Minnesota Twins: Selecting the best fits for 5 Twins trade candidates

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Manager Paul Molitor #4 of the Minnesota Twins looks on as starting pitcher Lance Lynn #31 is checked by medical staff during the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 11, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Manager Paul Molitor #4 of the Minnesota Twins looks on as starting pitcher Lance Lynn #31 is checked by medical staff during the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 11, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 30: Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of the game on April 30, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Blue Jays defeated the Twins 7-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

SS/3B Eduardo Escobar

Eduardo Escobar is the most valuable trade piece the Twins have that could be available as the trade deadline approaches. There have been stretches of time this season where Escobar has been the Twins best player and continues to lead the league in doubles.

Beyond his league-leading 35 doubles, Escobar is hitting .276/.331/.526 and has a .857 OPS. He has also added two triples, 14 home runs, 53 RBIs, and a 127 wRC+. Along with the strong offensive output from Escobar, he also carries positional flexibility. Something that every contender will value down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Escobar has mainly played third base for the Twins, has seen some time at shortstop, and is also capable of playing second if needed. Escobar and the Twins will have to wait to see what happens with Manny Machado, but Eddie will make a great consolation prize if a team wants him.

Teams like the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers could all look Escobar’s way to fill a need on their starting lineup. The team that just seems to make a ton of sense is the Milwaukee Brewers. They have surprised many and have been the front-runner in the National League Central for most of the season.

The Brewers have already added Brad Miller as a middle infielder via trade this season, but they do not seem content there. The Brewers have been rumored to possibly even be a favorite to win the Machado sweepstakes. Escobar would be an instant upgrade over the likes of Jonathan Villar and may help the Brewers be patient with prospect Nate Orf. It would also help the Brewers not have to sell off prospects much like they did 10 years ago as they acquired C.C. Sabbathia.

Trade Partner: Milwaukee Brewers

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