Wednesday Night, November 28, 2007
Six Questions with Joel Thingvall
Hello again! I wanted to try to do something a little interactive and get some other Twins bloggers some time here. So, I sent questions to several Twins bloggers about the Twins, what they would do if they were in charge and then a little bit about their sites.
Today, we are going to start with Joel Thingvall, Curveball of Curlz and Curveballs. Be sure to check out the site of he and his wife! You can also find his incredible collection of autographs at Twins Cards.
Note – I actually sent these questions out earlier in the week. Joel was the first to respond. After the Twins/Rays trade, I sent it back to him and gave him the ok to alter what he had written. I also added the final question regarding his thoughts on the deal. However, you will note that this was before we knew that Juan Rincon was being replaced in the deal by Eduardo Morlan.
SethSpeaks: You’re the GM, what do you do about Johan Santana? To trade, or not to trade? If your answer is “To Trade”, what would it require in return to make it happen?
Joel Thingvall: Yes. My trading partners would be either the Dodgers or the Mets with the packages most discussed. Of course, the tough part will be the demands of Johan and what he needs to sign. I do picture that the trading team could easily swing a 2-3 year deal until something more major is worked out.
I fear Bill Smith may wait too long and the Twins may lose out on a decent package. Of course, any package comes with questions. Will the youngsters perform, attitudes and the ilk.
SethSpeaks: The Twins have been hesitant in the past to trade young pitchers. It sounds like that theory may be somewhat altered this offseason. Are there any of the Twins young pitchers that you would call untouchable?
Joel Thingvall: Kevin Slowey, Anthony Swarzak, Yohan Pino, Jeff Manship. I would consider Garza tradable. Would rather move Bonser or Baker. In another couple of years, have to discuss Liriano. I would think hard about who I may think is a future pitcher for this organization and actually work out a longer-term contract come mid-season, watching how the guys perform.
SethSpeaks: As of today, where would you rank the Twins in the AL Central?
Joel Thingvall: Fifth place. I picture that Kansas City will pull off something to put them slightly ahead of the Twins, and probably even resign Mike Sweeney.
SethSpeaks: What would you consider the top three things that the Twins need to do this offseason?
Joel Thingvall: Trade Johan. Still grab an established veteran for the fifth starting spot/long-relief in bullpen. Move out a couple of relief pitchers. Of course, get a real third baseman and real centerfielder. I think they can patch together something at DH as the winter rolls on.
I'm afraid the Twins are playing their own version of moneyball and they better watch out as it might backfire, what with the ballpark and such. They should create a bit more good will and put a roof on the thing, at least.
SethSpeaks: Tell us a little about what you do on your blog, where we can find it and what you write about during the offseason?
Joel Thingvall: My wife writes the blog, mainly, as a Twins fan. And she is a Twins fan. I'm expecting to jump in occasionally, looking at more fun things like food at the ballpark, talking with behind-the-scenes folks and such, if I get my act together. I would like to have fun with this aspect.
I contribute continuously to TwinTown and love responding to the remarks of others.
SethSpeaks: What are your thoughts on the Twins and Rays trade (Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett and Juan Rincon for Delmon Young, Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie)?
Joel Thingvall: Interesting that two of the folks kinda passed thru Minnesota already. Pridie was a Rule 5 in 2006 that I thought, fer sure, the Twins would make an arrangement toi keep and send into the farm system./ Brendan Harris was involved in the three-team trade for Dougie Mientkiewicz. He can play 2B/SS/3B. has some punch. Considering that with his young career he's been in the Reds/Cubs/Tampa Bay/Nationals
Delmon Young is not a centerfielder, which means Kubel becomes the DH. He should be a 20+ homer guy with 15-20 steals, and bat .280 in the lowest and .300 in the highest. Basically a replacement of Hunter at his best. Basically we are trading top draft choices in giving Garza to the Devil Rays. I like Garza. Does he need more seasoning (probably not). Will he be another Eric Milton (at his worst) or a Cy Young winner. But we have to sacrifice for some offense at the moment. The Twins still have a solid staff withy Baker/Bonser/Slowey/Liriano with Duensing/Perkins and more in the wings. Sanatan will be back or replaced by another. And maybe the Twins will spring for a better-than-good free agent to anchor the staff and bring a veteran force to the team. It's not that they can't spend $8-10-12 million for a year or two if necessary.
Rincon may be overpriced. Bartlett, I felt, only had another season or two with the Twins before being claimed by arbitration and hopefully replaced by Plouffe.
Thank you to Joel Thingvall and to all the readers for stopping by this site. If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future postings, please e-mail me.