With a sell-off likely coming from the San Francisco Giants this summer, Marc Delucchi will go team-by-team for a look at how each contender fits as a potential trade partner. Next up, the Minnesota Twins.
The San Francisco Giants may have had a winning record last week, but they are still far from contenders. Perhaps this group has a run in them. If so, it will need to start soon.
Otherwise, expect first-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi to be trading away his most valuable talent this summer.
The July 31st trade deadline may still seem like it’s a long ways off, but with new rules in place that have eliminated August waiver trades, teams like the Giants may be worried about waiting too long and missing their chance to sell.
Entering 2019, the Minnesota Twins seemed ready for another middling season. The Cleveland Indians didn’t acquire much help, but the reigning division champs still seemed like the clear-cut favorite in the division.
Instead, the Twins have shot out of the gates to build a 5.5 game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central standings, and they are only a half-game behind the Houston Astros for the best record in baseball.
Like Houston, the Twins have one of the 10 best farm systems in baseball, led by Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff. Barring any severe changes in their value though, the Giants most tradeable assets only justify prospects a tier below.
I already looked at potential trades between the Giants and Astros, so it’s only natural to continue down the standings to look at how Minnesota matches up with Los Gigantes.