The trade that the Minnesota Twins pulled the trigger on to send Ryan Doumit to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for starting pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin could appear puzzling. Everyone knows the Twins main catcher Joe Mauer is moving to first base so why would they trade away one of their long-time catching options? Besides that, what is the up-side on this Gilmartin guy? Was the trade worth it?
Many of those questions will go unanswered until a little while down the road. It should be mentioned that the Twins signed Kurt Suzuki and also have rookie Josmil Pinto among others. They really did not need Doumit as a catcher. What they could use however are more mid to back of the rotation pitchers. Nothing is better in an incomplete starting rotation than Spring Training options.
That is exactly what Gilmartin provides for the Twins. For his part, what he eventually will be worth is up to his performance. During his time with the Braves he was thought at one time to be the next solid mid-rotation starter but that fizzled a little bit last season. Gilmartin had a high ERA and didn’t do all that well overall in 2013 but his potential remains.
How good he is and how much he is eventually worth for the Twins could all hinge on his performance in 2014 Spring Training. For Gilmartin a great deal is on the line. Whether or not he is able to find a roster spot is beside the point. He needs to take these few weeks and prove to the Twins that he is still a solid MLB starter in waiting.