July 2009


Update: The Twins will receive cash considerations as well

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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. 

Cabrera for Ladendorf is done

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The Twins and A’s have agreed to a deal sending Orlando Cabrera to Minny in return for infield prospect Tyler Ladendorf. Someone with the Twins just informed me that they are, “wheeling and dealing.”

Oakland will receive infielder Landendorf, who tore it up at E-Town this year before being promoted to Beloit, here he’s batting .233 in 15 games at Class A Beloit. But he’s considered a good offensive shortstop prospect.

More details to come…

Deadline day update

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The Twins had their phone lines going well into this morning. Unless there was a breakthrough this morning that we haven’t heard of, the feeling I got was that they weren’t close to making a deal.

ESPN reported last night that the Twins and A’s were making progress on a deal for shortstop Orlando Cabrera. That was not the sense I got after late evening communication. USA Today is reporting this morning that the A’s asking price was too much for the Twins. That’s in line with what Joe C. and I have heard for days. It’s unclear if Oakland has  moved off their demand for third baseman Danny Valencia.

There  is a belief that Oakland’s Billy Beane will play this up to the 3 p.m. deadline before lowering his demands.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have dealt for lefty Jarrod Washburn, a move that makes them the favorite in the A.L. Central. Instead of going after a bat, the Tigers – more of a pitching and defense team this season – strengthened their rotation. Luke French and Mauricio Robles weren’t listed among the Tigers’ top ten prospects by Baseball America heading into the season.

Not sure if there’s another starting pitcher out there that the Twins can deal for. But I’m surprised that the Twins couldn’t land Washburn based on what Detroit gave up.

There’s a belief that the Twins might look toward David Eckstein or Adam Kennedy for middle infield help. The front office feels the heat about making a deal. While I doubt they will make an impact trade, they might make a move just to show they did SOMETHING.

Joe C. and I are double-teaming this one up to the deadline. Will let you know if we hear something…anything….

Midday (non-trade) update

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Joe C. and I have been of the opinion for weeks that the Twins won’t make a significant deal before the July 31 deadline. Nothing has happened lately to change my mind. The Twins are doing a lot of talking but, as of late last night/early this morning nothing seemed close.

Here’s some things to chew on as the deadline nears:

Pittsburgh wanted Aaron Hicks or Danny Valencia for Freddy Sanchez: Hicks seems to be too much but, given Sanchez’s ability to play third, should the Twins have thought about Valencia and kept looking for middle infield help? How much should Valencia be valued as a prospect?

Billy Beane doesn’t want to trade Michael Wuertz: Wuertz is under control for another year.

Is Orlando Cabrera a real upgrade?: He’s hitting .377 with a .909 OPS this month. Can it last? And he’s not a No. 2 hitter. I’m just not on him – which makes me worried this will be the move the Twins will make, if they make any move.

Washburn has many suitors: Was told about 10 teams have called Seattle about Jarrod Washburn now. And the Twins don’t do well when they have to beat out a lot of teams for players.

Pittsburgh doesn’t want to trade Matt Capps: Was told by a NL source that the Pirates view him as their closer for the next few years. I think he’d make a good set-up guy. Pittsburgh is willing to move John Grabow but he doesn’t address any of the Twins’ pressing needs.

Will Toronto move players not named Roy Halladay?: The Twins are still in on Marco Scutaro – if Toronto is willing move him. Here’s an update from Toronto.

That’s it for now. Will check on trade talks throughout the afternoon and will have a story in tomorrow’s ink edition. Will post here if there’s breaking news.

Liriano scratched with a sore forearm but not serious. Duensing to start

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Lefthander Francisco Liriano has been scratched because of swelling in his left forearm. We’ll have more details later after Gardy has his presser around 5 p.m.

So it’s the battle of the replacement pitchers, as lefty Brian Duensing will start opposite of righthander Jose Contreras – who is filling in for righthander Bartolo Colon, who has been placed on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. Lefthander Randy Williams has been called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the roster.

The most shocking development of the day is that the lineups have been released! Earliest of the season…

 Update: It’s officially being called forearm irriation and no one thinks it’s serious. If fact, the Twins plan to start Liriano on Wednesday at Cleveland. He’ll rest a couple days, then throw in the bullpen over the weekend.

Liriano even sounded upbeat as he talked about his condition.

Update 2: According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Freddy Sanchez has been told not to fly with the team to Phoenix and remain at AT&T Park.  Not good news for the Twins

White Sox (51-50)

1. Scott Podsednik, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. Jermaine Dye, RF
4. Paul Konerko, DH
5. Alexei Ramirez, SS
6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
7. Carlos Quentin, LF
8. Jayson Nix, 2B
9. Ramon Castro, C

Pitching: Jose Contreras, RHP

Twins (51-50)

1. Denard Span, LF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: Brian Duensing, LHP