Tag:Danny Valencia
Posted on: June 21, 2010 8:39 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 1:15 am

Twins could be buyers

Brandan Harris The Twins are sitting pretty, leading the American League Central and playing to big crowds at their new ballpark, Target Field.

There is room for improvement, however, and Minnesota could be active as the trade deadline approaches, with third base and the rotation their priorities according to MLB.com.

The Twins have gotten nothing offensively at third base -- a league-worst 20 RBI and a .222 average. Brendan Harris (pictured), their current starter, is batting .157. Rookie Danny Valencia, called up this month, has been impressive (.317) in 14 games but is apparently not a long-term answer at this point.

Mike Lowell, being shopped by Boston, is the most obvious solution to the third base void. Actually, 2008 Mike Lowell would be a great solution. The 2010 Mike Lowell is 36 years old, coming off hip and thumb operations and has batted .215, though he's played so sparingly it's understandable he hasn't been able to find his groove.

Minnesota's starters are eighth in the AL in ERA (4.27), and a big gun would help put the Twins over the top. The two biggest names, obviously, are Seattle's Cliff Lee and Houston's Roy Oswalt.

The Mariners are reportedly asking for a big return for Lee and are very thin at catcher, so if the Twins are willing to part with prospect Wilson Ramos for a half-season rental it could be a fit. Oswalt and his huge contract would be a much bigger financial investment.

-- David Andriesen

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