December 7, 2011

“Gleeman and The Geek” #18: Winter Meetings

This week's episode of "Gleeman and The Geek" was recorded at Wild Boar in Hopkins and our beers of choice were Summit Winter Ale and Grain Belt Nordeast. Topics included Matt Capps' return and breaking away from a bad relationship, Kevin Slowey's departure and playing the blame game, Michael Cuddyer's options, Twitter fights, Jason Kubel alternatives, the winter meetings, scaring John Bonnes' son, and loud karaoke.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 18

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  • Clyde

    Never heard the Phillies connected with Cliff Lee until just before the signing. Who knows what teams have contacted Cuddyer’s agent.

  • William

    Isn’t it odd that so many Twins players “thrive” once in a new environment? Doesn’t that say something about how the Twins handle their players?

  • Curt

    Agree with Aaron on Slowey-bashing. Tactics the same with, among others, Blyleven and Carew in the 70′s. Media parrots team-party-line and gullible fans eat it up. Not saying Slowey is Gandhi… I’ll bet 23 of 25 guys on any team are jerks… but he is just one of 23 jerks. Once the media starts bad-mouthing him he becomes a bigger jerk (to them). Go figure.

  • doofus

    I don’t think Slowey was a jerk personally. Just a jerk about his situation. He paid the consequences for it and all have moved on, case closed.

    In reference to you podcast last night regarding the Murphy inquiry. I am wondering if the Twins might look to trade a CF if the have a back up CF. of note the Astros are willing to pay 1/2 of Myers salary for a prospect. That’s a 200 inning pitcher for 5 million with an option for 10 million if he’s any good. Myers for Revere as Houston has traded their speedy CF last year we could even through in Butera to even it out….That’s a deal waiting to happen.

  • Jeff O

    Since when did you adopt a Boston accent?? Great podcast though!

  • jama

    If all Cuddyer is getting offered is a 3 year $24 million deal is there a chance he just accepts arbitration and takes the $12-$13 million he’d likely get for one year and go from there?

  • Jeff

    Why does John think 3 years 25M a good deal for Cuddyer if Willingham is more or less equivalent, more or less the same price, and we don’t lose the picks? For a team that didn’t suck salty donkey nuts last year and doesn’t have a pessimistic future, maybe I’d sacrifice the picks for the “clubhouse guy” all the fans like, but right now losing those picks doesn’t look too good…

  • Jeff O

    @jama I have my doubts Cuddyer could repeat the season he just had. And he’ll be another year older by the time free agency rolls around next year. No chance he accepts arbitration.

  • Ted

    How about Beltran as a Cuddyer replacement? Just read that the Giants will no re sign him and that the market for his services appears thin. He might be at the point in his career where a one year deal for $8 million would be attractive.

  • http://fieldoftwins.blogspot.com/ Shane

    I will be interested to see what you guys think (IF Cuddyer is signed by the Twins for 3 years) will happen to the likes of Joe Benson, Rene Tosoni, Ben Revere, Evan Bigley, etc. Signing Cuddyer to a 3-year deal is stupid, but if they do it, maybe these prospects play for trade value this year to enable some sort of move to improve the Twins starting pitching (Benson in particular).

  • Terry Doyle
  • http://saltmanz.com Chris

    “I’m not opposed to the idea of Matt Capps in a vacuum.” ~Aaron

    I bet John would love seeing Matt Capps in a vacuum, too.