Kurt Suzuki has found a rejuvenation in Minnesota this year. Target Field is a ballpark where hitters know they are at a significant disadvantage (or at least Twins hitters seem that way), but don’t tell that to Kurt Suzuki. He has not only been great for the Twins, but he was an All-Star on his own this year too.
With the trade deadline now a day away, the Twins have been actively shopping the veteran backstop in recent weeks. As the Twins look to get pieces to help them compete next season, some veteran luxuries have become expendable. However, with Suzuki, they may be hurting themselves.
Jayson Stark from ESPN.com has mentioned that the Twins are still very high on the catcher, so much that they want to bring him back next year.
“Teams asking the Twins about Kurt Suzuki are being told Minnesota hasn’t given up on signing him, and it’s possible the team could keep him past the deadline and revisit potential deals in August.”
With Suzuki being pressed still by the Twins, and Minnesota looking for avenues to extend his contract and keep him, his trade value has diminished. Forget the fact that the market for catchers appears to be absolutely zero, the Twins aren’t doing themselves any favors.
If Minnesota really wants to move Suzuki and get anything in return, selling the idea of a two month rental and then re-signing him this offseason is not how to do it.
Tomorrow marks the non waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline, so Kurt Suzuki and the Minnesota Twins should have some clarification soon.