Why the Minnesota Twins are not a fluke (and could win 100 games)

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 25: Eddie Rosario #20 and Jonathan Schoop #16 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate scoring runs against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of the game on May 25, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 25: Eddie Rosario #20 and Jonathan Schoop #16 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate scoring runs against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of the game on May 25, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 27: Closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the ninth inning in Game Four of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 27: Closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the ninth inning in Game Four of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Reinforcements could be on the way

There are a couple misconceptions about how a team should buy a buyer or seller midway through the year. In past years, many teams have opted to wait until the July 31 trade deadline to pick up a piece that could help them down the stretch. Others have waited even later to the now defunct Aug. 31 waiver deadline, but the question is why wait when the Twins could add reinforcements right now?

As the Twins are looking more like a playoff contender, there are several options that could help them improve their pitching staff. The most notable has been free agent closer Craig Kimbrel, who could see more action once teams don’t have to give up a compensation pick to acquire him at the conclusion of the MLB Draft on June 5.

If the Twins want to go in a different direction, they could search the trade market which could include names such as Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez. While this would acquire the Twins to part with some of their assets, the system is currently deep enough to make a bold move for a team of this caliber.

Either way, now could be the time to be aggressive and make a good team a great team sooner rather than later.

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