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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Score: Twins 7, Blue Jays 2   
    Nick Gordon posted the best game of his young Major League career as the Minnesota Twins scored seven runs to beat the playoff-hopeful Toronto Blue Jays.
    Box Score
    Pineda: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
    Home runs: Gordon (4)
    Top 3 WPA: Garver .245, Gordon .202, Buxton .180
    Win Probability Chart (Via FanGraphs)

    The Minnesota Twins leaned on Michael Pineda on the mound tonight in what could be one of his final starts as a member of the organization. Big Mike provided a steady start for the Twins, tossing five innings, allowing just eight hits and two runs and striking out two.
    The first run the Blue Jays scored was right away in the top of the second inning when Lourdes Gurriel knocked an RBI double.
    The Twins quickly rebounded in the third inning, though, when they got a leadoff double from Byron Buxton followed by an RBI single from Jorge Polanco and later an RBI single from Mitch Garver.
    The Blue Jays quickly rebounded in the fourth inning when Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo home run off of Pineda to tie the game, his 30th home run of the season.
    After that, though, it was all Minnesota the rest of the way, highlighted by the bat of red-hot Nick Gordon who smashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and an RBI single in the seventh. The home run was Gordon’s fourth on the season, and his four-RBI game marks a career high for the long-time Twins prospect. Nick Gordon’s batting average is now up to .263 on the season with a respectable OPS of .711. Gordon continues to make a case for a roster spot on the 2022 team.
    The Twins’ bullpen was nails in relief of Michael Pineda as they received four scoreless innings from a combination of Nick Vincent, Caleb Thielbar, Luke Farrell and Ralph Garza, Jr.
    In the end, the Twins took the game 7-2 and won their third straight game to move their record to 68-85 on the season.
    Postgame Interviews
    What’s Next
    The Minnesota Twins will continue their four-game home series against the Blue Jays on Friday night, sending Bailey Ober to the mound to face off against former Twins’ ace, José Berríos.
    Bullpen Usage Chart
      SAT SUN TUE WED THU TOT Barraclough 32 0 35 0 0 67 Vincent 0 40 0 0 13 53 Thielbar 0 22 16 0 14 52 Minaya 0 36 0 13 0 49 Moran 34 0 0 0 0 34 Farrell 0 34 0 0 19 53 Duffey 0 0 11 12 0 23 Alcalá 0 0 10 10 0 20 Colomé 0 0 7 24 0 31 Garza Jr. 17 0 0 0 16 33 Coulombe 0 0 17 0 0 17
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in What Would the Ideal Offseason Have Looked Like for the Minnesota Twins?   
    There is no denying that the 2021 offseason for the Minnesota Twins went about as poorly as possible. Knowing what we know now, though, what would the ideal offseason have looked like for the Twins?
    This offseason, the Minnesota Twins made six free agent signings and all of them (save for Nelson Cruz) blew up in their faces. The Minnesota Twins front office misfired badly and the losing season they are going through is the result. But what if things played out differently?
    In a “hindsight is 20/20” thought exercise, let’s play out what the ideal version of the 2021 offseason would have looked like for the Minnesota Twins and see how the Twins front office could have best spent their offseason dollars.
    In this thought exercise I am giving the Minnesota Twins the same budget as they spent in their actual offseason, which was approximately $41.75M. Additionally in this exercise, the Twins’ “ideal” offseason signings will need to be signed at a 20% increase over what they actually signed for in the offseason. This 20% increase would account for the the Twins prying away the players from the teams they actually signed with, making this a more realistic scenario of what could have been.
    Are “what if” games pointless as they have no bearing in reality? Probably. Are they fun? You bet they are! So let’s run through these...
    Designated Hitter
    Actual Offseason signing: Nelson Cruz - 1 year, $13MM
    Ideal Offseason signing: Nelson Cruz - 1 year, $13MM
    The only of the six offseason signings from the Twins’ offseason that they would redo in our ideal version would be bringing back Nelson Cruz on a 1 year, $13MM deal. In his 214 plate appearances with the Minnesota Twins this season, Cruz posted a .907 OPS, which led the team and was third-best in baseball after Shohei Ohtani and J.D. Martinez. The Twins had a clear need at designated hitter and opted to fill that slot with Cruz which was the right choice, which is why the Twins would make that same move again, if they knew then what they know now.
    Middle Infield
    Actual offseason signing: Andrelton Simmons - 1 year, $10.5MM
    Ideal Offseason signing: Kolten Wong - 2 year, $21.6MM
    After Nelson Cruz, the Andrelton Simmons signing was the largest investment that the Minnesota Twins made last offseason. The thought was that Simmons’ bat would play well enough and that his glove would completely transform the team. While his glove has been solid (though not spectacular), Simmons is having one of the worst offensive seasons in team history, with his OPS of .565. In our ideal offseason, the Minnesota Twins would have signed Kolten Wong for a 2 year, $21.6MM contract. Wong has been excellent with the Milwaukee Brewers this year and owns a .810 OPS. Wong is only 30-years-old and would be under contract again for the Twins next season. Wong plays second base, which means the Twins would’ve needed to keep Jorge Polanco at shortstop under these circumstances, but at 2.7 fWAR compared to Simmons’s -0.3, signing Wong over Andrelton would’ve made a big difference for the Twins. 
    Starting Pitcher
    Actual offseason signing: J.A. Happ - 1 year, $8MM
    Ideal Offseason signing: Robbie Ray - 1 year, $9.6MM
    The Minnesota Twins signed J.A. Happ last offseason hoping that he could fill the fourth starter role for the Twins in 2022. Instead, Happ completely imploded for Minnesota, posting a 6.77 ERA in 19 starts. What makes the Happ signing hurt even more for the Twins is that southpaw Robbie Ray signed with the Toronto Blue Jays for the identical 1 year, $8MM deal that J.A. Happ signed for. Under this exercise, the Twins would’ve needed to pay a 20% premium to guarantee Ray’s services, but for a 1 year, $9.6MM the Twins could have signed Ray who has a 2.71 ERA on the season and just became the all-time leader in K/9 in MLB history.
    Starting Pitcher
    Actual offseason signing: Matt Shoemaker - 1 year, $2MM
    Ideal Offseason signing: Carlos Rodón - 1 year, $3.6MM
    While J.A. Happ pitched terribly for the Minnesota Twins during his tenure here, Matt Shoemaker was even worse. In 16 appearances with the Twins, Shoemaker posted a 8.06 ERA and was worth -0.7 fWAR before getting DFA’d and ultimately released. At a 20% premium, the Minnesota Twins could have signed Carlos Rodón for just $3.6MM and gotten a pitcher who has been a revolution for the White Sox this year, with a 2.43 ERA and a 12.8 K/9. 
    Relief Pitcher
    Actual offseason signing: Alexander Colomé - 1 year, $6.25MM
    Ideal Offseason signing: Sergio Romo - 1 year, $3MM
    Moving to the bullpen, Alexander Colomé was yet another disastrous signing for the Minnesota Twins this offseason, as he has a 4.26 ERA, six blown saves and the worst win probability added on the team. In their ideal offseason, the Minnesota Twins would have simply brought back Sergio Romo, who they let walk last offseason, for half of the price of Colomé. Romo has put together a 3.18 ERA in 54 appearances with the Oakland Athletics and has thrived there in a high-leverage role.
    Relief Pitcher
    Actual offseason signing: Hansel Robles - 1 year, $2MM
    Ideal Offseason signing: Collin McCugh - 1 year, $2.16MM
    Finally, in their ideal offseason the Minnesota Twins would have avoided Hansel Robles and his 4.91 ERA in Minnesota in favor of Collin McHugh for nearly the same price tag. McHugh signed with Tampa Bay this offseason and has been spectacular, featuring a 1.40 ERA and 11.6 K/9. 
    Overall let’s compare the actual offseason for the Minnesota Twins to what the ideal offseason would have looked like:
    Actual offseason $ spent: $41.75MM
    Ideal offseason $ spent: $42.16MM
    Actual offseason fWAR acquired (with Twins): 0.2 fWAR
    Ideal offseason fWAR acquired: 14.4 fWAR
    Again, hindsight is always 20/20 and ideal history is always going to be an unfair game to play, but laying out what the ideal offseason for the Twins would have looked like is not only fun, but interesting to look at the types of players that succeeded as we try to find free agent options for the 2022 season.
    What trends stick out to you from the list of “ideal” free agents above? Which of the above names were you clamoring for the Twins to sign at the time? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!
     
