Shortly after 1:00 pm ET, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown jumped into the Big League Stew live chat with this:
"twins get cabrera for ladendorf"
MLB.com also reports that Orlando Cabrera(notes) is headed to Minnesota. He figures to bat second for the Twins, just ahead of Joe Mauer(notes) and Justin Morneau(notes). Cabrera has been ridiculously hot since the All-Star break (.381/.426/.476), yet he's only owned in 43 percent of Yahoo! PLUS leagues. This move clearly helps him. He leaves a poor hitting environment and heads to a much more productive lineup. Mixed league fantasy owners should continue to not own Nick Punto(notes) or Brendan Harris(notes), but don't ignore O-Cab.
Tyler Ladendorf is a 21-year-old shortstop who's put together a .322/.403/.496 line at Single-A. He's not on the fantasy radar, nor does he rank among the top prospects in the Twins system, though he was a second-round draft pick in '08.
According to A's Web site, "With Cabrera gone, the A's are expected to give the starting shortstop job back to Bobby Crosby, who was turned into a utility infielder in the wake of the Cabrera signing." Do nothing with that information.
Update, 4:20 pm ET: Ah, this is welcome news via MLB.com:
With Cabrera gone, the A's will take an extended look at Cliff Pennington(notes), who is batting .264 with a .345 on-base percentage, three home runs, 40 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 31 attempts over 91 games at Triple-A Sacramento. ... "We're going to use this as an opportunity to give Cliff a chance to see what he can do at the Major League level for an extended time," Beane said.
Note the steals. Pennington projects as a one-category AL-only fantasy play, but that's one more category than Crosby offers.
This was Crosby's reaction upon hearing the Pennington news: "It's an absolute joke."
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