First off, Jacque Jones is back (to a minor league deal, of course)! Talk about hedging the bet with Delmon Young.
Greg Gagne was recently inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame. I know he was around for two World Series titles (of course, so were Dan Gladden, Randy Bush, and Allan Anderson, for that matter), but this seems like a pretty big reach to me. Perhaps the lack of a steady SS presence since Gags was a factor, but I’d like to hear from some Twins fans who remember him “in his prime”.
Just read the other day that the Milwaukee Brewers are going to erect a statue of this guy…
…outside of Miller Park in the near future. At first I thought maybe the article was a joke, but no such luck. What next…statues of Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, and the Canseco-McGwire bathroom stall?
At the end of last season, the Twins picked up Orlando Cabrera…
…to anchor the SS position and provide some pop at the top of the order.
Unfortunately, Cabrera is somewhat of a bid-hunter in the baseball business, and thus was all but assured a ticket elsewhere. So, just a few days ago, the Twins picked up another Orlando (this one carrying the moniker of Hudson)…
…to, once again, anchor an infield position (this time 2B) and hit in between Denard “Singles Machine” Span and Joe “Drive ‘Em In” Mauer.
I really like this move, as it continues to reduce the number of weak outs the Twins have in their lineup. A possible Opening-Day squad now looks like this:
1. Denard Span
2. Orlando Hudson
3. Joe Mauer
4. Justin Morneau
5. Michael Cuddyer
6. Jason Kubel
7. Delmon Young
8. J.J. Hardy
9. Nick Punto/Brendan Harris
Compared to past years, that lineup has the real potential to put some feet on home plate.
I have to give it to the Twins organization this season for opening up the wallet a bit. The combination of “new stadium funds” and “trying to woo Mauer into staying” seems to be working quite well together! Instead of just treading water and competing in our weak division, if our pitching gets back on track we could have a real contending squad.