     

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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Score: Red Sox 12, Twins 2   
    In what has become an all-too-familiar trend, the Minnesota Twins followed up an exciting victory with an absolute dud.
    Box Score
    Gant: 4 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
    Home Runs: Astudillo (7)
    Bottom 3 WPA: Gant -.193, Garcia -.093, Arraez -.090
    Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs)

    Pitching has been the downfall for the Minnesota Twins in 2021, and pitching was their downfall again on Thursday night. The pitching didn’t waste anytime letting the Twins down at Fenway park on Thursday as John Gant was far from sharp.
    The scoring got started early for the Red Sox, when Bobby Dalbec cashed in on back-to-back walks from John Gant with a three-run blast to give Boston an early 3-0 lead. The Red Sox then cashed in another run off of Gant in the 3rd inning with an RBI single off the right handed bat of Alex Verdugo.
    In total, Gant only gave the Twins four innings while allowing four earned runs, struggling with command all night to the tune of three walks. His lack of distance turned the game over to the bullpen early, which has been a bad thing all night, and was again a bad thing.
    After Kyle Barraclough allowed a run in the 5th inning, things completely unraveled for the Twins’ bullpen. In the 6th inning, Edgar Garcia allowed three hits, two walks, hit a batter and threw one wild pitch. He was charged with six runs, highlighted by a home run by Rafael Devers to give the Red Sox their 10th run.
    The Red Sox tacked on two more runs in the 7th inning off of Edgar Garcia when Bobby Dalbec hit his second home run, this time of the two-run variety.
    While the Red Sox offense was on fire all night, the Twins’ bats were largely silent, as they were only able to muster three hits on the night. The Twins cashed in their only runs of the night in the 5th inning when Willians Astudillo hit his seventh home run of the season over the Green Monster.
    Immaculate Inning
    In what was an otherwise run-of-the-mill blowout game, there was a noteworthy moment in the 3rd inning when Chris Sale threw the first immaculate inning at Fenway Park since Pedro Martinez in 2002.
    Turtle Time
    With a blowout game came another chance to watch Willians Astudillo on the mound in mop up duty. He was tasked with pitching for the Twins in the 8th inning. Astudillo didn’t allow a hit or a run in his inning of work.
    Postgame Interview
    What’s Next?
    The Minnesota Twins will return home to kick off a three-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers by sending Andrew Albers to the mound to face off against Brewers’ left-hander, Eric Lauer.
    Bullpen Usage Chart


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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from VivaBomboRivera! in Game Score: Red Sox 12, Twins 2   
    In what has become an all-too-familiar trend, the Minnesota Twins followed up an exciting victory with an absolute dud.
    Box Score
    Gant: 4 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
    Home Runs: Astudillo (7)
    Bottom 3 WPA: Gant -.193, Garcia -.093, Arraez -.090
    Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs)

    Pitching has been the downfall for the Minnesota Twins in 2021, and pitching was their downfall again on Thursday night. The pitching didn’t waste anytime letting the Twins down at Fenway park on Thursday as John Gant was far from sharp.
    The scoring got started early for the Red Sox, when Bobby Dalbec cashed in on back-to-back walks from John Gant with a three-run blast to give Boston an early 3-0 lead. The Red Sox then cashed in another run off of Gant in the 3rd inning with an RBI single off the right handed bat of Alex Verdugo.
    In total, Gant only gave the Twins four innings while allowing four earned runs, struggling with command all night to the tune of three walks. His lack of distance turned the game over to the bullpen early, which has been a bad thing all night, and was again a bad thing.
    After Kyle Barraclough allowed a run in the 5th inning, things completely unraveled for the Twins’ bullpen. In the 6th inning, Edgar Garcia allowed three hits, two walks, hit a batter and threw one wild pitch. He was charged with six runs, highlighted by a home run by Rafael Devers to give the Red Sox their 10th run.
    The Red Sox tacked on two more runs in the 7th inning off of Edgar Garcia when Bobby Dalbec hit his second home run, this time of the two-run variety.
    While the Red Sox offense was on fire all night, the Twins’ bats were largely silent, as they were only able to muster three hits on the night. The Twins cashed in their only runs of the night in the 5th inning when Willians Astudillo hit his seventh home run of the season over the Green Monster.
    Immaculate Inning
    In what was an otherwise run-of-the-mill blowout game, there was a noteworthy moment in the 3rd inning when Chris Sale threw the first immaculate inning at Fenway Park since Pedro Martinez in 2002.
    Turtle Time
    With a blowout game came another chance to watch Willians Astudillo on the mound in mop up duty. He was tasked with pitching for the Twins in the 8th inning. Astudillo didn’t allow a hit or a run in his inning of work.
    Postgame Interview
    What’s Next?
    The Minnesota Twins will return home to kick off a three-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers by sending Andrew Albers to the mound to face off against Brewers’ left-hander, Eric Lauer.
    Bullpen Usage Chart


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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Score: Yankees 7, Twins 1   
    The Minnesota Twins' bats were quiet and Kenta Maeda left the game with an arm injury in the Twins 7-1 loss to the New York Yankees. In other words, it was just another day in the Bronx for the Twins.
    Box Score
    Maeda: 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5K
    Home Runs: Polanco (22)
    Bottom 3 WPA: Donaldson -.148, Polanco -.127, Garcia -.100
    Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs)

    It was a pitcher’s duel early on in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon with team aces Gerrit Cole and Kenta Maeda exchanging great performances from each dugout. 
    The New York Yankees got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning after a hit-by-pitch by Rougned Odor kicked off a rally for the Yankees, ending with a RBI single by Tyler Wade gave the New York Yankees an early 1-0 lead.
    The Minnesota Twins had a great chance to get on the board themselves in the top of the 5th inning when they had the bases loaded and Josh Donaldson up to the plate, but Donaldson took a called third strike to end the Twins rally and preserve Cole’s outstanding outing.
    Things took a turn for the worse for Maeda and the Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the 5th inning, though, when Maeda lost all control of his pitches. Maeda allowed a double and a single before hitting Anthony Rizzo, throwing a wild pitch, and walking Aaron Judge on nine consecutive balls. Following the walk to Judge and a ball to the next hitter, Maeda motioned for the trainers to come out and Maeda was promptly removed from the game with what was called right forearm tightness.
    Responsible for all three runs on the bases after being removed from the game, Twins reliever Edgar Garcia allowed each of the runs to score on doubles from Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit to give the Yankees a five-run inning and push their lead to 6-0.
    On the day, Maeda pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on four hits, one walk and two hit batters.
    Across the diamond, Gerrit Cole was much more effective for the New York Yankees, limiting the Twins to just five hits across scoreless innings while striking out six.
    While the rest of the Twins’ offense struggled to push runs across the plate, Jorge Polanco stayed on his ridiculous hot streak at the plate, blasting a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the 8th to give the Twins their first (and only) run of the game.
    The Yankees sure didn’t need any insurance runs, but they got another one in the bottom of the 8th inning on a solo shot from backup shortstop, Andrew Velazquez.
    The Twins would wind up losing to the New York Yankees 7-1, making it three losses in a row and cementing yet another series loss to the Bronx Bombers. 
    What’s Next?
    The Twins will look to avoid a 4-game sweep tomorrow afternoon when they send Griffin Jax to the mound to face off against old friend Luis Gil.
    Editor’s note: It has since been announced that Sunday’s game has been rained out.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Score: Twins 5, Astros 3   
    The Minnesota Twins’ bats got off to a quick start and Griffin Jax recorded his first Major League victory as a starter in what was a 5-3 win for the Twins over the Houston Astros.
     
    Box Score
    Jax: 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K
    Home Runs: None
    Top 3 WPA: Larnach .130, Jax .116, Thielbar .071
    Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs)

    After a lackluster performance on Wednesday afternoon’s getaway game, the Minnesota Twins were hoping to get off to a quicker start in the first game of their four-game road series against the Houston Astros. The Twins got the start that they were looking for as their offense exploded out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning, thanks to RBI from Willians Astudillo, Trevor Larnach, Andrelton Simmons and Jorge Polanco, who continued his torrid stretch on Thursday evening.
    The four runs of support turned out to be all that Twins’ starter Griffin Jax needed as he kept the Astros bats quiet all night, allowing just one hit through the first five innings, until “old friend” Jason Castro finally put the Astros on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the 6th inning. On the night, Jax pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk. While Jax didn’t accumulate any strikeouts, he had Houston’s talented hitters on their heels the entire night and posted the best start of his young Major League career.
    After Jax was removed from a 4-1 ballgame, Andrelton Simmons provided the Twins with an insurance run in the top of the 8th inning with an RBI bunt single to score newly called up Rob Refsnyder.
     
