At this same point last year exactly one week before the July 31 trade deadline the Minnesota Twins were in fourth place in the American League Central and seven games out of first place. A year later, Minnesota is now in fifth and last place at 40-56 and 12 games out of first.
Last season, the Twins stayed quiet at the trade deadline. That shouldn't be the case this year, particularly with an impending free agent such as pitcher Francisco Liriano.
There are differences between this season and last, not only for Minnesota but for Major League Baseball. Last season, teams who lost players deemed as "Type A"
and "Type B" free agents were compensated with draft picks. That happened to the Twins when outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel left as free agents to Colorado and Arizona, respectively. Minnesota received two compensatory picks as a result.
But thanks to baseball's new collective bargaining agreement, teams no longer get draft picks for T...