COMMENTARY | The Minnesota Twins have given their fans a long season, but their fans received some good news on July 8 when Baseball America ranked Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano first and third (respectively) in their mid-season top 50 prospects list.
It's good news for a team that sits toward the bottom of the American League Central for the third season in a row. However, good news for the fans isn't always good news for the players. Especially when one of those players plays your position.
Trevor Plouffe has developed a cult following in the past calendar year, as he went from light-hitting frustration to home run machine in June of 2012. While he has put up decent numbers in 2013, he still has had to look over his shoulder for Sano, who is doing violent things to baseballs all season long.
With the 20-year-old Dominican having the higher ceiling, it's fair to ask if Plouffe's tenure with the Twins will end with the July 31 trade deadline coming up.
Looking around the roster, there's nowhere else that that Plouffe could move to in order to remain with the team long-term. He could move back to his natural position of shortstop, but he committed 11 errors in 45 games during his rookie season at the position.
Plouffe also had a flirtation with moving to the outfield in 2012 before taking over third base, but that seems to be set for the future with a potential lineup of Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks and the previously mentioned Buxton.
Second base seems to be set with Eddie Rosario, so the last position that would make sense would be first base. Yet, that would require a trade of Justin Morneau and the organization giving up on 25-year-old Chris Parmelee.
Perhaps moving Plouffe is the best case scenario for the Twins. TwinsDaily.com writer Jeremy Nygaard pondered on Twitter whether a team like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would be a landing spot for the Twins to obtain another prospect.
If the Twins could get something for Plouffe, it could open the door for Sano to make his debut this September after having Jamey Carroll hold down the position through the month of August. It would be something to get fans excited about a team that suddenly has a bright future.
All of this could be a pipe dream for a guy that's been prone to hitting in the low-.200s for most of his career, but if it's the move that starts the Sano era while adding another key piece, the Twins have to do it.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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