Ron Gardenhire was in Fargo on Wednesday afternoon, speaking at a farm trade show, and the subject of the outfield came up.
According to the Fargo Forum, Gardy said he wants a starting outfield in 2009 of Denard Span, Carlos Gomez and …
… Michael Cuddyer.
Been nice knowing you, Delmon.
Gardenhire said about his outfielders-of-choice: “Those three guys need to play every day. Delmon is in the mix. He’s a hell of a player, a hell of a talent. But to me, those three guys should be your outfield and then you go from there.”
This is the strongest indication yet that Young is available to a team that can offer up something reasonable in return. Gardy told the Fargo group that teams have inquired about Young.
Anyway, what’s just as interesting about Gardy’s words is the faith he has in Cuddyer to come back in 2009 and be one of the productive right-handed bats that the Twins were missing last season.
It also means the Twins are “officially” acknowledging that they traded a starting shortstop (Jason Bartlett) and a starting pitcher (Matt Garza) for two role players — and without even being able to dump Juan Rincon in the process.
So let’s see… If Casey Blake signs on Monday and the season started next Thursday, the lineup would be: Span, lf; Casilla, 2b; Mauer, c; Morneau, 1b; Blake, 3b; Kubel, dh; Cuddyer, rf; Harris, ss; Gomez, cf. We can still hold out hope for an upgrade at shortstop, perhaps from a package that includes the aforementioned deposed outfielder.
Sometimes, Delmon, baseball is a lot like fashion. As the fashion diva Heidi Klum would say, if she took John Gordon’s job: “One year you’re in — the next you’re out.”