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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Since Bob Asked...

What about the players the Twins received from the Mets in the Santana trade? I hate to break Batgirl's heart, but it's a fairly unimpressive lot.

Carlos Gomez is a tools guy; fast, athletic, looks great in a uniform, but is not well versed in plate discipline or pitch selection and has a long way to go to develop any power. Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey are middle to back of the rotation starters at best, and Deolis Guerra is impressive but is 19 and hasn't cleared A-ball yet.

While mid level rotation guys have value, and Guerra is as likely as any hot young pitcher to turn into something special, the real problem with the deal from the Twins end is that they already have a farm system full of promising young pitchers. What they needed (and now still need) are young position players, of which the system is pretty empty.

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