Souhan: How Willingham can help the Twins -- and why he should stay

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2014 - 1:31 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Josh Willingham’s eventual departure makes for the easiest story in camp.

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md56482Feb. 19, 1410:14 PM

Points well made Jim. Hard not to like Willingham. He's a throw-back guy who would have been a Twins-type player in the 60's and 70's.

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BallFourFeb. 19, 1411:44 PM

Seems like many of these stories are written for the player, not the reader.

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twinsfanwy1Feb. 20, 1412:44 AM

Nice article. Hard not to like a blue-collar guy like Willingham. As pointed out, there are quite a few good reasons for the Twins to resign Willingham. But last year was a pretty poor season for Josh. And he had back issues in 2012 which prematurely ended his season. And Jason Kubel was brought back. If Kubel can bounce back from his poor 2013, and play decently as a part-time corner outfielder, there may be more of an argument to keep Kubel instead. I guess we'll see what transpires. Go Twins!

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tcstunnerFeb. 20, 14 3:32 AM

They should've traded Willingham after the 2012 season. He was 34 coming off of his best season ever. His value was never gonna be higher.

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comment229Feb. 20, 14 5:19 AM

Make you a deal... keep either Kubel or Willingham but release one of the two. How should we determine this? How about a hundred yard dash, and we keep the winner.... sorry for the sarcasm, but we need outfielders who can run, play great defense, and hit who are not in their 30's. I think about the outfielders who have left the twins organization starting with Tori Hunter and just wonder what they could be thinking.

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jastkeFeb. 20, 14 6:50 AM

The outfield of the future should have Hicks in right and Arcia in left, not the other way around. A right fielder needs a strong arm and Hicks has a cannon.

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ollie3Feb. 20, 14 8:13 AM

Its bad enough when the Twins go dumpster diving on their own, we really don't need columnists who encourage them to keep doing so.

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dianas9994Feb. 20, 14 8:40 AM

If you read the article they would not be keeping Willingham for outfield, he would be the DH after the young guys are ready.

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sploorpFeb. 20, 14 8:56 AM

Interesting column. Definitely something to think about. I think Kubel is the front offices 4th outfielder/DH of the future, but if he doesn't pan out ...

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hootie95Feb. 20, 14 9:18 AM

@tcstunner.. I'm not an optometrist, but I'd say your hindsight is a perfect 20/20, pure genius. Maybe you'd like to go over the past 20 years of draft picks and tell us who the Twins should have drafted. @comment229, when a veteran player wants the big contract it is always a gamble. You can say the Twins made the wrong decision with Hunter, but they also made the right decision with Santana.

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