Posted at 3:25 PM on July 15, 2008
by Chris Dall
I don't know about you, but I was shocked to hear that the Twins put in a call to the Seattle Mariners about third baseman Adrian Beltre. The Twins? Calling another team about a high-priced veteran player? Maybe this is a new era for the Twins.
Beltre would be an interesting addition. He's never hit much for average (2004 aside), but he hits lefties pretty well (.270 career average) and his 16 home runs would lead the team. He'd certainly help provide some protection for Morneau. And my guess is that his Gold Glove defense is a big selling point for Bill Smith and Gardy. But he does have one year left on his deal, at about $12 million.
The question is what are the Mariners asking for in return, and what are Twins willing to give up? Seattle is clearly in dump mode, so maybe they wouldn't ask much. Would they take Mike Lamb as part of a deal? What if they come back and ask for, say, Glenn Perkins and a prospect, should the Twins go for it?
My guess is that Bill Smith didn't expect to be in this position this season.
Who do you think would best help the Twins as they gear up for the second half?