Twins Reportedly Moving in on Deal for Bumgarner

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I wrote about the Twins’ need to make a bullpen move sooner rather than later, late last night. But, the Twins look interested in going straight for the jugular instead…. Unlike many doubters (understandable doubters), I’ve believed in Falvine making a massive move for better pitching all along, as long as the team was good. Well, per Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, the Twins are closer than ever to pulling that trigger…

Meanwhile though, our guy Darren Wolfson is trying to throw a bit of cold water over the sprouting flames.

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There wasn’t any context with Charley’s rumor. What you see in the screen shot by Wolfson is what you get. Classic old-school newspaper guy. When you don’t go on Twitter for nearly a month, I guess it’s easy to avoid anyone asking follow-up questions…

But Wolfson continued on the rumors and reached out to some of his own sources. Darren seems convinced (part of why I’ve been convinced) that the Twins are in the move-making business and goes on to tweet that much last night:

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If you put weight into these two reporters (and you should), then it’s hard to believe the Twins aren’t on the brink of mixing things up in (positive) ways we haven’t seen in my lifetime. Madison Bumgarner makes a lot of sense because you currently have two legitimate righties, in Berrios and Odorizzi, to fill a 1-3 spot in a playoff rotation.

You need to add someone who is as high-caliber as those two OR better. They are also both right-handed, so it would be nice to make that additional arm a lefty. Bumgarner checks both of those boxes. You also would prefer some nice postseason experience, since Berrios has never pitched in a playoff series. MadBum is toting 3 World Series Rings and a WS MVP.

Lastly, in a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to give up the future of your farm system to get your new arm. Again, the Giant’s Lefty should check this box too. He is only under contract for the rest of this season, making him a 2nd-half rental. Without any years left on his deal past this season, his price will drop significantly, compared to someone of the same caliber, who has years left remaining on a deal.

He’d be the perfect world add… and don’t forget about that fire baby. I love his fucking fire. There’s a reason why this guy has so much playoff and World Series cred.

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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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