Josh Willingham has been a nomad for sure during his Major League Baseball career and after a great year in 2012 with the Minnesota Twins may have found a place to stay. I wonder if the Twins wouldn’t be better off trading Willingham while his trade value is high coming off a 35-home run season. They have already traded outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere this offseason and I think Willingham could be the next one up.
Minnesota has top prospect Byron Buxton, who could be ready to join the team in the next year or two and the team may look to find a spot for him in the outfield. The team right now looks very weak in 2013 and if the Twins can get a couple of major league ready players to plug into their starting lineup for this season, I think it is worth making the move. Willingham is already 33 years old so he’s not going to be in Minnesota for another decade.
It appears to me at least that the Twins are in a complete rebuild mode right now and are tearing the team down to the core before rebuilding. I do think the Twins will wait until the trading deadline to make their move though since spring training is less than a week away now but when they do move Willingham, they have to get something big for him. I will be waiting to see how many teams will want an aging outfielder who can hit 30+ home runs in a season but there will be a team that meets whatever Minnesota wants to do.