The Minnesota Twins are well documented as sellers when it comes to the 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline. Yesterday, the first move was made when Minnesota sent Kendrys Morales back to his old stomping grounds in Seattle for right-handed pitcher Stephen Pryor. Now, Robert Murray is reporting Kurt Suzuki may be next.
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We have talked previously about the market being there for the veteran catcher. Kurt Suzuki is having an offensive revival this season, at least in terms of batting average. While his power numbers aren’t there, Suzuki is batting above .300 and has been a nice offensive piece for the Twins.
Minnesota has looked into contract extensions with the veteran backstop, but as Darren Wolfson told us earlier this week, the sides are very far apart.
The Twins are in a position to get a pretty decent return for a player they brought in to take Joe Mauer‘s place behind the plate this year. With both Baltimore and St. Louis losing All-Star catchers this season, they are both scouring the market for options.
Yadier Molina is slated to miss around 12 weeks of action for the Cardinals while Matt Wieters is done for the season in Baltimore. Suzuki would immediately be an upgrade for both teams, and as playoff contenders, they both could use him.
Wolfson suggested Baltimore as the better fit considering St. Louis may not be missing Yadier for all 12 weeks. However, the fact that both teams are in on the action, Minnesota should be in a nice position. If the Twins can get a mid level prospect or two in return for Suzuki they have to be happy.
With Josmil Pinto waiting down at Triple-A Rochester, finishing out the season as the leader for the big league club could prove to be invaluable experience going forward. We should have some resolution in the coming days.