25 July 2010
Hours after I wrote about why the Twins could go after Dan Haren, it's announced that the 29-year old pitcher was traded to Anaheim. Oh, well. Here are my thoughts on the trade from Arizona's perspective, if you're interested.
As for Minnesota, it has become quite clear that they are either unwilling or unable to take on additional payroll. Los Angeles acquired Haren for two good prospects, one fringe reliever, and a poor starting pitcher. The Twins could have easily matched that, but were obviously hesitant due to Haren's (very reasonable) contract.
It's not July 31 yet, but I'd say Minnesota is prepared to stand pat and compete with the talent already on their roster this season. Let's hope they have enough to get the job done.
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