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  1. I would be thrilled to have the Cardinals take a chance on Slowey and let Duncan try and keep that longball in check. The Cardinals’ biggest problem is lack of tradeable talent without giving up too much in return. But obviously the Cards’ lack of (healthy) SP this year, a trade for a middle of the rotation guy would be great news for StL.

    Comment by Nate Marcum — March 10, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  2. A guy can dream, can’t he: Slowey, Hicks, and Kepler for Jose Reyes.

    Comment by MFG — March 10, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  3. Wouldn’t it be better to trade Delmon Young and get someone who can take a walk and filed his position? Perhaps to a non-saber team that likes high batting average, does not look at OBP, and the manager is okay with fielding mainly terrible fielding outfielders… like the Twins.

    Comment by Barkey Walker — March 10, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  4. Slowey for Joel Hanrahan is the best thing ive seen proposed. The only position they can really improve upon with a return from just Slowey is the pen he is not going to garner a big enough return to upgrade the weakest spot on the diamond which is short. He might see a few starts as the 6th starter but mostly, barring injury, he is going to be the long man a spot that can be filled by multiple internal options and I would much rather have a flamethrowing setup man than a decent long man. Also there is Gibson ready to contribute along with Bromberg on the cusp which is a lot of starter depth. From the Pirates side Slowey is from the area cheap and has a couple years of control left and fills a spot where they are weak while Hanrahans departure can be easily made up for since Meeks can close.

    Comment by zak — March 10, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  5. I know it won’t happen but I’d love to see Slowey in Royals blue…

    Comment by Shoeless_Mike — March 10, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  6. All I’ve ever heard about Cuddyer is his cannon arm. In fact, Cuddyer places tied for 3rd in outfield assists from 2006-2010 (check if you want to see for yourself) — and that’s with Cuddyer splitting his time between the outfield, first base, second base, and third base. I do agree with Barkley that it’s time to deal an outfielder, but I would trade Kubel before Young. Kubel is another poor fielding corner outfielder, and with the Twins’ left-hand heavy batting lineup, Young’s right-handed bat is too valuable to lose.Maybe a package incorporating Kubel, an excess starter, and a prospect or two for Drew Stubbs would be a good fit for the Twins.

    Comment by Job Reffries — March 10, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

  7. I suspect if they do trade him it will be after the season is a few months old and they have a better idea of their needs.

    It may be that a few starters get injured and they need Slowey to pitch. It could be that the bullpen goes off the tracks and they need some relief help. Casilla or Nishee might not end up worthy of a starting role.

    But they way things are right now they have pieces in place for all of their potential problem areas and would be better off to see how the season develops before making a move.

    Comment by TonyAngelo — March 10, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  8. Dream on.

    Comment by Sven — March 10, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

  9. I think it would be kind of weird to trade Slowey because the outfield defense sucks when it’s about to get much better. Cuddyer and Kubel will likely be gone at the end of 2011, and it seems like there’s a good chance Delmon will be the DH going forward. After this year the outfield should have guys like Ben Revere, Joe Benson, and eventually Aaron Hicks, all of whom get very good reviews on the field.

    Comment by Tim — March 10, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

  10. Jason Frasor and Octavio Dotel for Kevin Slowey, done!

    Comment by JFK — March 10, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  11. Trading for Stubbs isn’t happening. The Reds have even more starting pitcher options than the Twins do. Not that I think the Reds would give up Stubbs anyways, at least not for someone like Slowey.

    Comment by Bear — March 10, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  12. I would be very, very surprised if the Twins trade a pitcher this year. Liriano, Pavano, Baker, Slowey, Duensing as the rotation. Blackburn as long reliever. Gibson when/if one of those guys gets hurt or slumps. Isn’t this a good thing? Shouldn’t they be very happy where they are now?

