Minnesota Twins: Ranking the 5 Most Valuable Trade Chips to Move

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Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins bats during the fifth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Hansel Robles pitches against the Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

Minnesota Twins Trade Chip No. 4: Hansel Robles

Return: A pair of mid-level prospects

Now we get to the good stuff. Hansel Robles has been the Twins’ best right-handed reliever in 2021, making his $2 million deal look like the steal of the offseason. His 2.93 ERA (3.40 FIP) and 9.8 K/9 numbers are excellent.

A reliever that cheap with a history of closing in the middle of a great season would be fairly easy to trade away, especially with relievers being among the most commonly traded players at the deadline.

Robles would almost certainly bring back a return similar to Sergio Romo did when the Twins brought him in from the Marlins. Not a top prospect, but a very solid one who has some upside. With his track record and age, he might even be worth more, bringing back a second prospect.

This does raise another question. Should the Twins even trade Robles? While he’s not currently locked up for 2022, he could return to the team that believed in him, likely for a deal in the $5 million range. If he would come back, then he might be worth trying to re-sign, but that could also happen in the offseason. Let him go for some more young talent this year.

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