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With the trade deadline quickly approaching, I'm going to start looking at which teams will be buyers and which will be sellers. I'll start with the sellers, teams looking to deal current/proven players for future potential (or save money). In my opinion there are 7 teams that will be sellers barring a HUGE run in June (Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners, Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies), 6 teams that will probably end up being sellers but it's too early to tell for sure (Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, Philladelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets) and there are 6 other teams that I could see being sellers should things go poorly over the next couple weeks though at this time I'd put them on the buyers side. (Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks). I'll start with the seven 'sure thing' sellers. Minnesota TwinsThe Twins are currently 13 games under .500 and 8.5 back in the AL Central. They have one of the highest payrolls in baseball and will be looking to get out from under some of that as they look to rebuild the roster. The good thing for them is that some of their high priced, one year players should be attractive to contending teams. Here is a look at some of the pieces they may dangle over the next couple weeks. Justin Morneau, 1B/DH Contract - $12M in 2012, $14M in 20132012 Stats - .229/.302/.438/.740 with 10 HR and 34 RBI in 210 at batsSince he still has so much $ left on his contract and he hasn’t performed very well in 2012 the Twins probably would get very little and would still be eating a good chunk of money. It would be wise for them to wait for next year (or at least the offseason) and hope he puts together a solid line and a clean bill of health going forward. Carl Pavano, SP Contract – $8.5M in 20122012 Stats – 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 11 starts (63 IP)He’s currently on the DL, but has been throwing. I’m sure the Twins would love to have him come back strong before the deadline as there are always contending teams looking for starting pitching. Josh Willingham, LFContract – $7M 2012-20142012 Stats - .275/.388/.542/.930 with 15 HR and 49 RBI in 251 at batsI’ve hear his name mentioned in trade rumors a lot, but I’m not sure why. The Twins liked him enough to sign him for three years when many teams would only go two. He’s played very well and
has been worth the contract even though his team has struggled.
Minnesota is clearly rebuilding, but he is still a great player to have around during that process.
Only way I see him moving is if they get multiple good, young players.Francisco Liriano, SP Contract – $5.5M in 20122012 Stats - 2-7 with a 5.30 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 12 starts (71 IP)The Twins front office has to be ecstatic after Liriano’s recent resurgence. After pitching most of May and part of June out of the bullpen, he’s been moved back to the rotation and has put together a string of promising starts. There aren’t many starting pitchers available that could potential have a major impact, but Liriano has the potential to be one of them (of course he could also falter again and be useless). Matt Capps, RP Contract – $4.5M in 2012, 2013 club option2012 Stats - 14 saves with a 3.42 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, 5.5 K/9 1.4 BB/9 in 26 IPNon-contending teams have little to no need for an expensive closer who doesn’t fit into their future plans. The only way Capps isn’t dealt is if his current injury lasts longer than expected. He likely will end up in a set up or middle relief role for a new team after the deadline. Ryan Doumit, C/OF/1B Contract – $7.25M in 2012, 2013 club option2012 Stats - .270/.329/.440/.769 with 7 HR and 32 RBI in 200 at batsHe makes a lot of money, is injury prone and isn’t a great hitter. That said, when healthy he has some power and can also play multiple positions – both are things contending teams look for when filling out there bench or adding a platoon player.
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