November 28, 2007

Twins close to acquiring Delmon Young

In a rumor that has been floated around for weeks, the Twins are now close to getting Delmon Young from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Matt Garza in a 6-player deal that could be finalized as soon as today.

La Velle E. Neall III broke the story and said that the Twins would also part with short stop Jason Bartlett and reliever Juan Rincon. The Rays would also part with outfielder Jason Pridie and infielder Brandon Harris.

It's not known if the Twins plan on playing Young in center or if they're still in the market to acquire a new center fielder, but this definitely gives the Twins a great right-handed bat to go between Joe Mauer & Justin Morneau for the future.

This may have an affect on a trade regarding Johan Santana, but it's not known to what effect. I'm sure the Twins could have a close offer with a team that could bring back at least one ML-ready pitcher. I've seen a couple rumors about the Yankees offering both Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy (along with prospect or two) for Santana. That would do it in my opinion.