It is mid-May, but the Minnesota Twins season is on the brink of catastrophe once again. They barely have their 10 wins, the lowest win total in the majors. The problems are plenty in Minnesota, but the biggest gaping hole is with the starting pitching.
Minnesota is the worst pitching team in all of baseball, with a team ERA of 5.30. You can't win many ballgames allowing over five runs a contest.
They are missing any kind of power in their lineup. The departures of longtime Twins Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel are starting to show their effects. Justin Morneau is clearly not over his concussion and now has wrist issues to boot.
What needed to happen this offseason just didn't. They didn't sign a starting pitcher of any real value, and they definitely did not fill the holes offensively left by Kubel and Cuddyer. Josh Willingham has been a pleasant surprise for the team, but he is not two players.
Promising third baseman Danny Valencia has failed to show up at all this year. The maturity issues with him continued, and now he has earned himself a trip back to Triple-A.
A few rookies have made some good impressions so far, but they can't be expected to handle the load this season.
If the Twins are going to make an attempt at righting this ship, a few things need to happen. The biggest thing has got to be starting pitching. I say they go hard after Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, right now.
Beckett has worn out his welcome in Boston, a town who once loved him. Being the ringleader of a beer-drinking, chicken-eating pitching staff didn't help his popularity. Moreover, Cindy Boren of the Washington Post reports that Beckett was playing golf a day after being scratched from a scheduled start due to injury.
Should the Twins trade for Beckett?
Being booed in your own stadium is a sign that it's time to go. The Twins need a solid starter to help alleviate the pressure from the other young starters and veteran Carl Pavano. Beckett would fit in great with the Twins. With his clear lack of enthusiasm for the Boston media, Minnesota would offer a nice respite from that.
The Twins have some young talent, probably enough to get Beckett. Boston gets prospects and shows their fans they're listening.
Sometimes in baseball, a team can look so unbelievably broken that it seems impossible to see the situation getting better. A new stud pitcher can change everything.
Suddenly, pitcher Francisco Liriano doesn't feel like he needs to be a superstar because Beckett is there. Liriano can just relax and pitch. He was pretty good when Minnesota had Johan Santana in the rotation.
Minnesota could use Beckett giving them a quality start every five games. If they can get some momentum, they might be able to get this thing turned around. If they don't make a move, and a big move, they will lose 100 games again.
Maybe your position players get some real confidence when they learn their franchise has gone out and gotten a legitimate star pitcher. They may think the team is good enough to warrant such an acquisition.
Confidence is a funny thing, especially in baseball. Give a team enough of it, and they just might go all Charlie Sheen in Major League on you. If the Twins want to win, they need to take a shot at getting Beckett.