Update to the video: Thursday, July 31st, following the trade deadline the Twins signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to a 2-year extension with a vesting option in year 3. This is an interesting move to me because Suzuki’s value has never been higher and he’s having a great year. If you’re in “win next year” mode the extension makes sense. The Twins are clearly not there. They could have certainly gotten something for Suzuki. This reeks of a classic Twins move of paying players off career years. They paid Michael Cuddyer after a career year, Mauer, many former pitchers, and now Suzuki.
However, the real issue here is that the Twins organization doesn’t have anyone remotely ready to take over the everyday catching duties. They obviously don’t feel Josmil Pinto will fill that role in the next two years. So I think they made the decision to keep Suzuki around out of necessity. I like Suzuki as a player and feel he fits the team well…which may or may not be a good thing based on their lack of success the past 4 seasons. It’s just unfortunate that the organization can’t seem to maximize value in recent years. Because again, Suzuki will probably never play as well as he has in 2014 though the team is paying him to do just that.
Update to the Update: The Twins also picked up OF Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. He provides much-needed OF depth and can play all 3 positions. He’s a downgrade from Sam Fuld, but not by much. Essentially, the Twins keep a utility OF (trading Fuld and claiming Schafer) and gain an average starting pitcher in Tommy Milone. Nothing earth-shattering, but this will allow Manager Ron Gardenhire to move Danny Santana, the team’s surprise of 2014, into his more natural role of SS instead of everyday CF.