The Minnesota Twins made some unexpected moves during Thursday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline. One of the names that was brought up near the end of the month, was Sam Fuld. It was in fact Fuld who was dealt back to the Athletics, and the Twins received left-handed pitcher, Tommy Milone in return. The Twins however held onto their veteran pieces.
Josh WIllingham was heavily linked to the Yankees in the past few days, however, New York ended up moving on without him. Acquiring Stephen Drew to play second, and apparently talking to the Phillies in regard to Marlon Byrd, the Yankees passed on the Twins slugger.
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Willingham will be a free agent at season’s end and is a candidate to be moved before the August waiver trade deadline. He is in the lineup tonight for the Twins.
The Braves made a last-minute move, but it ended up being with the Cubs for Emilion Bonifacio and James Russell. It was Atlanta that was supposedly in on Brian Duensing last year, but the left-handed reliever will be staying in the Twins bullpen for now.
Finally, the All Star catcher, Kurt Suzuki. The Twins shopped his services early, but were insistent upon bringing him back on a contract extension. They needed to get a deal done or move him, in order not to risk losing him at the end of the year for nothing.
Right as the trade deadline passed, the Twins announced a 2 year contract extension, with an option in 2017, that will pay Suzuki $6 million per year.
The 2014 Major League Baseball deadline wasn’t all that busy for the Twins, but as they look around the division, they will now face David Price at least for the next year much more than they would like.