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?
Yes, although I'd much rather have a power outfielder.
2 time all-star or "little nickey" punto...hmmmmm.
can't work out worse than batista, right?
Why would they possibly want to pick up another infielder when Punto is playing well and there is seemingly no room for him to DH with Rondell White and Jason Kubel sharing the spot? Maybe if Punto was hurt more than we were lead on, otherwise, let's not disrupt the chemistry of the team with a guy who got kicked off the Blue Jays despite their need for offense with their own injuries. Did someone say Bret Boone?
saying "shea hillenbrand, all-star" carries as much weight as saying "mark redman, allstar". that's a weak .301
While Shea is no superstar, he's still a productive player unlike Bret Boone who was washed up when the Twins got him. Picking up recently released Vinny Castilla would be Boone-like...........
Basically I think it would be smart to go after Shea if they are truly going to Go For It. While LNP is playing like a champ, it's quite likely that he and/or some other players will cool off or get injured. That's when you put other guys in to keep the ball rolling. Also, at that price, it's possible to keep him here for next year or at least have some options instead of just going with the "what's left".
It is risky to bring a guy like Shea into the clubhouse but I don't think that platooning him with Punto at 3B would be that bad of a deal. Nick could still get regular at bats (playing third and spelling Bartlett and Castillo) and Shea could land somewhere. It's obvious that the Twins will make some sort of move next year at 3B. Everyone knows that we need MORE power from that position even LNP. Might as well make the move this year.
Isn't anyone concerned about Shea's reputation. The guys on Sports Center this morning compared him to TO and then said, "No, actually that's not true, Hillenbrand is much worse then Owens." I'm not defending their opinioin, but I would be hesitent to bring in a big ego when the team's so seemingly cohesive at the moment. But that's just me.
Josiah, the voice of reason. He is not a good enough player to take such a risk. Punto is playing better then him anyways.
Did SportsCenter really say that Hillenbrand was worse than TO? That's a pretty telling statement right there. Anyway, it's a moot point now as Shea has been acquired by the Giants.