Drawing a conclusion (and what the Twins should do)
Going into this exercise, I knew that the Twins were going to have to give up a lot to get either pitcher. As I left, I’m not sure if the Twins would be willing enough to part with what it takes to make a deal happen.
It’s easy as fans to be an armchair general manager and just toss the lower level prospects aside, but once you dive in and know what some of these prospects can do, it becomes more difficult. Rooker is a player that has shown a track record of power dating back to his days at Mississippi State and Balazovic is continuing to rise up the Twins organization with a combination of nasty stuff and terrific control.
Even when it comes to the case of Urbina and Celestino, they’re both prospects that the average fan wouldn’t know, but their upside makes you wonder if the Twins would be willing to part with them in order to make a rental player deal. It’s not what Twins fans want to hear, but it’s the truth.
If either of these trades were to come to fruition, I think the Smith trade would be the best-case scenario for the Twins. It would help bump Taylor Rogers down to a set-up role, but also lock down the back end of games, which late into the season is a huge advantage.
In any event, what do you think as readers? Should the Twins throw caution to the wind and make a deal or should Minnesota look elsewhere to bolster their roster? Either way, it should make for a couple of interesting months leading up to the deadline.
Special thanks to Joel Reuter of Around the Foghorn for taking the time to make this negotiation possible.