLBTradeRumors posted its annual top 50 free agents with projections for where they will wind up. Can you believe that the Twins are the projected team for one of the top 10 free agents?
  • Finally, if you have a chance to watch, I will again be on Sports on Demand on Fox9 in the Twin Cities. The show begins at 3:00 central time and to watch it live, you can click here a little before three and see the link. Although we will talk about other Twin Cities sports, I am told that close to 75% of the show will focus on the Twins.

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7 Responses to “Weekend Updates & Seth on Sports on Demand”

  1. mike wants wins November 9, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    But Gomez should not have been a bench player. The Twins just somehow liked Young’s bad O and terrible D more than Gomez’s terrible O and great D (I find the comments about Hardy and his great D humorous for this very reason). They also added about $5MM to the payroll. I like getting Hardy, I hate the OF defense now.

    I too was at the Wolves game on Friday (what, about 6,000 of us, maybe). We moved to about row 20 mid-court at half time…..hope you got to move to great seats also.

  2. Travistalks November 9, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    On the MLB trade rumor top top 50 they have the twins not signing a free agent pitcher and that is highly unlikely. Actually we are more likely to add a veteran pitcher than we are to sign a third baseman or 2nd baseman since we finished 4th in run scored last year and we already added another hitter to the lineup in Hardy. So I look for the Twins to sign 1 of these 4 guys.
    1. Ben Sheets
    2. Jon Garland
    3. Carl Pavano
    4. Jarrod Washburn

    I also look for the Twins to sign 1 of 2 3rd baseman. I dont see Beltre coming here but I look for them to sign someone hopefully for 1 year. The 3 most likely signings are.
    1. Pedro Feliz
    2. Mark Derosa
    3. Joe Crede(If he is healthy)

    If I was the Twins I would sign Jarrod Washburn and Pedro Feliz to the team as you can sign them cheaply and then move to get Joe Mauer locked up.

  3. matt November 9, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    I agree with Travis that the Twins need to get a veteran pitcher and I have been pushing hard for the Twins to go after Garland. The Twins had a ridiculous record when they held opponents under 4 runs (something like 42-7 through mid-August) and Garland gave up 3 or fewer earned runs in 23 of his starts this past season which would probably translate into 14-15 wins if you consider no decisions and the couple times the offense fails. I do like the other options (Pavano & Washburn) as well, but I think Garland would be my preference.

    I think taking a chance on a Sheets/Bedard/Harden type would be a good risk as the Twins need to be able to match up with Verlander and Peavy. Especially since the Twins did not have to give up any pitching (Perkins or Liriano) for Hardy, they still have some depth in the rotation if one of those oft-injured free agents can’t get healthy. I think that’s the one part of the Hardy deal that people haven’t really looked at – it seems like the Brewers really are in need of starting pitching and the Twins didn’t have to give up any.

    I would like to see the Twins sign Polanco even though it would mean that Gardo would put Punto at 3rd. Polanco would fit perfectly in the 2 hole in front of Mauer and the rest of the lineup would fall into place. I think if that’s the route the Twins would go, then if Valencia was tearing up AAA (which might or might not happen), then he could step in at 3rd midway through the season – assuming that Punto is struggling offensively (which is hard to tell because it is an even year – Punto has proven to perform better during contract years.)

  4. mike wants wins November 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    On your football post: how could the Packers lose that game? Astounding.

  5. down on the farm November 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    too much is made of defensive metrics with respect to our outfield. We had our best winning percentage of the season over the last 30 or so games. What was our outfield during those games?

    So many assumptions go into W.A.R. If you miss a certain ball x number of times, then x number of runs score and that equates to x losses. We all get the math. But it never plays out that way. Last year I was in Kansas City for one of the worst displays of defense you will ever see. In the eight inning of a 4-2 game, the Twins basically gave the game away. First Buscher made a horrible play on a slow grounder to third. No error on that play…then Reyes wild pitches the tying run to third..then Everett throws the ball over Morneau’s head for what should have been the third out. And you look at all the assumptions that go on in with defensive metrics..who was responsible for that run? Buscher? Everett? Reyes? And that is just one inning in that game.

    Last year I made the very same comment about Harris. He started 27 games in a row at Shortstop. During those 27 games, the Twins had a better winning percentage than in the rest of the games where Harris did not start at shortstop. And people countered with the standard arguments…small sample size..who did we play during that stretch? How many home games…how many away games? All good questions.

    But guess what, small sample size could be used when countering the argument that Span is not as good defensively in CF as he is in corner OF spots. Bottom line is..I have respect for defensive metrics, but I don’t sweat them like many on this board.

    No defense in the world can keep the Yankees in the park, only the pitchers can do that. And if they do, the Twins can beat them. Even with Young, Span and Cuddyer in the lineup. And I am no fan of Delmon Young. But he showed he could give a good at bat against Greinke..Sabathia..and many others when games were on the line. In two yars, I almost never saw Gomez give us a quality at bat when it mattered.

  6. Kunza November 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    I think people are missing the point regarding the pitching staff….

    If what we hear about Mauer “waiting to see what happens” regarding the club, a guy like Pavano is not going to get it done. I think it has to be obvious that it must be someone with a name stronger than Pavano…

    Personally, I would like to see them forget about adding a 2B or 3B and go after 2 of those injury risk pitchers like Bedard and Harden – about $7-12 million plus incentives for the 2 would be much better for the club than a 3B like Beltre.

  7. Bill in Sarasota November 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Adding a veteran SP is the biggest FA priority.

    Washburn, Bedard, Harden, Garland seem to be the best bets.

    I would sign one of them and offer Arb. to Pavano. Either he accepts or Twins get a supp. 1st round pick.

    After SP, I would wait until 2010 to get a bargain 3B (maybe Crede again if healthy). No Feliz. DeRosa would be a great 2 hole hitter but I don’t think that’s realistic with budget constraints (knowing Mauer is going to get $20 mil per year).

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