Just when you thought the Twins would make no moves ahead of this year’s trade deadline, they jump out of the closet like, “WHA-HA!” and trade right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch for cash considerations. The Blue Jays are the buyers.
You may remember Nick Tepesch from such hits as, “Made one spot start for the Twins on May 6th where Jorge Polanco committed an error that led to six unearned runs in the 2nd inning.” If you don’t remember that, you can read the game recap here and relive all the glory.
Also, the Tepesch Mode jokes. Those were fun.
Anyway, that May 6th game was the only big league appearance Tepesch made for the Twins, or for any team this year. He’s a 28-year-old veteran who pitched two years for the Rangers before making a spot appearance for the Dodgers last year. He’s spent most of this season in Triple-A, where he has a 5.59 ERA with 27 strike outs over 29.0 innings pitched.
What do the Twins gain from this trade? Ummm... cash? A minor league roster spot? The ability to say they actually got a deal done? Maybe Tepesch smelled bad and they just wanted to get rid of him. I don’t know.
The bigger question here is what is going on with the Blue Jays?