Got a couple suggestions for a heartful favorite team, the Twins
. Not that I have a desire to be pummelled, but it’s been awhile, and the end o’ the year, so:
Twins should trade Morneau and Mauer for Tex, plus another bauble to be named. Unsure of the number of years of overpayment, but it is substantial. Yet, there is a balance of talents and needs for each party. Both feel constrained payroll-budgetarily, with the Yankees
accepting the larger-sum, yet receiving the larger-sum talents, too.
The Twins would be freed of about $20 million annually, allowing it to build a defense-first infield, with a sure key at first. (These things are developed cheap, when you don’t consider the cost of drafting and developing. When the machine is humming, though, it should be a matter of time before some defense-first, offense surprises arise.) And leaving good room to balance offense significantly with defense in forming an outfield.
For my Yanks, it would solidify and enlarge the nut to deal with under the league-imposed cap for these next few years, but it might be a winning solution: we gotta get lucky a couple years on Morneau, but when the righty opposes, I’d catch Mauer. That there is several victories, although he would probably sit against lefties, unless he proves better than alternatives for DH. (But I believe catching wears a body down so much that a senior/junior partnership would serve best.)
If both the M&M boys perform well, the Yanks could have a winning core the next few years. I refuse the burden, till somebody pays me, of reckoning the totals and subtotals of the payroll budget, but I’d reckon to guess that my Yengees could carve a combination of speed and power out of that.
Pitching would have to be self-developed, however: no trading off young talent. The CBA has decreed.
Oh, yeah, I said a couple ideas: Twins, with their defense-first infields, or the Yanks, should trade for Rick Porcello
. Fruit on the vine.