Brewers & Twins Trade Talent in the Offseason


By: Andy Weise & Melissa S. Wollering
On Thursday, MLB players eligible for free agency started shopping with the same exuberance as your wife, set loose in a Target at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. The very next day, Milwaukee and Minnesota made an Interleague border swap by trading Twins CF Carlos Gomez for Brewers SS JJ Hardy.

Apparently, Doug Melvin couldn’t drum up any decent pitching in exchange for Hardy.  This now frees up at least $10M potentially needed to keep CF Mike Cameron around, who can now consider himself a free agent. Gomez began last season as the starting CF but batted only .195 through the first month and was moved to a reserve role. Funny, JJ’s stint in AAA for the promotion of Alcides Escobar mirrors the Gomez implosion.
The is proud to bring you this fictional exchange exclusive, captured between the two men Friday afternoon.
JJ: Hey, congratulations Carlos.  I think you’re going to like it in Milwaukee. The retractable roof is really nice in April, May and September.
CG: Good! I am happy. It is cold in Minnesota. You will have fun. Great players, Mauer, Morneau, all of them. I miss the place but my head says go have fun with my new team. I am so excited to meet my new teammates and hope they will like me.

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