Joe Nathan Got Paid, Lost His Sanity
I’m quite pleased with the contract the Twins and Joe Nathan agreed upon. For one, it means Minnesota is retaining some of its elite talent and staying competitive. Secondly, it keeps the closer market down, which is good news for the Angels’ negotiations with Frankie Rodriguez. While it was nice to see Nathan get his contract, it wasn’t cool to see what it did with his head. All of a sudden the guy is spewing the company line though he can’t possibly mean it. Check out what he said:
“We’ve shown that we’re committed to winning,” Nathan said. “A lot of people are counting us out, but we’re going to be good this year and for years to come, because we’re young and a lot of our guys are hungry.”
Right, because teams that are committed to winning trade away the best pitcher in the league. Duh, I should have known better. I mean, what better way to commit to winning than by trading away your stud pitcher in the middle of his prime? Even Johan said as much — the Twins aren’t committed to winning, and that’s why he wanted out. It’s amazing what a little bit of cash in the pocket will do to a man’s sanity. Apparently it’s good enough to brainwash Nathan. And it just confirms that the Twins are going about this rebuilding thing all wrong.