Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.
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Trading Corey Brewer for Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's expiring contract certainly makes sense.
Brewer was never going to play significant minutes for a winning team. He looked so good this year because the Wolves have so few energetic players, so few players who even attempt to play defense, that Brewer stood out.
Trading him makes sense. Acquiring a talent young underachiever, in Anthony Randolph, also makes sense.
Aquiring Michael Beasley, signing Darko Mlicic and trading for Randolph are all moves that make sense in terms of the outgoing and incoming assets. Beasley could become a star. Randolph could become a force. Mlicic has given the Wolves a presence at center.
What's problematic is David Kahn's desperation to make a splash. He is filling his roster with talented young players who may not ever figure out how to play winning basketball. He is creating cap space for free agents who will never sign with the Timberwolves. If Randolph or Beasley becomes a star, Kahn can claim he's a personnel genius, but will either ever be a star on a good team, or, at their best, will they be spectacular athletes on bad teams?
I still say if the Wolves are ever going to turn the corner, it will be because they begin drafting well. Kahn's horrific first draft is still the defining moment of his tenure, and even though DeMarcus Cousins has been a pain in the butt, I"d still take his talent, especially if he were playing for the right coach.
-Justin Morneau took batting practice for the first time in camp today, wearing a batting helmet (most players just wear caps when facing coaches throwing BP.)
He looked OK. He hit a few shots to rightfield, but looked rusty. I guess that's to be expected.
In terms of putting on a show in batting practice, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome and Danny Valencia were impressive. Delmon Young looks impressive physically - I tweeted earlier than his arms are bigger than Mark Rosen's massive head. Rosie didn't think that was nice.
-I'll be on 1500espn at 2:40 every weekday. My twitter name is Souhanstrib.
Quick thoughts on a Saturday afternoon in New York:
-The Twins got pretty much nothing in return for Johan Santana. Saturday, that didn't look like such a bad deal.
Santana's stuff just isnt' that good right now. He says it's because of last year's elbow surgery, but I don't know. I thought when the Twins traded him that he would have a couple of dominant years before started fading.
When you stand next to Johan, you realize he's probably about 5-11, 180 pounds. There just isn't a lot of mass behind his pitches, so I figured he would eventually lose velocity, and that his elbow wouldn't be able to handle the tremendous torque his changeup puts on those ligaments.
He's 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA while pitching in the National League. Not impressive. By laying off his changeup on Saturday, the Twins scored four runs in the first before Santana settled down. I just wasn't impressed with Santana. I wrote about him and his woes for the Sunday paper.
-I was joking with Joe Mauer about his big Saturday night in New York, and he laughed and said, ``You know me.''
Me: So you'll be asleep in two hours?
Joe: ``Pretty much.''
-I asked Morneau if he's pretty comfortable seeing Carl Pavano on the mound. ``Almost as comfortable,'' Morneau said, ``as seeing him in the batter's box.''
Pavano went 2-for-3 while pitching a shutout. He's also become a very good quote for we in the media. Heckuva move by the Twins, trading for him last year and re-signing him this winter.
-Santana said Jason Kubel's first-inning double was the key to the game.
-So David Kahn is admitting publicly that he's going to trade Al Jefferson.
Let me say it again: Big mistake. Why would you trade your best player when he's still young and while his trade value is at its lowest point?
I know he needs to get better defensively. I know he's not athletic. But the guy can score and rebound. How about working with him a little?
-Can we really take American soccer seriously when we lost to Ghana? After barely beating Algeria? Who were we going to face next, Grenada? Antartica?
-Got this sad note from Molly Mulvehill Steinke of Nemer Feger, who works with Harmon Killebrew on his charitable efforts:
Harmon Killebrew's granddaughter, Caitlyn May White, was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy with WPW Syndrom just two weeks before her 9th birthday. (Mid-April)
Caitlyn now has to wear an AED vest all day, every day, in case her little heart stops. If the medications don't work, she will need a heart transplant. Because of her "severe" condition, her cardiologist immediately put her on the heart transplant list and began what he called "long-shot" immediate medication treatment to try and shrink her heart.
Harmon is asking his friends and fans to help raise money for Caitlyn's care and medical treatment.
He is hosting a golf tournament in Arizona on Wednesday, June 30.
They are also setting up an online auction. Nita and Harmon are first asking for everyone's prayers and secondly, asking for any auction items, prize or cash donations.
All proceeds will go into a care and medical treatment trust account for Caitlyn set up at Wells Fargo Bank.
For more information, could you please send your readers, listeners and viewers to www.harmonkillebrewfoundation.org <http://www.harmonkillebrewfoundation.org/> ?
Direct monetary donations can be made to: The Caitlyn May White Trust, c/o Megan Aubrey, Trustee, 6748 N. Double Eagle Lane, Meridian, ID 83646.''
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-On 1500ESPN on Sunday, we have the Gardenhire Show at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday Sports Talk from 10-11. It's a short show because the Twins' pregame shows begin at 11 for a noon start.
I love how Brett says everything he says is a big deal so he's not going to say anything right now...in a newspaper interview he knows will be read on SportsCenter! What a beauty.
I don't like the pick of Wes Johnson. He's a nice player. The Wolves need a great player. DeMarcus Cousins is a bigger risk. He also could be the best player in the draft.
Last year, the Wolves took Jonny Flynn over Steph Curry; this year they took Johnson over Cousins.
Think of a starting lineup with Ricky Rubio, Curry, Al Jefferson or Kevin Love and Cousins in it. T'hat could be fun.
-Also, I keep hearing that the Wolves are going to trade Jefferson. Isn't this the worst time ever to trade Jefferson? He is coming off a mediocre season and a bum knee after winning 15 games.
Whatever his flaws (D-fense!) the guy can score and rebound. If you're going to trade him, trade him after he goes double-double for an entire season. Or trade Love. But don't trade Jefferson now.
-I know this is going to sound like a cheap shot, but I'm just passing on what I'm hearing: All my buddies who cover the NBA say their best sources tell them it appears David Kahn does not know what he's doing.
-So the Twins get swept by the Brewers and their lead is about nil over Detroit and Chicago.
Maybe they should pursue that Cliff Lee deal sooner rather than later. I know the Mariners will want to play it out, but if you're going to give up a top prospect, you should get the guy for more than two months.
The problem is, Nick Blackburn may be ruining his trade value.
It might seem strange, but the Twins really do play a lot better when J.J. Hardy is in the lineup.
-Funny bunch of people, these New Yorkers. They keep chanting Jeff Van Gundy's name like he's LeBron James or something.
But the way, the big phrase in New York these days appears to be ``C'Mon LeBron.'' New York thinks it can recruit him. I can't see him playing for the stinkin' Knicks.
If I'm James, I go to Miami and play with Wade and for Pat Riley and soak up the sun.
-By the way, Kentucky lands five first-round picks, and John Calipari can't win a title with these guys? Fire him. Now.
-I think the New Yorkers are getting drunk now. One just yelled ``I love you Hassan!'' at Hassan Whiteside.
-Yes, Brendan Harris was stinking it up. But it's a shame the Twins couldn't have gotten him going enough to be able to trade him.
Recent Twins' infielders given two-year contracts: Mike Lamb, Brendan Harris, Nick Punto. Be afraid, Nick. Be very afraid.
jeff van gundy
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