Why the Minnesota Twins should trade Eddie Rosario
By Chris Schad
Who are some potential trade targets?
Trading one of your most popular players is one thing, but who you can get in return is another factor the Twins need to consider. It would be perfectly understandable if Twins’ fans were gun shy after a pair of trades for pitching in winter’s past haven’t exactly turned out in their favor, but there are some options on the market that could pop up.
One of those options is Rangers’ Mike Minor, who was listed on MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince’s offseason trade candidates list last month. The Twins were apparently smitten on the idea of bringing Minor in prior to the trade deadline, but the cost of starting pitching (and possibly even dealing away a starting outfielder mid-pennant chase) could have shooed the Twins away.
Arizona’s Robbie Ray could also make sense for the Twins as the 28-year old doesn’t seem to be a part of the Diamondback’s long-term plans, but also would be risky for Minnesota with the 2017 All-Star ticketed for free agency after next season.
Warne also chimed in his early assessment of the Rosario trade market, listing Oakland’s Chris Bassitt, Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz, St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas or Colorado’s Jon Gray among others as the type of pitcher the Twins could get in return.
No, the Twins aren’t about to get Noah Syndergaard in return for Rosario. But, with so many holes in their starting rotation, even finding an adequate starter and having them coached up by Wes Johnson (considering the job he did with the Twins’ current rotation in 2019) could open up plenty of productive avenues for an upgrade.