How do you rebuild an organization that's struggled? Throwing money at free agents, drafting well, making smart trades, success in the international market, player development, and health are all big factors, but it's safe to say that there isn't just one way to fix a broken team. If you look up and down the Twins' roster you see signs of a rebuild years in the making: Miguel Sano, Trevor May, Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, Ervin Santana. The list goes on, but it's safe to say that the Twins have had some measure of success in every area noted above.
That brings us to the market at the non-waiver trade deadline. Things have been oddly silent as far as the Minnesota Twins are concerned, with just the occasional beat writer update with quotes from Terry Ryan to keep us in the loop.
"I know they've done a hell of a job getting to this point and we're in a good position," Ryan told Mike Berardino after the game last night. "Now it's my responsibility to help the case." Ryan understands that the club deserves help. He also knows the difference between a responsible more and an irresponsible one.
Being conservative is a preferable attitude for a General Manger in charge of a rebuilding club; making moves simply to keep up with the Joneses is a good way to make a mistake. But that's not the same finding it acceptable should nothing happen at all. If Ryan is unable to find a good fit for a trade, the responsibility still stops with him. It's his job to find the good fit. Coming away from this trade deadline having done nothing is unacceptable.
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There have been rumblings that the club is interested in a number of players in San Diego, from the obvious (Joaquin Benoit) to the less obvious (James Shields, Austin Hedges). Berardino also noted that the Twins aren't too keen on dealing for a reliever who lacks team control.
Checked on Tazawa and Breslow. Was just told #MNTwins are a potential match for NEITHER Boston reliever. Tazawa will be 5+. Breslow FA.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) July 30, 2015
What Minnesota ends up doing by the deadline this afternoon remains to be seen, but looking back one last time to Berardino's article linked above it's clear that the players inside the clubhouse feel the same apprehension that we do. They know how well they've played, they see the moves all of the other contending clubs are making, and they know that the Twins can't be the only organization left without a dance partner. Benoit seems like the player favorite to help the bullpen, too.
Something needs to fall into place today. Stick with us for deadline coverage, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments. Also feel free to head over to the FanPost section if you have something you want to share.