Pitching, as we all know, isn’t exactly a position of strength for our Minnesota Twins. The numbers definitely illustrate that.
Team ERA: 4.06 (T-19th)
Team WHIP: 1.25 (T-13th)
Team Pitching HR/9: 1.26 (T-26th)
Team ERA-: 109 (T-19th)
The Twins, if they are to make the postseason and win a series when they get there, will need to make major improvements to the pitching staff. Carlos Rodon could be a start.
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Chasing down the Dodgers for first place is probably out of the question, but San Francisco is still only 3.5 games out of the final wild card spot, and a +26 run differential argues that the Giants are at least a little better than their losing record indicates. That said, the Giants have several intriguing trade options, including Carlos Rodon (who can opt out of his deal after the season) as a rental piece. SKOR North’s Darren Wolfson speculates that the Twins would be one of many interested parties if the Giants did shop Rodon, as Minnesota “were right there” in trying to sign Rodon last winter.
As Mark Polishuk says, the Giants are in contention for a wild card spot, but are 3.5 games out and have lost 7 straight games. If the Giants were to shop Rodon, Darren Wolfson of SKOR North thinks that the Twins would be a suitor, due to the fact that the Twins were a top contender for Rodon this past offseason. Rodon would absolutely make this Twins team better.
Rodon would be a rental, as he has the option to opt out after the end of the season. Rodon would not be enough to fix all of the Twins issues, so if the Twins were to acquire Rodon, they would also need to acquire another starter and a couple of relievers.
Do you think the Twins should call the Giants about Rodon? What kind of package would it take to acquire Rodon? Would it be worth it in the end?