You can read elsewhere that some Twins players were unhappy about Luis Castillo being traded to the Mets for two minor-leaguers, and that they seemed to see it as a give-up signal.
They should concentrate on playing better.
Winning twice at Cleveland and beating the Royals in the series opener was a nice way to chip at the AL Central leaders, but it certainly didn’t give any of the uniformed talent the authority to play general manager. (That’s our job here, people) After all, nobody begrudges players the right to talk about testing the free-agent market or turning down a long-term deal that doesn’t meet their approval.
Luis Castillo filled a need for 1 1/2 seasons here and he should get applause and thanks for his work. But there was no way he was coming back next season and the market for second basemen was set when the Phillies picked up Tadahito Iguchi from the White Sox for a Class A minor-leaguer.
The Twins played some of their best baseball last season when Torii Hunter was sidelined; Mike Redmond stepped in big time during May and early June when Joe Mauer was injured. Jason Tyner is doing what a fourth outfielder should while getting a chunk of disabled Michael Cuddyer’s playing time.
So there’s no reason the collection of infield parts — Punto, Cirillo, Buscher, Rodriguez and Alexi Casilla — shouldn’t be able to step in and pick up for the departed Castillo if they see themselves playing meaningful games for the next two months.
You know, the way Jason (Triple, Single, Double, 2 Runs) Tyner did batting leadoff Monday night.
Let’s all do our jobs, OK? You guys play. Terry Ryan will deal (or not). We’ll critique everything.