Minnesota Twins 2018-2019 Offseason Trade Partner Profile: Toronto Blue Jays
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 re-tool their roster this offseason, there are many moves to be made. While the Twins have filled a few positions already there are still a few holes left. For a while, it appeared the Twins were considering not trying to contend this season and play for 2020 but with the signing of Nelson Cruz I think it signifies a move towards going for the AL Central crown.
We have already explored possibilities with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, PIttsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Next up is the Texas Rangers.
The Toronto Blue Jays have finally begun an overdue rebuild after trying to contend but namely failing the last seasons. In this article, we will highlight three moves to help the Twins go for it all in 2019.
Trade Proposal #1
Twins trade 2B/SS Nick Gordon, LHP Stephen Gonsalves and 3B Travis Blankenhorn to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman.
The Blue Jays have a hole in their infield and no help on the horizon that’s where Gordon comes in. While parting with Gordon would be hard the Twins can fill in till Lewis is ready and Polanco can slide over to 2B. While Gordon is a lot he’s not enough to get the deal done so also goes Stephen Gonsalves and Travis Blankenhorn. Stroman is good even with last seasons rough year. This move gives the Twins a 2nd top starter to pair with Jose Berrios now and in the future.
Trade Proposal #2
Twins trade 2B/SS Nick Gordon and RHP John Curtiss to the Blue Jays for RHP Aaron Sanchez.
While Marcus Stroman’s trade value has fallen Aaron’s has fallen off even more. Sanchez hasn’t pitched very much the last couple seasons 141 innings due to some finger and blister issues. Much like the deal above this adds a good starter for the Twins future while costing less than Stroman would.
Trade Proposal #3
Twins trade OF Jacob Pearson and 3B Andrew Bechtold to the Blue Jays for RHP Ken Giles.
A player that has had his fair share of struggles the last couple of years he would be a bounce back candidate like Jonathan Schoop. Giles was a shut down closer as recently as 2017 so perhaps being sent to a team where he has few expectations and a clean slate might be what he needs. The Twins need another reliever and Giles could return to being a good one so this would be a risk worth taking.