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The Minnesota Twins are sellers at this point, according to
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who notes that first baseman Justin Morneau is
available in a trade and likely to be dealt. However, Heyman adds that he’s
heard from Twins’ sources that “there’s almost no chance they’ll deal”
outfielder Josh Willingham, closer Glen Perkins or starting pitcher Kevin Correia.
Heyman says the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and
Texas Rangers are all in the market for a hitter this summer, but none appear
to be especially likely landing spots for Morneau. The Tampa Bay Rays and
Pittsburgh Pirates have also been connected to the veteran slugger, but Heyman
lists Morneau as “an imperfect fit” for either team.
While Morneau’s season totals aren’t overly impressive, He
has remained healthy, which is huge for him. His batting average and on-base
percentage are around his career norms, but his power totals are way down.
Still, he entered the break with 30 extra-base hits and has a career slugging
percentage of .485.
Perkins would likely be the most-coveted Twins’ player if
made available, as the closer has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 1.82 and 0.808
with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.71 and 21 saves. Willingham’s numbers are
down from 2012’s career-year, as he’s only posting an OPS of .754 over 298
plate appearances. Correia has done about as well as expected – 4.23 ERA and
1.401 WHIP – but he’s not an arm teams would get overly excited about.
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