MINNEAPOLIS When the Minnesota Twins traded Ben Revere and Denard Span this offseason, they lost not only two starting outfielders but also two of the faster players on the team.
Revere led the Twins with 40 stolen bases last season, while Span swiped 17 bags. Also gone is infielder Alexi Casilla, who was tied for second on the Twins with 21 steals in 2012.
With those three no longer on the roster, the Twins are trying to find replacements for the speed on the base paths. So far, stealing bases has not been a big part of Minnesota's game.
Through Sunday, only one player has more than one stolen base. That would be rookie Aaron Hicks, who has three steals. As a team, the Twins have stolen just eight bases in 21 games tied for fourth-fewest in the majors and have also been caught stealing five times. That stolen base percentage of 62.0 percent ranks fourth-worst in all of baseball and ahead of only the Angels in the American League.
Last season, Minnesota was far more likely to ste...