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Twins “really want to move” Josh Willingham

Jul 30, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

According to Jerry Crasnick of the Twins “really want to move” left fielder Josh Willingham before Thursday’s trade deadline, but a source tells him “I don’t think they’re getting any bites.”

Which makes sense, because while the Twins may have been able to cash in Willingham for a solid return in 2012 following his career-year now his value is at an all-time low. He’s a struggling 35-year-old impending free agent who’s looked so washed up of late that he might not even have a place in the Twins’ lineup.

He can still draw walks and smack the occasional homer, but Willingham has zero business seeing the field defensively and has been one of the worst hitters in baseball since mid-June. Going back even further, since the beginning of last season he’s hit just .213 with a .385 slugging percentage in 169 games.

He has $3 million remaining on a three-year, $21 million deal and some team may view him as a decent fallback option as a platoon left fielder or designated hitter, but that’s about it.

  1. Bryz - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    It was so obvious to some of us fans that Willingham should be traded after 2012, but it seemed like the Twins wanted to keep him around either to interest the fans or provide a solid middle-of-the-order bat for the lineup. Well, neither of those came to fruition.

    He does have a 120 wRC+ and .785 OPS though, so it’s not like he’s worthless. I bet it’s just that other teams don’t want to give up much of anything for him.

  2. missthemexpos - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    .213 with a .385 slugging percentage in 169 games and bad defensively, how could any other team even consider Willingham as a fallback option?

    • dluxxx - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Well… Oh wait, the Phillies are sellers too, aren’t they?

    • rbj1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      The Phillies?

  3. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Willingham…psssss, all I can do is laugh. Never seen a slower outfielder in my life! I have nothing but negatives for the Twins. It’s pretty obvious they have know idea of talent! It’s getting pretty old!!

  4. doclolly - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    aging outfielder who cant play defense and could smack an occasional homerun… Brian Cashman is interested

  5. natocoles - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I’m not coming here to argue that Josh Willingham is going the be the difference-maker for some team. But. Just a thought: Willingham had been playing hurt for quite awhile, and since he’s come back from the DL this year, he has LOOKED better at the plate (yeah, I know you can’t trust the eyeball test, all I can say is I’ve been to three or four games at Target Field since he came back and his swing does seem back), and he seems to have been heating up in the past two weeks (source: b-ref).

    In conclusion: was he really a worse choice for a team that mainly needed a DH than Kendry Morales was?

    p.s. in the big picture, he should’ve been traded in 2012, but there’s no point in rehashing that here.

  6. denny65 - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    .213/.385? He’s doing m-u-c-h better than Morales at the moment, and Jack Z brought him to the Mariners.

    So, yeah, Willingham may just find himself in a Mariners uniform. (Twins management must be chortling themselves hoarse right about now over the Morales “gift” the Mariners accepted.)

  7. pwshrugged - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    If the Twins front office was competent, they would have traded Willingham in 2012.

    But hey, if the Indians could unload Masterson, no reason to think the Twins can’t unload Willingham.

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