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Should There Be Such a Thing As Too Much?

July 7, 2010 6 comments

Anybody who is following the Twins should know that the Twins are in discussions with the Seattle Mariners concerning Cliff Lee. Theses talks “are ‘interesting’ and have ‘posibilities.'” These talks have gone to the point where it has been reported that Bill Smith has offered Wilson Ramos and Aaron Hicks for Lee.

The fact that Aaron Hicks could be included in a deal for Cliff Lee has many fans outraged. They believe, and wisely so, that he is too good of a prospect to give up for 2-3 (regular season) months of Cliff Lee. He was, after all, ranked by Baseball America as the 19th best prospect in all of baseball. As Seth Stohs says, Hicks isn’t untouchable, but he shouldn’t be traded for a rental player. That is conventional wisdom and I was agreeing with it, until I thought further.

I wondered a couple of things. The first I wondered was how many of the recent 1st round picks have made it to the big leagues and either had success or are currently having success. I figured some of them have probably had success (I heard there was some guy named Mauer) and that some of them probably didn’t. The next thing I wondered was how is the payroll going to be in the coming years? Surely there will be players with payroll increases meaning that it will be harder to keep around players like the free agent acquisitions Hudson and Thome.


Part 1: Recent 1st Round Picks

1st Round Pick-1997-Michael Cuddyer:

Like him or hate him, Michael Cuddyer has had success in the big leagues. He has been put in many positions on the field and his real success started in 2006 when right field became his home. He got comfortable there and put together a 3.1 WAR season. In his 2 full seasons since then (he was injured for the majority of 2008) he put together 2.6 WAR seasons. This season hasn’t been as successful, but he has been a decent 1st round pick.

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News and Notes

March 13, 2010 Leave a comment

I haven’t had the chance to put together a decent post in a while, but I am working on a fairly in-depth report on possible closer candidates. Here are some of the biggest stories lately.

  • The Twins have signed Nick Blackburn to a 4 year, $14 million contract. There is also a $8 million team option for 2014.
  • On that same day the Twins also signed the rest of the players on the 4o man roster to contracts.
  • The Official Hot Dog of the Twins that will be served at Target Field is Schweigert meats. There will be four different Schweigert hot dogs served throughout the ballpark.
  • Single game tickets went on sale today. Interestingly enough, you cannot purchase tickets to the home opener without a season ticket plan. Tickets are expected to sell out for the entire season sometime today. Last I checked, there were still seats available. (I checked for 2 tickets to the Friday night, July 30th game against the Mariners, and I could get 2 tickets in row 28 of section 110, which are seats looking right down the 1st base line, in the lower level.)
  • Joe Nathan has torn his Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) and is likely to require Tommy John surgery. Nathan and the Twins plan to wait 2 weeks and see how he feels. This injury is not a wait-and-see injury, so I am clueless to what advantage this will create.
  • Denard Span has signed a 5 year, $16.5 million contract with a $9 million option for 2015.

Lastly, I will be joining Jack Steal of fanaticjacktalkstwins.blogspot.com on Wednesday on his podcast.

    Images of the Spring-Part 3

    February 25, 2010 6 comments

    1st of all, I’d like to thank Jack Steal for letting me join him on his podcast last night. Of course, co-host Topper Anton was there as well. Thank you both. If you’d like to listen to the podcast, it can be found here.

    Most of the players have reported to spring training and have begun bullpen sessions, batting practice, and now, fielding.

    We have a picture of one of the new members of the double play combo taking grounders. This will be a great sight to see in 2010.

    Bullpen sessions are in full force and we have plenty of pictures.

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