Minnesota Twins Trade Deadline Move No. 4: Trading RHP Jose Berrios for OF/SS Austin Martin and RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson
The Twins told the fanbase that they wouldn’t trade anyone under contract for 2022 or beyond unless they were blown away by an offer, and that included the team’s best pitcher in Jose Berrios, who is under contract for an additional year.
Well they got that blow-away offer. The Twins sent Berrios for the Blue Jays for two prospects, Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richardson. Why is this such a good package? Well, the Twins added two Top 100 prospects, including one of the Top 20 prospects in all of baseball.
Martin was the No. 5 pick in the 2020 draft and was seen as one of the best collegiate hitters available. In his first season in the minors, Martin hasn’t quite lit it up as expected, but his speed and hitting skills are clear.
Woods-Richardson has struggled a bit with command in 2021, but he’s striking out batters at a 13.3 K/9 clip. The pedigree is definitely there though, and I expect him to bounce back with a change of scenery. The Twins added two very good prospects who should hit the majors by the end of 2022, which earns this deal top marks.