Reports: Twins don't reach deal with O's, Josh Willingham staying put
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Josh Willingham is reportedly staying put.
The Twins' deadline to deal Willingham to the Orioles, who claimed him off waivers Wednesday, was 11 a.m. Central Time. That deadline has passed and Willingham was not moved, according to a few different reports.
The Twins were not going to give away Willingham, who is under contract next season for $7 million, but their asking price was too high for the Orioles, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN (Baltimore). The Orioles instead shifted focus to Mariners outfielder/DH, Mike Morse. (Several reports surfaced on Twitter, including Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, that said Morse to the Orioles is a done deal.)
Willignham had a career year last season but has struggled mightily this year, likely due to lingering injuries the left fielder has dealt with for most of the year.
He's a good value to have on the field at a relatively inexpensive price tag. His right-handed power mixed with crummy fielding don't make him a world-beater but the Twins roster, noticeably absent of world-beaters, could use a guy like Willingham in 2014.
If you're a Twins fan, would you have liked to see a prospect in return? Sure, maybe you would have. But ultimately, not making a deal may turn out to be the best move the Twins could make.