    The Minnesota Twins’ bullpen was looking strong on the night with scoreless appearances from Caleb Thielbar, Tyler Duffey and Jorge Alcala before reliever Danny Coulombe made things interesting in the bottom of the 9th inning when he allowed Yordan Alvarez to smack a two-run home run to right field to draw the Twins’ lead down to two. Fans were nervous when Baldelli called on Alexander Colomé to close out the game for Coulombe, but he was able to answer the bell and give the Twins the victory.
    Raising Money For a Good Cause
    A fun part of the broadcast tonight was the annual Twins’ Community Fund Broadcast Auction that was run to benefit the Twins’ charity. In total, over $84,000 was raised for the Twins’ Community Fund and some pretty cool items were auctioned off.
    Postgame Press Conference
     
    What’s Next?
    The Minnesota Twins will send rookie Bailey Ober to the mound tomorrow night to face off against veteran right hander, Zack Grienke for a 7:10pm showdown in Houston.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in 5 Free Agent Options for the Minnesota Twins to Replace José Berríos   
    With José Berríos now north of the border, the Minnesota Twins are faced with an extremely difficult task: replacing their ace of the past five years. There are five impending free agents who could be candidates for the Twins to replace their right hander.
    When the Minnesota Twins traded away José Berríos they gave away their most durable, consistent and talented pitcher they’ve had since Johan Santana. While the Twins will look to their farm system to fill in the gaps of the depleted rotation that Berríos left behind, they should also look to free agency to replace as much of the consistent, veteran arm of Berríos that they can. 
    When looking for a replacement for José Berríos, the Minnesota Twins will need to look for a pitcher who mirrors the age and upside of José Berríos. The Twins should be targeting a pitcher better than impending free agent names like Vincent Velasquez and Aaron Sanchez, but at the same time avoiding aging stars that do not fit the Twins’ timeline such as Clayton Kershaw or Max Scherzer.
    In looking at replacements for Berríos, let’s look at pitchers aged 30 or younger who have shown flashes of excellence. Acquiring a pitcher in this mold would ideally allow the Twins to replace ~85% of Berríos’s production on a cheaper contract than the Puerto Rican right hander will command after the 2022 season. Let’s get to the list...
    Marcus Stroman
    RHP
    30 years old
    2019 - 2021: 306.1 IP, 3.06 ERA, 7.6 K/9
    Marcus Stroman was a name that many Twins fans wanted Minnesota to sign at the 2019 trade deadline and again in free agency last offseason. Stroman ended up being traded to the Mets in 2019 and then signed the qualifying offer last offseason, but will finally be a fully unrestricted free agent this winter. Stroman is currently having the best season of his young career with a 2.80 ERA in 122 innings with the Mets. Stroman is not a lights-out pitcher with top-notch velocity, but he limits damage extremely well with pinpoint control and a sinker that induces ground balls more than 50% of the time.
    Stroman is still only 30 years old and has the type of profile that figures to age well. Stroman will command some big-time offers in free agency but with numbers similar to José Berríos, the Twins have a unique opportunity to replace their former ace with a new one.
     
    Kevin Gausman
    RHP
    30 years old
    2019 - 2021: 288.1 IP, 3.81 ERA, 10.7K/9
    Kevin Gausman was another name that Twins fans were looking at as a potential free agent option last offseason, only to miss out on him via the qualifying offer. Similar to Stroman, Gausman is in the midst of the best season of his career, with a 2.35 ERA and a 10.6 K/9. Gausman has a nasty pitch arsenal and the type of stuff that could play over the life of a 5 year contract.
     
    Noah Syndergaard
    RHP
    28 years old
    2019 - 2021: 197.2 IP, 4.28 ERA, 9.2 K/9
    Another name that was once linked to the Minnesota Twins, Syndergaard was talked about as a potential trade return for Byron Buxton when the Twins were looking for a starting pitcher at the 2019 trade deadline. Now a free agent, Syndergaard figures to be a name that will draw interest from many clubs. Syndergaard has elite stuff, highlighted by his fastball that can reach triple digits. What has held “Thor” back is injury, as he is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery he underwent at the end of the 2019 season. When healthy, Syndergaard can be one of the premier starting pitchers in baseball, and while his injury presents risk, it could also present an opportunity to get value on a potential contract.
     
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    LHP
    28 years old
    2019 - 2021: 303.0 IP, 4.40 ERA, 9.9 K/9
    Moving to the southpaws, Eduardo Rodriguez has been an underrated starting pitcher with the Boston Red Sox over the past number of years. Rodriguez is having a tough 2021 season, with an ERA of 5.60, but his underlying statistics show that he has been pitching much better than that. Rodriguez would bring a left handed pitcher to a rotation and farm system full of righties, and at just 28-years-old it’s fair to wonder if the Minnesota Twins could add some MPH to his low-90s fastball and unlock even more from the promising lefty. 
     
    Robbie Ray
    LHP
    29 years old
    2019 - 2021: 350.1 IP, 4.21 ERA, 11.7 K/9
    After a miserable 2020 season, Robbie Ray has rebounded in 2021 and is having a career year. After always having the strikeout arsenal, Ray has found his control and is walking a career-low 2.4 batters per 9 innings. Ray is only 29 years old, and if he has truly turned a corner in terms of his command, he could be an ace for the next half-decade and a great candidate to replace José Berríos.
     
    Which of these impending free agent pitchers would be the best replacement for José Berríos? Which do you think will command the least and most money on the free agent market? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!

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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Squirrel in José Berríos Traded to Blue Jays   
    Multiple reports have confirmed that José Berríos has been traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson.
     
    Jose Berrios has been traded. There have been rumors and now there are confirmations. Jose Berrios will be joining the Toronto Blue Jays as they head back to Canada to play for the first time in a long time. No doubt Berrios will be missed. He is a leader, a two-time All Star, and competitor. 
    In return, the Twins received highly-touted prospects, SS Austin Martin and RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson.
    Martin was the #5 overall pick in the 2020 draft out of Vanderbilt. Martin is a consensus Top 25 overall prospect in baseball. He should soon join the Wichita Wind Surge. He is ranked #21 by Baseball America and #16 by MLB Pipeline. 
    Martin made his professional debut this year, and he has played in 55 games for Double-A New Hampshire. He has hit .281/.424/.383 (.807) with ten doubles, two triples and two home runs. He also has nine stolen bases. 
    Woods-Richardson was traded two years ago from the Mets to the Blue Jays in the Marcus Stroman deal. The hard-thrower is currently in Tokyo with fellow newly-acquired Twins prospect Joe Ryan at the Olympics. He is ranked #68 by MLB Pipeline. 
    He was the Mets second-round pick in 2018 out of high school in Texas. The 20-year-old is also at Double-A New Hampshire. He is 2-4 with a 5.76 ERA in 11 starts. Over 11 starts and 45 1/3 innings, he has walked too many (26) and struck out a ton (67, 13.3 K/9). 
    On MLB Network, former GM Dan O'Dowd said, "In surplus value, the Twins won this deal. In present value, the Blue Jays get what they need." 
    Once the Washington Nationals traded Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Dodgers on Thursday night, Berrios became the best pitcher on the trade market, and the Twins took advantage. 
    The Blue Jays are working to stay in playoff contention in a division currently led by the Red Sox and Rays. They are also trying to keep up with the Yankees who have added sluggers Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo the past two days. A two-time All Star, Berrios will certainly help Toronto down the stretch and, the reason they got such a big return, will help them in 2022 as well. 
    Are the Twins done??? Don't count on it! 
     
    Story will be updated as we learn more information. You can also add to the story in the comments below.

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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Trade Deadline Tracker: Twins' News and Rumor Roundup   
    The midseason hot stove heated up in a big way on Wednesday with trades and rumors galore and the Minnesota Twins continue to stay in the news. Come read about the latest trade deadline news and rumors.
    Below we will review the trades from Wednesday and how (or if) they have any impact on the Minnesota Twins. 
    Oakland Athletics Trade For Starling Marte
    The first trade of the day came from the Oakland Athletics who acquired outfielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins in exchange for former top-100 pitching prospect Jesús Luzardo. While Starling Marte is an excellent talent, the overwhelming reaction from experts was that the A’s paid a big price for Marte, who is set to be a free agent at the end of the season. This is a big development for the Minnesota Twins who appear open to moving both Byron Buxton and Max Kepler. If Marte, an impending free agent, was able to fetch a big-time pitching prospect, then Max Kepler and Byron Buxton would seem to be able to fetch even more.
    Milwaukee Brewers Sign Eduardo Escobar
    The next major deal to take place on Wednesday came from the Milwaukee Brewers when they acquired former Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar in exchange for AAA catcher Cooper Hummel. In addition to the obvious Twins connection with Escobar changing teams, the mid-afternoon deal impacted the Twins by removing a potential Josh Donaldson buyer from the trade market. Earlier this week, MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that the Milwaukee Brewers had checked in on Josh Donaldson. Now that the Brewers have acquired their third baseman in Escobar, finding a potential trade partner for the Twins third baseman might be more difficult.
    New York Yankees Sign Joey Gallo
    To cap off a trade-filled day, the New York Yankees made a big move on Wednesday night when they acquired outfielder Joey Gallo from the Texas Ranges in exchange for a hefty package of minor league prospects. The trade had big ripple effects for the Minnesota Twins, as earlier in the day there were multiple reports linking the New York Yankees as a potential trade partner for Twins’ outfielder Max Kepler. Now that the Yankees traded for another outfielder in Gallo, Max Kepler’s odds of remaining with the Twins for the balance of 2022 increased.
    Continued José Berríos Trade Rumor Steam
    The smoke around a José Berríos trade hasn’t slowed down a bit as MLB insiders continue to report on interest and talk between contending teams and the Minnesota Twins for their ace starting pitcher. The big report today came from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, reporting that the Padres lost out on Joey Gallo, but are prioritizing starting pitchers and speaking with the Twins regarding José Berríos.
    The list of teams interested in Berríos is long, but the Dodgers and Padres seem to be the teams most often linked to Berríos over the past couple of days.
    How do you think today's moves impacted the Minnesota Twins? Do you think José Berríos will be moved ahead of the deadline? How about other Twins players? Who will they trade? Leave a comment and start the conversation!
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Recap: Twins 5, Tigers 3   
    A much needed quality start on the mound along with a pair of blasts at the plate helped the Minnesota Twins get back into the win column on Thursday night as the home team took down the Detroit Tigers 5-3.
    Box Score
    Happ: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
    Home Run(s): Jeffers (6), Sanó (15)
    Top 3 WPA: Sanó .175, Kepler .151, Rogers .079
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) 

