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Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:04 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2009 2:04 pm

The Minnesota Twins have acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera from Oakland in exchange for minor-league shortstop Tyler Ladendorf, has learned.

Cabrera, 34, has come on strong lately at the plate after a very slow start. He was hitting .280 with a .318 on-base percentage in 101 games for the Athletics, and he arrives in Minnesota with an 11-game hitting streak intact. He's hitting .375 (18 for 48) over that stretch and, since July 1, he's batting .373 (41 for 110) with eight doubles, two homers and 16 RBI.

The acquisition for the Twins comes less than an hour after AL Central-leading Detroit acquired left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn from Seattle. The Twins, weak in the middle infield with Brendan Harris (.264) at shortstop, Alexi Casilla (.171) at second base and Nick Punto (.208) spelling them, also were talking with Toronto about Marco Scutaro.

In acquiring Cabrera, the Twins gave up their second-round pick from last summer's draft, Ladendorf. Initially, the Athletics were focused on outfielder Aaron Hicks, rated the Twins' top prospect in 2009 by Baseball America, and third baseman Danny Valencia, whom the Twins think is their third baseman of the future.

Cabrera is due roughly $1.25 million in salary this season, plus a $250,000 bonus for being traded. He is expected to arrive in Minnesota in time to play in Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Twins, who also receive an unidentified amount of cash from Oakland in the deal, remain in the market for a relief pitcher.


Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 7:08 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

wow, lot of whitesox trolls, looming...  must be scared

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:02 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Bill Smith hit this one right on the head. Great acquisition! Now the only thing we might need is some pitching.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:20 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

One must ask the question, how come a really good hitting shortstop with a good glove keep getting traded from year to year. This is ridiculous one would say. I am a Sox fan and we had him. Had a great year for us too. Then, all of a sudden, he was traded. All of us Sox fans know why. Ask Keith Foulke about Orlando Cabrera and his antics. Come on Twin fans, you must wonder why. I hope he can be a good boy in Minneapois but I have my doubts. His numbers have been pretty consistently good too through all of these trades...Best of luck Minnesota

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:00 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

White Sox win when it matters, unlike your Twigs bro.......

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:48 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Good move. It shows that there is FINALLY a sense of urgency with the Twins not just sitting around watching the deadline pass like in normal years.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:30 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Perfect a 34 year old shortstop!  I am sure this has sealed the deal in the A.L. Central.  FOR THE TIGERS!!   

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:10 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Well, its not like getting Jose Reyes to take over at SS. But, I'll take it. Shows that Bill Smith is somewhat playoff minded.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:44 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

I thought that maybe this move would help but expert analysis from GNRSox says otherwise as he eloquently states, "won't help."

We are all looking forward to more breaking news from his home headquarters in his mother's basement before the 4p.m. EST deadline.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:28 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Then don't make a comment if you don't care you maroon.

Learn to write as well as I'm sure you meant the Twins "can't" beat as opposed to "can."

According to your logic, just don't do anything right?  Here's a thought.....stay worried about your own back yard (i.e., tainted championships, YouKillUs and your current slump) before worrying about what other teams are doing. And maybe be a little more positive and it might improve your crap rating.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:28 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

"Enjoy Getz, Fields, and Beckham."

This is a joke right? Beckham is going to win ROY after starting the year in the minors, exactly one year after playing in the college WS. He is a superstar in the making. You're damn right we'll enjoy him on the White Sox. I don't think you will however.

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