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4 Veteran Players the Twins Can Trade

On 6/20/2022 at 7:55 AM, Richie the Rally Goat said:

I don’t really get where trading away established major leaguers improves a contending team.

It really depends on the weaknesses of other playoff contenders. E.g., someone earlier mentioned the Padres might want to acquire an outfielder. So someone like Kepler can step in and right away cover RF, backup CF, and provide ribbie power.

A big need of ours is front of the rotation. I'm pulling for Bundy because I think he's battling his butt off for us, but I think his injuries in recent years have taken a toll and he isn't going to lead us to the promised land. So we have a big need to upgrade there.

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On 6/22/2022 at 4:46 AM, Major League Ready said:

I can't recall any examples of a good veteran position player being traded for a veteran position player at the deadline in the past 20 years.  Can anyone else site an example of such a trade?  Isn't the whole idea rather unrealistic?

Kenny Lofton and Aramiz Ramirez for Jose Hernandez, Bobby Hill and a pitcher who never made it out of the minors, Matt Bruback?  Ramirez was the key. Hernandez was a bit long in the tooth by 2003.

Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay for Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison and minor leaguer Beau Jones? Ok, some pitchers involved, but the everyday players were the big names in the deals.

p.s. Agreed that it ain't a common trade.

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