Liam Hendriks Should Not be in Minnesota Twins’ 2014 Plans
There isn’t a whole lot that has gone right for the Minnesota Twins during the 2013 season. One of those things most certainly has been the performance of Liam Hendriks. At this point even if he didn’t give up a hit for the rest of the season, he still should be ‘wished luck in his future affairs’ by the Twins. After all, the Twins have issues all over the place but their pitching problems magnify all other problems.
Even the worst offensive team can compete for a playoff spot and more if they have great pitching. In the same way, a team that is decent offensively which the Twins can be, could compete with nearly anyone if they had a good pitching staff. Hendriks is clearly not a project they need to carry with them through the search for any sort of contending team. No hard feelings or ill will towards him, but you can’t give up those types of numbers and remain in Major League Baseball for long.
What he needs is something he could get if another team picked him up on a minor league deal or maybe even a month or two in winter ball could offer it up as well. What he certainly does not need to plan on doing is taking the hill for the Twins in 2014. To be perfectly honest, the Twins have enough issues to deal with by themselves without a pitcher that has this much to work on with his mechanics and such.