Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Twins trade candidates
By Jason A. Churchill
There isn't a great deal of hope that the Minnesota Twins will be able to remain in serious contention for a playoff spot, despite a 14-15 record and modest 4 1/2 game deficit in the American League Central. They are in fourth place in a five-team division and are currently sixth the AL Wild Card standings, which suggests that once July arrives, contenders are likely to be burning up the phones of GM Terry Ryan.
Ryan could consider moving first baseman Justin Morneau and outfielder Josh Willingham, two players I have been tracking since the season started, but his roster may have more to offer.
Ryan Doumit, who splits time between catcher, designated hitter and the outfield, signed a two-year extension with the team last June, but could be a versatile, sought after commodity this summer. Left-hander Glen Perkins, who is signed through 2015 with a very affordable 2016 option, is likely to draw interest. (The Twins may have zero reason to move him, since his contract is team friendly.)
Elsewhere, right-hander Kevin Correia is in town on a two-year, free-agent deal signed this past offseason, but if he continues to throw the ball as well as he has early on, he could be valuable enough for Ryan to consider trading. Mike Pelfrey, who is set for free agency after this season, has struggled and figures to have very little value, if any, barring a complete 180-degree turnaround over the next two months or so.
Veteran infielder Jamey Carroll could be a solid pickup for a club such as the Yankees. So it's fair to say the options extend well beyond Willingham and Morneau.