Today was a busy day at the shortstop shop. Free agent Edgar Renteria signed a two year deal worth a suprising $18.5 million with the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Khalil Greene via trade from the San Diego Padres.
On Monday the Chicago White Sox offered shortstop Orlando Cabrera arbitration which means any team would have to give up their first round draft pick to sign the free agent. What does all this mean for the Minnesota Twins?
If the Twins want a new shortstop to take the field in 2009, they should trade for one! I suggest this guy, read below:
The free agent is narrowing at shortstop and personally, I couldn’t be happier. The Twins had initial whispers about Cabrera and I could have seen them also considering a Renteria, but thankfully we won’t be see either of those guys in a Twins uniform. Now the Twins can focus on the position that is in my opinion the No. 1 offseason priority.
Maybe next week the Twins will sign Casey Blake and if so, I think that’s OK. If not, I am fine with a platoon of Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris. Also, they should be able to affordably add another arm in the bullpen, but at shortstop they will need to give up value to get something in return. Here’s where things start to get interesting…
Of all the random places for manager Ron Gardenhire to open his big mouth, he decided to “announce” his starting outfield at a farmers trade show in Fargo, North Dakota. First of all, why are you announcing your 2009 outfield in December.
Make these guys earn their spot in spring training and give them something to work hard for. Secondly, why at a farmers trade show?
If you weren’t already convinced from the rumors, this confirms that Delmon Young is in the outs at least with the manager and possibly the Twins front office.
I am OK with a Young trade if it brings good value at an important position like shortstop, but I just don’t want GM Bill Smith to get anxious and feel like he needs to make a premature move after the Garza-Young deal looked like a failure in 2008.
It is far too early to make a judgement on Delmon. The kid is 23 and still has loads of potential. That being said, if a package of Young and minor leagues pitchers can bring in a kid like Yunel Escobar from Atlanta I think Smith should jump at it.
I’m predicting we’ll hear many Young rumors next week at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but to prepare for that over the weekend check out MLB.com’s run down of the Twins needs and trading chips. Have a good weekend Twins fans and remember to keep submitting your podcast name ideas to WIN FREE TWINS TICKETS!