Welcome to the Major League Baseball trade deadline, for Twins fans, it represents another year of working to sell off assets. With his home run last night, Josh Willingham is the one power bat the Twins have, and they are looking to move him. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
Earlier this week, it looked as if the Yankees were set on getting Willingham. The Bronx Bombers are looking for an added boost to a rather abysmal (Brett Gardner’s late surge aside) offense. The tides change quickly around the deadline however, and the Yankees may very well have moved on.
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Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press is reporting that, according to a source, Willingham is “staying put.” With Willingham, the Twins do have a candidate for the August waiver trading period however.
Willingham has definitely shown signs of age this year, batting only .225/.367/.439 and spending some time on the shelf with injuries. Through the first 106 games, Josh Willingham has only clubbed 11 home runs.
Yankee Stadium seemingly would have been a great fit for Willingham, a guy who has played his entire career in pitcher’s parks. With the short fences at Yankee Stadium, it would be fair to argue that a resurgence could take place as well. Also for the Yankees, Willingham is set to become a free agent after the season, so a two month rental isn’t much of a commitment.
Unfortunately for the Twins, Willingham may just not present enough of an asset to draw the interest they need.