What the bloggers are saying about the trade between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays, in which the Twins received Delmon Young, Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie for Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett and Eduardo Morlan….
Breaking Down The Blockbuster: [GM Bill] Smith’s first risk is a doozy. Originally the trade had Garza, Bartlett, and Juan Rincon heading to Tampa Bay, but concerns over the status of Rincon’s balky elbow caused the Twins to inexplicably substitute Morlan while keeping the remainder of the deal intact. While it’ll no doubt be a glossed-over aspect of a blockbuster trade, the difference between Rincon and Morlan is substantial and increases the already strong chance that the deal will be unkind to the Twins over the long haul…once you get past the Garza-for-Young portion of the swap it tilts pretty heavily in the Devil Rays’ favor both short and long term…The package that the Twins received in return for Garza, Morlan, and Bartlett essentially means that Young must become a superstar for the trade to be successful. [AaronGleeman.com]
Trade Bay: Friedman opens the vault: So, the Rays probably did think of this scenario for a long while. They knew they had to reshape the roster to make this team competitive in the AL East. The Rays for years have not been able to find anyone to help them out in free agency that would help them significantly upgrade their starting pitching. Also, Rocco Baldelli’s value was not going to bring them a pitcher in the quality of Matt Garza. They swapped for a pitcher that similar cost control over the next several seasons, for a player who has gone on the record before saying he would never sign with Rays once he reached free agency…After thinking about it the past 24 hours, I think this trade will help the Rays more than it will hurt them with the loss of Delmon. With Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis and Jake McGee on the not too far horizon, the Rays might be defined by their starting pitching. [DRays Bay]
Sorting Through The Rays Trade: Garza-for-Young is clearly the meat of this deal, and I like that part, but there were a lot of other players moved in this swap as well, which is where things start to get a little less rosy…Rays had concerns over the medical reports on Rincon’s elbow, and Smith ended up subbing in Morlan, who is by far the best relief prospect in the Twins system. Many had Morlan pegged to replace Joe Nathan as closer in 2009. Losing him is a huge hit, and with him in the deal, I feel like the Twins gave up way too much value in this trade.[Nick & Nick's Twins Blog]
The Magic 8-Ball Answers: The Tampa Bay Trade: Q: Should I be excited about this trade? A: Without a doubt. And that’s true whether you’re a Twins fan or a Rays fan. If you’re a Twins fan, you came out with the best player in the trade…(what) the Rays receive fit their puzzle better than that Twins.[Twins Geek]
A Look At The Young For Garza Trade: If the old adage is true that pitching wins championships, the Rays moved in the right direction on Wednesday…It’s always difficult to have to part with a player that posesses the potential that Delmon Young does, but the opportunity to upgrade the team in three different areas was too much to pass up. [The Stat Pack]
Twins Get Slugger, Shortstop: [Ed. note: A Slugger?] [Let Freedom Ring]
Is Steve Phillips Running The Twins?: [Ed. note: HAHAHAHAHA!] Once you get past the Garza-for-Young portion of the swap it tilts pretty heavily in the Devil Rays’ favor both short and long term. [Roto Blog]