Friday, December 8, 2006
AI to the Wolves?
I was just flipping channels tonight and on ESPN's NBA halftime show, Fred Hickman said that Allen Iverson would be traded shortly and that the Timberwolves were the likely destination for him. What do you think? I think that, teamed with Kevin Garnett, they could make a great tandem. Now, the question becomes, how much would it cost to acquire him? Could they rid themselves of some bad contracts like Mark Blount, Trenton Hassell and/or Troy Hudson? That would be the icing on the cake! Leave some Comments below.
Also, the Twins signed former Royals' "All Star" Ken Harvey to a minor league contract. See, I actually don't mind this signing. Although he didn't walk much, he could hit a little, and really, the Twins need a right-handed bat for backup 1B, DH and PH, and Harvey just provides depth. The hopes would be that he will not have to play much.
They also announced that they had signed lefty relievers Mike Venafro and Carmen Cali to minor league deals. We actually heard about the Cali signing a week or two ago.
Finally, the Twins seem to be going fairly hard at Jeff Cirillo. I don't know where he thinks he is going to play. I actually like him better than Nick Punto as an every day 3B, but if nothing else, he is a good veteran off the bench.
I didn't write about it yesterday, but the Twins lost two players in the Rule V draft on Thursday. Kevin Cameron, a reliever who spent the whole season with Rochester was picked by the San Diego Padres. He could be very good. I understand he has an amazing cut-fastball, so he does have a chance to stick with the Padres. Levale Speigner also was taken, by the Washington Nationals. I don't think that Speigner is as good as Cameron, but he could pitch more innings if needed. However, since the Nationals need a lot of help, Speigner could also make their roster. If either player were to be sent to the minors, they would have to be offered back to the Twins for $25,000. The Twins drafted Middle Infielder Alejandro Machado. He is a veteran and has been around for a long time, but he is still just 24 years old. He has a chance to make the Twins roster as a utility infielder, depending on other Twins offseason moves.
In the AAA portion of the draft, the Twins lost OF Erold Andrus and LHP Justin Jones. Jones was removed from the Twins 40 man roster following the season. The Twins took two players off of the Giants minor league roster, but neither will likely get a lot of playing time for the Twins system.
Who will have the better year and career, Matt Garza or Jonathan Papelbon?
Be sure to take a few minutes to watch milb.com's Around the Minors Top 50 Prospects show online. It's a great production and stars friend of SethSpeaks and NFL "Expert" Pick panelist Jonathan Mayo!
Josh Taylor has taken a look at a possible 2007 Rochester roster. Check it out and then check out my comments.
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