This Changes Things

Maybe I am reading the tea leaves incorrectly here, but I think this deal would greatly lessen the chances Minnesota trades Santana. Are they willing to subtract a second starter after trading away Garza?

And, consider the addition of Young on the Twins’ offense. Mauer-Young-Morneau in the middle of the lineup looks pretty good I think you have definitely made up for the loss of Hunter. With Liriano coming back, why wouldn’t the Twins at least try and compete in 2008?

I would also be remiss if I didn’t point out that Tampa suddenly getting wise about pitching is not a great development for the Yankees. If they add Garza to Shields and Kazmir, you suddenly have the potential for a very good 1-2-3 at the top of the rotation. Add Percival to the bullpen and all the young hitters and Tampa won’t be so easy to beat up on anymore.