COMMENTARY | As the Minnesota Twins limped through a quiet offseason last winter, fans were angered by the team's reluctance to dip into free agency.
It turns out that general manager Terry Ryan had the right approach by avoiding most of the names that fans wanted, but there's a chance that he could make that decision even better as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches.
That's because one of the signings that the Twins made was pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Signed to a cheap, one-year contract, there were not many expectations for Pelfrey to turn the worst rotation in the majors into a force.
While it's easy to remember his performance served as equivalent of a human tee in the first couple months, it's just as easy to forget that Pelfrey was coming off of Tommy John surgery from April of 2012.
It doesn't excuse his 7.66 and 5.90 earned run averages in April and May, but his improvement in June (4.66) and July (2.55) could have pitching-needy contenders thinking that they can get the hot hand just in time for a pennant race.
The Twins will not be able to get a slew of young talent for a pitcher with Pelfrey's resume, but perhaps they can get a prospect or MLB-ready role player in return. It's the type of move that Ryan had made a little over a decade ago when he shipped out David Hollins for David Ortiz, and Roberto Kelly for Joe Mays.
When it comes to the future of the Twins, they'll need to find a trade like that that can help enhance the pieces they already have in the organization while refusing to sacrifice assets that can be valuable down the road.
If the Twins are able to do that with Pelfrey, it will be another victory in an offseason that wasn't as popular seven months ago. If anything else, it's more appealing than signing Joe Blanton to a two-year contract.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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