First time post so be gentle
I would consider Nolasco, Hughes, and Pelfrey as locks(based soley on the recent financial commitment). But with Diamond, Deduno, and Worley out of options would the Twins be able to get anything of value(i.e. position players or legit pitching prospects at this point) for any of them OR Correia? Remember, Correia's name was floated at the trade deadline last year. The only reason he has been considered a lock thus far is because he was the most consistent starter last year. But with Nolasco and Hughes added is that as much of a necessity this year? I see Albers, Gibson, and Johnson in AAA to start as injury insurance or until their performance warrants a midseason trade/demotion of one of the opening day rotation members.
So does anyone see one of the rotation candidates being part of a trade yet this offseason? Out of Correia(consistent), Deduno(intriguing), Diamond(lefty), and Worley(young) do you think could get the most in return?
Correia certainly has value. Worley, Deduno, and Diamond do not.
This isn't an issue, IMO. Out of ST, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see either Deduno or Diamond on waivers. There simply isn't room for them unless Ryan trades a reliever or two.
That leaves Deduno/Diamond and Worley. I think Worley will perform well enough to win the fifth spot in the rotation. The other will take the sixth rotation spot when someone goes down.
If everybody is performing at that point (unlikely), then I'd expect to see Correia moved in June or July. If the team is out of contention, another reliever could go with him. As could Willingham, Doumit, Plouffe, and a host of other players. I think we'll see a quasi-fire sale at some point in 2014, though the return won't be particularly good on any of the guys the Twins are offering.
And at that point, none of this will be a problem.