Minnesota Twins: 3 Potential Trade Ideas for the Reds’ Tyler Mahle
By Otto Johnson
Minnesota Twins Tyler Mahle Trade Package No. 2: RHP Tyler Mahle and LHP Justin Wilson for RHP Dylan Bundy and prospects SS/OF Austin Martin and RHP Casey Legumina
Once the Twins add Mahle, that will bring them up to seven starters: Ryan, Ober, Gray, Bundy, Archer, Winder, and Mahle. In this deal, the Twins move one of those guys plus a top prospect in order to make the deal work.
For starters, this is the only deal where the Twins acquire an extra piece, adding on left-handed reliever Justin Wilson. Wilson was one of the better relievers in baseball from 2015-2020, but an off year in 2021 lead him to sign with the Reds. In 2022 though, he pitched extremely well before an elbow injury shut him down last month.
Adding a potentially very good lefty reliever in addition to Mahle costs the Twins Bundy, who has been overall solid, but is the clear worst starter of the group (and would eat innings for the Reds), the Twins’ No. 29 prospect in Casey Legumina, and their No. 2 prospect in Austin Martin.
Martin draws a lot of walks and does a good job of getting on base, limits strikeouts, and has great speed. He also has struggled with a lack of power, hitting for high average, and finding a true defensive home (because it probably isn’t shortstop).
He’s still got tremendous upside, but he’s 23, and the Minnesota Twins are stacked at the positions he can play (2B/CF) because of his limited arm. This gives the Reds one of the top prospects they’d be able to land for Mahle.