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Pondering the trade deadline

Posted at 9:47 AM on July 31, 2006 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

The trade deadline is today at 3pm CST. We will, of course, let you know if anything major happens. We don't need to break down every single transaction, so it'll just be a judgment call. (For example: Sean Casey joining the Tigers is probably the smallest we'll go.)

Twins ponder whether to trade or stand pat
The Minnesota Twins have been on a hot streak lately, but just dropped two out of three games to the Detroit Tigers over the weekend.

The way some baseball fans see it, the Twins have a big decision to make. Some people think they should try to make a trade and acquire a superstar player to improve their chances of making it to the American League playoffs. But others say the team should leave well enough alone, and not risk trading away a good player in order to bring in new blood.

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Greatest. Trade. Ever.

Posted at 10:44 AM on July 31, 2006 by Ben Tesch (6 Comments)

Twins acquire Minor League pitcher Zach Ward, send pitcher Kyle Lohse to the Cincinnati Reds
The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired minor league righthanded pitcher Zach Ward from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for righthanded pitcher Kyle Lohse.

Ward, 22, was 7-0, 2.29 ERA (114.0 ip, 29 er), allowing 74 hits with 37 walks and 95 strikeouts, with an opponents batting-average-against of .188 (74-393) in 20 games (18 starts) for Dayton (A, Midwest League) this season. His 2.29 ERA ranked fourth in the Midwest League.

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Came and went

Posted at 4:31 PM on July 31, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Well, the trade deadline passed with no big action for the Twins. They were apparently in the mix along with the Astros to get Soriano, but nothing ended up happening, probably because of the demands in return. Garza was a likely name that they didn't want to part with.

Greg Maddux and Julio Lugo are now Dodgers, and the Mets filled some pitching holes with some fairly good trades (in their favor). Care to pick any winners and losers in the trade market?

Making up for lost time.

Posted at 11:12 PM on July 31, 2006 by Josh Lee (1 Comments)

A 15-2 win usually says more about the losing team than the winners, unless it can be chalked up to this interminable heat wave. So while the Twins can bask in the warmth of their victory, the Rangers probably have some soul searching or team meetings or whatever it is that scuffling teams have to go through to get themselves back on track when they can't just dump Tony Batista to inspire themselves.

At the center of the Twins' scoring orgy was a player just off the DL, and he seemed more than ready to make up for the time he lost. Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored, and hit his 15th home run of the year in the 4th. I was happy to see Torii back from injury, but halfway through the game, something else hit me. He wasn't just back from the DL, he was back with the Twins, which means that the mid-season trade I'd been vaguely dreading all season didn't happen.

Saying goodbye to Kyle Lohse (goodbye!) is one thing, but I wasn't -- and still am not -- looking forward to bidding farewell to everyone's favorite homer-robbing, streaky-hitting center fielder. But now I can stuff that rough draft of a sendoff blog post back in the drawer for the rest of the season, and go back to trying to figure out how Ron Gardenhire's going to fit all of these overachieving call-ups into the lineup with Hunter back.

(And if anyone cares to bring up the fact that not trading Hunter now just increases the odds of losing him with no compensation in the off-season, rest assured that I'll be over here with my fingers in my ears, shouting "la la la, I can't hear you." Denial is a fan's best friend.)

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