A deal for Will Smith
Making a deal for Smith might be a little more pricey. The Twins will have to compete with several teams for the closer’s services and although there are other options on the market, Smith is having the best season out of any reliever on the market right now. If the Twins wanted to go all-in on upgrading their bullpen, Smith is their guy.
Again, Rooker and Balazovic are staples of the deal, but there needs to be enough on the back end to actually make it happen. Based on our previous conversations, I agree to throw in Urbina as the third piece over Gordon and the upside is enough to convince Reuter to make the deal.
In my mind, the Twins would do cartwheels over this deal even if it meant giving up on the upside of Rooker and Balazovic. The Giants get what they need in a couple of key offensive pieces and they get a pitcher that they can build their rotation around in a couple of years. In some ways, this is less what the Cubs gave up to acquire Chapman and it’s a deal that solidifies one end of the pen.