Having multiple options for the 4th and 5th starters gives them the luxury of trades to teams more desperate for starting pitching. My instinct is to delay any trades until mid-summer, when a guy like Correia might seem very attractive to a contender with a beat-up staff. The only problem with that strategy is my concern that Correia's good season last year might have been a mirage. Pitchers don't usually improve when they migrate to the American League. But maybe his improved numbers have something to do with pitching at TF. I guess I would be open to trading Correia now if the return were very attractive. Absent that, I would prefer to wait until mid-summer.
I don't think we're seeing as many lopsided trades at the deadline as we used to. Teams have been hoarding their top prospects. The idea is to trade from a position of strength, regardless of when that situation exists. It seems absurd to even type this, but IF the Twins are seen by others as having surplus MLB-level starting pitching, then now is not a bad time to cash in on that via trade. Starting pitchers are dropping like flies and maybe two-thirds of the teams see themselves as potential contenders. Chances are, that will not be the case in July.
The last days of Spring Training, teams will be cutting players to get to 25 men. That could, somewhat, flood the market with potential #5 starters. Right now, teams finding themselves unexpectedly short on SPs may be wanting to acquire a guy that they can at least get in to their own camp for a couple of starts before ST is over.
Long winded way of saying, since the Twins appear to have a surplus of healthy potential #5 SPs at a time when several teams may be looking to add some depth at that position... AND the Twins have a couple of guys who are out of options... AND most of their SP depth haven't completely stunk the place up this spring, this may be the perfect time to make a deal.
Edited by Jim Crikket, 18 March 2014 - 12:05 PM.