While most Minnesota Twins cynics think it’s unlikely the team will make a move prior to Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the players at the bottom of the Twins’ order had its final push in a "bizarro world" type of Twins win Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.
While the heart of the Twins order – Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer and Joe Crede – combined to go 1-for-17, the Twins bottom-feeders – Carlos Gomez, Nick Punto and Alexi Casilla – had three hits and created all of the Twins runs, with the help of leadoff hitter Denard Span.
All of the Twins runs were either scored or driven in by Span, Gomez, Punto and Casilla except for the run scored by Crede to put the Twins in front 3-2, and that was on a single by Casilla.
More importantly for the veterans on this team, who expressed their frustrations with the front office in a recent Star Tribune story, the Twins find themselves at 52-50. That’s good for second place in the AL Central, two games behind Detroit.
The three-game sweep of Chicago should increase the likelihood of the Twins trading for a veteran before Friday, likely at the expense of playing time for Casilla and Punto.
Pittsburgh dealt infielder Freddy Sanchez to San Francisco on Wednesday. Toronto’s Marco Scutaro and Oakland’s Orlando Cabrera reportedly are available for the right price.
Will the Twins make a move? I got a hunch that Cabrera will be acquired by Friday, though I’d prefer to see Scutaro. Cabrera’s defense has really deteriorated, according to his FanGraphs page. Here’s a story on the matter.
Scutaro is more versatile, allowing the Twins to leave Brendan Harris at shortstop. And Scutaro has at least been an average to above-average defender who can draw a walk. And yes, Toronto has bullpen arms – Jason Frasor or Brandon League – that I would assume could be had for the right price too.
The thought of a Cabrera-Harris middle-infield combo scares me. That’s a duo really lacking in range on a team that prides itself on defense.
We’ll see on Friday. I feel like the trade deadline is my own little Brett Favre drama. I guess I’m guilty too.