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Twins showing interest in Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan

Dec 12, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals batter Brendan Ryan hits a sacrifice fly allowing Colby Rasmus to score in the fourth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis

The Cardinals drew only minimal interest when trying to shop shortstop Brendan Ryan at last week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.  It appears their luck has changed.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Twins are exploring a trade for Ryan, hoping to add middle infield depth in the wake of Friday’s J.J. Hardy swap.

Ryan, 28, batted just .223 with a 573 OPS in 486 plate appearances for St. Louis this past year, but he’s one of the best defensive shortstops in all of baseball and would be a useful utility infielder on just about any roster.

The Twins won exclusive negotiating rights to 2010 Japanese batting champ Tsuyoshi Nishioka and are expected to work out a deal with the shortstop.  They also have 26-year-old Alexi Casilla on board.  A moving carousel of Nishioka, Casilla and Ryan at second base and shortstop would be plenty respectable.

  1. wonkypenguin - Dec 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    He would fit in nicely. We can never have enough light hitting infielders who play great defense.

  2. shawon0meter - Dec 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Just sounds like another Nick Punto

  3. paperlions - Dec 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    You know who else needs some SS/2B depth? St. Louis. Theriot is really a 2B, is a bad defensive SS, and a poor offensive player, Skip is horrible offensively and defensively, who else are they gonna play? Tyler Greene? Of all of their potential MIF, Ryan is the only one with an elite skill, and he’s the guy they are going to trade?

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