What The Twins Should Do If They Want to Contend

Dave SmithCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2009

We have just ended a frustrating Yankee series coming up short after two games. So now all Twins fans are frustrated. They are all wondering, "what can we do against this Yankee crew"?

Going back, we were on the Yankees tail for most of these two series. In the two series, the Yankees had two right handed pitchers on the mound.

In the first game of the series, Yankees had lefty C.C. Sabathia going. The Twins lost that game 10 to 2.

Looking at these stats, it's apparent that the Twins need some right handed pop to its lineup. Now given, C.C. Sabathia is one of MLB's best.

Well going through the season, the Twins are thriving against right handed pitching every game. Left handed pitching, not as much.

Now we look at the infield. Catcher Joe Mauer! First base Justin Morneau! Second/shortstop Nick Punto, Brenden Harris, and Matt Tolbert... Last third base Joe Crede.

Looking at our infield it is obvious that we need help at second/short. Brendan Harris is the most solid out of the bunch, but still isn't at all a top of the league type of second/short hitter. Nick Punto can field but can't bat over .200. Lastly, Matt Tolbert is struggling at the plate, but when he gets it going, it's mostly a single here and a single there.

We need a lot more pop at those postions. If we wanna contend, then we can't stick with these guys. It has to be a right handed batter that can hit for everything. Whether it's a power low average hitter, a good average/solid power hitter, or little below average good power hitter.

J.J. Hardy

The Brewers are looking to move Hardy. They have a good shortstop that they're looking to take his spot. So the twins are a good candidate to get Hardy. Hardy's been struggling a bit this year.

His batting average is at .223, hitting 9 home runs and 33 RBI's. Hardy is the type of player that'll turn those stats around after the all-star break. His stats are already a lot better than any infielder that we have. So a good right handed bat would fit in perfectly in our lineup. He could also be our future shortstop.

If the Twins are too scared of his stats as of now and don't want to risk any salary, then they could be looking at other options like Dan Uggla.

Dan Uggla

The Marlins are also looking to move Uggla for a lot of prospects. He has a big contract that the Marlins don't want to pay and they're not looking to contend this year. So Uggla could be a good power option for the twins.

His batting average is at .232, hitting 16 home runs and 50 RBI's. He would provide huge power to this lineup. He is looking to hit more than 30 home runs this year. Twins fans would love to see a guy like this spark up the lineup.

The Twins might not want him because they like a guy who maintains a good average for the season. They don't want to give away a lot of good up and coming prospects. They might also be scared away to sign a big contract, but going into next season with him at second, I think fans would be disappointed if the Twins didn't spend anything for a player like this.

The Twins could be looking at some other team that doesn't want a ton of prospects. They also would want a guy who could hit for a good average. That could be a guy like Freddy Sanchez.

Freddy Sanchez

The Pirates are basically moving everyone on its team with a high salary. They are always rebuilding so Sanchez would most likely be moved.

His batting average is at .316, hitting 6 home runs and 33 RBI's. The

Twins again have nobody at this position with these numbers. So fans would much rather see Sanchez over all these guys.

The Twins would most likely try to get Sanchez out of all these three. They love guys with a good average and they wouldn't have to give up a lot to get him. They know that this position needs help and this is the guy that will do it.

What I want to happen

Out of all these three guys, I like Dan Uggla the most. I wish we wouldn't have to give up a whole lot for him, but if we have to, I'm willing to do it.

Our lineup would be stacked.

1. Denard Span LF

2. Joe Mauer C

3. Michael Cuddyer RF

4. Justin Morneau 1B

5. Dan Uggla 2B

6. Jason Kuebel DH

7. Joe Crede 3B

8. Brenden Harris SS

9. Carlos Gomez CF

That is why I want a guy like Uggla. Going into the new stadium, we would be able to afford him. We wouldn't have any problem with right handed power. We would not come out short against the Yankees.

This probably won't happen. Why? Because the Twins never make a deal to improve its team.

Another reason is because they also want to resign Joe Mauer. They would lose a lot of fans if he left. Morneau would also want to leave.

If the Twins can figure out the Mauer situation and if they can make a big trade so they can contend against teams like the Yankees, things would be perfect and we wouldn't have to face any more problems.

If you disagree with anything on this article just leave a comment. I'd be more than happy to get some. Also if you like it and agree with it, feel free to become a fan.

Thanks for reading!



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