Later today we'll revisit exactly how trades and waiver claims work now that we're into August. For now, let's kick off our morning with a very serious question: which Minnesota Twin is the most likely to be traded this month? Here are your most likely candidates.
#55 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Sep 03, 1983
|2012 - Matt Capps||1-4||29||0||0||0||14||1||28.1||26||13||12||5||4||18||3.81||1.06|
For all the hell Capps has taken over his performance last season, he probably doesn't deserve the same criticisms this season. He's allowing less than a hit per inning and has walked just four batters, and the worst thing you can say about him is that he's allowed a couple too many homers for just 28.1 innings of work.
His swining strike percentage has rebounded from last season, which is a great indicator of how much better he's felt this year. If a team is looking for a closer to step, or if a team is looking to upgrade the back half of their bullpen (more likely), Capps would be a very good choice.
Remaining Salary: $1.58 MM (plus $6 MM option for 2013, $250 K buyout)
#33 / Designated Hitter / Minnesota Twins
May 15, 1981
|2012 - Justin Morneau||81||315||38||81||19||1||13||47||27||60||1||0||.257||.320||.448|
Morneau might seem like an unlikely inclusion to this list, but with his salary for next season I have to believe they'd explore their options in the right situation. Plenty of teams can still use an offensive upgrade like Morneau. Would he pass all the way through waivers? Or would he even reach a contending team?
Remaining Salary: $4.7 MM ($14 MM in 2013)
#48 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Jan 08, 1976
|2012 - Carl Pavano||2-5||11||11||0||0||0||0||63.0||80||46||42||9||8||33||6.00||1.40|
Pavano should be back in the relatively near future, and in spite of that unsightly 6.00 ERA he will garner some interest. When the Twins picked him up from the Indians in August of 2009 they did so in an effort to upgrade the bottom of their rotation, and that's exactly how other contending teams will see him this year. Teams with an underwhelming or inexperienced number five will see a player who can easily go seven innings while still being competitive.
Remianing Salary: $2.83 MM