Posted at 10:06 AM on June 21, 2007
by David Zingler
Patrick Reusse is probably the best sports columnist in town, but his assertion in today’s Strib that the Twins should trade Torii Hunter is way off. As difficult as the Twins have to been to watch at times this season, they are two games above .500 and only 5 1/2 out of first place.
It makes no sense to deal one of the most important players on the team right now. True, Hunter will likely command more on the open market than the Twins will chose to afford this winter, but as long as they are in the race, they have to keep the charismatic centerfielder.
Imagine if the popular Hunter were traded today. The middle of the Twins line-up would have a huge hole, one of the most important positions on the field would by in flux, the clubhouse would be in turmoil and the fans would mutiny. Basically, the season would end on summer solstice. There’s just no reason for that.
On the other hand, if the Twins are 10 games out on July 31, Terry Ryan should start listening to offers, but, I doubt it will come to that. For now, I am going to sit back and enjoy the summer and hope the Twins heat up...