    Entering Thursday night with J.A. Happ set to start for the Minnesota Twins, one would have thought that the Twins would need to bring their bats to the park, as Happ has put the Twins in holes all season. Thursday night was different though, as Happ put together one of his best performances of the year, allowing three runs over 7 innings and striking out 8, the second highest number of strikeouts he has recorded in 2021.
    In a similar fashion to how many Twins games have gone in which they received a good start from their pitcher, though, the offense looked like it might not be able to return the favor to their southpaw starter. Through 4 innings the Twins offense looked lifeless at the plate, going 12-up, 12-down to start the game.
    Things changed for the Twins in the 5th inning, though, when a struggling Ryan Jeffers broke through with a home run to the left field bleachers to put the Twins on the board and wake up the bats that had been dormant up to that point. 
     
    After notching a second run in the 6th inning, the Twins really grabbed the game in the bottom of the 7th when they plated 3 runs, started by a massive Sanó shot above the right center field scoreboard to tie the game.
    After taking the lead on a wild pitch and sacrifice fly, the Twins handed the game over to their bullpen to finish the game, and in a shocking turn of events, the bullpen came through. The Twins received perfect innings from Tyler Duffey and Taylor Rogers to solidify a 5-3 win for the Twins.
    What’s Next
    The Twins’ record now stands at 36-50. They will come back to Target Field on Friday evening to pit Kenta Maeda against Tigers’ rookie, Matt Manning.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Trade Deadline SZN: 3 Trade Proposals for José Berríos   
    We are exactly one month away from the 2021 MLB trade deadline, and the Minnesota Twins figure to be active participants in the trade market. One player to keep an eye on is José Berríos. Who could the Twins get back in return?
    In his second to last season of arbitration, José Berríos has been having another José Berríos-type season. Through 15 starts, Berríos owns a 3.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, both numbers that would be career bests for him. Berríos has been an extremely consistent and reliable starter for the Twins all season, and the sports books reflect that, as Berríos is on the board at +5000 to take home the American League Cy Young. Along with his strong play, Berríos makes for an intriguing trade candidate because of his age and years of control. At just 27 years old, teams might be optimistic that Berríos still has another level to reach, and with 1.5 years of control remaining, they will be able to hang onto him for enough time to realize that next level. For the Minnesota Twins, it would be tough to part with such a talented arm, but with as bad as they have been in 2021 and no guarantees about 2022, it might just be the most prudent move.
    In laying out trade proposals for José Berríos, we will use Baseball Trade Values. BTV is a website that assigns a point total of “value” to all Major and Minor Leaguers, and based on those point values assesses whether a trade would be accepted or not. Baseball Trade Values is certainly not a perfect resource, but it gives an objective way to start the trade conversation and provide a starting point for a trade proposal. With that being said…
    Trade Proposal #1:

    In the first hypothetical José Berríos trade, the Minnesota Twins would be making a deal with the devil, sending the right hander to the Bronx. The New York Yankees are struggling mightily right now as they currently find themselves 4th in the American League East with a record just three games above .500. The New York Yankees are never going to be satisfied with mediocrity and are always going to be pushing for contention, which would make a José Berríos trade extremely tantalizing for them.
    In the proposed trade, the New York Yankees would send back to Minnesota Oswald Peraza, Luis Gil and T.J. Sikkema. The headliner of the deal would be Oswald Peraza, the 97th ranked prospect in baseball. Pereza is a slick-fielding shortstop, an area that the Minnesota Twins don’t have a ton of depth within their system outside of Royce Lewis who is no sure thing after undergoing an ACL repair this spring. Peraza has exceptional plate discipline and contact skills and could be the perfect pairing with Luis Arraez over the next six years.
    In addition to Peraza, the Yankees would send back Luis Gil who, if you remember, was formerly with the Minnesota Twins and traded away in a trade for Jake Cave in 2018. Since being traded away, Gil has turned into a borderline top-100 prospect with immense upside. At just 23 years old, Gil posted a 2.64 ERA and a 14.7 K/9 in 30 innings in AA before earning a AAA promotion. Getting Gil back in the Twins organization would be a nice flip of the script for the Twins.
    Finally, the Twins would also acquire T.J. Sikkema, a single-A right hander who ranks as the Yankees’ 16th best prospect. Sikkema is just 22 years old and still raw, but as a former first round pick in 2019, offers some nice upside that the Twins could use.
    Trade Proposal #2:

    In the second trade proposal for the Minnesota Twins’ ace, the Twins would deal with the other New York baseball team, the Mets. After many years stuck in mediocrity, the New York Mets have broken out as a legit contender this year, racing out to a 41-34 start with a 3 game lead in the NL East. The New York market is always going to be one that wants to compete, which is why the Mets could certainly get aggressive at the trade deadline and pursue José Berríos.
    Back from the Mets, the Twins could get a nice return in exchange for Berríos, as New York boasts some quality top-end prospect names. The headliner of the deal would be shortstop phenom, Ronny Mauricio, the 50th ranked prospect in baseball. Mauricio is extremely raw, as he is just 20 years old, but has as much upside as almost any prospect in baseball. Mauricio projects to be a franchise cornerstone at the shortstop position and is a prototypical 5-tool player who can run and field in addition to hitting the snot out of the ball. The Twins should be looking to get a top pitching prospect at the deadline this year, but Mauricio is the type of talent you just can’t turn away from, even if pitching is the bigger need.
    To supplement the addition of a bat, the Minnesota Twins could push the New York Mets and try to get a top-100 pitching prospect from them as well, which would be right-hander Matt Allan. Allan projects as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and boasts a fastball that sits in the upper-90s, along with a devastating curveball. Unfortunately, Allan underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this year and will miss the entire 2021 season and potentially part of 2022. The surgery for Allan certainly adds some risk to his profile, but also means that he can be had and the Minnesota Twins have shown in the past that they aren’t afraid of an injury reclamation project as they showed with Michael Pineda and Rich Hill in free agency in the past.
    Trade Proposal #3:

    Not only are the Toronto Blue Jays competing in the best division in baseball, they also boast one of best farm systems in all of baseball, with the 7th ranked system in the league. The Blue Jays are in the rare position where they are ready to compete and also have such great prospect talent that they can afford to part with names in order to acquire a name like José Berríos who could help lead them to the playoffs each of the next two seasons.
    The headliner in a Berríos trade to Toronto would be right handed pitcher, Simeon Woods-Richardson, the 68th ranked prospect in baseball. Woods-Richardson has been shooting up prospect lists over this past season as he started his 2021 campaign in AA with a 2.16 ERA and 39 strikeouts over his first 6 starts. Woods-Richardson stands tall at 6-foot-3 and can pump his fastball up to 95 miles per hour. SWR is a name that could turn into a top of the rotation starter sooner rather than later and could be the ideal replacement for someone like José Berríos, who has no guarantees of staying in Minnesota past his arbitration.
    Additionally, the Toronto Blue Jays would send back their 8th and 9th ranked prospects in 20-year-olds, Miguel Hiraldo and Adam Kloffenstein. Hiraldo is a middle infield prospect whose long term position could end up being third base, but owns impressive power and bat-to-ball skills and could one day be a middle of the order bat. Kloffenstein is still raw in A+, but is a former 3rd round pick with a 4-pitch repertoire who projects as a middle of the rotation starter one day.
    Which of the 3 trades above is of most interest to you? Do you think these are fair values for José Berríos? What other trade ideas can you think of? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Recap: Cleveland 4, Twins 1   
    The Minnesota Twins got an excellent performance on the mound from José Berríos but the offense failed to do their part, giving Cleveland the win in Eddie Rosario’s return to Target Field. 
    Box Score
    Berríos: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
    Home Run(s): None
    Bottom 3 WPA: Rogers -.232, Alcala -.178, Cruz -.169
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) 

     
    Coming off of an off-day, the Minnesota Twins were hoping to get back on the right foot as they kicked off a 4-game series with Cleveland on Thursday night, leaning on their ace José Berríos to get them a much needed win.
    Berríos did all that he could for the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night and he was masterful, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing just 1 run while striking out 9, tied for his second-highest strikeout total on the season. Berríos had Cleveland guessing all night, inducing 12 swings-and-misses, leaning heavily on his curveball to put Cleveland batters away.
    The only damage that Berríos allowed on the night came in the second inning when Berríos allowed a walk and a single to start the inning before an RBI single from Austin Hedges. After that, Berríos allowed some spot singles, but always prevented damage and didn’t allow a single extra base hit all night.
    Unfortunately for Berríos, the Minnesota Twins offense provided no support on the other side of the ball, contributing their only run of the game in the first inning when Luis Arraez scored on a wild pitch.
     
