We continue the 2015 Team Previews today with the lovable basement-dwelling Minnesota Twins. Since he lives right down the street from them and was nice enough to write about the Twins for us (we wanted no part of the Twins), Corey is back at it again with another season preview. If you enjoy his preview and you’re a baseball fan, give him a follow on twitter.
Living in Minneapolis, I was lucky enough to enjoy some of the All Star festivities and I snapped this shot at the HR Derby. Unfortunately for Twins fans, there wasn’t much excitement at Target field outside of the All Star break. The Twins finished in the cellar of the AL Central with a 70-92 record and they appear to be in a waiting mode for some of the young players that make up one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. Will 2015 bring more hope to the Twin Cities or will it be another rebuild season with a dash of top prospects getting their cup of coffee late in the season?
If someone told a Tigers fan that this would be the closing picture to the 2012 Detroit season, they would have been ecstatic. The only problem is that this picture is from the ALCS victory, not the World Series. For the second time in six years, The Tigers were the runner up to a National League club. For Detroit fans in general, I’m sure it seems like you city has been short on luck the past several years with little hockey, the Pistons and Lions being horrible, and general economic problems. (Side note: sometimes it feels like Detroit and Cleveland are in a race to the bottom.) The Tigers have been a bright spot. Spending plenty of money, signing big free agents, and winning. But coming up short hurts bad – no one denies this.
So what did Detroit do in the off season do avoid this fate again.
Major Off-Season Moves:
Resigned SP Anibal Sanchez
Resigned SP Rick Porcello
Signed OF Torii Hunter
A lot of people thought the deal that the Tigers gave Sanchez, $80M over 5 years, a steep price to pay for a 4th starter. But that’s the free market. The Tigers valued a 4th starter more than other teams valued a number two – because I think that’s what Sanchez can be. Meanwhile, they filled out the fifth spot by keeping Porcello around. Then the signed Torii Hunter, who is seemingly ageless. He’ll be a upgrade over having to play Delmon Young in the OF.
Last night on The Baseball Show Podcast, co-hosts Mike Rosenbaum and M.J. Lloyd and I discussed the following topics:
-The Marlins/Blue Jays blockbuster trade
-The Toronto Blue Jays chances in the AL East
-Why it sucks to be a Marlins fan
-Giancarlo Stanton’s future in Miami
-What is it like to be a Marlins fan right now?
-The prospects on the way to Toronto via trade
-Torii Hunter leaves Anaheim for Detroit
-Thoughts on all season awards