Friday, July 31, 2009

Arms Race: Minnesota Twins Still in the Mix for Relievers

The Twins are not giving up the American League Central without a fight.

The Twins made one move to shore up a weak spot earlier today by acquiring Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera from Oakland.

Ideally the Twins would have added another arm for the bullpen, especially with the news that both the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers made big additions today.

The Tigers fired the first salvo of the day by trading two pitchers for Seattle Mariners’ lefty Jarrod Washburn to establish a top-flight trio of starters alongside Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson.

The White Sox made arguably the biggest splash of the day just before the deadline when the club acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres in exchange for four pitching prospects.

Although the Trade Deadline has officially come and gone, the Twins still have options on the table.

None of the big names discussed prior to the Deadline such as Michael Wuertz, Heath Bell, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor figure to clear waivers to allow for a trade prior to the August 31 deadline for trades with waivers.

Prior to the Deadline multiple outlets reported that the Twins were making significant overtures for both Michael Wuertz of the Athletics and Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres.

Both relievers would have amounted to huge upgrades for a beleaguered bullpen that—prior to this week’s White Sox series—had looked overwhelmed and overmatched.

With those options essentially off the table, the Twins must now get creative.

Read the rest of the article at BleacherReport.

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