Minnesota Twins: Five players to think about trading for

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 14: A member of the grounds crew for Target Field gets water off the tarp as rain delays the start of the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners on May 14, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 14: A member of the grounds crew for Target Field gets water off the tarp as rain delays the start of the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners on May 14, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Barraclough- Pitcher, Miami Marlins

As we maintain our focus on the Minnesota Twins bullpen, we once again find ourselves looking at the Miami Marlins. Kyle Barraclough has quietly been one of the most consistent relievers in MLB since the start of the 2015 season.

Barraclough has shown throughout his career that he’s capable of getting outs at any point of the game. Although Barraclough isn’t a closer-type pitcher, every team needs arms to get through the middle innings and Barraclough has shown he’s more than capable of providing that.

Why Barraclough makes sense for the Twins

Barraclough has a career 2.74 ERA across 183 2/3 innings pitched. He has been a consistently effective strikeout pitcher with a career 12.0 K/9. His career 5.5 B/9 is slightly alarming, but he makes up for that by not allowing a lot of home runs. Barraclough has a career .4 HR/9 and has never allowed more than five home runs during any one season.

For this season, Barraclough has pitched 20 2/3 innings and has allowed only four earned runs. He also has 26 strikeouts and only eight hits allowed against him. However, he already has 12 walks and will need to improve that number as this season goes along.

The Minnesota Twins have received little help from Trevor Hildenberger and the other middle relievers in the pen. However, there is still a lot of time for the Twins relievers to turn the corner and start producing. That being said, if Minnesota still wants to make a playoff push, they’ll need to address the bullpen.

Personally, I’ve yet to hear Barraclough mentioned as a player who will be made available for trade. However, he is a Marlin, and it seems nobody on that roster is untouchable.

That brings us to the final name on our list. This left-handed pitcher who plays for the San Diego Padres has been rumored to be available since the trade deadline during last season.

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