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From the Mouth of Morneau

While many of us have been assuming that Gomez will be competing for a CF spot in spring training, or that the Twins should sign Kenny Lofton for a year, Justin Morneau disagrees:

“We now have our center fielder and leadoff hitter that we needed, and added some good young arms at the same time,” Justin Morneau wrote in an e-mail about the Santana trade.
He seems satisfied with the trade, and has a high opinion of the young Gomez. I think that’s much more important than the accuracy of his scouting report (how much can Morneau really know about Gomez?). It wasn’t too long ago that I was worried about Morneau’s commitment to this team, and that he was just waiting to sign a big deal elsewhere. Clearly, that isn’t the case any more. And his contract seems to have removed any semblance of a mercenary mentality.

We’ll see how that translates on the field. We’ll also see how the CF/lead-off race shakes out.

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  1. FunBobby January 30th, 2008 6:44 pm

    That is really good to know. This puts my mind at ease that earlier this winter Nathan really was putting words in Morneau’s mouth. Hopefully he does know something about Gomez, I however think he would greatly benefit with a full season at AAA. It appears the Mets really rushed him for some reason, they had beltran in CF, so why rush Gomez?

  2. sirsean January 30th, 2008 7:19 pm

    It seems the Mets rushed everybody. I guess that’s just how they do it. Probably since most of their team was acquired via free agency. Their homegrown stars are phenoms who were able to handle flying through the system (Wright & Reyes).

    Maybe they figure that if the player can’t handle moving that quickly, that they’re not ready to play in NY. If our payroll were $50M higher, we’d probably operate more like that than we do.

  3. chris eakins January 31st, 2008 7:40 am

    so how many people are reading this blog other than me and the addiction lady?

  4. FunBobby January 31st, 2008 8:50 am

    No idea. My guess is not many, but apparently we come up on some pretty unusual google searches.

  5. sirsean January 31st, 2008 8:56 am

    Yesterday we had 23 unique viewers. Not bad for a site that’s just a week old, I guess. But I don’t think the point is to get a giant readership immediately, really.

    Speaking of Google searches, we got one yesterday where someone was searching for “howard sinker” … I can’t imagine we were the first result for that.

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