Twins & Athletics




Twins & Athletics

December 15, 2021


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Bassitt 32 Majors SP High 1.0 25.8 8.8 17 13.6 17 20.4
Montas 28 Majors SP High 2.0 52.6 13.0 39.6 31.7 39.6 47.5


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Arraez 24 Majors 2B Low 4.0 48.9 21.0 27.9 22.3 27.9 33.4
Barnes 25 Majors SP LHRP Medium 6.0 2.4 1.7 0.7 0.4 0.7 1
Canterino Minors RHP 9.6 7.7 9.6 11.5
Larnach 24 Majors OF Low 5.0 19.5 0.6 18.9 15.1 18.9 22.7
  1. Bill Klein

    The Twins give up young prospects and a proven major league player with a good bat and versatility in Arraez. In return, they get much needed starting pitching. Montas would head the rotation and has 3 years of team control. Bassitt has just one season remaining before free agency and provides instant benefit to the Twins for 2022 and it would be up to the Twins FO to determine how badly they would want to keep him by signing him to an extension. Much of that will depend on the flood of young pitchers the Twins have ready for mid-2022 and 2023. One of those budding young pitchers (Canterino) ends up in a future A’s rotation and Charlie Barnes is a throw in arm to help replace losing both Montas and Bassitt. Larnach is just the kind of young, corner OF’er the A’s would be interested in.

    • jq 7925

      Arraez does not at all fit the A’s expected timeline to return to contention. He’s already in arbitration and wouldn’t be extended, so why take him on?

  2. Nathan Thompson

    Down vote for Oakland.

    Canterino missed most of 2021 with recurring arm injuries and I think he’s headed for TJS soon. Arraez is a solid player… but he doesn’t offer future impact and he doesn’t fit Oakland’s timeline. Larnach is the only piece with decent appeal but he has a lot of swing and miss and the rest of the package doesn’t make the risk worthwhile.

  3. Bill Klein

    Grover, you make a good comment about Canterino. Possibly the Twins could swap out Canterino and include Woods-Richardson or Winder. However, I disagree with both of you about Arraez. He’s just beginning to be an arbitration eligible player. He won’t be “prohibitively” expensive for at least a few years. He’s competent at several positions and an on base machine. He in fact, is just what the A’s would be looking for as an asset. If a younger player emerges in 2-3 years when Arraez begins to get too expensive, then Oakland flips him for a younger player. Larnach is also just the type of player the A’s look for. Yes, he swings and misses too much at this stage, but the A’s would want to polish him up and emerge with a solid major league player. You’ve got to give up something to get something and I think this trade accomplishes that for both teams.

    • Nathan Thompson

      I agree Larnach fits what the A’s are looking for but this is a large deal and the other 2/3’s of the return is a problem.

      I didn’t say Arraez is getting expensive, I said he doesn’t fit Oakland’s timeline. I’d like a minimum of 5 years team control for any player the A’s receive because the next couple years are going to be lean and it’s unlikely the A’s can make a push until 2024. I’d like the talent involved in that push to have a few years together. Arraez is a solid, 2-3 win player and his offensive profile is such that arbitration (as it existed in the previous CBAs) won’t jack up his salary until his last eligible season. I see the bulk of his value tied to that steady and inexpensive performance which is great for building a floor for a team… but I don’t want to see the A’s spend so much on the floor; I want ceiling.

      Oakland has a knack for finding guys like Mark Canha and Tony Kemp and Cole Irvin to help build a floor on the cheap and I want them to continue that tradition and focus their trade efforts on impact talent. That’s not a knock on Arraez, he’s a valuable player, but he’s not the type of value Oakland needs to invest in right now.

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