Twins Notes: Morneau, Mauer, Cuddyer, Kubel, Capps

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joined 1500 ESPN's Talkin' Twins show last night and said the Twins are attempting to put together a team that can win even if Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau aren’t ready for Opening Day. “I think that's a pretty good idea,” Gardenhire said. “If we have those guys back on the field, which I believe we will… we'll have a heck of a baseball team." Here are more details on the Twins’ offseason plans, via Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com:

  • The team has made offers to some of its current free agents. The Twins are “making a mad effort” to sign Michael Cuddyer and they’d “love to have” Jason Kubel back. However, re-signing both players isn’t necessarily realistic.
  • Matt Capps struggled in 2011 and could bring the Twins a compensatory draft pick in 2012, but the team is working to re-sign him. Gardenhire would like to bring the right-hander back because he’s a “great teammate and a good pitcher” who pitched through pain in 2011, even though the results weren’t there and “people got frustrated with him.” The 28-year-old posted a 4.25 ERA with 4.7 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 in 65 2/3 innings in 2011 and his peripheral stats were significantly worse than they were in 2010.
  • Gardenhire said his entire 2012 rotation is “not necessarily” on the Twins roster just yet.


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22 Comments on "Twins Notes: Morneau, Mauer, Cuddyer, Kubel, Capps"


3 years 8 months ago

If the Twins resign Capps I will no longer be watching the 9th inning of games. Money down the drain. 

3 years 8 months ago

Dude, the Twins have a history of pulling pitchers out of nowhere.  Just about every closer was, at one time, a failed starting pitcher.  The Rays let just about their entire bullpen go last winter (and collected a boat load of draft picks for them).  This is a good time for the Twins to do a complete makeover.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

By just re-signing their guys from last year?  I guess I’m not seeing what he meant by putting a heck of a team even without Mauer and Mourneau.  They might be a failed starters, but he was a failed closer for them last year already.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

By just re-signing their guys from last year?  I guess I’m not seeing what he meant by putting a heck of a team even without Mauer and Mourneau.  They might be a failed starters, but he was a failed closer for them last year already.

Brian Dobson-Totten
3 years 8 months ago

IF the Twins resign Capps it will be more of a result of the lack of depth in the Twins’ bullpen than the capability of Capps.  Beyond Perkins, they don’t have much.

game_7_1991
3 years 8 months ago

“…..even if Mauer & Morneau aren’t ready on opening day.”  You gotta be kidding me.  These two haven’t played since August!!  Are they starting to mention this now to put a bug in our ear because they think they might not be ready to go in April??? 

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

When will there be morneaun about Justin’s status?

3 years 8 months ago

Did you just call Justin a moreaun?

3 years 8 months ago

Did you just call Justin a moreaun?

PWNdroia
3 years 8 months ago

I think the Red Sox should sign Capps, but not as a closer.  Maybe an eight inning or seventh inning guy.  Could be a decent fit and a low-risk high reward type deal.

dc21892
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think it will be a low risk reward type deal. Capps wants to get paid.

dc21892
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think it will be a low risk reward type deal. Capps wants to get paid.

PWNdroia
3 years 8 months ago

I think the Red Sox should sign Capps, but not as a closer.  Maybe an eight inning or seventh inning guy.  Could be a decent fit and a low-risk high reward type deal.

3 years 8 months ago

As long as Capps doesn’t close I will be alright with bringing him back

3 years 8 months ago

Aside from the possibility of resigning Cuddyer (a very good move!) ANY further moves the Twins front office makes towards acquisitions should be making the team younger. And I disagree with Gardenhire’s assessment of Capps potential & capability. He’s an undeniable liability at this point – he failed miserably far too many times last season to justify a return to the Twins bullpen. This is also the first I’ve heard about Capps “pitching through an injury” during last season. Count me as skeptical…

Lee Steva
3 years 8 months ago

I heard it multiple times during the season

3 years 8 months ago

Outside of 2010, Capps has been nothing more than an average relief pitcher.  He can be effective but when he gets in tough jams he implodes like a week old zit. 

3 years 8 months ago

Outside of 2010, Capps has been nothing more than an average relief pitcher.  He can be effective but when he gets in tough jams he implodes like a week old zit. 

jhawk90
3 years 8 months ago

Limping along with this rotation again accomplishes nothing.  Call the Astros on Wandy Rodriguez – they’ll gladly eat some of that contract and the Twins move a legit K/IP pitcher into Target Field.  They’ve got the $$$ for it, why not?

3 years 8 months ago

Seriously, bring Anthony Slama up. He cannot be any worse than Alex Burnett.

3 years 8 months ago

Trade Gardenhire.

game_7_1991
3 years 8 months ago

I agree…..rotation is the biggest need imo.  If we don’t land Cuddyer, hopefully they’ll spend that $$ on a quality FA starter.