The Minnesota Twins were busy moving veteran pieces in the last few days. Kevin Correia was first sent to Los Angeles to play for the Dodgers. He will bring back a player to be named later or cash consideration. Josh Willingham was then sent to the Kansas City Royals yesterday and the Twins got right-handed pitcher Jason Adam in return.
As Willingham was sent to the division rival Royals, the Twins targeted another arm for their farm systems. Adam was a 5th round selection by the Royals in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.
Josh Willingham is little more than a rental for a couple of months as the Royals look to cement their positioning as the leaders of the AL Central division. With no long-term commitment, the Royals couldn’t have been expected to give up any sort of prized prospect, but Adam is no slouch.
At Triple-A Omaha this year, Adam has posted a 1-1 record with a 2.35 ERA through 8 games. He has 11 strikeouts and only four walks.
Adam expressed his excitement in regards to joining the Twins farm system on his Twitter account.
I am now happy and excited to be a member of the @Twins organization. An organization I have only heard great things about. Let's go twins!
— Jason Adam (@Jason_Adam9) August 12, 2014
The best part of the Willingham trade may have come in who they got to keep however, rather than who they received in return. With Joe Mauer making his way back from the DL last night, there wasn’t an open spot on the 25 man roster.
Kennys Vargas has made a great impression since being called up, and Willingham leaving to open up a spot was great for the young first basemen to stick with the big league club.
Jason Adam will begin his Twins career with Double-A New Britain.