Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Let's find a trade that works

According to every source out there, the Twins are going hard after Cliff Lee. I've already said why trading Kevin Slowey or Nick Blackburn in their efforts is a bad idea: it doesn't improve the rotation much and inhibits the team in the future when Lee will leave. Let's put it like this... The Twins need pitching DEPTH more than anything, and swapping one pitcher for another, even if he is better, isn't that great an improvement.
That said, the Mariners have come out and said that they want hitters, especially young, major league ready hitters. There is a rumor floating around that the Twins offered Wilson Ramos and Aaron Hicks and were rejected. There are a couple of reasons that I can think that, if this rumor is true, the Twins were turned down.
1) The Mariners floated this rumor in order to drum up greater offers
2) The Mariners just don't want to make a trade yet
3) The Mariners really do want major league ready hitters
Let's go with that last option. Ramos fits the bill, and the Mariners need a catching prospect. He is definitely in the deal. Instead of Hicks, let's go with someone further up, like Ben Revere. Not good enough? Probably not, because Revere is a Denard Span like hitter, and it seems as though the Mariners are in the market for someone with a little more pop in their bat. As I have said many times, there is one player who should be desirable for other teams in the league, but on the Twins, unfortunately, is redundant: Jason Kubel. Would Kubel + Ramos be enough for Lee? I'm not sure. But it would be interesting to find out.

It should be noted, that Cliff Lee will forever be my SECOND favorite baseball player named Cliff

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