Friday, January 2, 2009
Friday Quick Notes
Things are pretty slow with the Twins to this point in the offseason, at least in terms of major league moves. Likewise, things are a little slower during this time with Twins blogging as well. But there are a few things going on that people should be aware of, so here are some links and thoughts for today:
· Josh Johnson, at Josh’s Thoughts, is working very hard on his Top 50 Twins prospects. He is trying a new format that I really like. It includes some background, stats, and video on the player, if available. He has posted his choices for #47-50, and none of the four made my Top 50, although I happen to think all four of these names are very intriguing and all about potential!
· Nick Nelson, at Nick & Nick’s Twins Blog, is a bit disappointed that the Twins did not acquire Mark DeRosa. Cleveland got the infielder/outfielder from the Cubs in exchange for three minor leaguers. Jeff Stevens is a reliever who apparently has better stuff than Anthony Slama. John Gaub has apparently lost some velocity since he was drafted out of the University of Minnesota. Chris Archer is the other player. None of them even ranked in Cleveland’s Top 10 prospects. Could the Twins have beat that offer, if they wanted to? Certainly, and easily. But unlike many Twins fans, this doesn’t bother me at all, for several reasons. One, Mark DeRosa hit 20 homers last year in hitter-friendly Wrigley Field, but the 34 year old has just 69 career home runs, so he isn’t the power hitter that the Twins would need. He isn’t as good as Casey Blake or Ty Wigginton. In fact, I am of the belief that if Brendan Harris got the number of at bats in 2009 that Mark DeRosa would get, Harris would have equal, if not better, numbers. I think that it would have minimally helped the Twins in 2009. That said, I think it was a great trade for Cleveland. They will be able to play DeRosa at 2B while finally being able to move Asdrubal Cabrera to SS and Jhonny Peralta to 3B. Of course, you’ll also want to check out Ubelman’s take.
· Happy Birthday to Aaron Gleeman this weekend!
· Over at Blogonoscopy, you can read an entertaining Brief History of the Fashionability of the Moustache.
Are there other Twins stories, articles or links that you’ve read, please link them in the comments. Please leave your comments or links here.