Posted at 1:01 PM on July 12, 2007
by Steve Rudolph
Apparently Terry Ryan has seen the light and has finally acknowledged that the Twins need “a little more firepower” in their lineup and announced that the team will be a buyer before the trade deadline on July 31.
As a Twins fan I welcome that announcement, but can’t help wonder why it took him until mid-July to realize what most of us have been saying since last season ended. I could rant on that for days, but let’s look forward and see who the Twins could wind up adding.
Dmitri Young? He’s an All-Star (because the Nationals had to have one) and seems to be trying to earn a big paycheck next season. However, the Tigers let him go for personal problems during their stretch drive last year making him a huge risk for a team that prides itself on chemistry.
Mike Sweeney? I’ve always been a big fan of the Royal slugger, but his recent knee issues scare me. Even if he was healthy, does anyone think the Twins will take on his $12.5 million contract?
Brad Wilkerson? The Twins could use a guy with 14 homeruns and his salary seems reasonable at $4.35 million, but the .228 average is a concern and they need a third baseman more than a DH or left fielder.
Pedro Feliz? He plays the position the Twins need to upgrade most (third base) and appears on his way to a fourth consecutive 20-homerun season. It’s just hard to get excited about Pedro Feliz and think he’s the missing link.
Morgan Ensberg? The Twins already have a third baseman that barely hits above .200 in Nick Punto. Why make a move for another in the hope that he regains his 2005 form?
None of these players mentioned as prospects in today’s Pioneer Press are likely to help the Twins immediately or in the future. One that might and who hasn’t been talked about recently is Tampa infielder Ty Wigginton.
Wiggington entered the break batting .269 with 13 HRs and 42 RBI or .58 points higher and 12 homers and 27 RBI more than Nick Punto. He can also play second base, which would give the Twins more options if Luis Castillo signs elsewhere after the season.
To get Wigginton, the Twins might have to send a prized pitching prospect to the Devil Rays. Fine. Do it. This team has more pitching prospects that projected openings on the major league roster in the coming years and there always seems to be a young arm ready to make the next leap towards the major league.
On the flip side, the Twins don’t have a single surefire position prospect in the system and this is the time to address that deficiency by making a move for a hitter that can help not only this season, but hopefully for years to come.
There have to be some others out there who could help. Who am I missing?