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Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 4:11 pm
In hindsight, the highlight in outfielder Delmon Young's tenure with the Twins came in the spring of 2010, his first day in camp, when he arrived in noticeably better shape than he had been in '09.

"We re-signed Carl Pavano, so I know I'm going to be running quite a bit [chasing balls in the outfield]," Young quipped upon arrival.

It was a funny line but, alas, the optimism of even an in-shape Young was never fully realized in Minnesota. And when the Twins finally shipped him to Detroit on Monday, it capped months of quiet effort on their part to move him in a market that never materialized.

So Young joins the pennant race in Detroit for spare parts -- minor-league lefty Cole Nelson and a player to be named later -- in an intradivision AL Central trade that is attention-grabbing for two reasons: One, because it's rare to see division rivals swap players, especially this close to the stretch run. And two, because it's a clear signal that the Twins, a team that never gives up, are cashing in their chips on 2011.

It's another smooth move for the Tigers, adding depth to an already potent lineup (fifth in the AL in runs scored) that can use an immediate boost because it is ailing. Carlos Guillen (sore wrist) is back on the disabled list and outfielder Brennan Boesch (sprained right thumb) has not started in any of the Tigers' past four games. Meantime, designated hitter Victor Martinez has been playing with a sprained knee and Magglio Ordonez has been looking tired, driving in just four runs so far this month.

Also, the Tigers traded outfielder Casper Wells to Seattle last month for starting pitcher Doug Fister.

Still, the Tigers remain in the drivers' seat in a nip-and-tuck AL Central, leading Cleveland by just 2 1/2 games and stuck-in-neutral Chicago by four games. Both the Indians and the White Sox are close enough to make a serious move, especially given Detroit's current thinned-out lineup due to injury and the Wells deal.

Young gives manager Jim Leyland a veteran piece with playoff experience, and maybe the new surroundings will help jump-start a man whose brother, Dmitri Young, is a Tigers alum. Young, after working himself into perhaps the best shape of his life in 2010, batted .298 with 21 homers and 112 RBI. However, so far in 2011, he's hitting just .266 with four homers and 32 RBIs.

Young's diminishing returns and increasing salary has had the Twins open to trading him at least as far back as last winter. He's earning $5.375 million this summer and is arbitration-eligible again this winter. Minnesota now can use that money for any number of things, from plugging in holes elsewhere on the roster (they rank 13th in the AL in runs scored, and their 4.65 bullpen ERA is last in the AL) to perhaps taking a run at re-signing Michael Cuddyer, who is a free agent this winter.

Ironically, the Twins open a three-game series in Detroit this evening. So Young does not have to travel too far to join his new team.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:45 am

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

Magglio was a fine outfielder until 2009 so relax the whole "never" seen him play outfield. Delmon Young is a stopgap defensive replacement, platoon-type player, I don't know why fellow Tigers fans would bother over-analyzing this trade. I presume the PTBNL is performance-based and contingent on the Tigers actually winning the division.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:56 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

I hear your reasoning, but you've obviously never seen magglio play the outfield

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:15 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

Unless Delmon Young can pitch the Tigers are not going anywhere.  3-5 starters are awful to mediocre at best.  Unless Verlander can start every third day the Sox unfortunately are probably going to win the division.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:52 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

To my fellow Twins fans, you are a clueless bunch.  You are perhaps the reason Twins mgmt understands they can always shoot for moderate success and keep us happy.  Whatever the Twins felt about Delmon the past couple months, they knew this past off-season.  You know the off-season where Delmon was coming off .300, 21 HRs, 120 RBIs, a prime time to try and trade him, at his peak, when we could have received something in return???  We just gave away a very talented hitter, who has many years of success in front of him.  I don't care if your grandma can play the field better.  I don't care that he is a poor locker room guy.  Bill Smith should have traded him last off-season.  I'm not one of those "I told ya so" guys, but I did comment many times that they should trade him last year b/c of of our depth in the OF.  If I knew this, as some idiot fan, what does that say about our worthless GM??

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:42 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

come on potnetial allstar really? It's a great trade for us because it shows Bill Smith is committed to keep core players here like Cuddyer whose value is far more important than Young probably would have ever been. Ask yourself as a Twins fan who would you rather have next year Young in left field knowing we will be able to pay Cuddyer the extra millions he is worth to us and lose Young's baggage.

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:59 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

What a HORRIBLE trade. A potential All-Star, traded to your division RIVAL for crying out loud, for some stiff minor league pitcher? Who the heck is in CHARGE over there at 1 Twins Way? Has Billy Smith gone over the edge? Is he DAFT? MLB should investigate, and find out if Mr. Smith has gone BANANAS!
This is reminiscent of something Calvin Griffith would have done... but I don't think even CALVIN would have gotten hoodwinked this bad by a team in HIS OWN DIVISION.  
AND, as the Twins play Detroit today, Delmon has already hit a home run against the his first at bat.  You jus can't make this kind of crap up!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:45 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

The Twins just skinned the Tigers in this trade.  However D. Young may help at the plate, he hurts much more in the field and the locker room.  Just getting someone to take this guy off the Twins payroll is a HUGE boost for the Twins.  Great trade! 

Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:24 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

Great move by the tigers today.  See ya Maggs.  Thanks for the 2006 home run you hit to put us in the series. 

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:12 pm

Tigers scoop up Twins' Young as stretch run looms

good move now send the phils thome

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