Monday, August 15, 2011

Young trade conjures up memories of Mientkiewicz deal

I was at the Metrodome celebrating my birthday weekend in 2004 when the Twins made a deadline deal to trade fan favorite first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to the Boston Red Sox as part of a four-team deal. One of the most intriguing parts of the deal was the fact that the Red Sox were in Minneapolis to play the Twins. This meant that the Mientkiewicz had a short walk to switch teams for the first time in his nine-year career.

On Monday afternoon, a similar plot played itself out for the Twins as they traded away the rights of Delmon Young. The Twins are in Detroit to play the Tigers and Young is now a member of the Twins division rivals in Detroit. Young found out that he was now a member of the Tigers as the Twins rode the bus to Comerica Park. Tonight he will suit up for the opposition and bat in the middle of the line-up for the first place Tigers (and he already has a home run in his first AB),

There are various reasons that the Twins have decided to part ways with the former number one pick in the draft. The Twins had a log-jam in the outfield and it seems that Young became the odd-man out for the Twins. There also seemed that improvements were hard to witness from the 25-year old during his time with the Twins. His defensive play was so horrendous that there are very few words to describe the paths he took to the ball and his overall lack of hustle.

It seems more apparent now that the Twins were not planning on offering Young arbitration in the offseason. This means that trading him now for something would be better than getting nothing for him in the offseason. The Twins are getting one minor league player now, LHP Cole Nelson, and a player to be named later. It seems that the player to be named has already been decided but he is currently not available to be traded; most likely because he is on the disabled list.

I will always remember the offensive campaign that Young put together in 2010. He was a big part of the Twins run to a division title in their first year at Target Field.

But I can't say that I am sad to see Young leave...


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