The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

October 28, 2012

Thoma column: With pitching staffed pruned, Twins must now graft arms

(Continued)

I suspect that whatever trade the Twins do make, that my reaction will be that they gave up too much.

Second: The Twins are said to be near an agreement with Baker, who is rehabbing from ligament replacement surgery, for his return. If he does, it’s quite likely that he won’t be ready to pitch in the majors in April, and his innings will be limited.

Prospect Kyle Gibson is about nine months ahead of Baker chronologically in his rehab process. He too will have his innings limited, but unlike Baker should be able to pitch at the start of the season.

I can see the Twins essentially splitting a rotation spot between the two. I think they’d be pleased to get 200 innings out of the combination — say 120 from Gibson and 80 from Baker.

They are unlikely to neatly divide one rotation spot that way, with Gibson pitching into August and Baker then taking his place. Expect some overlap in which both are in the rotation.

Third: Naming a front-runner for the fifth spot in this scenario is an exercise in futility. Candidates include (alphabetically) Nick Blackburn, Sam Deduno, Cole De Vries, Brian Duensing and probably Anthony Swarzak.

The only real reason to include Blackburn (who is not on the 40) is that he has a $5.5 million contract. Swarzak and Duensing have been much better as relievers than as starters.

If I had to pick between Deduno and De Vries, I’d pick De Vries. But there’s a whole offseason between now and April.

 

Edward Thoma (344-6377; ethoma@mankatofreepress.com) maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at fpbaseballoutsider.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Cristiano Ronaldo -- TEAMING UP WITH LIL WAYNE ... Rapper Starting Sports Management Biz McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve World Cup Hero Mario Gotze -- HALF-NAKED MUD BATH ... With Hot Model GF RG3 answers critics, grateful for coaches' support Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Resigns Control Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Jack White's Cub Face Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Eli, Giants learning new offense How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Boy With Life-Threatening Tumor Gets Wish To Visit PNC Park, Meet Cutch