MLB Trade Rumors: Will Minnesota Twins Move All Star Michael Cuddyer?
The Minnesota Twins are going downhill fast.
Their top two superstars, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, can never stay healthy for an entire season. It always seems the Twins manage to bounce back regardless of their struggles, but this year they are simply too far behind the race with a 37-46 record. They will not make the playoffs and should be sellers at the trade deadline.
The one bright spot for the team is veteran Michael Cuddyer. He was just named to the All Star game over the holiday weekend. Now, it is time for Minnesota management to grant the long-time Twin his independence from this sinking ship.
Cuddyer is set to be a free agent in the offseason and could very well go back to Minnesota if both parties desired. Yet for the stretch run of the season, Minnesota would be wise to ship him off to a World Series contender.
Which team could use his services? None other than the high-powered Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies are already stacked as it is and are only improving as superstar Chase Utley regains his MVP-type rhythm.
Domonic Browns is a great young player, but is he truly ready for this moment? He would be better suited coming off the bench as a reserve for the remainder of the season as his injury derailed his second season. He is currently hitting .228 with five HR, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored in 38 games.
Cuddyer would be a staple in right field and provide the Phillies with a consummate professional towards the bottom of the lineup. He would thrive in this lineup as he is already hitting .291 with 12 HR, 37 RBI 39 runs scored in 79 games.
On the surface, these numbers don’t blow you away, but the fact that he’s done it without Morneau and Mauer in the lineup for most of the season and was announced to the All Star game tells us more.
A contact hitter with quality power and defense like Cuddyer would continue to solidify the Phillies as the No. 1 team to beat throughout the postseason. He is an excellent rental for the remainder of the season and the Phillies would be able to let him walk after the season. This is a no-risk, high-reward midsummer acquisition Philly should take advantage of at the trade deadline.
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