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Front Page: Offseason Blueprint: Bet the Farm

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:36 AM
As much as I would like to design my offseason blueprint around the Twins pushing all of their chips into the middle of the table and upp...
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Front Page: RIP Ryan Costello (1996-2019)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:32 AM
We are deeply saddened to learn that Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Ryan Costello passed away in New Zealand. Early reports indicate that...
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Astros Being Investigated for Using Tech to Steal Pitchin...

Other Baseball Today, 08:11 AM
I can no longer say I want the Twins to emulate the Astros. Bush league maneuver to use cameras in order to steal signs.
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Front Page: Offseason Blueprint: Spending Every Penny

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:07 AM
Jim Pohlad has had it up to here with you people. After checking his burner twitter account (@matthew_btwins) and once again seeing someo...
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Twins top 30 by Prospects Live

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:02 AM
Produced by yours truly. https://www.prospect...op-30-prospects The back end of the system is really quite interesting, and I’m finding t...
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Deadline Primer: The American League West

We've run through the entire National League, covering the most intriguing trade possibilities in all three divisions, so it's time to turn our attention to the Junior Circuit.

Could the Twins work out a beneficial deal with one of the five teams in the AL West?
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Now that they revived and completed the Jaime Garcia trade, the Twins are probably done shopping for starting pitchers, but the hunt for relief help continues. This will be our focus as we examine buyers and sellers out west.

STANDINGS

Houston Astros: 66-33
Seattle Mariners: 50-51 (17 GB)
Los Angeles Angels: 49-51 (17.5 GB)
Texas Rangers: 48-51 (18 GB)
Oakland Athletics: 44-55 (22 GB)

THE BUYERS

The Astros are running away with the division, and are buyers in the sense that they're clearly in championship mode, though it's not clear where they really need to add. Houston has been dominant in pretty much all phases, though obviously you can never have too many bullets.

THE SELLERS

The Mariners, Angels and Rangers are all closely bunched behind Houston -- albeit WAY behind Houston. Each is a potential player in the wild card race, and hard-pressed to dump key pieces, but none are in position to make a huge splash in pursuit of the playoffs. The A's, meanwhile, are out of it and ready to move any assets.

The Mariners

The M's recently traded four prospects to acquire reliever David Phelps from the Marlins, so it seems unlikely they'll dismantle their bullpen at this point, despite facing long odds. Steve Cishek is one name to watch: he's on an expiring contract and could be a decent addition at the right price.

The Angels

The Halos are in the wild-card mix but if they decide to pack up and sell they have a number of relief rentals that might appeal to the Twins. Namely: Bud Norris, Yusmeiro Petit and David Hernandez. All three have been excellent. Minnesota and the Anaheimers of course linked up last year on a deadline deal involving Ricky Nolasco and Hector Santiago.

The Rangers

Texas is a pivotal deadline player, holding the biggest publicized trade chip in Yu Darvish, who is due to hit free agency at season's end. If they choose to ship out Darvish, it won't be to Minnesota, and there isn't really a bullpen match here unless they then decide to ship out a controllable reliever like Matt Bush or Jeremy Jeffress.

The Athletics

Oakland has already flipped a pair of its top relievers, sending Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington, so the Twins might've missed the boat here. Now, all attention is on Sonny Gray, who is the biggest name being bandied about right now after Darvish (and far more likely to be moved). Gray is controlled through 2019, so he'd fit with the front office's long-term thinking, but would cost an awful lot.

SUMMARY

You can dream on Darvish or Gray, but the most realistic targets in the AL West are mid-tier relievers like the Angels' trio of Norris, Petit and Hernandez.

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Best chance may be Oakland relievers. They have a couple more. But does not look like  a match with the rest of the division

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HitInAPinch
Jul 26 2017 02:19 AM

Would love to see the Twins getting Gray.  So it probably won't happen...

Would also like to see Twins acquiring some good veteran relief pitchers.  And I won't mention Neshek again.  Seriously. 

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Nothing to see here, imo. Other than Astros being awesome.

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