Go-Go, We Hardy Knew Ye…


It’s official, the Twinkees have addressed their outfield logjam and their shortstop vacancy by trading sometimes fan-favorite CF Carlos Gomez to the Brewers for SS JJ Hardy.  This, for the time being, closes the book on the Twins’ highly criticized trade of Johan Santana to the Mets, for which they received Gomez and pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Deolis Guerra.  Humber was released by the team early last year*, and Mulvey was claimed by the Diamondbacks on waivers later in the season.  Still only 20 years old, Guerra is now the only player from the Santana trade still in the Twins’ system, ending the 2009 season at AA New Britain with moderate success.

The Twins receive former All-Star Hardy in the deal, ending any speculation that they will resign late-season rental shortstop Orlando Cabrera.  In Hardy’s two best seasons he produced in the .280BA/25HR/80RBI range, but struggled last season – hitting only .229/11/47 and spending some time back at AAA.

If Hardy can find his 2007/2008 stroke, the Twins will have acquired a nice right-handed bat to compliment Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, and Jason Kubel as well as a solid defensive shortstop as they open their new outdoor stadium 2010.  The lefty-heavy Twins are perennially in search of a righty stick with Hardy’s upside, and the pairing seems to be a great fit.  Hardy is due for a pay raise this season through arbitration that should push his salary into the $6mil range.  The pre-arbitration Gomez made less than $500k last season.

In Carlos Gomez, the Brewers receive a lot of raw potential in an exciting and notoriously reckless package.  Gomez brings blazing speed, a good glove, and a flash of power-potential to Milwaukee but has often shown poor baseball instincts and judgment in his two seasons as a Twin.  Not yet 25, he has spent a good share of time in Manager Ron Gardenhire’s doghouse for aloof, over-aggressive, and often boneheaded play – never managing to crack the lineup as a full-time starter.

*Correction: Philip Humber was designated for assignment by the Twins in April, but remained in the Twins’ system at AAA Rochester.


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4 Responses to “Go-Go, We Hardy Knew Ye…”

  1. sportsphd Says:

    This trade also made me think of the Santana trade. Hardy is the first sign of real value from that trade. Gomez was a great defender but such an atrocious hitter it did not matter.


    I hope that Span can turn into a respectable defensive center fielder between Young and Cuddyer. Otherwise, the Twins outfield defense will be reprehensible next season.

  2. Peter Halvorson Says:

    Lest you forget, Mulvey was the PTBNL in the trade with the Diamondbacks for RP Jon Rauch, who is under contract through 2010. So at this point, the original Santana trade was essentially Johan for JJ Hardy, Jon Rauch, Mulvey, and Guerra. And I’m sure there’s more to come as Bill Smith keeps wheeling and dealing…hopefully for a third baseman.

    • Ryan Simonson Says:

      Good point, although officially the DBacks claimed Mulvey before the Rauch trade, then the Twins sent “cash considerations” to Arizona in exchange, making Mulvey basically the PTBNL after the fact.

  3. chappy81 Says:

    I like Hardy, he was a solid sleeper on my fantasy team one year. NOT a big fan of Gomez. It seemed like his learning curve is too slow…

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