Dear Twinkie Town readers,
For the last 12 months or so, I have been advocating that the Minnesota Twins acquire Peter Bourjos. Initially it was a serious proposition. Then it became one of our inside jokes. I hereby request that we alter the name of our inside joke from Peter Bourjos to Craig Gentry.
Per old friend Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors:
While the 32-year-old is coming off a dreadful season in which he batted just .120/.196/.200 in a small sample of 56 big league PAs and .256/.319/.327 at the Triple-A level, he’s still an intriguing addition to the market. Age difference notwithstanding, Gentry isn’t entirely dissimilar from Peter Bourjos, who was just claimed off waivers by the Phillies. In 1860 career innings in center field, Gentry has logged an eye-popping 40 Defensive Runs Saved and been worth 26.7 runs above average per 150 games played in the estimation of Ultimate Zone Rating. Though he’s nearing the end of his physical prime, if Gentry can still approximate that level of defensive acumen, he’s an intriguing fourth outfield option at the least.
A declining bat? Check. Metrics insisting he's a premier defender in center field? Check. Available for a song? Check. Won't require a starter's innings or plate appearances? Check.
For reference to the history of myself and Peter Bourjos, please see the following and assume that many of the things I said about Bourjos I will assume common knowledge for Gentry.
Nov 17, 2014: Minnesota Twins rumors: Justin Masterson, Peter Bourjos, Brandon McCarthy
Nov 19, 2014: A possible Twin in the Cards
Dec 4, 2014: Trade Target: Peter Bourjos
Jan 1, 2015: What's left for the Twins to do?
Jan 8, 2015: Peter Bourjos could be available for a song
Jan 20, 2015: 2015 ZiPS smackdown: Jordan Schafer vs Peter Bourjos
Apr 23, 2015: Center field is a mess, what's Peter Bourjos up to?
I thank you for your time and consideration.
Hey everyone, Craig Gentry could be available for next to nothing and he's a fantastic defender.