I wrote a little while back about Kurt Suzuki and how he was the perfect trade chip for the Twins. The trade deadline is fast approaching, and one would assume that his time with the Twins is drawing to a close. But who from the Twins will be leaving town at the end of the month and who will be saying with the Twins? Let’s look at some candidates and see what might happen with them over the next 7 days.
Jared Burton: Burton has very recently been an effective pitcher for the Twins, though he hasn’t been awesome this year. The name recognition and the fact that he IS a reliever, always in demand, may lead to his being moved. PREDICTION: Not traded.
Kevin Correia: Correia is in the final year of his contract and has, more or less, been effective this year, especially recently. The Twins also have a handful of players, like Trevor May or Alex Meyer to replace him. PREDICTION: Traded to Pittsburgh.
Sam Deduno: The Twins may not have much use for him anymore and have him stashed away in the bullpen, but his 7.15 K/9 rate, and the fact that a lot of his issues are most evident as a starter might play as a bullpen arm somewhere. PREDICTION: Traded to Washington.
Brian Duensing: A lefty bullpen arm with an ERA n the 2s in a walk ear will definitely be traded. I predicted he would be dealt last year, and I predict the same move this year as last. PREDICTION: Traded to Atlanta.
Kurt Suzuki: The Twins are actually trying to work out an extension with Suzuki, according to reports. That would blow my mind, if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve followed the Twins for so long. I think the problem will be that there isn’t competition for Suzuki’s services, and the Twins will make the mistake of putting too much emphasis on this season and his defense rather than Josmil Pinto’s offense and future potential.They will also like the idea of Suzuki’s work with the young pitchers coming up the system rather than developing Pinto with them. It pains me. PREDICTION: Not traded.
Kendrys Morales: It’s weird, but it seems like Morales is a mercenary taking the current job with the Twins because it was all that out there. It’s weird because I think I want the Twins to keep him. He makes too much money, and it will be a sunk cost if they trade him, because they won’t get great prospects and will have to eat salary. Going forward, I think Morales will be better and healthier, so his value will come next year rather than through the end of this year. The Twins won’t lose out on much if they don’t trade him, but they could try to keep him on the roster for next year. PREDICTION: Not Traded
Josh Willingham: Willingham hasn’t maintained the pace he had his first year with the teams, but he is still a respectable outfield bat. There is always a market for power hitters, and the Twins won’t be asking for much from him. Ultimately, he might go the Jamey Carroll route, and be dealt within the division. In fact, i think he will end up with the same team, even. PREDICTION: Traded to Kansas City.
Nothing dramatic, certainly, but definitely some moves to be made. And just think, giving away an increasingly mediocre Francisco Liriano netted the teams current starting shortstop. Any trade can make a difference.