Never scrumptious

The Minnesota Twins are always the BLT on the Major League Baseball lunch menu — never the steak sandwich (Red Sox) or the peanut butter and jelly sandwich (Royals).

The problems I have with the BLT are the same I have with the Twins: The pieces never fit. When the bacon is crispy, the tomato is flavorless styrofoam.

When Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are entering their prime, Johan Santana is traded.

Tuesday’s pending trade of Santana — “the best pitcher of the century,” said Peter Gammons — for four unproven prospects legitimizes their middle-of-the-road strategy.

I hoped Bill Smith’s move to acquire Delmon Young was a step in the right direction. Giving up some pitching, something Terry Ryan never did, to get a big bat was fresh air.

Granted, the Twins had a small chance against the loaded Tigers in the Central, but, with Santana as a cornerstone, they had a chance and gave fans hope.  

 But once you ditch the pitcher with the best ERA, most wins and strikeouts in the game, you don’t get that back soon — if ever. And you certainly don’t climb back to the playoffs with four unproven prospects.

If Cytana had to go, then they must get proven players or star prospects in return. These four are neither.

These guys might develop and flourish, but it will likely happen when Mauer gets a fat deal from the Dodgers in 2012.

The tomato is juicy, the bacon is burnt.



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