Minnesota Twins: Which Players May Be on the Way Out?

Mar 23, 2016; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins (15) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2016; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins (15) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Trevor Plouffe (24) hits a single in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins win 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Trevor Plouffe (24) hits a single in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins win 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

Trevor Plouffe

Probably the most popular and obvious answer here as Plouffe is likely to bring back the most value. Plouffe is enjoying a relatively successful season thus far despite being slowed down by injuries. In 26 games, the 29-year-old is hitting .265 with three homers and 11 RBI’s.

Following Thursday’s “Star Wars” night at Target Field, I jokingly said the Twins could now trade away Plouffe since his bobblehead doll night is done.

This may actually be more reality than joke.

Plouffe’s name was mentioned in a lot of offseason trade rumors involving the Twins but general manager Terry Ryan ultimately decided to hold onto Plouffe and move Sano to the outfield.

This was a move that was met with some criticism at the time but also praised as the Twins were expected to be a contending team. Now that playoff contention is pretty much an afterthought barring an unforeseen miracle, this will be the perfect opportunity for the Twins to get some value from Plouffe.

Plouffe will be arbitration eligible for the following season and then a free agent in 2018 giving any potential suitor some flexibility.

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A few potential matches could include the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals to name a few.