The Twins were right to make their deadline moves

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 28: Jaime Garcia (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 28: Jaime Garcia (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Twins deadline deals are good deadline deals.

It is hard to give up on a season. It is really hard to give up on a season when a team looked good, after years of crappiness, and then started to falter. It is really, really hard to give up on a team that at one point bought but then quickly pivoted into sell mode as the deadline neared. I’m sure it’s really hard to be a Minnesota Twins fan right now.

It must be. As RandBall of the Star Tribune pointed out, a bunch of Twins fans tweeted not-so-happy responses to the team’s trade of Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals. Not many were happy when the Twins dealt Jaime Garcia, either.

It’s not easy to accept that the team isn’t going to ty to be real competitive this season anymore. The Twins still did the right thing in selling off Garcia and Kintzler.

Going into Monday, the Twins were standing seven games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. That is not even mentioning the fact that the Kansas City Royals are in between the Twins and the Indians. The Twins are in third place in a division that features the reigning American League champions. That’s not a good sign for the Twins.

The Twins haven’t been good recently, either. On this California road trip, going into Monday night, the Twins have only won one game in a pair of serieses against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics.

The signs are all there that the Twins were not going to be a legitimate contender. Even if the Twins somehow snuck into the playoffs, they wouldn’t get far with the sketchy pitching even if they had held on to Garcia and Kintzler. I wish it wasn’t the case, but it’s simply the truth.

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The trading of Garcia and Kintzler is a good move. If the Twins desperately want both of them to be a part of the core that will actually compete, well, the Twins can simply sign both pitchers. Both pitchers will be free agents once the season concludes.

It makes no sense to hold on to Garcia and Kitnzler if the Twins weren’t going anywhere. It was smart to turn them into prospects that could also help the team in the future, while there is still an obvious avenue to bring those pitchers back.

Another playoff-less season isn’t what Twins fans wanted. It isn’t what the Twins wanted either. It’s tough right now, but it’ll payoff in the end.

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