Now that the draft is over, I thought it might be time to talk about what the Twins' strategy should be heading toward the trade deadline. Buyers? Sellers? Both? Neither? Who do you want, who would you never deal?
I'll try to keep this briefer than I usually do. I'll just post a few questions, with short answers of my own, hopefully to spur some conversation.
1. Buyers or sellers? I think it's clear that the Twins aren't going to fire sale it--they are in their division. Are there major leaguers I could imagine trading? Absolutely. But the goal has to be to try to improve this year and next
2. What do they need? Seems clear they need middle infield help. Another set-up guy would be useful, but not worth overpaying for. I wouldn't be averse to a star level outfielder, but I don't see the 2009 version of Jason Bay anywhere.
3. Who do you want? A couple of names we've talked about are Freddie Sanchez (a rather short term 2B solution) and Alcides Escobar (A long term SS solution). Who else? What would they cost? Who do you have your eye on?
4. Who would you trade? There are a couple of guys on the ML roster that seem like good sell high candidates to me, notably Nick Blackburn and maybe Shaggy Guerrier. Is there anyone in the minors that you would really struggle to trade? For me, I'd be very hesitant to trade Swarzak and Hicks, though I wouldn't refuse in the right deal. Everyone else...I'm not giving them away, but I don't see a lot of future stars in the system. What say you?