Some interesting trade news floating around this morning.
-Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle seems to be connecting the dots that the A's and Twins would make a lot of sense as trade partners:
"There could be a few options that pique the team’s interest, Minnesota’s Jake Odorizzi and Lance Lynn, perhaps. The A’s aren’t going to be looking for top-line, Jacob deGrom-type starters; they’ve carefully assembled a strong minor-league system with all their midseason deals the previous three years. So taking on some contract from a team out of the running might be their best shot."
-Joel Sherman of the New York Post passed along some Twins pitching notes:
"One team that potentially could move starters of all different ilks is the Twins. They have Lance Lynn, who is a free agent after this season. Ervin Santana, who has a $14 million option for 2019 and has yet to pitch in the majors this season after February finger surgery. But he made another minor league rehab start Sunday against the Yankees’ Triple-A squad, yielding a homer to an also rehabbing Gary Sanchez. Santana allowed three runs and struck out seven in 5 ²/₃ innings.
The Twins are said to be open to trading Jake Odorizzi or Kyle Gibson, who both can be free agents after 2019. Gibson is particularly interesting in his best year, averaging nearly a strikeout an inning and inducing ground balls better than 46 percent of the time."