Posted at 10:08 AM on June 28, 2005
by Bob Collins
A couple of days ago, Twins GM Terry Ryan dismissed the idea of going after Joe Randa to solve the Twins' thirdbase woes. I spent the weekend watching Randa and while he's never going to be the centerfold in the Sporting News, it doesn't take much to be better than Michael Cuddyer, who just isn't very good at thirdbase and who's offensive numbers scream SECONDBASE!
I'm not really sure what the deal is with Ryan and Randa. My initial reaction is Randa must make too much. But at $2.1 million, that's about right for the level of performance, especially at a weak position in baseball these days.
So that means the Reds must be asking for too much and that can certainly change between now and the end of next month. I'm not seeing a lot of 3B needs among playoff contenders right now and the Twins are borderline desperate at this position.
When I wake up with a start at night, it's usually because I'm dreaming the Twins have just traded for Jose Hernandez at $1.8 million. Ouch.
None of this would be a problem, I suppose, if Justin Morneau hadn't tanked at first in May and June and is showing signs of David McCartyitis.
A playoff team can't expect much getting the offensive production from these two corner positions.
So Cuddyer now is going to be replaced by Glenn Williams, who has certainly produced in limited games. But he's 28 and the baseball gods aren't looking the other way right now. (Memo to Rochester Red Wings: how 'bout putting some serious stats on your Web site?).
This is a problem. W
Posted at 12:58 PM on June 28, 2005
by David Zingler
Letís face it, the Central Division race is over. All hail to the White Sox. Sure there is still the Wild Card, but even if the Twins were fortunate enough to come out on top of that jumbled race, they wouldnít hit enough to advance in the postseason anyway. Reality bites, huh.
That gives Terry Ryan a little over a month to unload veterans like Jacque Jones and Joe Mays, who are each in the final year of their contracts. Heck, why not also see what you can get for Kyle Lohse? Or even Joe Nathan? Iíll even bet when the deadline draws near, some team will be desperate enough for a warm left arm that you could unload Terry Mulholland on them.
With prospects like Scott Baker, Dave Gassner, Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins waiting in the wings and Matt Guerrier pitching effectively out of the bullpen, the team should have no problem replacing the inconsistent Mays and Lohse. Nathanís value meanwhile probably canít get much higher, so why not deal him -- for the right price, of course -- and give Jesse Crain a shot a closer?
Itís apparent to anyone with two eyes and the slightest grip on reality that the Twins infield situation is a mess. Iíll stick it out with Justin Morneau at first base, but other than that itís a free for all. Dealing some or all of the above-mentioned players, would give the team a chance to shore up the infield and wouldnít significantly weaken the organization in any area.