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Odds of a Willingham deal

7/1/2013

Left fielder Josh Willingham was out of the Minnesota Twins' starting lineup due to his troublesome right knee, but manager Ron Gardenhire expects to have him back in the field as soon as Monday against the Yankees, reports La Velle Neal of the Star Tribune.

Willingham appeared as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Royals and delivered an RBI double.

The Twins have every reason to show Willingham is healthy because he is valuable trade bait. ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden puts the odds of Willingham being traded at 50 percent:

Jim Bowden

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"Willingham has been battling a bad knee but is expected to be healthy by the trade deadline. He belted 64 home runs the past two years and already has 10 this year. He’s a below-average left fielder but his pull power plays in any park. Teams might have to sub him out for defense late in the game, but he’ll definitely help a team in the No. 6 spot in the lineup. The Reds, Rangers, Giants and Philadelphia Phillies might have interest."