The Minnesota Twins made the opening move of their offseason over the weekend as they acquired shortstop JJ Hardy from the Brewers. Shortstop has been a sticky place for the Twins for many moons & Hardy will be the first legitimate power bat the Twins can pencil in at the position since the Monroe administration. While the former Brewer had a down year during ’09, he hit more than 20 home runs while sporting a very healthy batting average in the two years prior while garnering an All Star selection. Here’s a gander at his career statistics.
The always-thinking Twins get a guy in Hardy whose person they’ll have contractual control over for the next two seasons. At the same time, the team expunges the crowded outfield that Gomez, Denard Span, Delmon Young & Michael Cuddyer composed this season.
While many Brewers fans aren’t entirely thrilled with the prospect of Carlos in their outfield, the departure of the whimsical and energetic little man deprives Twins fans of their 2nd most popular player. Despite his frequent failure to gain 1st base, Gomez had long been hailed as a possessor of all the infamous 5 TOOLS that baseball aficionados analyze in prospects. His defensive abilities, coupled with his speed and even possible power, made the diminutive and actively hairy creature a potential star. There was mirth in watching him play baseball. But his numbers never began to climb towards the peaks of his talent, and the Twins thought it was time to cut the blackguard loose. Although I’ll miss the buzzard, I concur.
The Pioneer Press’ Charley Walters’ cites experts as saying the venerable Joe Mauer would be worth 150 million dollars over 6 years. How can people be that specific?! All the more reason to sign our letter to Joe Mauer asking him to stay in the Land of Lakes. We’ll send it to him on November 16th.