3 Minnesota Twins relievers who could be traded if they don’t start stepping up
By Eric Cole
Jovani Moran has been among the top four most used arms out of the Twins' bullpen. That is a bit of a problem when he is also a guy that has a walk rate of 5.03 BB/9. The end results haven't been terrible per se, but this bullpen doesn't have a shortage of guys with 4+ ERAs with FIPs in that neighborhood as well.
The nice thing about Moran is that he does get swings and misses which could be something that another team thinks they could mold into a useful reliever down the road. Again, this isn't a Twins team that should be looking to give guys a lot of long leashes and time to figure things out and moving him would remove a bunch of walks from the bullpen and allow them to add a higher upside arm (preferably another lefty).
This is purely an addition through subtraction move as, to be blunt, Jorge Alcala doesn't have a ton of trade value beyond the fact that he throws kinda hard. He currently ranks poorly in strikeout rate, walk rate, chase rate, expected slugging percentage against, and barrel percentage. In short, if you walk too many guys, don't strike out enough guys, and get hit hard when you give up contact, that is bad.
Look, we have been hoping for Alcala to break out and solidify his spot in the bullpen for a while now. However, at this point, he is what he is and he has even taken a turn for a worse this season as he has been the Twins' worst reliever in 2023. Maybe a team sees his raw stuff and thinks they can fix him. In that case, the Twins should jump on the opportunity.