Justin Morneau is apparently trying to set the record for the most offseason surgeries of all-time.
Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities reports that Morneau had minor surgery on his left wrist yesterday morning, just 10 days after undergoing procedures on his left knee and right foot.
According to Twins general manager Bill Smith, Morneau underwent a stabilization procedure on a tendon and will need to wear a cast for six weeks. This is the same very wrist that kept Morneau sidelined for most of June.
Morneau was limited to just 69 games this season, batting .227/.285/.333 with four home runs, 30 RBI and a .618 OPS over 288 plate appearances. In addition to a multitude of injuries, his concussion symptoms returned at the end of August, casting doubt upon his status for the 2012 season and beyond.
2006 first-round pick Chris Parmelee batted .355/.443/.592 with four homers, 14 RBI and a 1.035 OPS over 88 plate appearances as a September call-up, but the Twins might secure an insurance policy for first base this winter.
Mike Trout may not win another MVP award, because Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays had a great season and voters seem to be leaning his way, but the Angels center fielder just completed his fourth MVP-caliber campaign in four full seasons as a major leaguer.
Trout has now either won the MVP or (presumably) finished runner-up at age 20, age 21, age 22, and age 23. And there were certainly cases to be made that he was deserving of all four MVP awards. It’s been an incredible start to a career. But how incredible?
Here are the all-time leaders in Wins Above Replacement through age 23:
37.6 – Mike Trout
36.0 – Ty Cobb
34.2 – Ted Williams
31.4 – Mel Ott
30.1 – Ken Griffey Jr.
29.7 – Mickey Mantle
27.7 – Alex Rodriguez
27.5 – Al Kaline
26.7 – Arky Vaughan
26.5 – Rogers Hornsby
I mean, just look at the 10 names on that list. Ridiculous, and Trout sits atop all of them.
Trout has been the subject of intense MVP-related debates in three of his four seasons, but regardless of which side of that coin you favor don’t let it obscure the fact that we’re witnessing something truly special here. There’s certainly room to quibble with the exact rankings–WAR is merely one prominent and easy way to do such things–but however you slice it Trout has been one of the best handful of players in the history of baseball through age 23.
Last week impending free agent Chris Davis expressed frustration that the Orioles had not approached him about a contract extension during the season, pointing out that the team had previously locked up other players like J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones mid-season.
Now that the season is over and Davis had another monster year Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that re-signing Davis is “a top priority” and added:
He’s had a great year and he’s been a great player for us, so obviously, we’d like to have him back. Whether we can do that in the market, that remains to be seen, but we’re going to try.
Davis is 29 years old, has some defensive versatility, and has led the league in homers in two of the past three seasons while posting an .891 OPS during that time. He’s going to get plenty of huge multi-year offers and based on some of Duquette’s other quotes within Encina’s article it sure sounds like the Orioles are preparing for life without him.