Here’s my question. Prospects in Twins system are at least 18 years old, right? Then how is it that some of them don’t have names yet? That’s a heck of a way to go through life, always having to respond to “Hey, you!” I would think that would lead to some kind of identity crisis.
The Twins traded one of these players to be named later to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, acquiring Craig Monroe. This isn’t all that big of a deal in terms of the 2008 roster, if Monroe receives consistent playing time, it will probably be due to injury or lack of production from those in front of him on the depth chart. This move is, however, the first acquisition of the offseason, so everyone who has been waiting with bated breath for a move to dissect, criticize, and dismiss as worthless, finally has something to sink their teeth into.
Personally, I like Monroe. He had a couple good years with Detroit, followed by a disappointing year last year. He strikes out a lot, but also is capable of hitting the ball out of the park. Essentially, if he produces somewhere between his 2006 and 2007 seasons, he’s the kind of player I wish the Twins had a few of on their bench at times. Hopefully, now we can say the Twins have that asset for real (as opposed to Rondell White, who theoretically filled that role in the last two years).