Tom Powers: Conga line to Twins' bullpen now forming

You've heard of bullpen by committee. How about bullpen by battalion? The Twins are having a small army of players report to Fort Myers next month, many of them relief pitchers seeking gainful employment. Full Story
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bluesscotty

Tlalnepantla, Mexico

#1 Jan 18, 2011
Well there is a reason Neshek and Perkins are big question marks and you, Mr Powers, know as well as anyone in the five state area why. To me the hole is bigger with these two egos in the mix and hats off to Mr Smith as he knows better than anyone how big they are.
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#2 Jan 18, 2011
We heard all about Liriano becoming the Twins' ace after his surgery. He's still a couple mph's short of his pre-injury form. Thankfully, he has developed a couple other pitches, including a good change-up. Neshek hasn't recovered his speed. It seems premature to imagine Nathan back in top form going into 2011.

It would be nice if Slama could show something of his minor league success. The guy was one of the best relievers at every level that he played, except the major league level last season.

Gibson is going to AAA to start the season, and Pavano isn't signed. Imagining for one minute that someone has to be dropped from the rotation, Slowey, Blackburn, or Baker, it would make some sense to trade Blackburn or Baker's salary away and try to pick up some prospects or get another quality infielder.
Scott in Orlando

Orlando, FL

#3 Jan 19, 2011
Losing Crain and Gurrier brings angst to Twins fans, but that is mostly due to the unknown. The competition for RP's seems to bode well for the Twins. Certainly a few of teh aforementioned pitchers will emerge to fill key roles in the bull pen and a few more to be assigned to AAA to be waiting in the wings for injuries or ineffectiveness. I would not consider it a waste to have one more starter than seems necessary though. Having a legitimate long relief pitcher is vital, especially as the season wear on in the summer months. Of course, much of this depends on securing Pavano and just how prepared Gibson is for the MLB level.
Jackie

Tower, MN

#4 Jan 19, 2011
Picking up Perkins contract shows the mentallity of the Twins. This guy has not only been a loser his antics that got him sent down were disruptive to say the least. Bad move even if it is suppose to take the place of Rauch or Crain who were both miles ahead of Perkins. This move will not convince many fans or strengthen the pen.
Crain

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jan 19, 2011
Crain will not be missed. The M&M brothers (if healthy) are probably drooling over seeing that right handed fastball with no movement come their way when we play the White Sox.

Since: Jun 10

Ames, IA

#6 Jan 19, 2011
With all the options for pitching we can hope for some of the younger ones to rise to the top so Blackburn, Neshek and Perkins can be used for trades to get a solid right handed bat off the bench and an experienced middle infielder in case the experiment goes bad. The opening day roster will be stronger without the attitudes of the latter two in particular.
Twinsfan

Willmar, MN

#7 Jan 19, 2011
Let's all be honest. No way the Twins even considered bringing back Guerrier, Crain or Rauch. None of them make hitters swing and miss, all were going to get much more money than they're worth.
The Twins have always been good at building a solid bullpen. I think it's a credit to Gardy and Anderson and how they use their bullpen - guys know their roles and how they're going to be used.
I like the idea of trading one of the starters for depth somewhere (middle infield? Setup man?) if/when Pavano is signed. If not, a Slowey makes sense as a long reliever.
Unfortunately, I think the contract for Capps is a direct result of his being acquired for a top prospect (Ramos).

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jan 19, 2011
none of it matters, they win the division, and Gardy will lead them to 3 and out against the yankees, same song , different verse
Tommy Kramer

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jan 19, 2011
Neskek and Perkins are done. Not sure why they are even being given a chance. The game has passed both of them by.
Krazi

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jan 19, 2011
Twins pay Matt Capps that same amount San Diego is paying Heath Bell. Whats wrong with that picture?

