Free Trial Ad
Why Subscribe?
  • Player/Prospect News
  • Exclusive Insider Info
  • Members-Only Forums
  • Exclusive Videos
  • Subscribe Now!
Inbox
Reply to TopicPost New Topic
  Page of 3  Next >

What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline?

Posted: 7/10/2014 7:47 AM

What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


Let's see if we can generate some good discussion among the 4 or 5 us here. What should the Twins do in the next couple weeks? Who should they move? What should they expect to get in return? Have they written off this season? Is it important that their AAA affiliate try and win a championship for the Organization?

Twins are in the throes of another round of nasty injuries that have upset them, the Red Wings and Rock Cats. It has been particularly unsettling with the pitching staffs. This seems to be an annual thing with the Twins...like the arrival of the flu every year.

Sano will not play at all this year. That sets plans back a full season. He was targeted for AAA this  year and hopefully the big club in 2015. Not going to happen. Santana developed OTOH a lot faster than expected....but now he's hurt. Hopefully he will be back in action after the ASG.

Florimon regressed badly. Here in Rochester he is recovering somewhat. His hitting has improved slightly. His 'd' has been adequate but hardly spectacular.

Colabello, Arcia and Parmelee have all endured prolonged dry spells. Are they collectively still in the long range plans of the Twins?

Willingham is sure to be gone. Morales will probably go (but I wish the Twins would retain him because they will never get any value for him outside of unproven draft picks or class A prospects/suspects.
If they move Suzuki...they should immediately go see a shrink.
Nunez? Might go. Fuld? Might go. (but who plays CF?.....Span? Revere? Mastroianni? Gomez? LOL LOL Brian!!!!)

As for pitching, I honestly don't know where to start so I'll leave that to you guys. There are so many holes it makes Swiss Cheese look like Velveeta.

Anyway....lets discuss.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/10/2014 9:21 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 



insagt1 wrote:
Nunez? Might go. Fuld? Might go. (but who plays CF?.....Span? Revere? Mastroianni? Gomez? LOL LOL Brian!!!!)

As for pitching, I honestly don't know where to start so I'll leave that to you guys. There are so many holes it makes Swiss Cheese look like Velveeta.

Anyway....lets discuss.
Man, don't get me started... tongue.

FWIW, Carlos Gomez is an All-Star center-fielder who is leading off for Milwaukee.  Span is a proven hitter, great fielder and a solid lead-off man for Washington. 

All Revere is doing in Philly is hitting nearly .300 (.292) and playing flawless defense, but apparently, that's not good enough for Rino and Philly fans, as he continually gets yoked around.  From Sandberg's perspective, the knocks on Revere are his temperament (he looks like he's enjoying himself too much), his bat discipline (dude swings at strikes, instead of taking), 'takes poor routes in the outfield' (total bogus made-up crap) AND his arm strength.  The fact is he's one of the only reasons to watch a pretty boring bunch.

Rollins and Howard remain the most two over-rated players in the game IMO, while Revere gets on base, steals a bunch of bases and always gives you 100%.  Honestly, the Phillies may be the one organization that makes worse decisions than we do!  However,  I don't think they trade Revere, as he's cheap and young.


For us, I say Willingham and Correia go (but only if we get enough for Correia) and we retain Morales (unless we get an offer we cannot refuse.  IMO, that's all we do and that will be that.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/10/2014 9:25 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


Would make zero sense to acquire Morales in mid season and then basically give him away at the deadline. That would be one of the stupidest decisions the organization would make.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 4:20 AM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 



insagt1 wrote: Would make zero sense to acquire Morales in mid season and then basically give him away at the deadline. That would be one of the stupidest decisions the organization would make.
It wouldn't be without precedent, however.  Remember when the Expos acquired Cliff Floyd back in 2002 for their last real run at the postseason and then traded him away a mere 3 weeks later?

My guess is they will definitely trade Willingham and that Morales might go next.   They should also trade Correia, but my gut is telling me that they will not trade him and Ryan will actually try bringing him back next season (which, they shouldn't do, but Ryan will try doing anyway).

