|Bye, Bye Billy Bullock|
As I mentioned in my post earlier today (Last Men Standing: Twins 25-Man Roster), the Twins had one player that was in limbo as the beginning of the season approached. Earlier in the offseason the Twins had selected Scott Diamond in the Rule 5 Draft from the Braves organization. Diamond wasn't going to make the Twins 25-man roster to start the year and that meant the Twins had to either:
1.) Offer Diamond back to the Braves
2.) Work a trade for Diamond.
The Twins decided to trade prospect Billy Bullock to the Braves to let Diamond join the Twins AAA affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. In my "Top 20 Twins Prospects List," I had Bullock as the 14th best prospect in the Twins organization. Bullock pitched last season at high A and AA for the Twins and was a second round pick only two years ago.
The vibe that has been coming out of Spring Training is that the front office seems to really like Scott Diamond. This trade show that the Twins were very willing to part with a top prospect to keep Diamond in the fold. The other vibe coming from Florida is that Gardenhire is still waiting to see more out of Diamond before he will be given any shot at the big league level.
Since around the trade deadline about eight months ago, this is the third major trade that the Twins have completed for various reasons. Many of those trades have been harshly judged by Twins fans because of what the team was able to get in return.
1. Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos- Many Twins fans were upset to see one of the organization's top three prospects exit for a closer that was very similar to the closer they already had, Jon Rauch. Capps does have another full season with the Twins to show his worth as Nathan's insurance policy. Ramos is sure to get more playing time at the major league level this year. Fans will be able to watch if the Twins got the short end of the stick on this deal.
2. Jim Hoey & Brett Jacobsen for JJ Hardy & Brendan Harris- The Twins dumped a lot of salary with this trade and it allowed for Gardenhire to have some more speed in the line-up. Inserting Casilla in the spot that was vacated by Hardy allows the Twins to have more speed. The problem could be the Twins are sacraficing