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Blake Snell a trade target or not

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:27 PM
I would personally be happy to offer up Kirilloff and a few other prospects for him!!! What do you guys think he would cost and would you...
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Is Cruz a MUST signing? And what if he doesn't fit?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 12:18 PM
Let me state I love Cruz and want him back if possible. I not only believe he brings class, experience, knowledge and leadership to the t...
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Free Agency / Re-Signings 2020-21 Offseason

Other Baseball Yesterday, 08:31 PM
Free agency is likely going to be a really slow burn this year, but I still think it's worth having a thread to discuss signings. ...
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Twins Spotlight Episodes

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 04:47 PM
I'm going to try to keep a running list of all of the Twins Spotlight episodes here. Feel free to discuss any of them, ask questions or l...
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Comments on 41 MLB baseball I visited with 5 to go

Other Baseball Yesterday, 09:05 AM
I've been to 41 MLB parks with 40 since 1993. I missed 5 or 6 starting in the early 1990s when I landed my first computer job and then jo...
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Most Valuable Non-Prospect Pitching Trade Pieces

Last week, I wrote about the Most Valuable Non-Prospect Offensive Trade Pieces. This week I will focus on which non-prospect pitchers I think are most valuable on the trade market. These are players that I don’t necessarily think will, or should, get traded but provide the most valuable towards a hypothetical move.
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More often than not we tie top prospects to big name trades because of their potential and years of team control remaining. In 2020, the Twins trotted out one of the oldest pitching staffs in all of baseball although, at an average age of 30.0, only four of the 23 pitchers used were older than the average: Kenta Maeda, Caleb Thielbar, Tyler Clippard, and Sergio Romo. Of that group Maeda is the only one guaranteed to return while Thielbar is still under team control and Romo has a club option of five million that could be picked up.

Unlike the Twins offensive prospects mentioned in the previous article, there aren’t any pitching prospects that will be sure fire impact players in 2021. Especially considering the pandemic lost 2020 season, you might see the likes of Jordan Balazovic, Jhoan Duran, or Blayne Enlow but I’d be surprised if the Twins are counting on them to make any significant impact next year. That is to say that I think any trade involving non-prospects would come from dealing an offensive player rather than a pitcher.

Regardless, the Twins have some valuable pieces that theoretically could be moved.
  • Kenta Maeda, 32, 3 years AAV $3.125MM = 3 years, $9.375MM salary not including incentives
The Twins aren’t trading Kenta Maeda. But this article isn’t predicting players that could or should be traded, rather identifying who would be most valuable. Although he’s already 32, he’s coming off a season where he competed for a Cy Young while only making $5.31MM after incentives. Without analyzing every pitchers contract in baseball, I have to imagine that you aren’t going to find a better deal around the league.
  • Jose Berrios, 26, projected 1 year $5.4MM via arbitration per MLB Trade Rumors + 1 year of arbitration = 2 years of team control
The Twins aren’t trading Jose Berrios either, but at only 26-years-old and many thinking he hasn’t reached his ceiling he carries a lot of value with two more years of team control. If you follow me on twitter you know I don’t think Berrios will ever be the true “ace” that many thought he was once projected to be and I don’t totally buy into him being a contending teams second best pitcher. My opinion aside, there are plenty of cases of pitchers developing into “aces” in their late 20’s...ever heard of Max Scherzer?

Outside of those two your other options include young-ish guys who are still under team control for multiple seasons. The only pitcher guaranteed to come back in 2021 I would exclude from this list is Michael Pineda. Otherwise the likes of Randy Dobnak, Taylor Rogers, Tyler Duffey, Cody Stashak, Devin Smeltzer, and Jorge Alcala could be of interest to some teams. That said, if you trade one of those guys I don’t know that you’re getting a return that improves your 2021 Major League team and I don’t know that you’re getting anyone that really improves your farm system.

As I said before, if the Twins were to make a trade to improve the 2021 team that didn’t involve prospects I think you’re looking at someone on the offensive side of the ball. Any trade involving any of the pitchers named above would likely need to include multiple pieces to improve the 2021 team, which makes it unlikely a trade like that happens.

If the Twins were to make a trade where is their biggest hole? What would help their 2021 World Series chances the most?

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I do not see much value here when you look at the players like Smeltzer and Dobnak.Alcala is too good to trade.Stashak?Rogers on a down year and a half?  


It is those prospects that have the most value, but they are also what we need.