Offer Willingham and Correia to the M's ?
Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:18 AM
They could use a bat with some thunder to help their lineup along. This has been known since lefy Robby Cano signed his mega-deal there in the off-season.
They seem more than capable in the Infield with Seager at 3B, Cano at 2B , and a platoon of Logan Morrison and Corey Hart at 1B ....with SS's rotating between Brad Miller and Nick Franklin. Willie Bloomquist is their UTL infielder.
Their OF, which needs a boost in a rather big way, would be able to slot the Hammer in LF Immediately; flanking him would be James Jones in CF and Michael Saunders in RF. The M's are really looking for stability in CF......But with no real options out there, They'd be more than happy to Bring In Dustin Ackley off the bench as he's probably more suited for this type of role anyway.
Their rotation features a somewhat untested rookie Ronias Elias, the lefty. As Well as Chris Young the towering, but old Right-hander that can't be counted on for much longer IMO.
I think with Correia on board, they could go with the King, Iwakuma, Ty Walker, R. Elias/ J. Paxton and Correia in the 5th spot down the stretch.
Correia has pitched pretty well over the last month or two and should actually have marginal value right now.
Also ESPN is reporting M's want a RH Bat. But also don't want to give up too much.
Theres no way the Twins could bring back the following:
#1 prospect Taijuan Walker RHP
#2 prospect Alex Jackson OF
#3 prospect James Paxton LHP
#4 prospect DJ Peterson 3B (could be #1 prospect, depending on who you talk to)
but maybe one of the following could be had, AAA SS Chris Taylor (22)
or Single A Righty Luis Gohara (17), both with huge and promising upsides.
Position players Nick Franklin, Stefan Romero, and Julio Morban both currently on their 40 man roster might be in the conversation as well. Franklin is a former top prospect who so far, hasn't done much in Safeco Field.
-2 for 1's with the (one) being a prospect are probably rare rare trades, but for Taylor i'd be extatic.
IF the bolded red names above are too rich for their blood they have another young SS Ketel Marte and OF'er Austin Wilson who they'd probably be more willing to part with. Neither player is near Chris Taylor but i'd be ok/ happy with both.
It might be near impossible to pry Taylor away at this point, as hes only hit .320 in the PCL so far here in 2014, we may be too late on him.
If it would take Kris Johnson or some other youthful pitcher (Wheeler, Darnell) instead of Corriea to get him I'd Go all in.
Sometimes, as the Cubbies proved the other day, trading in early July rather than Late July only enhances you're value a bit here or there, also It allows US (the Twins) to be the negiotators of a deal instead of waiting for The M's to make a move with somebody else, THUS , limiting our options of who actually wants Willingham's services. (royals?)
Twins Prospects? 1 Tyler Jay 2. Gordon, Nick 3. Gonsalves, Stephen
4. Kirilloff, Alex 5. Romero, Fernando 6. Mejia, Alberto 7. Stewart, Kohl
8. J.T. Chargois 9. Palka, Dan 10. Felix Jorge 11. Wade, LaMonte
Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:47 AM
Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:57 AM
It's been a while since a legit slugger was traded at the deadline. Beltran and Pence in 2011 but Hammer's not going to get quite that kind of return by himself (although the Mets did a nice job of getting a bidding war going to get Wheeler). Maybe Victorino type deal? One backend top 100 guy and a couple other promising prospects thrown in.
Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:00 PM
At the end of the day, if the Twins can turn some expiring assets into future pieces. I'll be happy.