Last edited 7/11/2014 5:49 AM by TwinsFaninVT

Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 8:40 AM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


yeah Cliff Floyd....I recall the incredible ovation he got his first game back. He commented he had never experienced anything like it in his life. People tend to forget (conveniently) that the baseball fans in Montreal are fiercely loyal and vocal. They did similar things for Gary Carter and Rock Raines...just to name two others. The Tampa Bay 'experiment' can't end soon enough for me. I wish there was more buzz about Montreal obtaining a franchise again.

Having walked down memory lane (thanks VT)....I hope the Twins keep Morales. The issue for me is they won't get value for him. No seller ever does well at the trade deadline. A contender is not about to give away anything valuable down the stretch.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 10:00 AM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


First of all, being a goal oriented guy, we need to understand what our strengths and what are our weaknesses.

Strengths - Corner outfielders with power but lack ability to hit for average and average to poor defense.  Need to find a five tool guys to man the corners.  Easy target but hard to obtain.  Young starting rotation arms with middle to top of the rotation ceilings.  Crazy?  Well these names fit that bill (Gibson, Meyer, May, Stewart, Berrios,) and Deduno, Pino, Darnell, Johnson, and Wimmers are probably back of the rotation guys.

Weaknesses - Corner infielders.  (mostly third base).  Other than Sano, we don't have much behind him for third base and Sano still might not be good enough defensively to stick there.  Centerfield.  As for prime time major league capable stars, we clearly lack anyone right now.  Buxton is at least 1-2 years (probably 2) away.  I think the team is 1 year away from really competing again.  So we need a real stop gap for next year.  I don't think Fuld is that guy.  If Hicks would ever be able to hit, he would be that guy but he is such a head case now, he may never be able to play in the majors ever again.  I do like Revere but his arm could really be his downfall for ever being a starting major league centerfielder.  He would need to be a .330 plus guy to make up for guys running from first to third or turning singles into doubles or scoring from third on mid depth fly balls.  It's unfortunate, but he needed to be turned into a second baseman the moment he hit professional baseball.  I often wonder if an orthopedic surgeon ever really examined his shoulder or anyone tore down his mechanics.  It's a real shame. 

Willingham for anything -- so the downside is he'll play well at the end of the year and you regret what we get in return but the truth is we have too many corner outfielders with little range but can hit the ball out of the park.  Colabello can do what Willingham is doing right now and so can Parmalee and Arcia.  Also Willingham costs us more money.  So what makes him unattractive to us (money) also makes him unattractive to other teams.  In the same light, what makes Colabello, Parmalee and Arcia attractive to keep also makes them attractive to obtain.  Without proven track records however, predictable performance at the major league level is a value reducer, but I think we all agree all three have ceilings similar to or greater than Willingham's best major league years.

Correia is a no brainer.  He needs to be traded.  Never thought this would happen, seeing what happened to last year's rotation, but maybe I did.  We brought it 3 starting pitchers with Correia and Gibson as the only returning arms.  Correia could have been trade bait last summer so keeping him doesn't make much sense.  Of course you can't to expect much in return but he's proven these past two years that he can be a reliable back of the rotation guy who's stuff is good enough to win ball games consistently and keep you in games.  He's also relatively cheap so I think the return on a trade could surprise us.

Morales - another no brainer.  He needs to step up his game but like Willingham, he's got a track record off being a middle of the order power bat and run producer and a reasonable first baseman.  I think if we're definitely sellers (I think we are) he needs to be traded for the best value available.  Return might not be great but cost is virtually zero.

If you're looking for game changing trades, you have to think big.  Right now, the names that fit into that category are Perkins, Hughes, Suzuki, Dozier, Meyer, Gibson, and May.  These are probably our highest trade value players.  Would I trade the young guys?  I don't think so, unless they are knock your socks off type of deals.  In what order would I make these guys untoucheable? 

1) Meyer - Young, highest ceiling guy we've have as a starting pitcher since Johan.  Might even be better than Santana which is really saying something.

2) Gibson - This guy has good stuff like Cliff Lee.  He should be kept because he'll solidify the middle of the rotation for years to come.  He's already showing signs of consistency.  As a young arm, this is very encouraging.