    Three of their starters (Four if you count Pavano) have had injury problems recently. They have the ideal depth to deal with an injury to one of their starters at this time. Why would they trade away a position of strength? Because Slowey is a flyball pitcher and Delmon Young is a poor defensive left fielder? I don’t see a trade in the cards at all UNLESS someone like the Cards panics and gives the Twins a great offer. The story should be on the team that will give up too much for a pitcher like Slowey, not the Twins looking to make a move.

    Comment by nolan — March 10, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  13. Reyes is available after the year as a free agent. Why give up so much talent now.

    Comment by Joe NP — March 10, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  14. He would be a great DH for a team that has terrible offense. Mariners?

    Comment by adohaj — March 10, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  15. Yea Young is still what 25?

    Comment by adohaj — March 10, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  16. Young is still young.


    Comment by TonyAngelo — March 10, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  17. Why not have the Twins throw in Mauer while paying all Mauer’s contract while you are at it?

    Comment by John — March 10, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  18. Could Delmon Young and something bring the Twins Stephen Drew?

    That is my dream, a single move improve OF and IF defense substantially and gets rid of Delmon as he becomes overpaid.

    Comment by John — March 10, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  19. Twins outfield is solid. Liriano for Micheal Young is the trade that should be made.

    Comment by Hrhankie — March 10, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

  20. Why not Slowey and either L. Hughes or Tolbert for D. Espinosa from the Nats. Espinosa would really help our middle inf. depth and probably would win a starting job. Nats probably not willing to trade Espinosa, but Slowey does look nice in their rotation.

    Comment by larry — March 11, 2011 @ 12:24 am

  21. That sounds like a perfectly horrendous idea.

    Comment by Not David — March 11, 2011 @ 1:25 am

  22. what about trading morneau,kubel,a couple of first rounds picks some cash,for albert pujolt from the cardinals,he will for ever keep target field full and we will be the perennial american league champions

    Comment by danny — March 11, 2011 @ 7:59 am

  23. Should? Because Nolan Ryan has a gun to someone’s family? There is no universe where that is a reasonable deal.

    Comment by Big Jgke — March 11, 2011 @ 11:52 am

  24. Because:
    1. StL doesn’t know what they’d get from Morneau
    2. Kubel is a free agent at the end of the year so he doesn’t have much value to an NL team
    3. You can’t trade draft picks in MLB
    4. Pujols and Morneau have no-trade clauses
    5. Lots of other reasons

    Comment by HatsOffToUs — March 11, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  25. I love how a Fangraphs post about trading Kevin Slowey turned into a comment about how to acquire Albert Pujols. There’s no escaping the Pujols preseason drama!

    Comment by Awesome — March 12, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  26. That would be a rip off. The Mets would easily win that one.

    Comment by Dane — March 13, 2011 @ 1:10 am

  27. Could def see Reyes go to the Twins but it would be during the season… forget Hicks but I could see Reyes for 3 pitchers… maybe Slowey, Bullock & a 3rd arm… prob wouldn’t get Hendriks… maybe Salcedo, maybe another kid…

    Otherwise, definitely see the Cards as another logical destination though don’t know if the Cards match up with the Twinkies…

    Comment by Bob — March 13, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  28. The Twins need another outfielder like they need a hole in their head. They have plenty of options should they deal Kubel.
    1. Increase Young’s time at DH (perhaps against lefties, so Thome can rest) and promote Ben Revere. That would really improve their speed and defense in the outfield. I would love to see Span move to RF and Revere take over in CF. Of course, that means Cuddyer in LF…
    2. They could leave their current OF with Young, Span and Cuddyer and look at a platoon option for Thome at DH (perhaps right-handed 2B/3B Luke Hughes). This would also leave the door open to promote some of their prospects in 2012, since Cuddyer would be leaving to free agency.

    2012 is going to bring new faces to the Twins outfield since both Kubel and Cuddyer will be eligible for free agency. I could see the Twins going year to year with Cuddyer (allowing them to not rush young prospects Hicks, Benson, Morales or Arcia), but I think Kubel will be gone. With 4 young options in the minors, someone has to make it!

    Comment by Nick — March 19, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

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