The Twins currently have a forecasted 12% chance to make the playoffs. With all the holes on the team, it's hard to see how any one player, including Mike Trout, could even double those odds. Further, the Twins simply don't have the prospects to match what the Cubs traded for Quintana. It doesn't make sense, this year, to tear up the farm system for a long shot chance to make the playoffs and an even longer shot to win.
On the other hand, the players Olney mentions are all for this year, where they won't make nearly the difference that Quintana would have made, and do little to nothing for next year. Therefore, the amount to pay would be small. Their current teams are probably hoping for more than salary relief. However, if someone like the Reds will take Phil Hughes and his salary (and upside, of course) in exchange for Feldman, perhaps Falvine will throw in a prospect.
Edited by Deduno Abides, 17 July 2017 - 03:13 PM.