When I first read the news about Pat Neshek's arm, I made a sound that no doubt caused those around me to wonder if I was in need of medical assistance. I'm sure a similar sound could be heard across the upper midwest, as hearts in Twins Territory collectively broke simultaneously.
Ever since they announced that there had been "a set-back" in Pat's recovery, I've been steeling myself for bad news. But I honestly didn't think it'd be this bad. No Neshek in '09?!
Well.....crap. Now what?
If there were a silver-lining to the whole depressing situation, I suppose it would be that it happened now, while the market is wide open.
It makes sense that everyone is jumping to Huston Street conclusions. The Rockies just happen to have an extra closer lying around, at the exact same time the Twins are, yet again, in desperate need of a set-up man, and the two teams have already been chatting about possible deals.
I will admit. I'm torn.
Huston Street is grade-A Adorable. He is absolutely cute enough to be a Twin, no question.
But in order to make a major deal with the Rockies to acquire Street and Atkins, I'm guessing we'd have to give up quite a bit. I tried, hypothetically, to think of which Twins I'd be willing to part with and I couldn't bring myself to do it.
Well...OK. I did come up with 3 or 4 names....but I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. [Sorry guys...Huston Street is really pretty. I'm weak...and vulnerable from Neshek-depression.] Athouth, I doubt the handful of names on my list would be super-tempting to the Rockies anyway.
Of course, Huston Street's ERA of almost EIGHT when he pitches on turf tempers my enthusiasm a little.
And, obviously, there are Oakland-cooties to consider.
It IS something to think about....