With just days before the MLB Trade Deadline passes, folks around the league are focusing closely on the Minnesota Twins and what their plans end up being.
Everything seems to suggest Minnesota will be budget shopping at the deadline, making moves that will reinforce a contending roster without breaking the bank. The debacle at last year's deadline is likely dictating the cautious approach, but so is the fact that the Twins don't need to add a ton to get markedly better.
If guys like Byron Buxton, Royce Lewis, and Jorge Polanco can get healthy over the course of the next month, getting those guys back would be better than any trade the team can make. That won't prevent them from making moves, but it highlights the fine line the front office is walking.
There has been a ton of talk about guys the Twins might be interested in pursuing at the deadline, but The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reversed things and recently talked about guys Minnesota isn't eager to move.
Twins Rumors: Ken Rosenthal names four players who probably won't be traded
Buying low still means paying a price in a trade, and the Twins have plenty of assets drawing attention around the league. The glut of left-handed hitting outfielders is a specific source of interest for opposing front offices, but there a few guys Minnesota don't have high on their list to trade away.
None of these guys are untouchable, but Rosenthal specifically names Kyle Farmer, Willi Castro, Edoard Julien, and Donovan Solano as names he'd be surprised to hear moved.
"The Twins are not inclined to part with utility players Willi Castro, Donovan Solano, and Kyle Farmer; all are making valuable contributions," Rosenthal reported. "They surely do not want to demote rookie second basemen Edouard Julien, who leads them with a 1.280 OPS in July."
It's worth mentioning that 'not inclined' does not mean 'won't be traded', but it feels pretty close.
Castro has been a godsend for the Twins this season, filling in during a rash of injuries and having high impact on the lineup. The same can be said for Solano, who was a late addition in Spring Training but has lived up to the billing.
The idea of Edouard Julien being traded in MLB The Show should be laughed at, let alone pondering it in the real world.
Minnesota has been linked to guys like Seattle's Teoscar Hernández, Washington's Lane Thomas, and New York's Brooks Raley. All of those guys, perhaps with the exception of Thomas depending on the 11th hour market, are buy-low candidates. They're also guys where someone like Castro or Solano could make sense as compensation, but it sounds like teams will have to look elsewhere on the Twins roster or farm system if they want to make a deal happen.