Posted at 9:08 AM on July 20, 2006
by Ben Tesch
As you may or may not know, the baseball trade deadline is at the end of this month. Earlier in the year, we were looking to sell, but things changed after The Streak. Now that we are close to the thick of things, our plan is to use these upcoming road games (which we are terrible at, by the way) to tell us what direction to go.
Adding some depth would be a priority, and potentially boosting the starting rotation or a power position would be the next in line. Considering Punto's play as of late, it would be tough to find a better third baseman for this year. Third may be a power position, but I'll gladly take a guy batting .322 who hits a fair number of doubles and triples, can play anywhere, and does not (not!) give up a single at-bat.
Another thing to check out is the poor performers on other teams which might look to get replaced. Hunter and Stewart were shoo-ins for consideration for many teams outfield spots, but their current injuries may end up being the thing that keeps them on the Twins for the rest of the year.
Think the Twins should deal? Who should they get and who should they get rid of?
Posted at 10:18 AM on July 20, 2006
by David Zingler
The Blue Jays designated third/first baseman Shea Hillenbrand for assignment last night after a series of conduct issues, including criticizing the teamís front office. The two-time All Star, who has a batting line of .301/.342/.480 with 12 HR and 39 RBI, could take over at third base for the Twins and allow Nick Punto to resume the super utility role he seems so suited for. Hillenbrand turns 31 next week and the Twins would be on the hook for less than half of his $5.8 million salary. Should they give it shot?