Upon reading about Brandon Wood being designated for assignment by the Angels, I got to thinking, should the Twins take a run at him? Tim Dierkes, over at MLBtraderumors, penciled the Twins in as a possible landing place for Wood. He mentions that he might not necessarily be an upgrade over the current options, but man he could be worth a risk. If he could be had for little to nothing in return I think he’s worth the risk. Right now no one is hitting on this team, and it hasn’t been all that long ago that Wood was a uber-prospect. He absolutely mashed in the minors and just hasn’t found the same production at the big-league level yet.
He has always struck out a lot, and did the same in the minors, which is one reason why I think he has struggled so much at the major league level. But with Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the DL and pretty much everyone else sick and hurt I would love to see Minnesota call the Angels and ask about Wood. I say plug him in at short and let Casilla play second for a while. Maybe the Twins could catch lightning in a bottle with Wood. Perhaps a change of scenary would be all he needed? I doubt it, as he does have almost 500 big-league at bats and his career batting average is a whopping .168. But crazier things have happened and it wouldn’t be the first time a prospect failed early in his career only to find success for a different organization. Look at what Brandon Phillips did once he left Cleveland. He was a big-time prospect when he was traded for Bartolo Colon but he never panned out in Cleveland and they were forced to designate him for assignment. And he has been an All-Star level player ever since.
I doubt Gardy would be willing to try him out at short, but hey a guy can dream right? I have always been the type to want to roll the dice on guys like Wood. He is very similar to Dallas McPherson, in the sense that he mashed in the minors, but never produced at the major leage level. And I was always wanting the Twins to take a shot on McPherson, so maybe they will take a look at Wood?
I doubt it, as I am sure the Twins don’t want to give up on Alexi Casilla just yet, and neither do I, but I think a month to six weeks of Brandon Wood could be worth it. At the same time, he could fall flat on his face and the Twins would be worse off than they currently are, but at this point, is that possible?