Despite the anxious wishes of Twins’ fans everywhere, the Twins have yet to make their first move this offseason.
Akinori Iwamura, 30, was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates a few days ago for young reliever Jesse Chavez. Considering the relatively low price, it’s a shame the Twins were unable to convince the Tampa Bay Rays they were the best recipient for their veteran second baseman.
I’m not sure why the Twins weren’t able to top Pittsburgh’s offer of Chavez. Surely a Rob Delaney or Anthony Slama would have been enough, right? Of course, this is assuming that Bill Smith was involved in the trade talks. Judging from the circumstantial evidence, I find it hard to believe that he wasn’t.
Brian Buscher was outrighted to the minor leagues on Tuesday morning, just hours before the trade of Iwamura was announced. This freed up a spot on the 40-man roster, which was the main reason people thought the Twins were involved in the Iwamura trade talks.
Iwamura has a club option on his contract for 2010. The decision to either pick up this option or pay the $250K buyout needed to be made by the day after the World Series ended.
Considering the fact that Minnesota has all winter to shuffle their roster, the outright of Buscher before the end of the World Series could mean essentially two things: the Twins were either involved in trade talks involving a player whose team didn’t want to pick up next year’s option, or Buscher had shot Smith’s dog.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Minnesota failed to acquire Iwamura.
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Coveted second baseman Akinori Iwamura has been near the top of Minnesota's wishlist for some time, and it appears that a trade may be in the works.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay Rays are close to dealing their 30-year-old infielder. The source doesn't know where the deal would land Iwamura, but he claims that the receiving team will not be the Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago Cubs.
Earlier today, the Twins removed third baseman Brian Buscher from their 40-man roster, leaving an opening.
Be sure to stick around here, and I'll be on top of all the developments!
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UPDATE – 3:30 p.m.
Game over. It appears that the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to be the recipients of Iwamura.no comments
Things have been busy lately, and my "day job"* has required me to be keep up with the World Series and attend volleyball games, so I haven't had the chance to chat about the Twins as much as I'd like. Soon enough I'll have some more offseason speculation and predictions for you to read.
* It doesn't sound right for a kid my age to have a "day job," but whatever.
For now, though, here are links to some of the stuff I read on a daily basis. Be sure to check them out and subscribe!
- Interesting discussion going on over at Twinkie Town. When Is It Easier to Replace the Whole Than Replace the Parts?
- The entire history of Seth Stoh's prospect rankings! SethSpeaks Prospect History
- Nick Nelson makes the case for Ron Gardenhire as Manager of the Year. Ron Gardenhire: AL Manager of the Year?
- Josh Johnson discusses the future of Orlando Cabrera. Off-Season Blueprint: Letting Go (The Orlando Cabrera Edition)
- John Bonnes talks about Placido Polanco. The Polanco Crush
- Parker Hageman continues his series on Minnesota's pitchers. 2009 Pitching Appraisal: Kevin Slowey
- Joshua Taylor (returning to the blog world, by the way) discusses the Rule 5 eligibility of Rene Tosoni. Rene Tosoni — Help!
Our parent network, Bloguin, is celebrating its one-year anniversary! As a part of that, they're rolling out the 2009 Bloguin Awards, which recognizes the biggest and brightest of the 100 blogs currently hosted by Bloguin.
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Despite playing just over half of the season, Joe Crede managed to be Minnesota's second most-valuable infielder. That's obviously not saying much—considering how Matt Tolbert and Alexi Casilla combined for 454 plate appearances this season—but for a guy who appeared to be his own voodoo doll, it's quite the accomplishment.
Crede spent just under half the season on the disabled list. Recovery from back surgery, a strain in his lower back, a right shoulder irritation, a bruised left knee, an injured right hand, and a sore hamstring should all be flashing, neon signs to stay away from this injury-prone 31-year-old, right?
Wrong. Like it or not, an injury-prone third baseman may be exactly what the Twins need in 2010.
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Most fans are already considering this upcoming offseason as the most exciting in Twins' history. Premature though that may be, there is every reason to believe that Minnesota could be among the most active teams this winter for one main reason: Target Field.
The new stadium is expected to drastically raise the annual payroll of the team, perhaps even removing the label of "lowest spending team in the AL Central." With more money at their disposal, the efficient Twins will add more wins to their team.
Then again, maybe the assumed revenue increase won't play as big a role as fans would like.
Here is an early look at the players who have guaranteed contracts for 2010:
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Not every fanbase can claim a blogosphere with as high quality journalism as the Minnesota Twins boast. It's no secret that there are some very bright minds on the other side of your computer monitor. When they speak, we all generally listen.
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From the book:
"It's the quintessential meme of sports fans everywhere: I could do that guy's job. In an age where information and statistics are abundantly available to just about everyone, second-guessing of managers and front office personal has become second-nature for most avid baseball followers. Well, now it's time to put your money where your mouth is: consider yourself hired."
Why are you still here? Be off now; go buy the book and support four of the best Twins' bloggers in the biz! Even if you can't afford the $10, there is a free download of 1/3 of the book at TwinsCentric.com.
(Boring, and probably unnecessary legal drivel: The FTC released an update to their "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising" for the first time since 1980. Included in the update is an ominous threat to "bloggers" who do not disclose whether or not they are being paid to write a review. I wasn't "paid," per say, but John did give me a free copy of the book to review. I obviously would have bought the book if I didn't already have a copy. You probably didn't need to know that -- (if I find the FTC is reading this blog, I don't know if I'd be stoked or upset) -- but I really don't want to be fined $11,000. Just covering my bases.)no comments