Twins acquire more infield depth after making a trade with Orioles

It seems the Twins are trading their way through the AL East.
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Things haven't exactly gone according to plan for the Minnesota Twins six games into the season. An uneven opening series against the Kansas City Royals was followed by a split with the Milwaukee Brewers, all leading to a horribly disappointing loss in the home opener against Cleveland.

Part of this has been the injury bug gnawing at Minnesota's roster, but that excuse only goes so far. While it doesn't help to have guys like Royce Lewis out of the lineup, the Twins going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position while striking out 15 times against the Guardians is something that needs to be fixed on its own.

We're only six games into the season so there's not really a reason to panic yet, but trouble brewing on the horizon is always something to be cognizant of. That's probably why the Twins keep making minor moves below the big league roster by way of early season trades.

Minnesota Twins acquire AAA prospect Diego A. Castillo from Orioles

It's another lowkey move, but the Twins continue to add depth beneath the MLB roster through trades. This time its the Baltimore Orioles who Minnesota partnered up with, sending cash in exchange for infielder Diego A. Castillo.

The trade comes a week after the Twins struck a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays to acquire Tanner Morris and sent Niko Goodrum to the Tampa Bay Rays. The latter was more of a re-assignment than a traditional trade, but the Morris deal is identical to the Castillo trade right down to the Twins dealing with an AL East team.

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Castillo won't be adding any infield depth to the big league roster, but his assignment to Triple-A could be a precursor to another move.

This could be galaxing braining things a little bit, but the Twins acquiring a shortstop for the St. Paul Saints could be an indication that the team is preparing for a future where Brooks Lee gets called up. With Royce Lewis likely out until at least June, there's a decent chance we wee the team's top prospect get some big league action in the near future.

It could also be a move to protect the Twins against the roster thinning out too fast on everyone. Already Minnesota has dealt with injuries to key players beyond Lewis, with Jhoan Duran, Caleb Thielbar and Justin Topa all hitting the IL before the season started.

Lee isn't the only injured Saints player either, as Trevor Larnach started the season the IL which depleted the roster at another level. At the very least Castillo adds another bat to the bench in St. Paul, but given how the MLB roster hasn't settled yet it's not presumptive to think this could set up a move further down the line.

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