With the trade deadline on the horizon, who knows what will happen. Liriano has definitely beefed up his value as has Denard Span and Joe Mauer. Although, I don't think that many teams would want to eat Joe's enormous contract, it's definitely something that Ryan should at least entertain, if he hasn't already.
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I believe that either Span or Liriano will be gone by the deadline and between the two, Span would be the most likely to be dealt. The Twins need all the pitching they can get and dealing Liriano, especially since he's pitching well now, might not be the smartest move. Span could be replaced with Revere who's been hitting very well (.316) and leads the team in stolen bases with 14. Revere covers a little more ground in the outfield and is more of an explosive player than Span.
Josh Willingham leads the team in home runs (15) and RBI's (49) and has been more than a solid off-season pick up. I'm hoping that Terry Ryan thinks we have a shot at winning in the second half of this season (especially with our division being so weak) and that he will keep Willingham around for the remainder of the year and possibly next year as well.
Sweeping the series against the White Sox would help Minnesota to gain some ground but in order for them to have a shot at competing in the division, they need more consistency in their starting pitching. It would be nice to see a trade made with Span to get an accomplished pitcher on the roster.
Matt Capps going on the 15 day DL is just more insult to injury for the pitching staff. The bullpen has been very surprisingly solid this year and has kept the Twins in a lot of games when the starter has left in the 3rd inning. Gardy said that there will be a "closer by committee" approach but Jared Burton has 2 saves in as many opportunities and looks to be the guy to fill the void for now.
Trevor Plouffe has definitely made an impact since making his way into the Twins lineup. With 15 home runs, he's sharing the team lead in that category with Willingham, but has done it with far fewer at bats. Some are saying that he would be a good candidate for the home run derby at the All-Star game. Although it would be fun to see another Twin try to jack homers against the elite home run hitters in the league, it seems that swinging for the fences in that contest tends to mess up our guys' swings. So I, for one, hope that he doesn't go.
One thing to note as well: Jamie Moyer was released from Baltimore over the weekend. I know the dude is old, but I don't think it would hurt to give him a shot on the rotation. Just sayin'.