The Minnesota Twins have officially made themselves sellers as they have reportedly traded Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Minnesota Twins ended the speculation about what the front office’s belief is about this teams status regarding the trade deadline. Another wining surge that brought the team back to 7.0 games back of the division lead gave hope that the Twins might make a run at a playoff berth once again. Instead news began to come out Friday that the Twins have reportedly agreed to a deal to send Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
For quite some time now we have been looking at the Diamondbacks as one of the most likely destinations for Escobar or Brian Dozier. The Diamondbacks haven’t been getting much offense from their middle infield situation, and now with Jake Lamb hitting the DL they have a need for some added infield help.
As a Twins fan it is obviously hard to see the team waving the white flag on the season and cashing in on one of their most valuable expiring contracts which is attached to one of their most popular players. What may help is in return the Twins will be receiving three players to develop or trade in the future.
All three players are currently at the Single-A level. Outfielder Gabriel Maciel is the top rated player according to MLB Pipeline as he is rated as the No. 11 player in the Diamondbacks farm system. Speed and defense top his skill set with the hopes that he could develop into a good lead off hitter in the future.
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The Twins will also acquire right handed pitcher Jhoan Duran, the No. 19 prospect for the Diamondbacks according to MLB Pipeline. His three pitch mix is led by a mid-90s fastball that gets a 65 grade by MLB Pipeline. MLB Pipeline projects that Duran could develop into a solid No. 3 starter.
And the third player is outfielder Ernie De La Trinidad. Trinidad has batted .311/.403/.442 with a .845 OPS for the Kane County Cougars.
It will be interesting to see how this trio of players develops for the Twins. It is also a decent haul of players for a player in Escobar who was no more than a throw in flier from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Francisco Liriano.
As the Twins are clearly now looking to move pieces to get better for the long term it will be interesting to see who else may be traded next.