By Dave Campbell
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Delmon Young was traded by Tampa Bay to Minnesota on Wednesday night as part of a six-player deal that sent right-hander Matt Garza to the Rays.
In a swap of talented youngsters, the Twins also gave up starting shortstop Jason Bartlett and minor league pitcher Eduardo Morlan while acquiring shortstop Brendan Harris and minor league outfielder Jason Pridie.
After losing All-Star center fielder Torii Hunter to a $90 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, the Twins were in dire need of another proven outfielder. Young, runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year, batted .288 with 13 homers and 93 RBIs in his first full major league season. He also had 38 doubles and 10 steals and should provide a boost to a lineup that was lagging this season.
Garza gives the Rays, who have always been in need of help for their rotation, a legitimate starter. One of the game’s top prospects, Garza went 5-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 16 appearances, 15 starts, for Minnesota after he was called up right before the All-Star break.
Upset by his exclusion from the opening-day roster in the spring, Garza threw 15 straight scoreless innings after he was promoted from Triple-A.