The Golden Boy
Yes, this is a bit of a late update (deer hunting opening weekend can do that to Twins fans!), but last Thursday it was announced that Twins catcher Joe Mauer received his first-ever AL Gold Glove award for his excellence at the catcher position. Anyone who has watched Mauer catch for the Twins in recent years knows that this award is very deserving, and actually long overdue. However, Gold Glove awards seem to run in bunches (Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez” had a lock on the award in recent seasons), so Mauer could very easily be beginning a long streak of taking home that specific gold hardware.
Next year, besides Mauer, I think Denard Span (if he sees everyday playing time) could very much be a Gold Glove candidate. Wouldn’t it be something to see Torii Hunter and his protege (Span) win the award in the same season?!
-A few rumors have been going around that Twins RF Michael Cuddyer has been mentioned in trade talks with the Colorado Rockies for their 3B Garrett Atkins. Don’t believe a word of it! With the kind of contract we gave Cuddyer prior to this season, he will be a Twin for a LONG time. Barring injury, he is a great right fielder with a cannon arm and good power…he’ll be sticking around.
-Also, the Twins have expressed interest in Dodgers 3B Casey Blake. However, Blake will ultimately have much too high of a price tag for the Twins’ budget. Plus, the platoon of Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris wasn’t all that bad last year, and Buscher has the potential to be an everyday player. My guess is that this rumor started up when Twins GM Bill Smith made one simple phone call to the Dodgers inquiring about Blake (likely at a bargain-basement price) like most other teams in the MLB right now that could use a third baseman. We had our shot at Blake earlier, but we went with Corey Koskie instead.