The Twins don’t need to be buyers at the trade deadline

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 04: Manager Paul Molitor
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 04: Manager Paul Molitor /

The Minnesota Twins don’t need to buy buyers at the trade deadline this season.

Do you deserve anything from a team? Does any professional sports team owe you anything? If you think a team does owe you something, I am here to tell you that they do not. Even if your team has been horrible for years, they do not owe you, the fan, one darn thing. Keep that in mind with the Minnesota Twins as we come upon the trade deadline.

I have heard and seen in multiple places people claiming that the Twins need to be buyers at the trade deadline this season for the sole reason that the Twins have been crappy for almost the entirety of their dwelling at Target Field. That alone should never be the reason a team does anything.

If fans had their way Ricky Rubio would never have been traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Randy Moss wouldn’t have been cut by Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings in 2010. It may seem at times that fans are smarter than the front office, but I can guarantee that is almost never the case. Front offices are very smart, but some are just smarter than others.

Is there an argument that the Twins should be buyers at the deadline? Yes, of course. We are into the first week of July and the Twins are within striking distance of the division lead. That is reason alone to think about making a move. It just can’t be solely to appease the fan base, though.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 05: Max Kepler /

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine were brought into to make the Twins a perennial contender and they can’t mortgage the future for  some instant gratification. I would love to see the Twins back in the playoffs, no doubt, but if I have to wait to a couple seasons to ensure a decade or so of deep playoff success, I’ll take that trade.

Teams can’t go on streaks like the Timberwolves have and miss the playoffs for 13 straight years, but teams can make a play for the long term. Fans need to trust the process. Granted, it needs to go a little bit faster than the process has gone with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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The current Minnesota Twins roster has a nice amount of offense. Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier are just the tip of a lineup that can be scary good offensively. That being said, Twins fans know all of the problems with the team’s pitching. No one can be trusted outside of Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios and Brandon Kintzler. The Twins will not be able to find a very solid third starter and fix, virtually, the whole bullpen without giving up a lot of prospects.

If pitching transactions fall in your lap that will improve your staff and you won’t have to give up much, I encourage the Twins to go down that path. Still, the Twins cannot afford to mortgage the future to simply appease fans and then have it all foreclosed upon.

Playoff baseball would be fun, but wouldn’t it be more fun to try and ensure prolonged playoff success than just having a potential quick dance before falling back into mediocrity or worse again?

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