Frequent commenter Seth, whose blog Seth Speaks is a must-read for Twins fans, offered this comment in response to my post this morning about the performance of several former Twins pitchers. It’s a different point of view than the “Sign Johan” position that was staked out in Section 220 during the off-season. Here’s what Seth wrote:
Let me go a bit controversial here…
(Johan) Santana has been very good for the Mets so far, very typical of what he did with the Twins. I believe he has five wins to this point and an ERA (of 3.30). How many wins would he have with the Twins at this point? How many wins would he have helped the Twins get?
I’m not going to back this statistically at all, but just theorizing: Has Carlos Gomez already helped the Twins to more wins than Johan would have been able to? I would argue that when Gomez is in the lineup, the Twins have done better and in several cases, he has had a very direct effect on the Twins wins.
Meanwhile, starting pitching has not been the Twins problem at all. In fact, which Twins starter would not be in the rotation if Santana was still here? Probably Nick Blackburn… and how is he doing so far?
In other words, this is a perfect illustration of why giving crazy years and dollars to any one player makes no sense.
You agree or disagree?