Ladendorf was a second round pick in 2008 after a prolific junior college run. Struggled with wood bats his first year in pro ball but hit .410 in 17 games with E-Town before a promotion to Beloit this year Hitting just .233 at Beloit.
There’s a good chance he’ll fill out and become a third baseman.
There are indications the Twins were reluctant to let Ladendorf go. I say big deal, sign Miguel Angel Sano.
Cabrera will try to get to Minnesota in time for tonight’s game against the Angels.
Update: Now I’m hearing that he won’t get here until an hour before game time, and that’s not counting travel time from MSP. The Twins might not add him to the roster until Saturday. It will be interesting to see who comes off for him.
When I crashed last night, the Twins didn’t sound optimistic about a deal. Obviously, that changed either late late last night or early this morning. Wish I could have had more of the blow-by-blow for ya.
Anyway, is this the right deal? Freddy Sanchez was a better fit. Marco Scutaro would be a better fit. And I’m worried that Cabrera is going to bat second in the lineup when he should be seventh. And it’s taken one hot month for him to get his numbers past Brendan Harris.
But he’s been in the playoffs and might be energized to be in a postseason race. We’ll see…
Update: Reports in the last hour have the Twins in on San Diego’s Heath Bell, Oakland’s Michael Wuertz and Arizona’s Jon Rauch.