The Twins needed to get a deal done for Harden
By: Christopher Torola
The Twins took a stab at trying to bring over Rich Harden from the Chicago Cubs, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. Rumor has it that the Cubs wanted the Twins best two minor league prospects, Aaron Hicks and Ben Revere, both outfielders. Obviously I have no idea what went on during negotiations but I do know two things. The first, the Cubs need outfielders for the next few years. None of Milton Bradley, Alfonso Soriano, or Koske Fukudome have too much left in the tank. The second being, the Twins are stacked with outfielders. Between Carlos Gomez, Denard Span, Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, and Delmon Young... along with Revere and Hicks, you would think that a deal should have been obtainable.
If Harden would have been added to the Twins rotation they would have had decent 4 man roster for the playoffs, not to mention the extra push that may be needed to catch up to the Tigers. Scott Baker, Rich Harden, Carl Pavano, and Nick Blackburn could match up pretty well with most teams, as long as the Twins bats kept putting up big numbers.
I still see the Twins winning the American League Central, but I doubt that Brian Duensing or Jeff Manship would strike much fear into the hearts of opposing hitters should the Twins make the post season.