3) Suzuki - I know this is a stretch but his clubhouse presence, ability to handle pitchers and character is an intangible that puts his value way up there in my book.

4) Dozier - his value to us is greater than what the league probably values him now.  His power numbers are probably unbelievable for most clubs and at his position, he needs to hit around .300.  Great fielder, and great character guy.  Maybe a knock your socks off deal but I think he's a keeper.

5) May - Seems to be figuring things out.  Most would agree his ceiling isn't as high as Meyer.  Might never be a major league starter but has a power arms that might translate into a closer some day.  Does he have enough stuff to start?  Enough pitches?  Value might be very high at the moment.

6) Hughes - He's at or near his peak.  Value couldn't be much higher.  Ok, so the Yankees probably don't want him back but I could see someone like the Angels or Rangers.  Could  be an ace in the National League.

7) Perkins - Great arm, great story from middle relief mop up guy / AAAA player to elite closer.  Minnesota guy.  Lefty.  A few reasons that he's valuable, lefty (could pitch forever in the majors, still a solid closer).  Why to trade him?  He's going to get extremely expensive, he's showing signs of wear.  We know what happens when his velocity dips below 94.  He has extremely high value right now.

If we are building a winner for next year or 2016, we need depth at Center and Third, a power and average guy at a corner outfield position (might be Sano but Collabello, Parmalee or Arcia still have potential)  Another middle infielder could help but I like Dozier, Santana and Polanco as the guys in 2016.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 2:10 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 



ETCDelawareTwinsFan wrote: First of all, being a goal oriented guy, we need to understand what our strengths and what are our weaknesses.

Strengths - Corner outfielders with power but lack ability to hit for average and average to poor defense.  Need to find a five tool guys to man the corners.  Easy target but hard to obtain.  Young starting rotation arms with middle to top of the rotation ceilings.  Crazy?  Well these names fit that bill (Gibson, Meyer, May, Stewart, Berrios,) and Deduno, Pino, Darnell, Johnson, and Wimmers are probably back of the rotation guys.

Weaknesses - Corner infielders.  (mostly third base).  Other than Sano, we don't have much behind him for third base and Sano still might not be good enough defensively to stick there.  Centerfield.  As for prime time major league capable stars, we clearly lack anyone right now.  Buxton is at least 1-2 years (probably 2) away.  I think the team is 1 year away from really competing again.  So we need a real stop gap for next year.  I don't think Fuld is that guy.  If Hicks would ever be able to hit, he would be that guy but he is such a head case now, he may never be able to play in the majors ever again.  I do like Revere but his arm could really be his downfall for ever being a starting major league centerfielder.  He would need to be a .330 plus guy to make up for guys running from first to third or turning singles into doubles or scoring from third on mid depth fly balls.  It's unfortunate, but he needed to be turned into a second baseman the moment he hit professional baseball.  I often wonder if an orthopedic surgeon ever really examined his shoulder or anyone tore down his mechanics.  It's a real shame. 

Willingham for anything -- so the downside is he'll play well at the end of the year and you regret what we get in return but the truth is we have too many corner outfielders with little range but can hit the ball out of the park.  Colabello can do what Willingham is doing right now and so can Parmalee and Arcia.  Also Willingham costs us more money.  So what makes him unattractive to us (money) also makes him unattractive to other teams.  In the same light, what makes Colabello, Parmalee and Arcia attractive to keep also makes them attractive to obtain.  Without proven track records however, predictable performance at the major league level is a value reducer, but I think we all agree all three have ceilings similar to or greater than Willingham's best major league years.

Correia is a no brainer.  He needs to be traded.  Never thought this would happen, seeing what happened to last year's rotation, but maybe I did.  We brought it 3 starting pitchers with Correia and Gibson as the only returning arms.  Correia could have been trade bait last summer so keeping him doesn't make much sense.  Of course you can't to expect much in return but he's proven these past two years that he can be a reliable back of the rotation guy who's stuff is good enough to win ball games consistently and keep you in games.  He's also relatively cheap so I think the return on a trade could surprise us.

Morales - another no brainer.  He needs to step up his game but like Willingham, he's got a track record off being a middle of the order power bat and run producer and a reasonable first baseman.  I think if we're definitely sellers (I think we are) he needs to be traded for the best value available.  Return might not be great but cost is virtually zero.

