When we were younger, why did we love McDonald’s Happy Meals? It wasn’t because of the burger and fries but rather was because of the toys we got in the end. That’s what the Twins fans get now… the toy.
Twins fans have now sat through two straight 90-loss seasons and it’s time to cash in for our reward. I know that the Twins won’t get all of these guys, but one or two isn’t exactly out of the question.
It may look as a little give and take after the Twins traded away Francisco Liriano to the White Sox, but Gavin Floyd is an upgrade over most of what the Twins have in their rotation right now.
Floyd is 11-11 on the year with a 4.47 ERA, but he brings something valuable to the Twins in the form of veteran leadership. Floyd also know the AL Central pretty well.
I forgot that Anibal Sanchez threw a no-hitter back in 2006, but then again, there have been 23 no-no's ever since.
Sanchez played most of his career in the National League with the Marlins until being traded over to the Detroit Tigers this season. This year, split between Miami and Detroit, he has a 3.95 ERA and a 9-13 record.
The ultimate goal in baseball is to win the World Series and Edwin Jackson did just that last year with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has a legitimate shot at another one with the Washington Nationals this season.
Jackson has pitched for seven teams and has experience in both leagues. This year with the Nats, he has a 4.13 ERA and a record of 9-11.
McCarthy is probably most well known for taking a line drive to the head which resulted in a little brain surgery. The Twins going after him isn’t exactly brain surgery or rocket science; it looks like a good potential move.
The right-hander leads the A’s in strikeouts this year and has 196 in the past two seasons combined. This season he has a 3.24 ERA and an 8-6 record.
The Twins haven’t had a true fireballer in a long time and it just might be time to test one out. Broxton is a two-time All-Star in the National League and has a little American League experience with his half-season stint with the Kansas City Royals this year.
Combined between the Royals and Cincinnati Reds this season, Broxton sports a 2.37 ERA and a 4-4 record.
This is the long shot. Greinke is a top starter on the market and the Twins probably have little to no chance at getting him, but it’s really fun to dream about having the 2009 AL Cy Young winner on your staff.