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Twins Respond to Detroit Move, Land Cabrera

Just because the Tigers landed Jarrod Washburn doesn't mean that they're the only AL Central team making a splash on trade deadline day. According to Yahoo!'s Tim Brown in this live chat, the Twins have officially acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the A's, sending shortstop prospect Tyler Ladendorf to Oakland in a shortstop-for-shortstop swap.

Minnesota sees Cabrera as a more offensive shortstop option and a key way to reinforce its infield offense. The Twins have struggled to get production from guys outside the Mauer-Morneau tandem, and Cabrera is a tried and tested playoff bat that could be a big contributor for Minnesota down the stretch.

As for Ladendorf, the second-year pro has spent 2009 between two low rookie league teams, rookie league Elizabethton and Beloit, Rookie and Class A clubs, respectively. His numbers in the rookie leagues were impressive -- averages of .322 and .410 with OBPs of .403 and .500 respectively -- but he's hitting only .233 since arriving in Beloit.

This feels like a heck of a deal for the Twins to me, but maybe I'm wrong. What do people think? Does Cabrera make Minnesota more of a contender? Or are the Tigers just too strong, particularly after adding Washburn earlier today?

By Cameron Smith  |  July 31, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  Athletics , Twins  | Tags: Athletics, Orlando Cabrera, Twins, trade  
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The Tigers definitely bought high on Washburn. He's pitching out of his mind recently and the Mariners did a good job getting something for him since he doesn't qualify as even a Type B free agent after the season.

Cabrera will be a huge asset to the Twins, in my opinion. The Twins SS position has been, to be kind, a black hole this year. To add a guy like Cabrera, especially when he's this hot, for a prospect that far removed from the Majors is a nice job.

I think baseball has reached the point where we're going to see trends emerging among the really smart teams to trade away prospects for proven Major League players. If you can get a guy like Cabrera for a PROSPECT who's at least 5 years away from making an impact if all goes according to your wildest dreams, I'd do it. Especially if it means getting to the postseason. That's where the money is made for teams.

Granted I wouldn't trade all my prospects away. There are some guys you have to make "untouchable unless blown away", but I think you'll see the smart teams start to realize that prospects are overvalued right now and opt for acquiring cheap veterans. It's what the A's did this year, it just hasn't panned out for them.

Posted by: adampschroeder | July 31, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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