    On the night, the Twins offense only mustered 5 singles and a 9th inning double from Jorge Polanco. With an offense that was finally close to full strength with Donaldson, Kepler, and Arraez all in the fold, it was an especially disheartening performance from the offense which showed no life all night.
    Despite the lackluster performance from the Twins’ offense, Berríos kept the Twins in the game as the Twins entered the 8th inning tied 1-1 with Jorge Alcala on the mound for the Twins. Cleveland wasted no time getting to Alcala, though, as Cleveland smacked back-to-back singles off the right hander and 2 batters later Taylor Rogers came into the game with the bases loaded and one out. From there, Eddie Rosario broke the game open in his return to target field with a 2 RBI single followed by another RBI single from Bobby Bradley to give Cleveland a 4-1 lead that would hold through the end of the game.
    The loss for the Twins brings their record to 31-43, again falling to last place in the American League Central and 13 games back of the Chicago White Sox.
    Eddie’s Eventful Return
    In typical Eddie Rosario fashion, his return to Target Field was not short on drama.
     
    Although he knocked in the game-winning runs for Cleveland, the most memorable moment from Eddie’s return to Target Field was his unbelievable baserunning gaffe in the top of the 6th inning. Or maybe not so unbelievable if you’ve paid attention to Eddie Rosario’s career.
     
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    What’s Next?
    Bullpen game? Bullpen game!
     
     

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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Nick Gordon is Carving Out a Role in the Big Leagues   
    It took him seven years to get there, but Nick Gordon has found himself on the Twins’ Major League roster. Not only that, the former first round pick is showing that he has what it takes to stick in the Big Leagues.
     
    The career path for Nick Gordon hasn’t been an easy one. After being drafted fifth overall by the Twins in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, Gordon was quickly labeled a bust by many, as the second baseman wasn’t progressing through the minor leagues as quickly as many hoped he would. In the Minors, Gordon consistently showed good contact skills, but failed to develop the power skills that would take his game to the next level.
    In 2019, Gordon put up his best season in the Minor Leagues, posting a .298 average in 70 games with the AAA Rochester Red Wings and showing solid plate discipline that would transition to the Major League game. Then 2020 happened. With eyes on a Major League roster spot, Gordon’s plans were put on hold after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 right before the start of Summer Camp. The disease hit Gordon extremely hard, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2020 season and putting his future Major League Baseball hopes in serious jeopardy.
    After narrowly avoiding roster cuts and sticking on the 40-man roster with the Minnesota Twins, Nick Gordon came into the 2021 season with hopes of finally playing in the Major Leagues like his father and half brother had done before him.
    After seven years of perseverance, Gordon finally achieved his lifelong dream and made it to the Major Leagues. And boy, is he making a first impression.
    Through his first 24 plate appearances in the Big Leagues, Nick Gordon has collected 10 hits, posting a .435/.458/.565 slash line, with three stolen bases and a home run that he hit in front of his father, long time Major League pitcher, Flash Gordon.
     
    Showing nice bat control and even a little bit of pop, Gordon has been showing early on in his big league career that his bat can play at the Major League level. The problem that Gordon faced, though, was his defensive limitations. Throughout his Minor League career, Gordon has shown himself to potentially be a bit stretched at the shortstop position, limiting his defensive abilities to just be second base. Backup second basemen without much additional positional flexibility don’t have much utility in the Majors, and unless Gordon could show defensive abilities elsewhere, his future role was still somewhat of a question.
    Gordon’s future outlook changed on Thursday night, though, when he was thrust into center field after an Alex Kirilloff injury forced Gilberto Celestino to right field and opened up center for the former first round pick. Although it was just a one-game sample size, Gordon sure looked like a natural out there, showing the smooth movement, quick feet, and athleticism that it takes to stick in center field.
     
    Center fielders in baseball, especially ones who can hit, are always going to be a coveted asset in Major League Baseball. While Gordon might not have what it takes to stick as a full-time center fielder, if he can get some opportunities in 2021 to show that he can fill in there, he will most definitely carve out a long-term role in the Majors as a multi-positional utilityman with plus-speed and plus-contact ability. This role especially being useful on a Minnesota Twins team that has consistently needed backup centerfield services over the years.
    The road to the Majors for Nick Gordon has been more challenging than anyone could have anticipated. Gordon is finally getting his opportunity, though, and by the looks of it, he’s not going to give it up.
    What have been your first impressions of Nick Gordon in 2021? Do you think he has carved out a role in the Big Leagues? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Nick Gordon is Carving Out a Role in the Big Leagues   
    It took him seven years to get there, but Nick Gordon has found himself on the Twins’ Major League roster. Not only that, the former first round pick is showing that he has what it takes to stick in the Big Leagues.
     
    The career path for Nick Gordon hasn’t been an easy one. After being drafted fifth overall by the Twins in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, Gordon was quickly labeled a bust by many, as the second baseman wasn’t progressing through the minor leagues as quickly as many hoped he would. In the Minors, Gordon consistently showed good contact skills, but failed to develop the power skills that would take his game to the next level.
    In 2019, Gordon put up his best season in the Minor Leagues, posting a .298 average in 70 games with the AAA Rochester Red Wings and showing solid plate discipline that would transition to the Major League game. Then 2020 happened. With eyes on a Major League roster spot, Gordon’s plans were put on hold after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 right before the start of Summer Camp. The disease hit Gordon extremely hard, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2020 season and putting his future Major League Baseball hopes in serious jeopardy.
    After narrowly avoiding roster cuts and sticking on the 40-man roster with the Minnesota Twins, Nick Gordon came into the 2021 season with hopes of finally playing in the Major Leagues like his father and half brother had done before him.
    After seven years of perseverance, Gordon finally achieved his lifelong dream and made it to the Major Leagues. And boy, is he making a first impression.
    Through his first 24 plate appearances in the Big Leagues, Nick Gordon has collected 10 hits, posting a .435/.458/.565 slash line, with three stolen bases and a home run that he hit in front of his father, long time Major League pitcher, Flash Gordon.
     
    Showing nice bat control and even a little bit of pop, Gordon has been showing early on in his big league career that his bat can play at the Major League level. The problem that Gordon faced, though, was his defensive limitations. Throughout his Minor League career, Gordon has shown himself to potentially be a bit stretched at the shortstop position, limiting his defensive abilities to just be second base. Backup second basemen without much additional positional flexibility don’t have much utility in the Majors, and unless Gordon could show defensive abilities elsewhere, his future role was still somewhat of a question.
    Gordon’s future outlook changed on Thursday night, though, when he was thrust into center field after an Alex Kirilloff injury forced Gilberto Celestino to right field and opened up center for the former first round pick. Although it was just a one-game sample size, Gordon sure looked like a natural out there, showing the smooth movement, quick feet, and athleticism that it takes to stick in center field.
     
    Center fielders in baseball, especially ones who can hit, are always going to be a coveted asset in Major League Baseball. While Gordon might not have what it takes to stick as a full-time center fielder, if he can get some opportunities in 2021 to show that he can fill in there, he will most definitely carve out a long-term role in the Majors as a multi-positional utilityman with plus-speed and plus-contact ability. This role especially being useful on a Minnesota Twins team that has consistently needed backup centerfield services over the years.
    The road to the Majors for Nick Gordon has been more challenging than anyone could have anticipated. Gordon is finally getting his opportunity, though, and by the looks of it, he’s not going to give it up.
    What have been your first impressions of Nick Gordon in 2021? Do you think he has carved out a role in the Big Leagues? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Danchat in Nick Gordon is Carving Out a Role in the Big Leagues   
    It took him seven years to get there, but Nick Gordon has found himself on the Twins’ Major League roster. Not only that, the former first round pick is showing that he has what it takes to stick in the Big Leagues.
     
