Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Twins Acquire Boone

The Minnesota Twins who have a scuffling offense, made a move this week to acquire Seattle Mariners' second baseman Bret Boone. Boone, 36, was designated for assignment by the M's and was hours away from being placed on waivers when the deal was struck. For the Twins is represents a very low risk deal as Seattle has agreed to pick up the balance of Boone's salary for 2005 ($4.6 million) and will receive a "low level" minor league prospect in exchange. Seattle had no other deals on the table so they took the Twins offer rather than see Boone leave and receive nothing in return.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins are hoping that being in a playoff chase will reinvigorate Boone. The Twins trail the White Sox by nine games and have looked lethargic offensively. On that count Boone should fit-in immediately with a lethargic .231 average of his own plus 7 HR and 33 RBI so far in '05. The Twins have used six second baseman so far this season and they have combined to hit .279 with 4 HR and 20 RBI. So Boone does represent something of an upgrade in terms of power and he should do well in the Metrodome. "I love playing there. I really do" Boone said to more than a few raised eyebrows. In 27 games, Boone has hit .271 with 4 HR and 16 RBI at the Homerdome. Curiously, Boone's best numbers appear to be at Angel Stadium where he has hit .349 with 11 HR and 29 RBI in 41 games. Had AK not recovered so thoroughly from his knee surgery it is entirely possible the Angels may have made a run at Boone.


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