Hopefully after the months since the trade, Minnesota Twins faithful have gotten accustomed to the idea that Justin Morneau will not be returning for another season with the team he spent forever with. As much as they may sting for them at times, I think they will be best without him. Not only is that true because of how Morneau didn’t perform like he once did this season or recent seasons but also because of the players they got in return. The latest addition to that is minor league reliever Duke Welker.
Welker has been in the minor leagues for quite a while now. Standing six feet seven inches tall is a plus for him and he has some good stuff as well. He has a lot of relief experience in the minor leagues including some experience as a closer. He might not blow up the world right from the start but hopefully he can get a little good momentum going for the Twins. If he does then he really could be a good MLB reliever. Only injuries have kept him down so far anyway.
The fact that he will now be with the Twins should give him a better chance to make the major league roster. It should be the best chance Welker has had to make the everyday roster for a major league team. If everything works out well, Welker could be another good bonus that the Twins have gotten in return for Morneau. Considering how he performed for the last few seasons, that is plenty good enough.