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Report: Twins target Cards' Ryan

Posted on: December 11, 2010 9:30 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2010 9:33 pm
Brendan Ryan Seeking to bolster their middle infield -- and perhaps covering their bets in case they can't reach agreement with Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- the Twins are attempting to trade for the Cardinals' Brendan Ryan, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of

Minnesota just traded shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Orioles, and has Alexi Casilla as its best current option. The Twins are expected to bring in Nishioka, who they are negotiating with through Japan's posting system, but Ryan would add depth at shortstop and second base. He was displaced when the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot as their everyday shortstop.

Ryan, 28, had a terrible 2010 at the plate, perhaps related to offseason wrist surgery, seeing his average drop 69 points to .223. But his real value is in the field, where he is as good as they get.

No word on what the Cardinals want in return for Ryan.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 12:45 am

Report: Twins target Cards' Ryan

Great move for the Twins..... Another slap-hitting middle infielder who can come off the bench a strike out faster than me at the bar.. Didn't they just part ways with Nick Punto??? We don't want him, Bill Smith....

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