Kurt Suzuki has been one of the hottest names amongst trade circles for the Minnesota Twins. With Suzuki having an All-Star caliber season on a team destined to lose nearly 90 games yet again, moving him was expected to be the course of action. It appears however that the market may have dried up.
Last weekend, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reported that scouts from the Red Sox, Orioles, and Blue Jays all were in attendance to watch Suzuki. The most likely landing spot remained the Orioles, with Suzuki immediately filling the need left void by Matt Wieters season ending surgery.
Today, Berardino is reporting that the Orioles have officially stepped away from the Twins catcher.
— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) July 29, 2014
Unfortunately for the Twins, it looks as if the market may dictate the moves they can make. With Kurt Suzuki being the only viable starting catching option on the market, and teams not looking to make huge moves at the position, a deal may not happen.
Minnesota has gone on record saying they would like to re-sign Suzuki to a contract extension, as his deal is up this season. However, at this point the two sides are very far off on what they believe his services are worth.
Those inside the Twins organization have commented that Suzuki remains the best option going forward, with other catching options being far behind in their developmental process.
Suzuki has been well below average when it comes to framing pitches this year, but teammate Glen Perkins has made his opinion clear, and his opinion resonates highly amongst Twins officials.
“If they asked my opinion, I would give them my opinion — the same opinion I’m giving you. I’ve loved throwing to him. Personally, I would love to continue to throw to him. He’s done a great job. I would tell you that whether you had the recorder on or not.”
With few suitors left on the market, and the deadline drawing near, it looks like Perkins may very well get his wish, and continue throwing to the veteran backstop at least through 2014.