    The career path for Nick Gordon hasn’t been an easy one. After being drafted fifth overall by the Twins in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, Gordon was quickly labeled a bust by many, as the second baseman wasn’t progressing through the minor leagues as quickly as many hoped he would. In the Minors, Gordon consistently showed good contact skills, but failed to develop the power skills that would take his game to the next level.
    In 2019, Gordon put up his best season in the Minor Leagues, posting a .298 average in 70 games with the AAA Rochester Red Wings and showing solid plate discipline that would transition to the Major League game. Then 2020 happened. With eyes on a Major League roster spot, Gordon’s plans were put on hold after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 right before the start of Summer Camp. The disease hit Gordon extremely hard, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2020 season and putting his future Major League Baseball hopes in serious jeopardy.
    After narrowly avoiding roster cuts and sticking on the 40-man roster with the Minnesota Twins, Nick Gordon came into the 2021 season with hopes of finally playing in the Major Leagues like his father and half brother had done before him.
    After seven years of perseverance, Gordon finally achieved his lifelong dream and made it to the Major Leagues. And boy, is he making a first impression.
    Through his first 24 plate appearances in the Big Leagues, Nick Gordon has collected 10 hits, posting a .435/.458/.565 slash line, with three stolen bases and a home run that he hit in front of his father, long time Major League pitcher, Flash Gordon.
     
    Showing nice bat control and even a little bit of pop, Gordon has been showing early on in his big league career that his bat can play at the Major League level. The problem that Gordon faced, though, was his defensive limitations. Throughout his Minor League career, Gordon has shown himself to potentially be a bit stretched at the shortstop position, limiting his defensive abilities to just be second base. Backup second basemen without much additional positional flexibility don’t have much utility in the Majors, and unless Gordon could show defensive abilities elsewhere, his future role was still somewhat of a question.
    Gordon’s future outlook changed on Thursday night, though, when he was thrust into center field after an Alex Kirilloff injury forced Gilberto Celestino to right field and opened up center for the former first round pick. Although it was just a one-game sample size, Gordon sure looked like a natural out there, showing the smooth movement, quick feet, and athleticism that it takes to stick in center field.
     
    Center fielders in baseball, especially ones who can hit, are always going to be a coveted asset in Major League Baseball. While Gordon might not have what it takes to stick as a full-time center fielder, if he can get some opportunities in 2021 to show that he can fill in there, he will most definitely carve out a long-term role in the Majors as a multi-positional utilityman with plus-speed and plus-contact ability. This role especially being useful on a Minnesota Twins team that has consistently needed backup centerfield services over the years.
    The road to the Majors for Nick Gordon has been more challenging than anyone could have anticipated. Gordon is finally getting his opportunity, though, and by the looks of it, he’s not going to give it up.
    What have been your first impressions of Nick Gordon in 2021? Do you think he has carved out a role in the Big Leagues? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to mikelink45 in Game Recap: Twins 7, Yankees 5   
    I can only comment that it is just one game, but what a fun game.  This is baseball and at this stage lets just enjoy each game we win.  And let's hope for better SP than Happ and Shoemaker and Dobnak at some point in the season. 
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to darwin22 in Game Recap: Twins 7, Yankees 5   
    Finally.......(I know its 1 game in a lost season)........we kicked sand in the grill of the big bully.........feels good.
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    I...I...don’t know what to say? What did I just witness?
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Recap: Twins 7, Yankees 5   
    In a plot twist more shocking than anything you’ll see from Hollywood, the Minnesota Twins toppled the New York Yankees in dramatic fashion thanks to 9th inning heroics from 2 veterans.
    Box Score
    Happ: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
    Home Runs: Donaldson (8), Cruz (11)
    Top 3 WPA: Cruz .447, Donaldson .376, Astudillo .074
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    Coming into Thursday night’s game, the Minnesota Twins were leaning on the left arm of J.A. Happ to avoid a 3-game sweep against the evil empire, a tall task considering how the free agent had been performing up to that point. 
    Early on, the game started how all Twins fans imagined that it might, as the righty-heavy New York Yankees lineup got to Happ early, capped off by cleanup hitter Giancarlo Stanton launching a three-run blast to the batter’s eye off Happ in the top of the 1st inning to give the Yankees an early 3-0 lead.
    After settling down a bit in the 2nd and 3rd, the Yankees got to Happ again in the 4th inning when third baseman, Gio Urshela, hit a solo home run.
    In his start, Happ threw 101 pitches across 5 innings, allowing 8 hits, 4 earned runs, and a walk while striking out just 2. The start marked Happ’s third in a row that he was unable to get past 5 innings and his 7th consecutive “non-quality” start. Through 11 starts, Happ now owns a 5.75 ERA and on an expiring contract brings almost no trade value to a team desperate for tradeable assets.
    The Twins’ bullpen did a nice job keeping the Yankee bats at bay, aside from Tyler Duffey in the 6th inning who allowed the Yankees to connect on 3 hits, including an RBI single from D.J. LeMahieu to give the Yankees their 5th run of the ballgame. After that, the Twins received scoreless innings from Jorge Alcala, Luke Farrell and Hansel Robles to keep the game within reach.
    For much of the game, the 5 runs for the Yankees looked as if they would be enough, as the Twins were unable to form any rallies or score runs in bunches, limiting their damage to singular runs in the 1st, 4th and 7th innings with an RBI double from Andrelton Simmons along with 2 RBI from Nelson Cruz.
    Heading into the 9th inning, the Minnesota Twins were down 5-3 and the game seemed that it was inevitably headed towards the same fate as so many games from Twins/Yankees past with Aroldis Chapman on the mound, ready to close out yet another Yankee sweep.
    The Minnesota Twins’ veterans had other plans, though, as the top of the order came up to bat and immediately showed that they were seeing Chapman well. Polanco led off the inning with a single before Josh Donaldson tied up the game on a 1-0 fastball that he launched to left center for a game-tying home run.
     
    The Minnesota Twins weren’t satisfied with just tying the game, though, as the Twins quickly looked to keep the momentum rolling. Immediately following the Donaldson home run, Willians Astudillo knocked a single before Nelson Cruz came up to the plate and mashed the first pitch of the at-bat, a 97 miles-per-hour fastball to center field to win the game for the Minnesota Twins.
     
    In total, Aroldis Chapman threw just 9 pitches, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and giving the Minnesota Twins the win.
    Another Injury for the Home Team
    In a season that has largely been defined by injuries for the Minnesota Twins, yet another player fell victim to the injury bug in Thursday night’s game, Alex Kirilloff. Kirilloff was forced to leave the game after fielding Gio Urshela’s triple in the first inning. Per media, Kirilloff has what has been diagnosed as a left low-grade ankle sprain.
     
