Minnesota Twins: Trade Rumors as the Deadline Looms
A few more names
The Minnesota Twins have no shortage of trade bait. The problem is, most of the names that should have been great, just haven’t been. Lance Lynn has had a disappointing season to say the least. His ERA is up to 5.23 and his WHIP is 1.66. As a Cardinal, his ERA was only 3.38.
Lynn could be traded simply because he’s Lance Lynn and he has proven to be the guy you want on the mound in the past. He definitely hasn’t been that this season, but a new uniform and new surroundings could do wonders for the guy.
Jake Odorizzi is another starter who had the potential to do great things in Minnesota and hasn’t quite panned out. Odorizzi is another player who has shown historical success with the Rays and he is under contract through next season. I can’t see another team taking a flyer on him before the deadline, but maybe if he turns it on in the second half, he could be a valuable asset before the waiver deadline in August.
If the Minnesota Twins are patient (which they’ve been known to be to a fault at times) Odorizzi could be extremely valuable alongside Santana and Gibson next year. Paired with some of the minor league prospects, the starting rotation in Minnesota could actually be something to look forward to next year.
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Fernando Rodney is an interesting situation. He is entering free agency after this season. He’s had an excellent year so there’s no reason to think teams wouldn’t be in the market for him. His personality makes him a fan favorite, which is something small market teams need, and he appears to be a decent guy in the locker room.
At the same time, teams in playoff contention will sell their grandma for a good closer. And Rodney is a good closer. The Minnesota Twins could get more than he’s probably worth if they do it right. Personally, I’d like to see him shooting arrows at Target Field for a few more seasons, but I don’t think Thad Levine is going to ask me what my opinion is.
Ervin Santana is the last wild card in play. He’s had one start this season. It was a good start, but it’s still only one. As recently as yesterday there were rumors that the Yankees were interested in Santana. With their signing of JA Happ from the Blue Jays, that now looks unlikely.
Of course, the Yankees have snatched up free agents like they’re in a dollar store with $50.00 in their pocket, so anything is possible. Santana should get the ball on Monday for the Minnesota Twins, which is the day before the trade deadline. Baseball is a finicky mistress, if a pitcher gets hurt getting out of bed or slices their hand open on a can lid, Santana could very well be in play if he has another solid outing
The deadline is 4 days from now. I’m sure in those 4 days there will be speculation, conjecture, guess work, mystery teams and who knows what else. For now, the Twins are on a winning streak so let’s sit back and enjoy this version of the Twins until we can’t anymore.