As the clock continues ticking toward the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline, it is becoming apparent that fans of the Minnesota Twins aren’t alone in their desire to see the front office make a move.
Last weekend, in the midst of the club’s dreadful west coast road trip, a trio of Twins All-Stars expressed their desire for the club to acquire more talent for the stretch run.
Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan all said they’d really like to see the team make a move—any move—to help give the club a shot in the arm as they march toward the postseason.
Much of the players’ desire to make a deal is spurred by the memory of last season, when the Twins missed the playoffs by one game. A situation that Nathan believes could have been avoided if the Twins had been proactive at the deadline.
"I think a lot of us, having experience with what we went through last year, coming down to a one-game playoff, we just know how important each game is," Nathan said. "Everything counts. I think last year really showed us that we can't take anything for granted and just try to do everything we can to make sure we're heading in the right direction."
Minnesota enters play on Tuesday a mere three games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central and could use reinforcements both in the bullpen and the middle infield.
The trio believes that the club is just one addition away from being a legitimate playoff contender with the potential to play deep into October, an opportunity that Morneau knows cannot be taken for granted.
"The older you get and the longer you play the game, the more you realize you might not have that many chances to win," Morneau said. "As a player, I understand you need to look at this moment right now. And the front office, it's their job to look at the big picture.”
Part of the “bigger picture” could include whether or not the three All-Stars would choose to remain with Minnesota going forward if the front office is unwilling to pull the trigger on deals that could put the club over the top.
The most pertinent of those situations is catcher Joe Mauer who can become a free-agent after the 2010 season.
If the front office continues to show reluctance toward making big moves, Mauer could choose to sign with a big-market team that has no problem shelling out big bucks to ensure a playoff run.
As such, Friday’s Trade Deadline figures to have a significant impact on the Twins, an impact that could extend well beyond the rest of this season.