Minnesota Twins Offseason Trade Partner Profile: Chicago White Sox
By Ian Stoever
The Minnesota Twins 2018-2019 offseason is here. Here we explore who could be their trade partners as they look to return to the playoffs.
With the Minnesota Twins looking to contend next year, they are looking to upgrade the roster. While there are plenty of options in the free agent market there are also plenty of players available in trade. We are in the middle of a series trying to find some trade matches for the Twins by going through each team in the league. We have already looked at the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Cincinnati Reds. Next up is the Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox are beginning to end their rebuild but still have a few pieces for trade that could put the finishing touches on a very strong tear down. While many of their main targets have been shipped out already, there are still a few players that the Twins might be interested in. In this article we are going to highlight 2 players on the White Sox roster that the Twins might be interested in.
Trade Proposal #1
Twins trade SP Stephen Gonsalves, 1B/OF Brent Rooker, 2B/OF Luis Arreaz, and RP Tyler Jay to the White Sox for Jose Abreu.
Let’s start with the game changing acquisition in Jose Abreu. While this move will hurt the Twins cache of prospects it would fill a major need in the Twins lineup. Trading Gonsalves hurts but right now the Twins have a lot of players that can step into the rotation to take Stephen’s place.
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Adding a player like Abreu changes the first base position entirely for the Twins. Goes from a weaker power spot to an above average power position. The biggest problem with this trade is that the White Sox might not be willing to send Abreu inside the division but if you send a strong enough package it might not matter. Abreu is also a free agent in 2020 so this price could be a little high for 1 year of production.
Trade Proposal #2
Twins trade 2B/3B Travis Blankenhorn and RP Tyler Jay to the White Sox for RP Nate Jones.
With a career ERA of just 3.11 in 281 innings you might wonder why the cost is so low for a player with those kind of stats. The answer is that Jones has suffered some fairly significant injuries the last couple of seasons. If he gets healthy and becomes the player he was a couple of seasons ago this would be an extremely strong addition to the Twins bullpen.
The White Sox would be getting in Blankenhorn the Twins top third base prospect who has split many of his minor league seasons split between both third and second base. Tyler Jay represents a bullpen arm that hasn’t lived up to his first round potential, but could also quickly land in a major league bullpen if things go right for him.