Monday, July 8, 2013
Sell-off in Minnesota?
By Doug Mittler
The Minnesota Twins generally exceeded expectations for the first two-plus months of the season, but reality has set in recently with 12 losses in their last 16 games, including a 1-6 mark in July.
With realistic hopes of a playoff berth fading fast, a sell-off of some marque talent “looks to be unavoidable,” writes Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. Berardino lists first baseman Justin Morneau at the top of his list of trade candidates, but it remains to be seen how much the club would get for a 32-year-old impending free agent whose slugging percentage has dipped to .407, more than 150 points lower than his AL MVP season of 2006.
ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney has more on what the Twins can expect as July 31 approaches:
Buster OlneyAL trade deadline preview
"Teams are circling the Twins, waiting to see if they will ever decide to at least weigh offers for closer Glen Perkins, but to this point, they have been told: He is not available. If the Twins altered course and made him available, he would be at the center of perhaps the most aggressive bidding war of the trade deadline. The knee injury to Josh Willingham took him out of play, and while there is a lot of speculation about Morneau’s availability, his high salary ($14 million), his history of concussions and his lack of home runs (four this season) would mitigate his trade value to the degree that the Twins would have to wonder if dealing him would be worthwhile."