After dancing around the move all winter, the Minnesota Twins finally traded Jorge Polanco.
We all knew it was going to happen, but we're all left wondering whether or not the Twins actually accomplished what needed to be done in making the deal. It's the same feeling as walking out of a movie and wondering if you're trying to convince yourself it wasn't that bad or if it actually wasn't good.
That's not exactly the feeling anyone wants after trading away a beloved All-Star like Polanco, but it's where Twins fans justifiably are at after hearing the return package. Minnesota needed to replace Sonny Gray's spot in the starting rotation, and after flipping its most valuable piece of currency, that need still exists.
While it stings to lose Polanco and not overall feel great about what the Twins got in return, there is one part of the deal to like.
Minnesota Twins top prospects after Jorge Polanco-Mariners trade
The dust is still settling in terms of what the immediate impact of the Polanco trade is, but the long term outlook sees the Twins adding another Top 100 prospect to the farm system. Minnesota now has four propspects who rank among the best in all of baseball.
Regardless of how we all feel about the overall deal, that element of it objectively rules.
Gabriel Gonzalez is the No. 79 prospect in the latest MLB Pipeline ranking, which was released earlier this week. Talk about timeliness on that one. He's still a bit raw, but he's showing signs of being a nice offensive addition down the line. He struck out in just 16.6 percent of his plate appearances last season, but didn't make it past High-A with the Mariners.
He comes from a system that knows how to identify international talent, though, as Seattle has found guys like Julio Rodriguez, Noelvi Marte, and most recently Starlin Aguilar who was signed in the same class as Gonzalez.
History would suggest that the Mariners know what they're doing and Gonzalez is a jewel in this trade.
He joins Walker Jenkins, Brooks Lee, and Emmanuel Rodriguez as Twins prospects who are ranked in the Top 100 this year. Not for nothing but Darren Bowen is projected to be a Top 30 prospect within Minnesota's farm system, which means both players the team got back have the potential to make an impact.
The only downside is that it might be a while before we see the payoff. Both Lee and E-Rod are expected to get called up over the next two seasons, where Jenkins and Gonzalez aren't likely to be part of the Twins MLB plans until at least 2026.