Fuld was acquired from the A’s for nothing via the waiver wire in April, so trading him back to Oakland for actual value now is a pleasant surprise.
For all the talk about and money spent on improving their starting pitching, the Twins’ rotation ranks 28th in ERA among the 30 teams.
Overall: they’re in the middle of the pack in offense, walking a lot and hitting a bunch of doubles but struggling to hit for average or home run power.
If you’re a player and you’re hurt, tell someone in charge. And if you’re someone in charge and a player tells you he’s hurt, don’t let him continue playing.
Many of the Twins’ youngest debuts played short stints and quickly headed back to the minors.
Betting on Morales being more productive than Pinto for four months makes sense, but how much more productive?
Hicks is far better from the right side of the plate, but hasn’t been great from either side, and must make a major-league adjustment to improve.
Florimon’s dismal bat overwhelms his above-average defense, but Escobar is better at the plate and maybe as good with the glove.
Why Pelfrey? And why lock yourself into a two-year commitment to a mediocre-at-best pitcher who last season was one of the very worst starters in all of baseball?
I view these guys as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter on a contending team, which means an average-or-better starter without the same type of upside as the front-line guys.
It’s sad to lose the best catcher in baseball for the past decade, but it’s the right move.
Will they actually spend significant money? Early indications from Terry Ryan suggest they won’t.
I’ve never viewed him as a particularly strong manager based on what I can analyze, but maybe those things are overshadowed by what can’t easily be analyzed.
Twins Notes: Rotation spending, no platooning, ex-Twin pitchers Hawkins and Liriano rolling along.
As one of baseball’s worst teams for a third straight year, the Twins have no shortage of dead weight on the 40-man roster.
Pirate players Presley and Welker are a modest return for a big name but accurately represent Morneau’s diminished value.
Mauer’s odds of staying healthy and upping his production should be better at a position other than catcher, but it’s impossible to know for certain.