Let the fire sale begin.
After a disastrous series in Cleveland, it's time for the Twins to concede that they aren't going to win a championship this year. Our boys were lucky to take one out of three against a no-name, low-salary club, and there's no sign that they are ready to turn things around. Kansas City and Chicago continue to pitch well and hit the ball out of the park, and the Twins won't catch them.
So, before July 31, the Twins should unload Rick Reed, Kenny Rogers and Eddie Guardado. They won't be on the Twins' roster next year, and all three would be snapped up in a heartbeat by contending teams. And, the way Shannon Stewart is hitting, he'd also be a prime candidate for a trade. The Twins need pitching prospects and middle infielders, and it's time to go shopping.
It's too bad things didn't turn out better this year, but that's baseball. Other than a brief stretch in June, nothing's gone right for this club. Ron Gardenhire looked like a genius in 2002, but this year every move he makes seems to blow up in his face.
And there just aren't enough games left against Detroit.