The idea with both Danny Valencia and Trevor Plouffe has been: If they're on the 25-man roster, they're playing.
So it struck me that Brendan Harris (above) was in the starting lineup both Saturday and Sunday, with Valencia on the bench. Not that Valencia has been incredible since he came up, but ...
Then the germ of an idea struck me.
Harris has a bit more than 1.5 years left on his contract with the Twins. Let's estimate he has $3 million coming on that.
Mike Lowell, the third-wheel third baseman of the Boston Red Sox, has a bit more than half the season left of his $12.5 million contract. Let's ballpark that as $7 million left.
The Twins aren't happy with their third base play. The Red Sox have had injury and depth issues in their middle infield all year.
Lowell and $4 million for Harris? Yeah, I think I'd do that if I were the Twins.
If I were the Red Sox ... well, I'd be curious about why Harris is hitting .160. Curious enough to want to scout him specifically.
Where the Twins showcasing Harris for a trade? Maybe. I'd feel more confident in this theory if he'd played one of those games at shortstop.