By now all have you have heard the boundless rumors concerning Santana going to the Spankees. If rumors are to be believed, there are more intriguing moves in the offing - Morneau to the Angels, Boof Bonser to the Rays and I'm sure we can manufacture a rumor about Joe Nathan with some hard work and fake email addresses.
One of the reasons Minnesota's moves interest me (aside from the fact that we'll be whipping their asses again this year), is that they have a nice crop of young pitchers just reaching the majors - Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, Matt Garza and Scott Baker. I haven't look at comparable pitchers in other organizations to know whether these numbers mean much, but I throw these tidbits out there - All four of those guys are polished collegiate products who had career minor league WHIPs of less than 1.10, K/9 rates close the 9.00 and only Glen Perkins had a career minor league ERA higher than 3.00. If all of that sounds good, consider that the Twins could easily have Francisco Liriano pitching alongside these guys in 2008. Yikes!
The good news is that they had s*** for offense last year. The bad news is that Santana and Nathan gives two pieces to trade for high quality hitting prospects.
Trade Chips - Santana, Nathan, apparently Moreneau
Position Players Not Going Anywhere - Mauer, Cuddyer, Bartlett
The question - what moves do you make if you're the Twins GM?