Twins get Bret Boone from Mariners
Does Terry Ryan think Boonie's due for a breakout? He should hit for better power in the 'Dome than capacious Safeco Field, but Boone's days as a stud middle infielder are almost certainly over. It's not the worst deal in the world, for two reasons: the minimal price tag and Luis Rivas, who is currently slugging a robust .287). It reminds me of the Shannon Stewart deal from 2003 in the sense that it "addresses" pressing needs by offering up more of same. Stewart is a good ballplayer, but when the Twins went out and got him, one of the last things they needed was a singles-and-doubles-hitting outfielder with a decent on-base percentage.
Boone is very likely not a good player anymore, apart from his glove; he's just another below-league-average infielder who appears poised to enter the last, journeyman phase of his career. Here's how Boone stacks up against the Twins' other two muddle-infielders, Nick Punto and Juan Castro:
Boone .231 BA, .299 OBP, .385 SLG
Punto .274 BA, .341 OBP, .408 SLG
Castro .240 BA, .262 OBP, .358 SLG
Ryan could probably collect all the Boones if he were so inclined. Brother Aaron, back with Cleveland this year after a leg injury, plays third base and has been almost as good as Bret: .211, .266, .362.