Major League Off Season Report Card (Twins)

Moves so far

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

  • Signed SP Ricky Nolasco to a four-year, $49 million deal
  • Signed SP Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal
  • Signed OF/DH Jason Kubel to a minor league deal
  • Re-signed SP Mike Pelfrey to a two-year, $11 million deal
  • Traded C/1B/OF Ryan Doumit to Atlanta for SP prospect Sean Gilmartin
  • Signed C Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $2.75 million deal

Rumor Mill

  • Interested in signing SP John Santana
  • Interested in 1B/3B Mark Reynolds

Twins have committed to mediocrity in the starting rotation by bringing in Hughes and resigning Pelfrey. The Nolasco signing helps, but Hughes and Pelfrey have not been getting the job done. When a pitcher struggles to get out of the 4th inning as much as Hughes does, it isn’t wise to give him that kind of money over that many years. Sure he was pitching half of his games in Yankees Stadium, but if you leave stuff up and over the plate like he does, the ball is going to leave in any ballpark you play in. Pelfrey has been mediocre at best in his Twins career, and bringing him back assures Twins will get no value from the back of their rotation.

The twins have been a mess ever since they moved to Target field. Former MVP Justin Morneau was never the same, and C Joe Mauer has been sapped of his power. Who knows what the issue is. Maybe they shouldn’t have built a pitchers ballpark when they were a hitting team. Maybe they didn’t let a guy take his goat into the game when Target Field first opened, and they were cursed. Most likely, they have just suffered from making poor decisions.

There is a semi bright future, as their farm system ranks as one of the best. Problem is when you have a great farm and are in place to build through that, you shouldn’t invest money over a long contract to mediocre players. Twins would have been better off finding one year stop gaps, but now they will be stuck with players like Hughes and Pelfrey once they are ready to bring the farm up.

Twins should have used the money given to Pelfrey and Hughes to bring in a guy like SP Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo is as consistent as it gets, and would have been a quality addition to this bullpen to add vlaue now, and in the future.

Twins get a C-, for once again settling for being mediocre. They could have at least brought in some value to their team, but they will now seemingly enter the season with a rotation that lineups will dream about facing. When you have to throw out Pelfrey, Hughes, and then Vance Worley into your rotation, there is something wrong.

If Twins make any moves, an update will be posted.

Next team is the Tigers.

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