Hello, happy Friday, and welcome to our weekly discussion. As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, I present you with this: What should the Twins do at the trade deadline?
The first-place Twins have achieved one of the best records in baseball thus far this year, despite the best efforts of the injury bug. The squad has largely struggled at the plate (perhaps due to the odd circumstances of the 2020 season), while the pitching staff has been among the best in the league.
What should the Twins do to distance themselves from the pack and prepare for the stretch run? There’s a few different ways the front office could choose to go. Many are calling for the Twins to pursue a flame-throwing reliever, such as Kansas City’s Trevor Rosenthal or Milwaukee’s Josh Hader (you’ll see more on that on our site later today). On the other hand, injuries have greatly diminished the lineup and starting pitching depth, especially in the infield. Or perhaps they’ll just stand pat and hope to get healthy (this would surely provoke some hawt takez).
In my opinion, the Twins should stand pat. Rather than cut into the prospects of the system, they should stay the course. The bullpen is in the top third of the league (even with Taylor Rogers’ struggles), so I would hope that they will stand pat or perhaps pick up a cheap option; think a Sergio Romo-type move. While the lineup has struggled, the Bomba Squad is too good to stay down for long; just look at the turnaround Miguel Sano has had after a very rough start to the season. The rotation has been snake-bitten, but Rich Hill turned it around in the last start, Odorizzi’s luck will turn once his bruises subside, and last season’s best starter, Michael Pineda, will be returning in short order. Throw in a healthy Josh Donaldson and Mitch Garver down the stretch and the Twins will be gaining more than just about anyone else after the trade deadline.
What do you think? Let’s hear your takes in the comment section!
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Trade for a reliever
Trade for a starter
Trade for a bat in the infield or outfield
Wait for healthy reinforcements