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Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

Posted on: March 23, 2011 4:45 pm

SloweyBy Evan Brunell

The Twins have mercifully made Kevin Slowey available in a deal, as they have chosen Scott Baker to be their No. 5 starter, as FOX Sports reveals.

Why is it merciful? Because Slowey deserves to start, and it is the Twins' loss to choose players such as Nick Blackburn over Slowey, who has a sterling 1.50 career walk rate per nine innings, paired with a 6.86 K/9 mark. While his 4.41 career ERA isn't great, it looks a lot better with a 4.32 xFIP and he could easily dip below 4 in the National League. Heck, as a 26-year-old, he still has the talent to do so in the AL.

Slowey is a flyball pitcher, so best profiles in a park that plays to his tendencies. If he can land in such a place -- Seattle is one possible destination -- it would be to his benefit. The Mariners are looking to improve their starting pitching depth and could offer up reliever Brandon League in a deal for Slowey. Working against this is the fact League is slated to open the year as closer with David Aardsma out to injury. The M's may not want to turn their bullpen into a motley crew, but frankly, if it's between League and Slowey and a poor bullpen, Slowey's the choice.

Any deal involving Slowey will require relievers in return as the Twins lost Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch and Brian Fuentes. The club does have Joe Nathan returning and Matt Capps functioning as setup man, but the rest of the bullpen is in dire straits.

Other teams currently in need of a starter include the Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Blue Jays and White Sox, but some are only interested in internal options as their starting pitching depth is temporary, such as the Dodgers or White Sox. However, even for those teams, Slowey would be an intriguing add as it is not every day you get a young right-handed starter with spotless command and a track record.

The Blue Jays in particular have been linked to Slowey, but given Toronto has Octavio Dotel and Frank Francisco on the verge of landing on the disabled list, it's unclear if the Jays are interested in compromising their relief depth.

Bet on the Twins entering the season with Slowey, but it would be a surprise if he wasn't moved by July to a team in need of a starter. The Padres could end up the best fit, as they have a cavernous park and could possibly have relievers to deal.

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Since: Mar 24, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 1:21 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

Um, I cannot believe you don't mention the Mets. Their pitching fairly well sux, and talk about a flyball park! I'm not even a Mets fan in the slightest but it seems fairly obvious. As for the Cards, you should know enough to know Dave Duncan almost always eschews flyball pitchers, not to mention that both Kyle Lohse and Kyle McClellan have had outstanding springs. 

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 1:02 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

Sox, I was thinking the same thing. Letting Slowey go should be a good sign that they are set on hanging onto Liriano, who still has some of the best "stuff" of their starters.  I still would have rather seen them get rid of Blackburn or Baker before Slowey.  I have just seen better outings from Slowey in the past . 

It sorta reminds me of them parting ways with Garza.  Slowey seems ready to take that next step.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:37 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

Like everyone has been seems early to be dealing a starter. Especially a healthy starter. Look around this web site and you see Morrow starting the season on the DL, along with Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Webb, Duscherer (sp?), Ricky Nolasco isn't healthy, Marcum is hurt, Strasburg, Brian Wilson, on and on and on. I'd hold on to Slowey until the deadline and wait for a team that is playoff-pushing to come calling. Minny should be right in the thick of things in the AL but an injury to a starter really changes things quickly.

On the bright side, if they are leaning towards dealing Slowey that means Liriano isn't going anywhere. If he has a good year the Twins should extend him.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:22 am

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

The Pen wouldnt look so bad if anybody not named Pavano could work into the 6th or 7th, huge issue last year and will be again this year.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:41 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

There is no way they are going to deal him now!  Having a 6th starter is a damn blessing  in these times.  In crunch time in July, one of them may be on the block, but I don't think Slowey starting the season in the pen, means he is the odd man out forever.  Starting pitchers are much to valuable to let go so soon.  If everyone stays healthy, I'm sure there is a good chance someone may get moved later on, but just because Slowey started in the pen doesn't make him the only choice in a trade.  He may be back in the rotation by May, who knows?  It's a nice situation to be in for the Twins.  Might have to go for a reliever later, a few ? in the pen right now.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:34 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

It's kind of early to be dealing a starting pitcher. You're not going to get much at this time of the year. Blackburn isn't exactly Cy Young and he's three years older.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2011 7:49 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

I think they should hang onto Slowey for a while. There is a good chance that he will have a chance of starting before too long. The Twins have 5 solid pitchers, but almost all have histories of inconsistencies or injuries

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2011 7:33 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

as a die hard twins fan, i eventually knew something like this was coming.  the twins are very deep at starting pitchers.

with pavano locked up for 2 years, along with lirano and duensing performing so well, guys like slowey, blackburn and even anthony swarzak could all be starters for other teams, and with the twins in dire need of some setup men, I knew a trade was going to be in the wroks.  I hope they can find a few good arms for these talented young pitchers.

i wish whoever gets traded the best of luck and hope the twins get some good return out of there trade

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2011 7:01 pm

Twins dangling Kevin Slowey in trade

trades just ain't what they used to be.  Cry

BTW, watching the stock market is starting to be a more unincumbered sport than "real" sports.  Doping, arrests, cheating, lying, hang nails and warts sending one to the DL, rules never applied evenly or equally, lawyers, accountants, insurers all much more important to the games than the game itself.  And we talk about processed food being the furthest thing from the natural ingredients.  Sport is now processed beyond recognition.

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