Minnesota Twins: 5 Players the Twins Should Consider in a Trade

Apr 16, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer's (7) bats wait in the dugout prior to the game between the Minnesota Wolves and the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer's (7) bats wait in the dugout prior to the game between the Minnesota Wolves and the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 6, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Pat Neshek (17) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 6, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Pat Neshek (17) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

RP Pat Neshek, Phillies

This choice may look purely nostalgic, but Pat Neshek is one of the better options for a reliever on the trade market. He is eighth on the list of trade deadline candidates and is there for good reason. In 20 appearances over 18.1 innings Neshek is sporting a 0.82 ERA. Pair that with a WHIP of 0.773  and it becomes apparent quickly why teams will be asking the Phillies for Neshek.

Other stats to pay attention to, and noted reason why Neshek is eighth on the trade deadline list, are his splits against lefties and righties. As expected in the past he has shown more success against right handed hitters, but this year he is showing considerable improvement against left handers as he is holding them to a .147 batting average.

Now as the Twins approach the deadline, if they fall out of contention this is not a trade they should look to make. Neshek would be a rental as he is only signed through the end of this season. If in contention, Neshek would add a quality arm to a weak bullpen.