Friday, November 6, 2009

Go-Go gone-gone; Twins land Hardy

J.J. Hardy, 2008 NL Gold Glove shortstop and twice a hitter of 20-plus home runs, comes to the Twins in return for Carlos Gomez.

Initial reactions, to be updated later:

Hooray: That Orlando Cabrera's subpar defense won't be back;

Boo: 1) At this point, Hardy is likely to be the No. 2 hitter, and his on-base percentages, even in his good seasons, doesn't really fit there.

2) Ron Gardenhire wanted to cement Denard Span into an outfield slot. Now he's got it: Center. I think Span is a better fit in left. Defensively, an outfield of Span-Gomez-Michael Cuddyer is a lot better than one of Delmon Young-Span-Cuddyer. But now that the Twins won't play most of their games on artifical turf, that may not matter as much.

There are (lifting a thought I have in my current draft of the Monday column) three priorities to the Twins offseason:

° re-sign Joe Mauer;
° revamp the infield;
° stabilize the rotation.

This is step one of the second priority. And it's a good one.

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