The 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline has seen the days transition to hours, and now teams will be making their final push to acquire the missing pieces that will propel them into October. For the Minnesota Twins, October isn’t a reality, and today, trade assets may not be either.
Names like Josh Willingham, Kurt Suzuki, Brian Duensing, and even Sam Fuld have all been discussed as possible options to be moved for the Twins. Unfortunately, it looks like few, if not none of them, will be.
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Josh Willingham is reportedly staying put according to sources speaking to Mike Berardino. The slugger was being looked at by the New York Yankees, however, they may view his power as all but gone. A revitalization could be expected at Yankee Stadium, but the Yankees may want more of a sure thing.
For the Twins, Kurt Suzuki is caught in the crossfire of mismanaged movement. The Twins wouldn’t be wrong to extend their All-Star catcher, but an again backstop having a breakout season merely in terms of batting average is far from warranting a big pay-day. Contending teams looking to deal for Suzuki see him as a dicey option, with the Twins being intent on bringing him back.
On the Brian Duensing and Sam Fuld front, the Twins would be looking to listen to offers rather than shopping each player as a top-notch asset. Duensing is a strong left-handed relief arm and could be a good piece for a playoff team. Fuld now looks to be staying put with Jonny Gomes going to Oakland with Jon Lester, in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes.
What it all boils down to is the Twins simply don’t have enough assets. They are sellers, and there is likely no one that would be off-limits to be dealt, but contending teams have now looked the other way.