    Another Big Night for Nick
    The injury to Alex Kirilloff forced the Minnesota Twins to move Gilberto Celestino to right field and thrust utility infielder, Nick Gordon, in center field. Gordon pleasantly more than held his own out in centerfield and did not look overmatched at all, a huge development for the future career of the Twins former first round draft pick. At the plate, Gordon went 2-for-3 and raised his batting average to .435.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Ranking the Trade Value of the Minnesota Twins' 7 Impending Free Agents   
    As the Minnesota Twins continue to lose, selling at the trade deadline has gone from a possibility to an inevitability. How do the Twins’ most tradable assets stack up in terms of trade value?
    When a team deems itself to be a seller at the trade deadline, the first names to go on the trade block are that team’s impending free agents. After all, if a team is declaring the current season to be a lost one, the best move for a team is to recoup as many assets as possible for the players who will be gone at the end of that season anyways.
    The Minnesota Twins have 7 players on their roster who are set to become free agents at the end of this season. When the Twins ultimately decide that it is time to trade present for future, these 7 names will be the ones that everyone points to as the obvious names that need to be moved. Let’s take a look at how these 7 players rank in terms of trade value.
    1. Nelson Cruz
    While he has not been the same Boomstick that Minnesota Twins fans have grown accustomed to watching over each of the last two seasons, Nelson Cruz is still having a very strong year at the plate. Through 51 games, Cruz owns a .858 OPS and is hitting 43% above league average according to OPS+. The designated hitter is leading the Twins in home runs (10) and RBI (25).
    A middle of the order bat like Cruz’s is the type of player that is always going to be coveted by teams pushing for the playoffs at the trade deadline and will certainly generate many phone calls from buying teams this Summer.
    The issue for Cruz at the trade deadline is the same issue that he faced this past winter in free agency, which is the fact that he is a designated hitter. After MLB brought the designated hitter position back to just the American League, the potential number of suitors for a Nelson Cruz trade is much less than it would be if all 30 teams adopted the rule. Teams that could be interested in trading for Cruz at the deadline are the Blue Jays, White Sox, or as Twins Daily’s Cody Christie recently wrote, the reigning American League Champions.
    2. Michael Pineda
    Even more so than a middle of the order bat, the most coveted position that teams target at the trade deadline is starting pitching. Because of injuries that occur during the year along with the scarcity of position, there will always be the demand for starting pitching. The best starting pitcher that the Minnesota Twins have as an impending free agent this Summer is undoubtedly Michael Pineda. Since joining the Twins rotation in 2019, Pineda owns a 3.80 ERA over 220 innings while nearly striking out a batter an inning.
    The problem with Pineda, and the reason why his trade value isn’t as strong as Cruz’s, is that recent performance suggests that Pineda may be on the way down rather than the way up. Over his last 6 starts, Pineda has posted a 4.85 ERA with an opponent OPS of .802. Pineda has allowed loud contact all season, and underlying numbers suggest that things might get worse before they get better. To top it off, Pineda has been dealing with injuries to his leg and forearm over the past few weeks, which will make teams nervous to pull the trigger.
    Even with all of the concerns listed above, starting pitching fetches value, and if Pineda can string together a few good starts before the trade deadline, he could bring a decent haul back to Minnesota in a potential trade.
    3. Andrelton Simmons
    When the Minnesota Twins signed Andrelton Simmons this offseason, they signed an elite shortstop glove with an average-at-best bat. While Simmons’ defensive numbers suggest that he has fit that bill in the field, his numbers at the plate have been rough, hitting just .233 with a .601 OPS in his 127 PAs after coming off of the COVID-19 injured list.
    In addition to the poor numbers at the plate, the issue with Simmons’s trade value is that there are just not a lot of contending teams out there in need of a shortstop. One team that could make a lot of sense as a trade partner for Simmons is the Oakland Athletics who rank 29th in baseball in terms of fWAR provided by the shortstop position.
    4. Hansel Robles
    The Minnesota Twins signed Hansel Robles early in free agency as a player they really liked out of the bullpen, and that signing has worked out well for the Twins up to this point. In 26.2 innings pitched so far in 2021, Robles owns a 3.04 ERA and owns a K/9 of 9.5. Contending teams are always looking to add arms to the back of their bullpen at the trade deadline, and there will be no shortage of interest in the Twins’ reliever. As is typically the case with relievers, especially ones on an expiring deal, the return on these trades is never too great. So while Robles will have a lot of trade interest, his return will almost certainly be less than the players named ahead of him on this list.
    5. Alexander Colomé
    There is definitely a drop-off in terms of trade value after number 4 on our list and the drop-off starts with Alexander Colomé. Colomé was a big name free agency signing for the front office this winter that has gone about as poorly as anyone could have imagined. Through 20 innings, Colomé owns a 5.31 ERA and is securely sitting at the bottom of all of baseball in terms of win probability added.
    In addition to the poor performance (putting it lightly) that Colomé has shown on the field in 2021, the other thing holding back the right hander’s trade value is the mutual option on his contract for 2022. If the Twins (or the team Colomé gets traded to) wishes to decline Colomé’s option of $5.5M in 2022, the team will be on the hook for paying Colomé a $1.25M buyout. With how poorly Colomé has pitched in 2021, any team will decline that $5.5M and be forced to pay the buyout. Maybe the Twins can attach money to a Colomé trade to ease that financial burden, but at that point, what are you receiving back for the reliever that would bring back any type of value?
    6. J.A. Happ
    Yet another miserable offseason signing for the Twins’ front office, J.A. Happ has been atrocious for the Minnesota Twins thus far in 2021. Through 10 starts, Happ owns a career worst 5.61 ERA and a career low 6.5 K/9. Opponents are hitting .260 off the left hander, and with each start Happ looks worse and worse, posting a 10.17 ERA over his past 5 starts.
    Could Happ put together a run of 3 or 4 quality starts and a team takes a flyer on him as a veteran with playoff experience? Maybe. The most likely scenario is that he either just sticks with the Twins for the balance of the season and eats innings on an injury-riddled roster, or Happ gets DFA’d for a minor league arm.
    7. Matt Shoemaker
    Zero trade value. None. Nada. Zilch. Not going to happen.
    Do you agree with the above list of impending free agents and the amount of trade value that they possess? Leave a comment below and start the conversation.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in 4 Candidates to Represent the Minnesota Twins in the 2021 All-Star Game   
    Voting for the 2021 MLB all-star game opened on Thursday morning. While the Minnesota Twins have hardly had many all-star-worthy moments up to this point, the Twins do have 4 solid candidates for an all-star berth.
    MLB all-star voting this season will be handled the same as the past two seasons, where the starters will be voted in via a fan vote over two rounds. The first round of fan voting will decide the top-3 candidates at each position and the second round will consist of voting between the top-3 vote-getters at each position to determine the starters. The all-star reserves will then be selected via player ballots as well as selections by the Commissioner’s office. 
    As always, every MLB team must have at least one representative in the MLB all-star game, which means that no matter what the Minnesota Twins will have someone represented in the mid-summer classic. Let’s look at the candidates.
    Honorable Mention: Mitch Garver
    Mitch Garver was looking like one of the best candidates on the Minnesota Twins to earn a trip to the all-star game prior to his injury and subsequent surgery on Tuesday night. Up to that point Garver had posted a .833 OPS, second best amongst American League catchers, and was playing his best baseball of the young season. While we don’t have an exact timetable for the Twins’ backstop, Rocco Baldelli indicated that it will be “at least a few weeks” for Garver to recover, which all but removes Garver from all-star contention. 
    Candidate #1: José Berríos
    Résumé:
    ERA: 3.36 ERA (10th among AL SPs)
    WHIP: 1.09 (11th)
    K/9: 9.65 (11th)
    fWAR: 1.3 (10th)
    While Berríos hasn’t taken that next step forward and broken out for the Minnesota Twins in 2021 like many hoped he would, the Twins’ right-hander has again been putting together a strong and steady season very similar to those of the past 4 years. Berríos’ numbers this year show that he is teetering on the edge of being a top-10 pitcher in the American League, which is right on the cusp of all-star candidacy. Berríos has been elected to the all-star game two years previously, and in a year in which the Minnesota Twins will need to send someone to the game, Berríos could nab his 3rd all-star appearance this year.
    Candidate #2: Taylor Rogers
    Résumé:
    ERA: 2.82 ERA (33rd among AL RPs)
    WHIP: 1.16 (35th)
    K/9: 12.49 (14th)
    fWAR: 0.5 (13th)
    In a 2021 season that has been miserable for the Minnesota Twins’ bullpen, Taylor Rogers has been the lone bright spot. After a down season in 2020, Rogers has been extremely effective this year, striking out more batters than ever before in his career. Rogers’ numbers lag behind other relievers in the American League, but in a scenario where the Minnesota Twins need to have one all-star, it’s easy to see a scenario where Rogers gets the nod above lesser known relievers.
    Candidate #3: Nelson Cruz
    Résumé:
    OPS: .849 (7th among AL DHs)
    HR: 10 (6th)
    RBI: 25 (9th)
    fWAR: 0.9 (6th)
    Nelson Cruz is having another strong year at the plate with an OPS of .849 and is leading the Minnesota Twins in home runs and RBIs. Because of his strong name recognition, Cruz could earn himself a starting spot via the fan vote, but his most likely path to an all-star berth would be more of a “legacy” nod from the players or Commissioner's office as a reserve with the stiff competition this year at the DH spot.
    Candidate #4: Byron Buxton
    Résumé:
    OPS: 1.180
    HR: 9
    RBI: 17 
    fWAR: 2.6 
    Through the first month of the 2021 season, Byron Buxton was playing like a lock to be an all-star starter, as he was pacing the field in just about every offensive metric along with his always-stellar defensive play, en route to capturing the American League Player of the Month award for April. Unfortunately for Buxton, a hamstring injury has kept him off the field since May 6. The question that all-star voters, players, and the Commissioner's office will have to wrestle with is how few games can someone play to still earn an all-star bid. Up to this point, Buxton has appeared in just 24 games with still no rehab assignment having been announced yet. If Buxton can get into games by the middle of June, he would have about 45 games under his belt by the time the all-star game is played. Is 50% of games played at an elite level enough to earn an all-star bid? We will find out.
    Which Twin(s) do you think will earn an all-star bid for the Minnesota Twins this summer? Are there any other candidates who weren’t listed? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to insagt1 in Game Recap: Twins 5, Royals 6   
    Just a quick off topic to say RIP to one of my favorite, and quirky Montreal Expos...Mike Marshall, who passed this week. He was also an ex-Twin for a few seasons. A total workhorse who could pitch every single game, he was also a 'scientist' who analyzed the art of pitching like none other. Expos traded him for Willie Davis...and Marshall won a Cy Young with the Dodgers.  He was fun to watch.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in Game Recap: Twins 5, Royals 6   
    Despite a 2-homer performance from Josh Donaldson, the Twins lost yet again. This time to the Kansas City Royals. The Minnesota Twins are now 22-34 and as lost as ever.
    Box Score
    Happ: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
    Home Runs: Donaldson 2 (7)
    Bottom 3 WPA: Happ -.345, Celestino -.174, Larnach -.155
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    The Minnesota Twins set a strong tone early right away on Thursday night, when Josh Donaldson belted a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead over the hometown Kansas City Royals. Maybe today would be the day that the Twins turned their fortunes around?
     
    After the Kansas City Royals got two runs of their own in the 1st and 3rd innings, the Minnesota Twins tied the game again in the top of the 4th inning on a Nick Gordon RBI single, the first RBI of the infielder’s major league career.
    After trading the lead back and forth in the middle innings, the Minnesota Twins found themselves down 5-4 in the 7th inning when Josh Donaldson blasted a tying solo shot to center field for his second home run of the game. The home run marked Donaldson’s first multi-homer game in a Minnesota Twins uniform and his first multi-home run game since August 25, 2019 with the Atlanta Braves. The home run capped off an excellent night for Donaldson who went 3-5 with a double, two home runs and 2 RBI.
     