As I see it Capps is basically Jesse Crain with no curve.
Krazi

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jan 19, 2011
Crain wrote:
Crain will not be missed. The M&M brothers (if healthy) are probably drooling over seeing that right handed fastball with no movement come their way when we play the White Sox.
Yes but at least with Crain the M&M boys have to think about a curve. With our new guy Capps, Konerko and Dunn don't ever have to guess which pitch......and it isn't any faster or better located than Jesse's........
Mike L

United States

#12 Jan 19, 2011
brachiosaurus wrote:
We heard all about Liriano becoming the Twins' ace after his surgery. He's still a couple mph's short of his pre-injury form. Thankfully, he has developed a couple other pitches, including a good change-up. Neshek hasn't recovered his speed. It seems premature to imagine Nathan back in top form going into 2011.
It would be nice if Slama could show something of his minor league success. The guy was one of the best relievers at every level that he played, except the major league level last season.
Gibson is going to AAA to start the season, and Pavano isn't signed. Imagining for one minute that someone has to be dropped from the rotation, Slowey, Blackburn, or Baker, it would make some sense to trade Blackburn or Baker's salary away and try to pick up some prospects or get another quality infielder.
I gotta disagree about Liriano. I saw his velocity back at 95-96 in August/September as well as a 86-88 MPH slider. However, his command is still the thing that needs a little work and his slider doesn't have the same bite, which is expected after such an injury and the amount of stress the pitch has on the UCL. The changeup has helped ease concerns over his pitching style.

As far as the other guys, I couldn't agree more with your thoughts. It will be interesting to see if Blackburn is effective or not at the beginning of the season. Gibson could easily slide into the 5th spot if no one claims it by April.
Mike L

United States

#13 Jan 19, 2011
Twinsfan wrote:
Let's all be honest. No way the Twins even considered bringing back Guerrier, Crain or Rauch. None of them make hitters swing and miss, all were going to get much more money than they're worth.
The Twins have always been good at building a solid bullpen. I think it's a credit to Gardy and Anderson and how they use their bullpen - guys know their roles and how they're going to be used.
I like the idea of trading one of the starters for depth somewhere (middle infield? Setup man?) if/when Pavano is signed. If not, a Slowey makes sense as a long reliever.
Unfortunately, I think the contract for Capps is a direct result of his being acquired for a top prospect (Ramos).
I think they wanted Crain back for sure. But he wanted a chance to be a closer and that was just not going to happen with the Twins for a few more seasons, if ever. I look forward to the Twins hitting him around in the 9th as a member of the Sox
alex

Saint Cloud, MN

#14 Jan 19, 2011
If we could trade neshek and perkins for one good relief pitcher it would be better. Those two are like the cutler's of baseball. If Mijares steps up to the plate(mound) and has improvedf the rotation should be ok with him capps, nathan, hoey, burnett, and one more relief pitcher

Since: Dec 10

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jan 19, 2011
Perkins???? ugh...one of the most arrogant, over-rated jerks in baseball....can't be bothered to sign kid's baseball while Mijares, Pavano, Butera & Manship are all talking to fans before the games, signing balls. Perkins snubs his fans and talks to the camera guys from FSN. What a great guy...

Since: Dec 10

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 19, 2011
Jackie wrote:
Picking up Perkins contract shows the mentallity of the Twins. This guy has not only been a loser his antics that got him sent down were disruptive to say the least. Bad move even if it is suppose to take the place of Rauch or Crain who were both miles ahead of Perkins. This move will not convince many fans or strengthen the pen.
I totally agree.
twell

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jan 19, 2011
The twins are headed south...literally...they will finish at best ...3rd in the division...They simply haven't done anything about their obvious lack of depth in the infield and outfield....they also haven't adequately addressed their middle infield needs nor the lack of power or bench depth....again, 3rd place if they're lucky. this team has a lot of rebuilding to do...I don't remember when I've been as "ho hum" about an upcoming baseball season.
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#18 Jan 19, 2011
oxboro wrote:
none of it matters, they win the division, and Gardy will lead them to 3 and out against the yankees, same song , different verse
It's a familiar tune, but making it to the play-offs this season is going to be tougher. Detroit and Chicago look determined to compete.
Randy Moss

San Francisco, CA

#19 Jan 19, 2011
HAHAHHAHA OH KNOW YOU DIDN'T POWERS! HAHAHAHAHHAH OHHHHHHHH AHAHAHAHAH OHHHHHHHH BUUUUURRRRNNNNNNNNNN!

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Where do you come up with this stuff! hahah comedian! OMG BULLPEN BY CONGO LINE! WOW!
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ok lets just admit your lame.
jojo

Medford, MA

#20 Jan 19, 2011
"You've heard of bullpen by committee."

Of course - every bullpen is a committee, otherwise they'd consist of only 1 or 2 pitchers. Perhaps you meant "closer by committee"?

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