The Minnesota Twins need to capitalize on this strong first half with additions to the pitching staff before the August 2nd trade deadline. This is a point that cannot be stressed enough as we reach the end of July.
Two of the bigger names out there on the market when it comes to starting pitching, delivered strong outings this Tuesday for what could very well be their last start before a trade. It’s been known since the beginning of the season that Frankie Montas was going to be available at the deadline given the direction of the Oakland A’s heading into a rebuild.
A few days ago, we covered Montas’ first start of the IL that showcased his health, and regained velocity, but lacked in length, as the A’s ace went only three innings. In his second time around, he managed to grind through five frames against the powerful Astros on a night where he had to battle, allowing three free passes.
Montas is an established arm, and with his health proven, his value is set for every contender on the market. However, there was another pitcher who according to recent reports may be on the market, and carried a masterful outing tonight, in line with what’s been a very good 2022 season in Pablo López.
With the Miami Marlins ready to deal, should the Minnesota Twins look into dealing for Pablo Lopez?
The Marlins are in need of offense, and although they’re in the playoff picture for a Wild Card spot in the NL, the reports are that Miami would be willing to deal anyone not named Sandy Alcántara, and Lopez certainly represents an intriguing name.
López, who struck out 11 Reds’ hitters over seven frames of one-run ball is controllable through the 2024 season, will come at a heftier price than either Castillo or Montas because of that extra year of control, but it’s also one of the reasons why his name would be appealing. The Twins could get an ace for the next three playoff chases.
Since the 2020 season, López has established himself as one of the better pitchers in the National League, but even with the injuries to Max Meyer and Edward Cabrera, the Marlins are flush with young pitching and reportedly open to a deal that can boost their struggling offense.
Unlike Montas and Castillo, there is a very high chance that López ultimately stands pat, but it doesn’t hurt to check in on his services for a Minnesota Twins team that desperately needs an ace, if it has any hopes of making a deep run in 2022.