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Posted by MaxOelerking , 11 May 2018 · 783 views

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In the event that the Twins are in position to be buyers at the trade deadline, here are some possible trade prospects the Twins could realistically go after to make a run at the postseason.

1.) Tyson Ross SP Padres
Ross has been the bright spot in an otherwise "business as usual" San Diego Padres rotation. Assuming SD will be looking for young talent come the trade deadline, Ross could be on the market at 31-years of age. The Twins can also afford to take on Ross' contract that is $1.75M and ends after this season. Ross is not the prototypical superstar rental, but if he continues having the season he is, he could be a cheap addition to the pitching staff. Ross has been non-existent the past few years but if you look back at 2014 and 2015, Ross averaged 196 innings pitched with a 3.03 ERA and 3.11 FIP. In short, Ross was getting no help from the Padres and still pitched well, averaging 204 K's with a 9.4 K/9. Stats aside, Ross is a slider fastball guy who's not going to blow anything past a hitter but spots his pitches well and gets a lot of ground-outs with his fastball. He also gets a lot of swinging strikes with his slider (36.6% whiff rate). One last thing to note is that of Ross' 7 starts this season, only 1 of them didn't result in at least 6 innings pitched, which is

2.) Santiago Casilla RP Athletics
The Twins could obviously use more bullpen depth going into the postseason. Casilla could be a really good pick up for a few reasons: 3x World Series champ (SF Giants), closer experience, 5 pitch arsenal. Santiago Casilla would come in at age 37 with 14-years and 3 world series championships worth of experience and add to the veteran presence in the bullpen and clubhouse. Casilla's postseason numbers are impressive too, only giving up 2 earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched. Casilla has experience as a closer to add to his career resume as well, which increases his value since the Twins have struggled to find a reliever to finish games. Lastly, Casilla mixes his pitches well throwing a sinker in the mid to low 90's with a slow curveball in the high 70's/low 80s. He can also mix in a 4-seam fastball, slider, and changeup.

3.) Darren O'Day RP Orioles
This would be another nice piece to add to the bullpen. O'Day has the numbers that make him a solid relief pitcher and at $9M per year ending after the 2019 season would not be terrible either. The biggest question here would be how much the Orioles want in return.

Comment below and let me know who you think the Twins should go after.




How about having the Twins read our minor league reports.Twins win their way to the WS with Gonsalves and Littell, They fill out their bench with Granite and Wade.They figure out that Adrianza is a utility player and bring up Gordon. They discover that their BP needs were right there in the minors!And the Twins trade some wily old vets for more minor league arms to continue building for the future. 

The Twins are going to be looking at finding homes for pitchers, especially if they can advance Gonsalves and/or Littell. Gibson will be a free agent. Santana will be a free agent. Lynn will be a free agent. Can any of them pitch well enough to move on? Remember, we also have May coming back, Pineada maybe coming back in September, and maybe Phil Hughes finds his fastball.

 

The Twins do have pitching depth. They have to make some hard decisions in the off-season. Can they keep 25 pitchers on the 40-man? Do they keep Dozier and/or Escobar and trade Gordon? What to do with Mauer? Do they let Mauer do whatever and go with Morrison at first, Sano at DH.

 

But first, yes, we have to get to the mid-point and evaluate. I don't see the Twins getting any rentals.

 

Right now, the hitting has to improve. The rotation nees to be consistent. The bullpen needs to stop walking guys.

 

The Twins are going to be looking at finding homes for pitchers, especially if they can advance Gonsalves and/or Littell. Gibson will be a free agent. Santana will be a free agent. Lynn will be a free agent. Can any of them pitch well enough to move on? Remember, we also have May coming back, Pineada maybe coming back in September, and maybe Phil Hughes finds his fastball.

 

The Twins do have pitching depth. They have to make some hard decisions in the off-season. Can they keep 25 pitchers on the 40-man? Do they keep Dozier and/or Escobar and trade Gordon? What to do with Mauer? Do they let Mauer do whatever and go with Morrison at first, Sano at DH.

 

But first, yes, we have to get to the mid-point and evaluate. I don't see the Twins getting any rentals.

 

Right now, the hitting has to improve. The rotation nees to be consistent. The bullpen needs to stop walking guys.

 

I don't see them getting any rentals except maybe Bullpen help. Forget about Phil Hughes, his starting career with the Twins is pretty much finished unless we see a total collapse in the coming weeks (knock on wood).I think he's bullpen help in non pressure situations the rest of the way with a possible release this offseason depending on how he handles that.I would also not be counting on anything from Pineda this year either, maybeeee all goes well in rehab and he comes back in August as a reliever but asking for more than that so soon after TJ surgery is a lot IMO.His value will be in 2019. 

 

Regarding the infield, gosh who knows.From what i've seen of Morrison so far i'd be inclined to keep Mauer a few more years. Dozier is going to test the market and at 31 years old will want to max out his next contract.I'm not sure the Twins will pony up to that.Escobar you have to keep in my opinion with all the uncertainty currently around Sano and Polanco.