Thursday, December 5, 2013

Brewers Need To Look To Twins For Advice On Rotation?

Twins Sign NolascoMinnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan is going about his business lately, and get going.
In 2013 the Milwaukee Brewers had a very inconsistent rotation, one of the main reasons as to why they finished 74-88, good for fourth place in the National League central. The Brewers do need to find a starter in free agency, and so far this offseason Melvin has done nothing to address that. Not even an offer. I believe it may be time for Melvin to take a look at how the

In 2013 the Minnesota Twins had by far the worst rotation in major league baseball. That has pretty much been the theme for the Twins the last few years now. The idea that they are the worst rotation in baseball has more to do with lack of talent and less to do with overall numbers. This is largely due to the bad drafts and decisions of former Twins general Manager Bill “dumpster fire” Smith.

Terry Ryan has spent the last two offseason addressing the rotation issue. Last offseason he addressed the need for long term projectable arms. He traded outfielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals in exchange for starting pitching prospect Alex Meyer. He also traded outfielder Ben Revere to Philadelphia in exchange for starting pitcher Vance Worley and starting pitching prospect Trevor May. Both Meyer and May have top of the rotation arms, and Meyer has ace’s potential.

These trades still do not address the need for some short term help as well. Ryan watched the performance of the Twins rotation in 2013 and basically said “Even though we are in the middle of a rebuild, this nonsense can’t continue." So far this offseason, Ryan has signed one of the best pitchers on the free agent market, Ricky Nolasco to a four year, 53 million dollar contract. He also signed Phil Hughes to a three year, 24 million dollar contract on Saturday. This will be a great move for the Twins. Hughes, a fly ball pitcher, goes from the little ballpark Yankee Stadium to big huge Target Field. Not only is Target Field pitcher friendly, but fly balls just simply die in that ballpark, which explains the Twins really bad power numbers since moving in there in 2010. Add into that the fact that Hughes is going from the bright lights of New York to the no pressure Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where some people actually care more about high school hockey than major league baseball. The Twins are also looking at Gavin Floyd, and are considering taking a flier on former Twin Johan Santana, who is trying to return from his second Tommy John surgery. I’m not saying Melvin needs to go to these extremes, as the Brewers rotation is not in as bad of shape as Minnesota’s is, but he does need to do something, and he needs to do it now.

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