The Twinkies are my second favorite team as they have similar circumstances as the A's but chose a completely different way of running their team. Though, the A's seem like their are constantly wheeling and dealing the 48-47 Twins, rarely make deadline deals or trade top prospects to improve their club. Instead, they are content to develop and hold their own position players signing a veteran stop gap or two to play the field and have repeatedly tried cloning Brad Radke with their pitching prospects. However,one deal that has been rumored involves Orlando Cabrera trading the green and gold for the purple and maroon. Lets look at what the Twins can give back.
The problem with trading with the Twin's is they have similar needs as we do, left side of the infield players. Joe Crede has been performing well but a shoulder injury has created the need for Orlando Cabrera (they would slide Harris over and play Cabrera at short) and is only signed on a one year deal. Brendon Harris is their starting short stop. Makes you pine for Crosby huh? Well thats an exaggeration to be sure but he really isn't THAT much better as his defense is terrible and now his bat hasn't been any good like it was suppose to be either.
The Twins do have Danny Valencia as a 3b prospect but with the potential to actually turn out well and the black hole in the organization it is unlikely that the traditionally conservative Twins rip the festering sore of the left side of the infield even further open by trading the one decent prospect they have for a mediocre half year rental. Luke Hughes on the other hand has enough defensive and strike out issues that he might be available. He earned a C+ from Sickles before the year. Last year he repeated AA at 23 and had a break out line before moving up to AA and hitting much more inline with his career norms. Hes kinda a butcher at 3b making 31 errors in 156 minor league games which has cause him to play both corner OF positions as well as 2b in search of a better fit. Would probably be major league ready next year and better than the steaming pile of suck that we have at the position, mostly because he has some potential and is probably better than Everidge, Chen, or Baisley and could not suck long enough to let Cardenas get a year at AAA if things work out.
Other players that are in that C+ range that would probably work out well for the A's include 2006 first rounder Chris Parmelee who has power and patience but wiffs an awful lot, doesn't have a good batting average, nor does he have a real defensive home. Considering that the Twins offensive philosophy is much less tied to OBP than the A's and his below average speed make it plausible that the A's could acquire him. Hes hitting well considering he is playing in the FSL this year. He won't play a good corner OF but he has the upside of not playing a bad one, and looks OK at 1b. Not ideal from a position perspective but we aren't going to get a stud prospect for Cabrera.
In terms of pitchers, there are several C+ type arms that we could go for but nothing really that jumps out at me and says HEY TRADE FOR ME AND YOULL LOOK LIKE A GENIUS WHEN I DEVELOP.
So in the end I think that the Twinkies are a good fit for Cabrera in exchange for either Hughes or Parmelee.