If you're looking for game changing trades, you have to think big.  Right now, the names that fit into that category are Perkins, Hughes, Suzuki, Dozier, Meyer, Gibson, and May.  These are probably our highest trade value players.  Would I trade the young guys?  I don't think so, unless they are knock your socks off type of deals.  In what order would I make these guys untoucheable? 

1) Meyer - Young, highest ceiling guy we've have as a starting pitcher since Johan.  Might even be better than Santana which is really saying something.

2) Gibson - This guy has good stuff like Cliff Lee.  He should be kept because he'll solidify the middle of the rotation for years to come.  He's already showing signs of consistency.  As a young arm, this is very encouraging.

3) Suzuki - I know this is a stretch but his clubhouse presence, ability to handle pitchers and character is an intangible that puts his value way up there in my book.

4) Dozier - his value to us is greater than what the league probably values him now.  His power numbers are probably unbelievable for most clubs and at his position, he needs to hit around .300.  Great fielder, and great character guy.  Maybe a knock your socks off deal but I think he's a keeper.

5) May - Seems to be figuring things out.  Most would agree his ceiling isn't as high as Meyer.  Might never be a major league starter but has a power arms that might translate into a closer some day.  Does he have enough stuff to start?  Enough pitches?  Value might be very high at the moment.

6) Hughes - He's at or near his peak.  Value couldn't be much higher.  Ok, so the Yankees probably don't want him back but I could see someone like the Angels or Rangers.  Could  be an ace in the National League.

7) Perkins - Great arm, great story from middle relief mop up guy / AAAA player to elite closer.  Minnesota guy.  Lefty.  A few reasons that he's valuable, lefty (could pitch forever in the majors, still a solid closer).  Why to trade him?  He's going to get extremely expensive, he's showing signs of wear.  We know what happens when his velocity dips below 94.  He has extremely high value right now.

If we are building a winner for next year or 2016, we need depth at Center and Third, a power and average guy at a corner outfield position (might be Sano but Collabello, Parmalee or Arcia still have potential)  Another middle infielder could help but I like Dozier, Santana and Polanco as the guys in 2016.
I would make 1,5,2,4,6,3,7. 

IMO, we are going to need all of the young pitchers we can get, especially starters!! I understand why people would want to hang on to Dozier, Suzuki, and Perkins and to an extent I agree. However, I would not be upset if we traded any of the three. While Dozier does hit a lot of (solo) home runs he really doesn't hit well (low .200s last I checked). Suzuki is getting up in years and we have Pinto waiting in the wings (who seems like he'll be a pretty solid player) but I doubt we trade one of our two all stars. Trade Perkins before he gets expensive, to me, sounds like the same ole Twins: once a player starts to do well and deserves a big contact we either balk at it or overpay (ie Mauer). I don't think we should give him more than a 3 year deal (I don't think any pitcher should have more than a 3 year deal, too much can go wrong over the years). 

I think we trade away Willingham, Morales and hopefully Correia. Who do we get back?? That'll be the interesting part, but I can hope for a shortstop to be solid for a few years while Gordon develops. Will Mauer still be playing at a level where we can have him everyday at the one bag? I hope so... Then we'll have an infield of Sano-Gordon-Dozier-Mauer with an outfield of Arcia-Buxton-Plouffe? or someone else in right...
 Meyer and May will be top of the rotation starters by 2015. 
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 3:52 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


If we trade any of the 1-7 guys, I would insist on everyday players in the mix...not a bunch of potential prospects who might pan out but might flame out as well. I have lived with the Orioles using the 'rebuild and collect prospects' card for over a decade and it didn't work. Usually it doesn't because while you are waiting for the can't missers to make it, other regulars are either getting old, getting injured or getting past their best years. Its a crappy formula that allegedly gives 'hope'...but its hope like winning the lottery IMO.

