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?
July 31, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
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