Update: The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Paul Sewald.
- 2.93 ERA
- 0.8 WAR
- 45 appearances
- 3-1 record
Here's another guy who is under team control through next season, which naturally sweetens the pot in terms of what the Twins might feel comfortable giving up to get him. Sewald is a veteran option who has posted a respectable ERA this year and an opponent batting average of just .168 over the last three seasons.
It's hard to see anyone complaining about adding that to the Twins bullpen.
The issue might be that year of team control, which would likely mean a bit of a premium price to land Sewald. Would the Twins be willing to part with a younger prospect in order to land a 30-year-old reliever who might not factor into the long-term future?
He does checks a lot of boxes though, so a trade would make sense.
Chances of a trade: Medium
- 1.93 ERA
- 1.3 WAR
- 29 appearances
- 3-1 record
Chances of a trade: Low
Earlier this spring the Twins had a chance to sign Matt Moore while looking for some bullpen help. They elected to not make any veteran signings, which created a Thanos moment for Minnesota.
All of the convincing themselves that the bullpen would be fine in the spring merely led the Twins front office back to needing to find help.
Moore was a great option then and remains so as the deadline nears. He's been incredible for Los Angeles this season, with an ERA under .200 and a 1.3 WAR in just 29 appearances. He's come a long way from his days as a starter, but he's settled into a great relief role for the Angels and would be a huge upgrade for the Twins bullpen.
The only question is whether the Angels would be willing to trade him. After pulling Shohei Ohtani off the trade block, Los Angeles has been aggressive in adding pieces to try and contend in the American League, which begs the question of whether trading Moore makes sense anymore.