If the Twins weaken their core too much, no crop of prospects will be able to compensate and the Twins will suck for another 4 or 5 years. Already the two absolutely 'can't miss' prospects have suffered serious injuries. (Sano and Buxton) And that is getting way too common. Additionally they have perhaps permanently messed up another potential decent player in Hicks. Who knows whether he'll ever amount to much anymore. And its worse for pitchers. The way pitchers careers are being cut short, you many never again see a 200 game career winner in MLB. Forget 300....thats long gone.
Trading away players who have barely estabslished themselves in Minnesota (Dozier, Hughes, Morales, Suzuki, Gibson) could be very unsettling for a clubhouse that is still trying to figure things out.

I suppose Perkins could go...he's a lefty, which makes him more valuable, but what will they get for him? A couple draft picks maybe, or some guy buried in A ball somewhere, some cash or a PTBNL. Ugh.
I really don't expect to get much for Willingham. He's 'old' now and clearly a 2 month rental at best. Twins will be giving him away.
Trading Morales, right now, I wouldn't do. Let's see what he could do for a revitalized Twins team next season. We grabbed him away from contenders....don't waste that grab. He won't get much on July31st. I believe he's more valuable to the Twins than on the market.

Correia--yeah hes probably gone. Maybe they can get someone for Rochester for him.
Deduno might go also. And Swarzak. (and I wouldn't cry if Burton disappeared.

Twins just get themselves into an everlasting loup of mediocrity...merely shuffling players in and out waiting for the holy grail...which doesn't come around often.

Finally...I'll say it again...the whole coaching staff from Gardy on down should go. I honestly believe that would help.

Last edited 7/11/2014 3:54 PM by insagt1

Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 5:19 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


In reading various online comments...the bloom is definitely off the rose for Joe M in Minnesota. I think the main issue is his fragility now. He appears to be one of these guys whose body keeps betraying him now.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/11/2014 5:34 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 



insagt1 wrote: Finally...I'll say it again...the whole coaching staff from Gardy on down should go. I honestly believe that would help.
Does that include Steinbach, Bruno and Molitor? I think any coaches who have been added within the last couple seasons will be given reprieves, but anyone who's been with Gardy since day 1, will be shown the door
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 9:52 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


Yes, thats pretty much what I was thinking. Out with the old......
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/12/2014 11:07 AM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


I wanted to comment on the observation that Gibson is showing signs of consistency....if ever there was a pitcher who was the picture of inconsistency this season, its Gibosn....he yoyos back and forth from great outing to terrible outing. Like clockwork almost. He had that one little streak of 3 games with no runs allowed...then reverted back to bad game, good game. He's very hard to figure out. Probably will end up around 12-12.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/12/2014 11:39 AM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


This pretty much sums up what the Twins have been like this year banghead
insagt1 wrote: I wanted to comment on the observation that Gibson is showing signs of consistency....if ever there was a pitcher who was the picture of inconsistency this season, its Gibosn....he yoyos back and forth from great outing to terrible outing. Like clockwork almost. He had that one little streak of 3 games with no runs allowed...then reverted back to bad game, good game. He's very hard to figure out. Probably will end up around 12-12.
 Meyer and May will be top of the rotation starters by 2015. 
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/12/2014 8:55 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


It's his first full season as a major leaguer.  It's the first half of this season.  My comment is from that perspective.  Of course he's not 100% consistent or he'd be a Cy Young candidiate.  He had an amazing stretch of scoreless innings.  That's much better than we've seen from young pitchers in the past.  I think he's done quite well and if he continues to learn and gain confidence, he sould improve and become "even more consistent".
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/12/2014 11:17 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


I understand the sentiment totally, but honestly you really can't use 'consistent' to describe his first half. He has been all over the place. He's done OK, yes, but you don't know from start to start which Gibson you're gonna get. He's a work in progess.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/12/2014 11:20 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


May and Meyer could possibly make the Twins next season. They have done pretty well so far in AAA, but both have some weaknesses to work on. May was really going well and then, blammo, the injury. We're hoping he starts tomorrow.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/14/2014 7:18 AM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 



ETCDelawareTwinsFan wrote:

1) Meyer - Young, highest ceiling guy we've have as a starting pitcher since Johan.  Might even be better than Santana which is really saying something.

Sorry, but this is completely unrealistic at this point in time. 

