By La Velle
The Twins and Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night have completed a trade that brings young hitting star Delmon Young to the Twin Cities (photo courtesy of USA Today).
The Twins have sent righthander Matt Garza, shortstop Jason Bartlett and minor league righthander Eduardo Morlan to the Rays for Young, infielder Brendan Harris and outfield prospect Jason Pridie.
Young, 22, who hit .288 last season with 13 homers and 93 RBI and is considered one of the better young hitters in the game.
He was the first overall pick in 2003 and is the younger brother of major leaguer Dmitri Young. Delmon Young rise to the majors includes being named minor league player of the year in 2005 but also includes some snags.
He was suspended 50 games by the International League in 2006 for throwing a bat and hitting an umpire. And he was pulled from a gamelate last season for not hustling but was allowed to play in the season finale after apologizing.
Harris, 27, hit .286 with 12 homers and 59 RBI. He played 87 games at short and 47 at second base last season. Pridie, who spent the 2006 spring training with the Twins as a Rule 5 pick, batted a combined .304 with 14 homers and 66 RBI at Class AA Montgomery and Class AAA Durham. Pridie, 24, is a center fielder, but isn’t expected to be in the mix for a starting job.
A trade for Young could lead to the Twins non-tendering a contract to outfielder Craig Monroe, who was acquired from the Cubs earlier this month. The Twins hoped to get Monroe to agree to a pay cut with incentives. With Young expected to play in left field and Jason Kubel around, outfield at-bats for Monroe would be hard to get.
The Twins continue to take offers for two-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana, who could help the club land help in center field and third base. And closer Joe Nathan could be dealt as well.