Starting the Rebuild in Minnesota

Photo Credit: Jim Mone | Associated Press

By: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

The Minnesota Twins decided this past Tuesday they weren't catching the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central this year and traded almost anyone of worth on the roster for several promising prospects.

Brian Dozier

The Twins traded Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Logan Forsythe, prospects Luke Raley, and LHP Devin Smeltzer. Luke Raley is the prize of this deal. Raley was having a monster year with the Dodgers Double-A affiliate Tulsa Drillers hitting .275 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs and was selected as a Texas League All-Star this year. Also, getting a veteran in Logan Forsythe doesn't hurt either. Brian Dozier was a fan favorite in Minnesota but the fact is, he was leaving after this year and the Twins did the right thing by moving him and getting as much as they could for him.

Zack Duke

Duke was traded to the Seattle Mariners for minor league prospects, RHP Chase De Jong and infielder Ryan Costello. The Twins definitely won this trade in my opinion. They were able to get the Mariners #1 pitching prospect in the deal. I had the chance to watch De Jong pitch earlier this year and Twins fans should be very excited about what this kid will bring in the future.

Lance Lynn

Lynn was sent to the Yankees at the deadline. This was one of those under the radar trades I believe will be talked about in a few years as Minnesota winning this trade big time. They were able to get a power-hitting bat in Tyler Austin, who can play outfield as well as first base. Tyler made the Yankees opening day roster this year but hit just .228 with a .280 on-base percentage. He did, however, hit 8 home runs in just 34 games. There is a lot of upside to Tyler Austin but he is 26, so he needs to make a move sooner than later to make a difference for the Twins. The real sleeper in this trade was picking up 19-year-old RHP Luis Rijo. The youngster is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA and has an incredible 32/3 K/BB ratio in the minors this year. He doesn't have much velocity with his fastball reaching the high 80's but he makes up for that with his secondary pitches. His velocity will continue to get better with age. This is another trade the Twins definitely won.

Eduardo Escobar

This trade was a shocker to me. Fan favorite Eduardo was traded to Arizona for prospects Jhoan Duran, outfielder Ernie De La Trinidad, and outfielder Gabriel Maciel. The Twins are getting 3 younger players but none have too much upside thus far. This was a head scratcher for me and I believe the Diamondbacks got the best out of this trade.

Ryan Pressly

Pressly was traded to the defending champion Astros for minor leaguers Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino. Alzala is a 23-year-old starting pitcher who has reached as high as Double-A this year. Celestino is only 19 and also been in Double-A this year. The Astros are getting a reliever and the Twins get even more prospects. This was a win for both teams.

Final Thoughts

The Twins were headed nowhere in the near future and they made all the right moves this trade season. They were able to pick up a ton of talented prospects and get rid of a lot of future salary. I know if you are a Minnesota fan this isn't exciting news but in a few years this will all make sense and you will be happy they made the moves they did. Keep your chin up Twins fans, the wins will come. Just not this year.

1 comment:

  1. And Joe Maure's contract will be done the end of this year. He would be a sure hall of famer if he could have stayed at catcher and avoided injury, but he has been disappointing for much of the contracts years. That's $23 million that can be spent elsewhere.