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Nunez Trade Fallout

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The Twins moved their All-Star on Thursday night. We should be fine with that.

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If you turned in early or were busy being an amateur political pundit, you may have missed that the Twins turned their only All-Star into a Top 100 prospect. (Not Robbie Grossman, but Eduardo “Third Ed” Nunez. Grossman was only an All-Star in our hearts.)

Andrew has a thorough recap of the deal, and what to expect when you’re expecting Adalberto Mejia, a 23-year-old lefty from the Giants organization, who projects to be a mid-to-back-of-the-rotation starter, and ranked #91 in Baseball Prospectus’ midseason prospect tally.

If you’re a Twins fan, and the fact that you’re reading SB Nation’s Twins blog gives me reason to think you are, you should be giddy that interim GM Rob Antony was able to turn a career utility player in the midst of the best season he’s (probably) ever going to have into a halfway decent arm. Since fandom isn’t a rational pursuit, of course, there are some fans who are furious we didn’t pull a John Smoltz-for-Doyle-Alexander swap.

I mean.

The Twins got something for Eduardo Nunez. I’m pleased, especially given the reasonable doubts any fan would have over Antony handling his first trade deadline.

Minnesota also recalled Jorge Polanco to take Third Ed’s place, meaning, I guess, that Trevor Plouffe still isn’t close to returning, also meaning that whatever other moves the Twins make before August 1 may very well not include him.

As for those further moves, there is currently no steam on Kurt Suzuki or Brandon Kintzler or anyone else at the moment. Steve Adams does have a look at the potential market for our beautiful boy Robbie, but all is quiet at present. Don’t expect it to last.