Legit Trade Candidate: Dee Gordon
The Dodgers are shopping him and I think the Twins should be interested:
-Fast as ****! Over a full season this kid can swipe as many as 60 bags, the Twins aren't a running team, but with Revere+Hicks+Gordon in a lineup they could change that.
-Potential Long term solution- Under team control until 2018, so in addition to helping the team out now, he could be a long term fit.
-He wouldn't cost an arm and a leg- He is coming off a rather poor season, so the Dodgers won't be able to ask nearly as much as the Indians are for Cabrera for example.
-Was only a year removed from being the #26 prospect in all of baseball
-He proved he could hit in the minors, in 2011 he put up a .783 OPS in AAA and has an overall .742 OPS in the minors. He doesn't have any power, and his offensive game may remind you of Revere, but you can live with Revere like production from a SS, much harder to swallow in the OF
- Has potential to be very good defensively even though he hasn't shown it.
-I recall him having some attitude/maturity issues last year with Dodger management.
-He hit poorly in 2012. Very poorly.
-His UZR was terrible as he struggled defensively.
-There could be several teams interested in him.
Summary: The Twins as we know are a disaster in the MI for now and most likely the future as all the in house candidates have large question marks one way or another (Dozier- Can he even hit?, Rosario- Will he stick at 2B? Levi- Still far away)
Gordon has all the potential in the world but hasn't put it together yet, he is a perfect " buy low" candidate and shouldn't cost a whole lot at this point. I wouldn't trade any of the Twins top 8 prospects, but would give up any of the 9-15 type guys, or even a couple of 15-25 guys to bring him in.