Minnesota Twins: 3 Potential Trade Ideas for the Reds’ Tyler Mahle

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) /

Minnesota Twins Tyler Mahle Trade Package No. 1: RHP Tyler Mahle for prospects RHP Brayan Medina, RHP Ronny Henriquez, and SS Keoni Cavaco

To land Tyler Mahle, the Twins probably aren’t going to give up Royce Lewis, Jose Miranda, Jordan Balazovic, Jhoan Duran, Josh Winder or any prospects that are close to the majors, and the Reds probably aren’t going to land a top prospect unless Mahle turns things around.

In the meantime, the Twins could send a pair or a package of prospects to try and land Mahle. In order to get Sonny Gray, it took Chase Petty, and the Twins got a relief prospect to boot. For this deal, the Twins send over some upside to make a deal work.

Medina is currently the Minnesota Twins’ No. 13 prospect on MLB. com. He’s got some control issues, but he has the stuff needed to become a starter, with three potentially strong pitches. He’s only in the Dominican Summer League right now, but he’s the high upside arm a starter is looking for.

Henriquez on the other hand is a Triple-A arm, one with excellent velocity and should be ready to make it to the MLB by the end of 2023. There are some concerns about Henriquez’s ability to remain a starter, but the Reds don’t have a ton of arms that are near the MLB level.

For the last part of the deal, the Twins add in Keoni Cavaco, their first round pick from 2019. Cavaco still has a lot of potentially productive tools, but he’s produced a career slash line of .211/.265/.291 over his first three years. He could use a fresh start, and the Reds would add a 20-year-old who still has some upside. This is a clear win for both sides.

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