The Minnesota Twins are expected to be sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
General Manager Terry Ryan will be busy, but whether or not he pulls the trigger on any of his trade candidates is yet to be seen.
Based on the rumor mill and chatter, it may be a quiet trade deadline for the Twins next Wednesday.
Here are 10 possible trade candidates on the Twins roster.
Burton is the reliever the Twins should really shop to teams looking for bullpen help. After a rough patch, he is back to being nearly unhittable. He has nine straight appearances (8.2 innings) without allowing a run. Also, in those appearances, opposing hitters have gotten on base just six times (four hits and two walks) and struck out seven times.
Final Prediction: Staying. It doesn’t sound like the market is there.
Versatile, veteran players that can handle the bat can be moved at the trade deadline. Carroll will not command a high or mid-level type prospect, but something can be had. Ryan should consider any offer for the 39-year-old infielder worthwhile.
Final Prediction: Going. He doesn’t appear to be in the Twins future plans beyond this season.
Correia’s steam has cooled considerably over the last month or so. He is another player that probably is not going to bring back much more than a low-level prospect or two. His veteran leadership and consistency could be more valuable than the return from any trade.
Final Prediction: Staying. The market appears to have diminished.
Deduno may have become a front-of-the-rotation pitcher this season. He has terrific stuff, but has now figured out how to control it. Ryan will likely get calls on his availability, but the price will likely be too high – and it should be – for the 30-year-old right-hander.
Final Prediction: Staying. The price tag should be too great for another team to pull off a deal.
Doumit’s versatility should bring his value up and he is swinging the bat much better of late. If he is seen as a catcher acquisition, he has more value than if he is seen as an outfielder/designated hitter. Teams looking for a catcher will likely call Ryan. He is 33 years old and has another year remaining on his contract. With Chris Herrmann hitting well, the Twins can move Doumit if the price is right.
Final Prediction: Staying. I don’t see Ryan moving him.
Duensing has come up on rumor mills lately. There reportedly is interest from more than one team, but one seems to have more interest than the others. He is under team control for two more seasons and is eligible for arbitration this offseason.
Final Prediction: Going. There is reported interest and the Twins have other left-handed options for the bullpen. If the price is right a deal could be done.
Fien has pitched very well this season and relievers are in high demand this time of year. However, there doesn’t seem to be a market for the 29-year-old journeyman right-hander. The right-handed relief pitcher market is down right now. With Francisco Rodriguez (traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to Baltimore Orioles recently) off the market, teams are more likely to just stick with what they have.
Final Prediction: Staying. I doubt the market is there.
The speculation wasn’t if Morneau was traded, but was when, where to and what for. But, with Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello struggling, there isn’t a foregone conclusion anymore. Reports have surfaced that Morneau’s agent has approached the Twins about an extension, but the team wants to wait to start discussions. It was believed that the Twins would have interest in bringing him back and now its that the interest is mutual.
Final Prediction: Staying. It is becoming more likely that he is re-signed than traded.
There wasn’t much doubt about Pelfrey’s pitching ability. The question mark was how he would fair coming back from Tommy John Surgery in less than 12 months. He got off to an understandably slow start, but has been a big part of the Twins turnaround over the last few weeks.
Final Prediction: Staying. He is not the rental type and very likely will be re-signed for another year or two.
Perkins is the best pitcher on the Twins staff. All reports and indications are that Ryan isn’t even listening to calls about his left-handed closer. His contract is team-friendly for another two years (with an option year in 2016). They have no reason to trade him other than to get a few very good prospects.
Final Prediction: Staying. Ryan isn’t going to move him without raiding the other’s team top prospect list.