Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/6/12
Twenty seven year old third basemen Danny Valencia was traded to the Boston Red Sox yesterday afternoon as the Minnesota Twins wrapped up their series with the Red Sox and prepare themselves now for a three game set with the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. Valencia was thought to be the third basemen of the future after he was called up in 2010 and hit .311/.351/.448.  However, after a sophomore slump and an even worse year this year, he has lost his luster.  The Twins acquired minor league outfielder Jermias Pineda. Through 36 games in the gulf coast rookie league, Pineda has hit .421/.447/.534.  The Red Sox needed depth at third and the Twins could afford to drop a third basemen with Trevor Plouffe really taking over as the third basemen of the future.  The Twins recalled Tsuyoshi Nishioka to the Major League roster. Now, the Valencia-less Twins will be taking on the Indians and it will start off with Scott Diamond going to the mound against Zach McAllister.  The last time Diamond...
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