Winter Meeting Review

11 Dec

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, the Winter Meetings can be a lot of fun for baseball fans, but in general, there is a lot of talk for very little activity. This was the case again this year. Websites and blogs around the internet posted rumors and discussed possible situations. Twitter was the vehicle used most by fans to get their rumor mill information. But as expected, things were quiet on the Twins front. But not completely; there were a few things that happened, or that we heard:

  • First of all, there was a SethSpeaks.net podcast each night from Monday until Thursday. Here is a quick rundown:
  • Joe Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro said that he would not be at the Winter Meetings because it could be too much of a distraction.
  • Carl Pavano decided to accept the Twins offer of arbitration.
  • Boof Bonser was Designated for Assignment, meaning the Twins would either trade him or non-tender him on Saturday.
    • On Thursday morning, Bonser was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a Player to be Named Later, believed to be an A or AA player.
  • We learned that the Twins offered Glen Perkins for Kevin Kouzmanoff. The Padres are interested, but they want something more.
  • Like Kouzmanoff, the names of Jarrod Washburn and Robb Quinlan just won’t go away.
  • The Twins had discussions regarding Mark Derosa. However, Derosa wants 3 years and $27 million.
  • The Twins met with Scott Boras about Joe Crede, but probably not about Adrian Beltre.
  • A rumor came out that the Texas Rangers offered Neftali Feliz and Justin Smoak to the Marlins for Josh Johnson. We heard the Marlins said No. We don’t really believe either of those situations.
  • Apparently the Twins didn’t talk to Orlando Hudson’s agent about the 2B.
  • The Twins made zero selections in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft. They also took no one in the AAA or AA versions. Fortunately the Twins lost no one in the Major League Rule 5 draft, but they did lose two pitchers in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Angelo Sanchez, who pitched in Elizabethton, and Winston Marquez, who split time between Elizabethton and Beloit, were lost.

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16 Responses to “Winter Meeting Review”

  1. blindfaith December 11, 2009 at 3:44 am #

    Very happy to have Pavano as a #4 starter. People sometimes overlook the significance of having Slowey and Neshek back! Upgrades at 2nd and 3rd would be great but not essential.

  2. Jeff Guck December 11, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    Hey Seth.. Just wondering what you think of Garrett Adtkins for third base? He might be let go on sat. I know your in love with Valencia and i am not sure why, He is in his late 20′s and never seen a major league game. Isn’t he past the prime stage in his career? That’s a big chance to take on someone that never seen a major league field. Then who is this Felipe Lopez that you speak of? I can’t even find him on roster anywhere? Just wondering?

  3. mike wants wins December 11, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Valencia is 25, not in his late 20′s. Valencia is 3 (I think 3) years out of college, and in AAA. He is probably 3 months of AAA away from being the Twins’ everyday 3B. He’s on schedule, if not dominating.

  4. gobbledygookguy December 11, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    mike this from sickels twins ranking he has valencia #8 and a c+. a 1/2 year of aaa ball at the age of 25 does not sound like a dominating player to me. however, i’m not a minor league talent expert.

    “8) Danny Valencia, 3B, Grade C+: Needs to improve strike zone judgment and glovework to get a job in 2010.”

  5. Michael from N.Cali December 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Is it reasonable to expect Kevin Kouzmanoff to improve his OBP. I just checked out his minor league stats on Baseball-Reference and was shocked to see in four season he posted the line: .332/.395/.556. In fact, his last season in which he split his time between AA & AAA he posted an incredible .379/.437/.656/1.093. He had 33BB/46SO, 28 2B, 22HR, 75RBI in only 94 games! I wonder if a change in scenery would do him some good.

    On an another note, I’m curious if you could shed your honest opinion on Valencias defense? I know you’re a big fan of him but, I’ve been hearing everything from he is atrocious on defense to above average. Why such a wide gulf in opinions?

  6. MrHockey December 11, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    How about Perkins and Casilla for KK?

  7. mike wants wins December 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    I said “not dominating”, didn’t I?

    Sickels is a tough grader, much better than most in that way. I thought I said “He is 3 months of AAA….”. I don’t think he’s ready. I don’t think he’s dominating. I would have traded him for Sanchez last year.

    but, I don’t think that’s the Twins’ plan….I think their plan is to have him here some time next year. I’ve also said I’d trade for Kouz, and not count on Valencia.

  8. roger December 11, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    I saw Valencia play a couple games in spring training last spring. In one game he misplayed a bouncer on the short hop allowing a run to score. Later in the ninth inning he went to his left and made a great pickup and threw the guy out with a rocket to first to end the game….Twins won by one run. It does appear that he has a very strong arm. The error I saw was more an error of judgement than physical, he should have stayed back and played it on the next hop…but then it would have been very close at first.

  9. TT December 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Valencia has had a lot of errors. He blamed the lousy fields they play on when talking to Seth. But Tolbert played on that same field without the same problems. Lavelle has reported that a Twin scout told him that Valencia needed to work on his defense. Again, that is one scout and there may be mixed opinions even within the Twins organization about Valencia’s future.

    Valencia has been old for his level every year. He did not do very well the last half of the year at AAA either offensively or defensively. That is the first time he faced opposition his own age. It will be interesting to see how he does in Puerto Rico this winter.

    The fact that the Twins seem to have made third base a priority should tell you something about their confidence in Valencia’s quick development next year.

  10. dave December 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    The Nationals are pretending otherwise but my guess is they are looking to move Josh Willingham.

  11. dave December 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    By the way should we have any interest in Kevin Correia?

  12. RyanW December 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    I love the compatibles on baseball reference.

    I wasn’t sure what I thought about Kouzmonoff until I saw his #1 Most Similar Batter:

    Matt LeCroy

    I would rather keep Glen Perkins.

  13. JA December 11, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    Hi Seth, What is your opinion of Atlanta’s Kelly Johnson? Does he play good enough D at 2b? What were the reasons for his struggles in ’09? Sound like he and Hardy experienced similar seasons.

  14. Bill in Sarasotra December 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    Atkins was non-tendered.

    3B is definitely a buyer’s market.

  15. travistalks December 13, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Twins acquired minor leaguer Chris Province in the Bonser trade. He is a 24 year old relief pitcher who put up a solid 2.60 era in 43 games.

  16. Bill in Sarasotra December 13, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Ryan Garko was non-tendered.

    He would be great as a bat to face lefties but I doubt the Twins will pay what’s needed to add him to the bench.

    He could give Morneau and Kubel relief against tough lefties (esp. for Kubel) and be a PH.

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