Will the Twins Make an August Trade?

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Twins have made an August trade every year since 2006. Will they break that streak this season?

Maybe Terry Ryan already got it out of his system with the Drew Butera blockbuster, but August trades have been the norm for the Twins in the past several seasons. Whether it was Bill Smith or Terry Ryan in the GM chair, the Twins have always been at least moderately active on the waiver trade market. Take a look:

It's been quiet to this point for the Twins (technically, Miguel Sulburan was acquired in August as the player to be named later in the July 31 Butera trade), but a few days remain, and they've swung quite a few deals late in the month, historically speaking. Justin Morneau has already cleared waivers and can be dealt to any team. Josh Willingham is reportedly on waivers as we speak.

Obviously, the majority of the trades we've seen the Twins make over the last several Augusts have been pretty minor. Their acquisitions of Pavano and Rauch had long-term impact on the franchise, but none of the pieces they acquired in selling off veterans have really had any staying power. I'd expect more of the same if they do make a deal, but it seems unlikely. It's hard to believe they'd sell this low on Willingham after staunchly refusing to trade him when his value was at his peak either mid-2012 or in the 2012-13 offseason. And with Morneau, Rhett Bollinger is still reporting that the money owed to him is a deterrent for teams who have interest.

Maybe a guy like Mike Pelfrey, who has a 3.72 ERA over his past 55.2 innings of work, will draw interest from a team in need of a fifth starter, but a big deal doesn't seem likely, and based on the returns they've gotten in the past and the returns we've seen in this August's waiver deals, they don't seem to be missing out on a huge opportunity.

Steve Adams also writes for MLBTradeRumors.com and MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @Adams_Steve

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