• Twins Daily Trade Deadline Primer

    The trade deadline is coming up next Tuesday, so this weekend should be an eventful one filled with rumblings and rumors. You'll likely hear a number of different teams connected to the Twins, who are among a handful of clubs around the league that can identify themselves as surefire sellers.

    In the weeks leading up to the deadline, we've put together a series of Trade Target Team Profiles, outlining the needs of various contenders as well as what they might have to offer to a rebuilding Twins franchise. As a resource for you in the coming days, we've listed each installment of that series below.

    San Francisco Giants (NN)
    St. Louis Cardinals (SS)
    Los Angeles Angels (NN)
    Boston Red Sox (JB)
    Washington Nationals (PH)
    Baltimore Orioles (SS)
    Pittsburgh Pirates (JB)
    Cincinnati Reds (SS)
    New York Yankees (NN)
    Atlanta Braves (JB)
    Los Angeles Dodgers (JN)
    Texas Rangers (SS)
    Toronto Blue Jays (NN)
    Philadelphia Phillies (JB)

    Feel free to use the comments section here to discuss any updates on the teams listed above (or fringe contenders like the A's and D-Backs, who could be surprise buyers), or to predict where the Twins' top trade chips will end up.

    Comments 8 Comments
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      this is always a fun time of year.... and in less than a week, we hit the "this is always a disappointing time of the year."
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Thanks for pulling this together Nick. Well done.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      It was a good list. No AL Central teams though. Intra-division trading isn't commong but the Twins have made moves the the Tigers and Indians in the last couple years.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      It was a good list. No AL Central teams though. Intra-division trading isn't commong but the Twins have made moves the the Tigers and Indians in the last couple years.
      It was a conscious decision this year. Given the Twins asking prices for the players they're moving, a trade to the AL Central seemed unlikely. It was unlikely that the Twins would move a multi-year deal to a division rival and that a division rival would be game to give up one or more impact prospects to the Twins.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Out-freaking-standing!
    1. MileHighTwinsFan's Avatar
      MileHighTwinsFan -
      At this point, it seems pretty clear that the big splash, if there is one, won't be Liriano. I would guess a borderline prospect at best. If there is a splash, it will be that the Twins tough bargaining position on Span, Perkins, Morneau and Willingham will pay dividends on one of them. Having said that, I am fully prepared for this trade deadline to end with a wimper, not a roar.
    1. lee_the_twins_fan's Avatar
      lee_the_twins_fan -
      It doesn't scare me that the Twins are offering Span, Perkins, Liriano, or even Morneau. *I hope we can get some really good prospects for one or two of them. Of those four, Perkins may actually garner the most in trade, but would leave the Twins without a decent late-inning reliever, other than Burton.

      But don't trade Willingham. He's the best left fielder they've had for a long, long time. He's built for Target field, and he's not costing an arm and a leg. Keep Willingham.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Point of information, please. A player with an expiring contract who is traded mid-season no longer gains a compensation pick for the team that traded for him, thus reducing the value of these part-season rentals. What is the date that determines whether they were with the team long enough to gain the pick? Opening Day? That date, whatever it is, may turn into a trading deadline even more important than July 31 from now on.
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