A day after writing the Twins could listen to offers for closer Joe Nathan, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal III reports Minnesota might’ve found their centerfield replacement for Torii Hunter.
The Twins and Tampa Bay Rays are close to finalizing a multi-player deal, according to several sources with knowledge of the discussions. The deal could be announced as soon as today.
The main pieces changning teams would be outfielder Delmon Young, the first overall pick in 2003, and righthander Matt Garza (above). But indications were strong on Wednesday that as many as six players could be involved.
In addition to Garza, the Twins would send Tampa Bay shortstop Jason Bartlett and reliever Juan Rincon for Young, shortstop Brendan Harris and outfielder Jason Pridie. Pridie was with the Twins during spring training of 2006 as a Rule 5 pick.
The addition of Young could lead to the Twins non-tendering outfielder Craig Monroe, who was dealt to the Twins from the Cubs a few weeks ago.
While one Twins follower is less than thrilled at the prospect of adding Young, it is interesting to see Garza apparently switching teams without the Mets parting with Lastings Milledge, Carlos Gomez or Fernando Martinez. Whether or not today’s mooted deal impacts the asking price for Johan Santana remains to be seen, but I can’t imagine the acquisition of Young improved the Mets chances.