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Twins trade Johan Santana to Mets for $24 worth of glass beads, and some minor league pitchers, which is coals to Newcastle. Fuck, they could have just brought up Denard Span early, kept Santana, and picked up a bunch of spare arms in the Rule V minor league draft. Meet the new boss, just as dumb as the old boss...oh, and I see fan favorite* Nick Punto is still clogging the roster, ready to continue being one of the least productive third sackers in the major leagues. I'm sure glad I have the Nationals to distract me.

UPDATE AND BUMP: Well, maybe fsf_rapier wasn't wrong about this trade after all. Aaron Gleeman's not
too thrilled either
but he likes Gomez and the prospects the Twins got better than I do. Which isn't saying much, but it's better than the "we wuz robbed cuz the new GM's a moron" reaction I had. Gleeman does this stuff for a living, so I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt here, but neither he nor I are happy about the trade.

In other news. I had my annual review today. Yeah, it's kind of early, considering I've been on board for all of two and a half months, but it does lay down a baseline for what they expect of me in 2008 and vice versa. It was as mixed as I expected it to be, but generally good. No raise or slice of the 2007 bonus pie since I came on board so late in the year, but that's okay too. Next year's slice will be even sweeter, judging from the pace at which work is coming in during what is nominally a slow month.

Went shopping at Salvation Army after work; they had no phones, but they did have a pot that'll do for cooking pasta and a good condition pb copy of Red Storm Rising, which I picked up since my copy is packed up and getting kind of ragged anyway.

Predictably, when I arrived home, the stock certificate for my Wells shares was in the mailbox. It would have been nice to send it off to Ameritrade today with the check that made up the remainder of my 401k, but there's no real rush for the shares. I'm going to hang onto them for the next dividend in March and then sell half of them so I can buy something with a better rate of return. It won't be too hard.

*This is sportswriter code language for "useless waste of a roster spot", especially when applied to 30+ utility infielders not named Cal Ripken or Ozzie Smith.


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Jan. 30th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Um...I don't think so...
First, don't assume that these pitching prospects (two of which are considered excellent) aren't going to be packaged together for another bat. Garza brought Delmon Young, who knows what'll happen?

Second, I'd hardly apply the term "$24 worth of glass beads" (yes, I'm aware of the sportswriter code...they were so accurate when then panned the Knoblauch and the Pierzynski trades that brought "prospects" too) to Carlos Gomez. The kid is 22 years old, 6'4", 195lbs, is a five-tool player with exceptional speed, excellent defensive skills, and even some pop in his bat. He needs to work on his contact as he strikes out in about 1/3rd of his plate appearences, but if we have to trade a K for one of Hunter's patented GIDP's then that'll do.
Seriously, the kid needs a few more months in the minors to work on his patience at the plate, but he has superstar potential. He's faster that Jose Reyas and it's projected by scouts that he could be a perennial 30+ homer threat.

Check out: http://www.hotstovenewyork.com/2008/01/09/in-praise-of-carlos-gomez/

Johan didn't give the Twins much of a choice. 4 years at $20 million a year is a dam
ned nice contract, and there was rumor they offered 4 at $25 million. Johan didn't want to stay, so what can we do? I'll take this trade over two draft picks next year any day.
personally, I'm just thrilled that he went to the National League!
Jan. 30th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Um...I don't think so...
I looked at Gomez' stats. He gets on base slightly more often than Punto, steals bases poorly, and has no power to speak of. This is not my idea of a five-tool player, unless we're talking tools as in Craftsman and DeWalt.

Plus, if the Twins hadn't waited so damn long to cut a deal, they could have gotten a better one from the Red Sox. I don't agree too often with The Sporting News, but they called this one correctly.

Edited at 2008-01-30 12:53 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
I can't stop laughing about your Punto-related footnote, except "fan favorite" is also code for "player that young women inexplicably find incredibly attractive." I had thought that Craig Counsell is pretty much the definition of this sort of player, because I find him incredibly attractive. Nick Punto does nothing for me except make me want to hand him the flier for our technician hiring fair, 'cause his ass is going to need a new job in 2008.
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
...'cause his ass is going to need a new job in 2008.

I wish I could agree with you, but I think as long as Gardenhire is managing the Twins, Punto's going to be taking up space on the roster. :(
Feb. 1st, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Well, supposedly Mike Lamb will be the starting 3B this year (we'll see, we'll probably also see him hit .215.) Can anyone tell me why the hell the Twins didn't resign Corey Koskie in the first place back in '04? I wasn't paying attention at the time.

...As I also look back and see that the Twins did the same thing with Michael Cuddyer in 2006 that the Brewers are doing with Ryan Braun in 2008. Cuddyer didn't suck that much at 3B in comparison to the Braun free baseball giveaway, so why the hell was Punto still there as a starter?
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
They didn't re-sign Koskie because they thought he was being unreasonable in his salary demands. [insert joke about Minnesota's legendary cheapness in this regard here] As to why Punto was still starting when Cuddyer would have been the logical starting 3B, the answer is "Gardenhire".
Feb. 1st, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
*points above* Apparently Gardenhire's stupid roster decisions make me swear. A lot. Sorry. At least I'm not complaining about Ned Yost in LJ. Yet.
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
OMG is he still managing the Brewers?
Feb. 2nd, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, yes. I don't know if it was him, the pitching, or the combination of both that led to the team paddling the lose canoe down the Fail Creek at the end of last season, but it was something.
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