    The momentum didn’t last long though, as the Twins gave up what ultimately ended up being the deciding run in the bottom half of the 7th inning when Gilberto Celestino and Trevor Larnach misplayed a routine fly ball to left center before Celestino had a mind fart and threw the ball to first base, allowing Kansas City’s Jarrod Dyson to score from 3rd base.
     
    On the mound, J.A. Happ was extremely inconsistent, allowing loud contact, highlighted by the 3 home runs combined from Salvador Perez and Hunter Dozier.
    The Minnesota Twins bullpen pitched better than we’ve been accustomed to seeing, but in the end the Twins couldn’t overcome the lackluster start from Happ or yet another miscue in the field and the Minnesota Twins fell to Kansas City Royals 6-5. The Twins are now 10 games into their 13-game run against the lowly Royals and Orioles and are a meager 5-5 over that stretch. The Twins 
    What’s Next
    The Minnesota Twins will attempt to turn things in the right direction on Friday evening against the Kansas City Royals with Matt Shoemaker taking the hill against Brad Keller.

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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from flpmagikat in The Time to Trade José Berríos is Now   
    Lost in the bottom of the standings with postseason odds in the single digits, the Minnesota Twins have no choice but to be sellers at the deadline. Most of the moveable names are obvious, but José Berríos is more controversial. The time to trade the Twins’ ace is now.
    When a baseball team deems itself a seller at the trade deadline, the names that most often pop up are the players who are on expiring contracts. For the Twins, those names are Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, J.A. Happ and Hansel Robles, among others. Those players will undoubtedly be in trade rumors all trade season, as they are bound for free agency at the end of the year anyways. While it makes a ton of sense to trade expiring players, the lack of team control that comes with those players suppresses the return that can be expected in those trades. Greater assets can be had when players are traded who bring with them multiple years of team control such as Minnesota Twins’ team ace, José Berríos. Berríos has this year and next of arbitration before becoming a free agent after the 2022 season.
    Already there is national speculation that Berríos could be dealt, as Jon Morosi from MLB Network tweeted yesterday that he could be a name for which the Twins field offers.
    Over each of the past few offseasons, the Minnesota Twins have worked with Berríos to get an extension done to keep him in Minnesota past 2022, but Berríos and his camp have turned down those team-friendly deals in favor of working Berríos toward free agency. With his free agency now just 18 months away, the odds of getting an extension done with the right hander are next to nothing. Berríos is now already making serious money in arbitration, and his free agency is so close that the Twins no longer hold any type of leverage over José. This will leave the Minnesota Twins in a situation where they will be bidding against 29 other teams for the right to sign Berríos, where realistically they will likely get outbid and lose out on their 2-time all-star.
    Operating under the above assumption, that means that the Minnesota Twins have a year and a half left of Berríos’s services. The 2021 season for the Twins is already a lost cause, leaving only the 2022 season for Berríos to bring value to this club. The only reason that the Twins would hang onto Berríos at this point is if they truly believe that 2021 is an outlier and that they expect to compete for a division title and World Series in 2022. How realistic is that, though? After all, the Twins have the worst record in Major League Baseball with the 5th worst run differential. The Twins have the second worst pitching staff in the American League, and after the season the Twins will lose 3/5 of their rotation, their home run leader, their starting shortstop and their second best bullpen arm to free agency. There are reasons to think that with better luck and injury fortune things could get better, but acting as if everything will turn around in 2022 when the numbers suggest that this isn’t a good team, could be detrimental. That is what happened with the 2011 team, and it led into a 8-year rebuild featuring some of the worst Minnesota Twins teams in team history (Aaron Gleeman wrote an excellent piece about this a couple of weeks ago).
    On the flipside, the Minnesota Twins could take advantage of this opportunity where they have a true asset with massive trade value that they could flip to bring back a big return, fueling the Minnesota Twins’ next run in 2023, 2024 and beyond. This 2021 season has shown that the Twins have legit young talent joining the fold in Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach, with pitching prospects soon to come. Gaining more future assets to pair along with the young core the Twins have could lead into their next competitive window, not far off.
    The Morosi tweet above mentions the Toronto Blue Jays, who boast a top-10 farm system in all of baseball with massive prospect names such as Nate Pearson, Austin Martin and Nate Groshans. Whether it’s the Blue Jays or another team, Berríos possesses the talent and the years of control that should bring back a top-100 prospect (and then some) in return. That return could be what gives the Twins their next ace, cleanup hitter, or gives them the trade ammunition to make a veteran deal down the line. Next deadline, Berríos could be struggling or injured, and his team control of just 3 months at that point will hugely suppress the return that he will bring should the Twins decide to play things out. The difference in trade return between now and then could set the Twins back years. Berríos’ trade value is as high as it is ever going to be until he becomes a free agent and the Twins are as low as they have been in a while, with no guarantee they will claw themselves back anytime soon.
    The Time to Trade José Berríos is Now.

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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from glunn in The Time to Trade José Berríos is Now   
    Lost in the bottom of the standings with postseason odds in the single digits, the Minnesota Twins have no choice but to be sellers at the deadline. Most of the moveable names are obvious, but José Berríos is more controversial. The time to trade the Twins’ ace is now.
    When a baseball team deems itself a seller at the trade deadline, the names that most often pop up are the players who are on expiring contracts. For the Twins, those names are Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, J.A. Happ and Hansel Robles, among others. Those players will undoubtedly be in trade rumors all trade season, as they are bound for free agency at the end of the year anyways. While it makes a ton of sense to trade expiring players, the lack of team control that comes with those players suppresses the return that can be expected in those trades. Greater assets can be had when players are traded who bring with them multiple years of team control such as Minnesota Twins’ team ace, José Berríos. Berríos has this year and next of arbitration before becoming a free agent after the 2022 season.
    Already there is national speculation that Berríos could be dealt, as Jon Morosi from MLB Network tweeted yesterday that he could be a name for which the Twins field offers.
    Over each of the past few offseasons, the Minnesota Twins have worked with Berríos to get an extension done to keep him in Minnesota past 2022, but Berríos and his camp have turned down those team-friendly deals in favor of working Berríos toward free agency. With his free agency now just 18 months away, the odds of getting an extension done with the right hander are next to nothing. Berríos is now already making serious money in arbitration, and his free agency is so close that the Twins no longer hold any type of leverage over José. This will leave the Minnesota Twins in a situation where they will be bidding against 29 other teams for the right to sign Berríos, where realistically they will likely get outbid and lose out on their 2-time all-star.
    Operating under the above assumption, that means that the Minnesota Twins have a year and a half left of Berríos’s services. The 2021 season for the Twins is already a lost cause, leaving only the 2022 season for Berríos to bring value to this club. The only reason that the Twins would hang onto Berríos at this point is if they truly believe that 2021 is an outlier and that they expect to compete for a division title and World Series in 2022. How realistic is that, though? After all, the Twins have the worst record in Major League Baseball with the 5th worst run differential. The Twins have the second worst pitching staff in the American League, and after the season the Twins will lose 3/5 of their rotation, their home run leader, their starting shortstop and their second best bullpen arm to free agency. There are reasons to think that with better luck and injury fortune things could get better, but acting as if everything will turn around in 2022 when the numbers suggest that this isn’t a good team, could be detrimental. That is what happened with the 2011 team, and it led into a 8-year rebuild featuring some of the worst Minnesota Twins teams in team history (Aaron Gleeman wrote an excellent piece about this a couple of weeks ago).
    On the flipside, the Minnesota Twins could take advantage of this opportunity where they have a true asset with massive trade value that they could flip to bring back a big return, fueling the Minnesota Twins’ next run in 2023, 2024 and beyond. This 2021 season has shown that the Twins have legit young talent joining the fold in Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach, with pitching prospects soon to come. Gaining more future assets to pair along with the young core the Twins have could lead into their next competitive window, not far off.
    The Morosi tweet above mentions the Toronto Blue Jays, who boast a top-10 farm system in all of baseball with massive prospect names such as Nate Pearson, Austin Martin and Nate Groshans. Whether it’s the Blue Jays or another team, Berríos possesses the talent and the years of control that should bring back a top-100 prospect (and then some) in return. That return could be what gives the Twins their next ace, cleanup hitter, or gives them the trade ammunition to make a veteran deal down the line. Next deadline, Berríos could be struggling or injured, and his team control of just 3 months at that point will hugely suppress the return that he will bring should the Twins decide to play things out. The difference in trade return between now and then could set the Twins back years. Berríos’ trade value is as high as it is ever going to be until he becomes a free agent and the Twins are as low as they have been in a while, with no guarantee they will claw themselves back anytime soon.
    The Time to Trade José Berríos is Now.

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