Have the Twins Given Up?
Are the Twins throwing in the towel? At this point in the season the Minnesota Twins sit in third place among the America League Central Division. Six and a half games back of the leading Cleveland Indians. In their last ten games, the Twins were a measly 3-7. It seems that General Manager, Thad Levine had seen enough. Trading away pitchers Brandon Kintzler and Jaime Garcia just a few days apart from one another.
The Twins had Garcia for no more than a week before trading him and cash considerations to the Yankees for two pitching prospects. Garcia played one game with the Twins and was impressive, he got the win in 6 and 2/3 innings pitched versus the Athletic's.
Brandon Kintzler was the other notable name traded this past week. He noted 24 saves, 2.29 ERA and was selected to his first All-Star Game this season. Kinztler had proven his worth to the Twins and many other teams were interested. The Washington Nationals traded a pitching prospect for him just days after Garcia was dealt.
It seems the Minnesota Twins have lost all hope this season. Which may disappoint fans in the short run, but may be a smart move looking back at it 5 years from now. Realistically, Levine thought the chances of making the playoffs this season were slim, let alone winning the World Series. Trading for prospects is not a bad thing either. Building for the future is what direction the Twins are headed in and that requires some key players being let go. The Twins future looks bright and maybe one of these recently acquired prospects can make it even brighter.
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