Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ensberg a Twin?

Former All-Star Available
Can Twins Be Next Stop?

By Bullpen Catcher

The Minnesota Twins are back shopping.

It all became possible as the Houston Astros designated 3B Morgan Ensberg for assignment today and have 10 days to either trade him or offer him a demotion to the minor leagues. If Ensberg refuses the demotion, he becomes a free agent.

Astros front office personnel are saying they are doing everything they can to trade Ensberg rather than have him fall to the minors/release route.

My sources say the Twins are interested in Ensberg and are working to piece together the right minor league prospects for a deal. Most likely, a source close to the Twins says, Minnesota will offer one or two Class AA or A players who are years away from the majors.

Ensberg may be a good fit for the Twins, who are looking for some pop in the lineup, need a third baseman, and are tentative making a big deal when their playoff outlook is bleak. The Twins are 7.5 games back in the AL Central and would also need to catch the Cleveland Indians (6.5 games ahead of the Twins) for a wildcard berth.

Ensberg's best season was 2005, when he hit .283 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI. He's appeared in 85 games this season, hitting just .232 with 8 HR and 31 RBI.
Ensberg, 31, was a National League All-Star in 2005 and is a career .266 hitter.

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