Great news! I wonder if after this and the Pavano deal (presumably) gets done if there will be any $$$ left for a RH bat –with some pop–(eliminating LNP) that can come off the bench and maybe back up 1st/3rd? Cantu?
Comment by JB (the original) — January 14, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
Agreed JB, this is a great deal and hopefully Pavano can come back (for two years, and two years only) to help put a positive note on an otherwise pathetic offseason.
Large Canine, the difference between 81 and 90 wins is basically luck. A team has a “true” vale of some kind. It is unlikely to win the number of games equalt to its “true” value, due to the vagaries of luck (good or bad). So, predicting 84 wins is pretty much the same as predicting 90….mathematically speaking.
Also, if you assume that Detroit and the Sox are better (which some do), if the Twins have the same team, you’d expect them to win less versus them….
Comment by mike wants WINS — January 14, 2011 @ 3:45 pm
The Twins should basically have the same team this year but having a healthy Justin Morneau will make a big difference. Cuddyer, Mauer, Kubel and Span were banged up and/or had down years in 2010 along with several starting pitchers. Delmon Young was the only regular player that had a great year and hopefully he can continue it. Pavano will be back and I predict a 90+ win season in 2011.