Minnesota Twins: Top 5 Trade Candidates for the 2022 Offseason

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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Josh Donaldson hits a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Josh Donaldson hits a single against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey pitches during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

Minnesota Twins Trade Candidate No. 4: Tyler Duffey

If the Twins want to re-tool, that process will likely take a couple years, and most teams that are moving towards young talent decide to sell high on valuable relievers. Tyler Duffey should be the first name they consider.

If the Twins believe they can contend in 2022, this will not be a move the team makes in the offseason. Duffey is a very good reliever, and despite an up-and-down 2021, he’s probably the second best reliever the team has. If the team doesn’t believe they’ll win in 2022, Duffey should be the first name moved.

While Duffey’s value as a reliever is patently clear, he can become a free agent after the 2022 season, and with teams far more likely to give up better prospects for a full season of a reliever than a couple months as a rental, moving him early could result in a better prospect haul.

It’s possible that Duffey may want to re-sign with the only MLB club he’s played for, but if that indication isn’t there, continuing to use the collection of relief prospects the team has could result in a few new young arms for the bullpen of the future.

With his level of value, it would be more surprising to see him moved than any of the other players on this list, but it could be a move that moves them towards a bright future, rather than the somewhat dim outlook 2022 offers.

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