Twins Making Good Moves
After such a good streak, the Twins dropped a series this past weekend to the Boston Red Sox. Sunday’s 8th and 9th innings were a bit brutal, and one of the roster moves had a bit of an impact.
So one good thing is that we sent Kyle Gibson. Gibby had a bad six starts to start the year. I sure hope he can figure things out down there; I met him last year and he is a good guy. Drew Rucinski got the call up. I know very little about that young man, other than he was with the Cubs organization last season.
Another pitching move that made me scratch my head a little was calling Justin Haley back from the DL after just one rehab appearance in the minors. Haley is a Rule 5 pick, so we risk losing him if we send him down, but it looked like he needed some more appearances before his rough go of it Sunday afternoon. To make room, we designated Michael Tonkin for assignment. I know he’s not a premier Series-winning reliever, but we needed major league pitching for at least a little longer.
The one move though, that really makes me scratch my head is trading away Danny Santana. He looked like such a good fit when he came up and played center field in 2014, although he was originally a shortstop. With the way the Twins are with the need of relief pitchers, it’s often good to have a utility guy like that. And we let him go a day after he homered for us. In exchange for Danny Santana, the Braves sent us Kevin Chapman. Chapman. So we got another okay relief pitcher who hasn’t seen big league time this year. Great. Hopefully Ehire Adrianza (who took Santana’s infielder roster spot for good) will play as well as everyone expects him to. We will see.