I know this is a few weeks late, but it's been kinda busy so I had to put off doing this. Everyone has done their posts on who should stay and who should go this off season for the Twins. I, personally, thought a lot of this talk stemmed from an article from Patrick Reusse on the Star Tribune's website.
I think to start this off, the first item that I wanted to talk about was the article from Reusse. I think the Twins would be crazy to get rid of Nathan. He is by far the best closer in the Major Leagues and he was a great trade in order to get rid of AJ the ass. Sure he had a rough time during the playoffs, but we can't put the whole blame on him. The umps blew calls, the guys missed plays and in my mind you can't beat a team that uses steroids.
Trading Nathan would be the biggest mistake the Twins could ever make. In all honesty, I think the Twins need to bring back pretty much every single players we had this season. It worked from 2008 to this year forcing yet again another game 163, I think it could work again for 2010.
I even think they need to bring Joe Crede back. I love how I was against him being here to begin with, but he's grown on me and I think he's a real asset to the team. The doctors told the front office that the artificial turf was going to be tough on Crede's back, but I really think by being out on real grass next season, like he's used to playing on, we could really see Crede shine and help this team out all season.
I guess when it all comes down to it, the only person I can think of that needs to go, far, far, far away; is Glen Perkins. To me the guy brought down our pitching staff. He brought down the team. His constant complaining about his elbow, when no one could find anything wrong with him. I personally think it was all in his head, he knew his pitching sucked so he made up every excuse possible to not have to pitch.