Heyman On Twins, Torre, Beckett

Let's dig into the latest from SI's Jon Heyman

  • The scenario of the Twins signing a free agent starter like Jarrod Washburn and moving Francisco Liriano into the closer role is "said to be floating around Ft. Myers," possibly depending on whether Joe Nathan's contract is insured.  I'd be surprised by that approach, though; I think Liriano is primed for a big year as a starter.
  • After talking to Dodgers manager Joe Torre, Heyman isn't sure he'll stop managing after the 2011 season.
  • Heyman writes that there has been "at least some progress" between the Red Sox and Josh Beckett on an extension.


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25 Comments on "Heyman On Twins, Torre, Beckett"


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jhawk90
5 years 3 months ago

Liriano doesn’t have the mental makeup to handle the closer role. Rauch is prolly the man.

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

I agree and disagree. Liriano had a great winter league and has been good so far this Spring so he definetly deserves a shot in the rotation. They have to give him a chance. But I think the Twins should try to acquire Heath Bell or C.J. Wilson. They wouldn’t be required to pay either that much as well.

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MagicBatNumber9
5 years 3 months ago

It looks like Texas is going to be trying out Wilson as a starter this year. I wouldn’t bank on him being the answer to their problems. I’d have a chat with Smoltz, Noah Lowry, or even Pedro to see if one of them might be interested. Or, Eric Gagne’s still on the search…

CJ Wilson Starter Report: link to star-telegram.com

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Eric Gagne is a Dodger.

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EvilEmpireMember
5 years 3 months ago

I’d be surprised by that approach, though; I think Liriano is primed for a big year as a starter.

Heyman is thinking again, that is always a problem.

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R_y_a_n
5 years 3 months ago

That was Tim’s personal opinion. I agree with him, Liriano should be a starter this year.

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twins33
5 years 3 months ago

I don’t like that idea at all. I don’t want Washburn on this team no matter what. Not one bit.

Also, like jhawk said, Liriano doesn’t have the mentality to do it. We saw how weak mentally he was last year when things didn’t go his way. We cannot have that for a closer. Plus, I really want to see if he can pull it together as a starter.

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connorburke
5 years 3 months ago

They should either stick with what they have or maybe try a trade for bell anybody worse then it’s not worth it

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

There is no way the Royals are trading Joakim Soria. Heath Bell is a posibility.

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$1529282
5 years 3 months ago

Doubtful that the Twins want to send the top prospects it would take to land Soria within the division. Plus, they’d be faced with the issue of having Nathan at $11.25MM for the 2011 season, with Soria there as well. They’ll look for a one-year stopgap, if anything.

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knucka11
5 years 3 months ago

By saying that is floating around Ft. Myers do they mean Red Sox camp hoping the Twins do it to weaken themselves?? Because that makes no sense for the Twins. Liriano is about the last person on the staff now that I would want to see in the ninth inning unless he looks like 2006 again at which point he should be able to at least match what Washburn would bring as a fifth starter. He walked to many people last year to be trusted.

If they are going to use the insurance money to bring someone in, bring in Smoltz if he’s willing to close, or look into a Jason Frasor or someone for more of a 7th-8th inning spot to lessen the move of Rauch or Guerrier to the closer role.

To be honest, if Neshek is healthy and they simply move one of Guerrier or Rauch to the ninth the damage to the bullpen will not be as bad as some predict because one of those two will close, the other and Mijares will handle the 8th, Crain, Neshek, and Condrey to get through the 6th and 7th, that is not as great of a bullpen with Nathan at the back end, but it is still at worst, league average in my opinion (which probably doesn’t count for much).