Minnesota Twins: 5 potential trade chips ahead of the MLB trade deadline

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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: (EDITOR'S NOTE:SATURATION WAS REMOVED FROM THIS IMAGE) Nick Gordon #1 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a portrait during Minnesota Twins Photo Day on February 22, 2019 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: (EDITOR'S NOTE:SATURATION WAS REMOVED FROM THIS IMAGE) Nick Gordon #1 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a portrait during Minnesota Twins Photo Day on February 22, 2019 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Nick Gordon /

Nick Gordon – SS

One name that has been floated out as a potential trade chip has been Nick Gordon. The 23-year old shortstop was the Twins’ first round pick back in 2014, but his past couple of seasons have been a disappointment and could mean his future may be somewhere other than Minnesota.

Gordon’s 2019 season didn’t get off to a good start as he landed on the injured list twice before playing a game at Triple-A Rochester. Once he hit the field, Gordon started putting together a decent line hitting .280 with 2 HR and 18 RBI in 39 games with the Red Wings.

Gordon’s strength is considered to be in the field, but he’ll have to pick up his game at the plate if he wants to get the call as a major leaguer. Entering Saturday, Gordon had logged an average .609 OPS at Triple-A and hasn’t developed much in terms of power during his minor league career with just 23 career home runs.

With an underwhelming season, the Twins may be ready to cut bait with Gordon considering Jorge Polanco is having an All-Star season and signed a seven-year extension back in February. The Twins could have gotten more had they dealt Gordon when he was one of the top prospects in the game, but sometimes it’s better late than never.

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