After last year's flurry of impressive summer acquisitions, the Twins have been surprisingly quiet this season. Unless you want to count the prolonged, rumor-packed Cliff Lee period, the Capps-for-Ramos exchange is the only real bit of trade action in 2010. All the gripes about the pieces of the deal itself considered, I think it's clearly a good trade, if for no other reason than the fact that the Twins needed a veritable closer as Rauch started to slip. I love Jon, but it was a little hair-raising to envision him trying to save a close playoff game. Getting an All-Star closer not only helps this year, but provides insurance for the future as Nathan's health is determined next season.
Now that that much is settled, I think it's pretty clear the Twins could stand to benefit from another pitching acquisition or two. This isn't to completely rule out trading for an offensive player (perhaps Ty Wigginton), but since the offense is so thoroughly strong right now I don't think that's necessary (The unexpected quality of Valencia and Casilla also minimizes the need for an infielder.). So, especially after some hiccups in this past series, what pitchers do you think Bill Smith should make a move for this month?
Personally, the only one I can think of off the top of my head is Scott Downs from Toronto. He's been mentioned here frequently and for good reason: His stats boast the likes of a 2.37 ERA, 38 strikeouts, and 0.97 WHIP. Best of all, he's a lefty, and could thus help augment Mahay (especially if Duensing doesn't go back to the bullpen should we make the playoffs). So that's my suggestion.
Also, for those who are more immersed in trade whispers than I, I ask: What starters are speculated to be available? And should the Twins take a shot on any of them, if they can?