Thursday, December 6, 2007
If you read the posting that Aaron Gleeman tells us that La Velle E. Neal posted at 2:30 a.m., LEN3 expresses his great disappointment with the Winter Meetings. I canít blame him. He put in crazy hours and listened to some crazy rumors (some real, some manufactured). He did a great job of keeping us updated, and yet, for what? I can understand his frustration. I have been updating mlbtraderumors.com about every fifteen minutes since Monday night (and every Ĺ hour before that), just waiting for new information. I went to LaVelleís blog this morning and wrote this:
Iím honestly tired of thinking about the Johan trade possibilities, and it really isnít worth thinking of possible/potential lineups at this point. I truly believe that we have all exhausted every possibility. Unless there is something way out there, I just donít think Iím going to really comment on a Johan trade until there is an actual trade, or until La Velle tells us that something is truly imminent. Itís exhausting. Iíve been disappointed this week. Does that just mean I am too close to this? Probably.
Iím tired of thinking about the Johan trade possibilities, and it really isn't worth thinking of possible/potential lineups at this point. I truly believe that we have all exhausted every possibility. Unless there is something way out there, I just don't think I'm going to really comment on a Johan trade until there is an actual trade, or until La Velle tells us that something is truly imminent. It's exhausting. I've been disappointed this week. Does that just mean I am too close to this? Probably.
I'm tired of thinking about <Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Jose Tabata, Ian Kennedy, Clay Buccholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Justin Masterson, Ryan Kalish, Lars Anderson, Michael Bowden, Jered Weaver, Brandon Wood, Howie Kendrick, Ervin Santana, Reggie Willits, Erick Aybar, Matt Kemp, Delwyn Young, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Andy LaRoche, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Jones, Jeff Clement, Brandon Morrow, Jose Reyes, Carlos Gomes, Phil Humber, Mike Pelfrey, and however many more names have been mentioned in the sweepstakes. Does anyone else feel the need to tout the merits of Ellsbury or bash the play of Crisp? I'm tired of reading that Reyes isn't available. Phil Hughes or Clay Buccholz? Don't others feel that they've just had enough?
It has been an exhausting few days for the Twins fans and bloggers. Wanting to be made aware of any new information. Do they have to trade Santana? Of course not. Should they? Of course. Are our expectations a little high? Maybe. Should they be? I think so. But in the end, the Twins will be better in 2009 and beyond if they do trade Santana. Unless they can work out a reasonable deal with the ace lefty, which I donít see being a possibility, the best move is to move him. But at this point, I think Iím done speculating about teams and players that might be interested. This thing could happen any timeÖ or it could happen right before spring training in FebruaryÖ or any time in between. I think we are all best to just take a deep breath, let Bill Smith and his entourage do their best to try to take the time to make the best possible deal. As frustrating as it is for us, if this taking a little longer means a better deal for the Twins, Smith is wise to do it. Sure, it would have been nice to have it done so that the Twins (and us fans) could start thinking about actual baseball. But Smithís job isnít to work on our schedule and to make us happy. His job is to build a better baseball team, and obviously that is what he is trying to do here.
So, I will just be patient, and trust that the people in charge are looking out for the Twins best interests, and that is a good thing. But for now, I have heard all the speculation that I can (unless something new is presented, then Iíll be back in the game.) Otherwise, letís all try to get back to normal. Listen to the Rule V draft this morning, discuss who the Twins pick or lose during the major league and minor league portions. I will be on the road by 9:00 this morning so keep the comments going. Also, the football picks should be here shortly.