A lot happened this week in Minnesota sports, and what better way to sift through it all by ranking how each team did this week? We’ll use our Community Discussion post to start up the conversation. Here’s what each active Minnesota sports team did this week:
The Boston Red Sox shed some payroll by dealing outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers and receiving outfielder Alex Verdugo in return. But the Twins crashed the party and received pitcher Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers and sent flame-throwing Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox to make it a three-team trade. Although there’s a snag in the trade before it becomes official, it seems like it will go through with probably another player or cash thrown Boston’s way. (NO JINX)
Our own Kyle Edelbrock had this to say on the Twins getting Maeda in his great analysis piece:
The acquisition of Kenta Maeda is a move that is going to make the Twins a better team in 2020 while also providing some stability in the starting rotation for years to come. It is a fantastic final addition to a great off season.
I apologize as I don’t follow the NBA or the Wolves very much, but it seems like they had a blockbuster day yesterday. Minnesota and the Golden State Warriors were able to come to terms on a trade that sent D’Angelo Russell along with Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins and two draft picks - a protected first-round pick and a second-round pick, both in the 2021 draft. Was this good for the Minnesota basketball team? I can’t provide any input, but our friend Eric in Madison (Minnesota? Wisconsin? Who knows?) of our sister site Canis Hoopus had this to say:
Instead, my initial feelings are a blender ball mix of relief, excitement, joy, and rejuvenation. Being a fan of the Wolves has essentially been a prison sentence for as long as I can remember, and up until this morning, things had never looked bleaker for the Minneapolis franchise. Landing an All-Star PG, who doesn’t turn 24-years old until February 23, and pairing him with one of his best friends in Towns is quite possibly the most important move since the franchise drafted Kevin Garnett.
Minnesota also swung another trade yesterday afternoon by sending Gorgui Dieng to the Memphis Grizzlies for genericly-named James Johnson. “It’s a bit sad, really,” says Eric in Madison.
Okay, so the Wild didn’t do very much in terms of roster management this week, but we’ll include them anyway since the NHL is in season. They did place defenseman Nick Seeler on waivers this week, who was picked up by the rival Chicago Blackhawks.
Our friends at the SBN Wild site Hockey Wilderness, specifically Ryan Quigley, had this to say:
[Seeler] was unable to nail down a role with the Wild this season. Most of his nights have been spent in the press box. In his six appearances this season, he recorded zero points and a minus-6 rating.
So with the recap of each team’s moves this week, discuss the following:
How would you rank the roster management of the Minnesota sports teams this past week?
You can take anything into consideration: each team’s future, current state of the roster, how cool the names are - anything. Kick it off in the comments below! (Had to add the football pun, sorry.)