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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: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:34 pm


Finally, the Twins make an important, necessary and impactful move at the trade deadline. Another plus is the fact that O-Cab knows our division's pitchers due to his stint with the ChiSox. Now, Mr. Smith, you can complete a great acquisition period by getting some pitching help - PLEASE, for the sake of the Twins future, do it!

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:34 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

The only team they can beat at home is the Sox. Unfortunately for them, they can't beat anyone else (like the Royals)...especially in late September when it matters most. Now they get that clubhouse cancer Cabrera. Things are looking up for the Sox.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:33 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

won't help

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:32 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

  Well not exactly the best trade ever made, but hey, I will take it.  Now hopefully Gardy realizes he should play Brenden Harris full time at second base as he has been much better than Punto and Casilla.  One question though, why did we not just sign this guy at the beginning of free agency and not resign Punto?  They both are getting $4 million a year, and Cabrera is a better player.  Or is Cabrera that much better?  Punto and Cabrera have similay OBPs and Punto is probably the better fielder between the two.  Either way, I'm glad to see the Twins realize that we weren't good enough at middle infield and made a trade.  Now we definitely need a relief pitcher and possibly a veteran starting pitcher, although I really doubt we will go for anymore players now. 

Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:30 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Who cares.  You still can beat the Yankees at your home park or on the road.  You will have a hard time beating anybody on the road.  Go Red Soxs

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:28 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

It's a nice addition, but as a Twins fan I'm a little more concerned about our starting pitching and middle-relief.  Hopefully Cabrera stays hot swinging the bat and stays solid on defense, as we are a team that focuses on error free play.  It will be interesting if Brian Smith gets an arm for our bullpen before the non-waiver deadline passes.  Go Twins!

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:24 pm

Twins acquire Orlando Cabrera

Yes, thank you Bill Smith! Now, go out there and get us a pitcher. I'll take Doug Davis.

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