The Twins were very quiet at the trade deadline because according to GM Bill Smith, “I’d rather make no deal than a bad deal.” While this is an inarguable point the Twins are a team with a surplus of outfielders with Delmon Young, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Ben Revere and Denard Span.
Luckily Cuddyer can play first while Justin Morneau is still rehabbing from his neck surgery and Jason Kubel can DH so that Young’s bat can stay in the lineup. The Twins are off today while Denard Span plays his last scheduled rehab start and is then expected to join the team on Tuesday in Anaheim.
Ron Gardenhire has already stated that Span will immediately relinquish his role as the lead-off man and starting CF for the Twins, moving Ben Revere into a fourth OF/pinch runner position. Span will act as a mid-season acquisition for the Twins who will need production from the top of the order with Alexi Casilla recently going on the DL because of a strained hamstring, and Ben Revere’s underwhelming .300 OBP in the lead-off spot.
Hopefully Span can get on base more consistently to give RBI opportunities to Joe Mauer who hit .356 in July. Scoring more runs will help the Twins climb out of the 7 game hole they have put themselves in due to shaky starting pitching since the All-Star break.
Bill Smith did note that the Twins could be active in making some moves in the August waiver deadline, possibly involving incumbent free agents Jason Kubel and Delmon Young. While it can discouraging to see the Tigers adding Doug Fister and the Indians Ubaldo Jimenez, there are still plenty of games left for the Twins to make another late season surge in the AL Central.
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Written by Jonathan Fawkes
I was born and raised in Brooklyn but I'm a long suffering Minnesota sports fan (Twins, T'Wolves, Vikings). Looking forward to Teddy Bridgewater, Byron Buxton and Andrew Wiggins bringing a winning culture to Minnesota. Thanks for reading!