Santana was probably our most dominant pitcher in the history of the organization and you're projecting Meyer to be better?  Meyer has a live arm, no doubt, and he may help us in the future.  Had you compared him to Matt Garza, I probably could have agreed to that (but you lost me at Johan).
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/14/2014 12:39 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 


If the Twins keep the momentum they've got going heading to the deadline, I can see them maybe trying to make a move or two...nothing major though. I don't think we'll be seeing Meyer or May brought up till at least September callups at the earliest. If the Red Wings are still in the hunt by then, or even win their division, I'd keep them there until the AAA playoffs are over. If they keep up their growth and continue to do well, I won't be surprised to see them in our rotation next year.

The Twins need to hope the bottom of the rotation guys can be more consistant and keep winning games. Nolasco needs to pitch better too. I'm not too worried about Hughes and Gibson, although Gibby can be a bit of a yoyo on the mound from time to time.

Bullpen is being overworked again, and that has to stop. Our starters just need to go deeper in games and give the pen a rest.

As for the lineup, it would be insane to move Morales so soon after signing him. He's here till the end of the season IMO, and hopefully if he keeps being helpful, the Twins can manage to keep him around a couple more seasons. I really like him. This could be as good of a signing as Shannon Stewart as far as bringing a spark to this team.

If their going to move Willingham, better do it this year before you lose him to free agency. I know the cupboard down in the minors is thin for outfielders, so we're probably not going to move him unless someone is available or Terry Ryan can pull a fantastic trade for an outfielder out of his aging ass.

With regards to Mauer, I get sick to my stomach over his situation. Another season, another injury. Mauer needs to grow some balls, and stop being on the DL for the littlest things...."ooh my God I got a hang nail...better take 3 months off!" Come on Mauer, get your ass in gym, put some muscle on, work through it, and EARN your ******* 23 million a year.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/14/2014 12:54 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 



viperdk wrote:

With regards to Mauer, I get sick to my stomach over his situation. Another season, another injury. Mauer needs to grow some balls, and stop being on the DL for the littlest things...."ooh my God I got a hang nail...better take 3 months off!" Come on Mauer, get your ass in gym, put some muscle on, work through it, and EARN your ******* 23 million a year.
I agree to an extent.  The "bi-lateral leg weakness" thing was embarrassing and this pulled oblique muscle injury seems a bit weak as well. It's clear that Mauer needs to figure out a different training regimen and drastically change his approach to strength and conditioning.  The best thing he can do is to avoid the crackpot trainers the Twins have on staff.  .  That said, I do think that he was unduly criticized for the concussion issue last year.  That was a flukey injury that had nothing to do with conditioning and there is little to nothing that anyone can do to speed up the recovery on that.  As we saw with Justin Morneau, it takes a long time for a player to fully recover from that type of injury.   In fact, my conspiracy theory is that this "oblique injury" has been fabricated and is just a way for the Twins to cover up the fact that Mauer is still feeling the adverse effects of last year's concussion.

Last edited 7/14/2014 12:56 PM by TwinsFaninVT

Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/14/2014 6:59 PM

Re: What Should Twins Do at Trade Deadline? 



TwinsFaninVT wrote:

 That said, I do think that he was unduly criticized for the concussion issue last year.  That was a flukey injury that had nothing to do with conditioning and there is little to nothing that anyone can do to speed up the recovery on that.  As we saw with Justin Morneau, it takes a long time for a player to fully recover from that type of injury.   In fact, my conspiracy theory is that this "oblique injury" has been fabricated and is just a way for the Twins to cover up the fact that Mauer is still feeling the adverse effects of last year's concussion.

To the best of my knowledge, no one has criticized Joe Mauer for last year's concussion-like symptoms.  No one in the media and not anyone I know mentions it.  It's a dead issue. 

I think we're all hyper-sensitive and extremely sympathetic after seeing what Morneau went thru... However, the now legendary 'bilateral leg weakness' crap was a bitter pill to swallow and his latest "injury" are different matters and I hope he finds some professional pride within himself, takes it criticism personally and comes back and shuts up his detractors.
Reply | Quote
Reply to TopicPost New Topic
  Page of 3  Next >