Friday, August 07, 2009

Waiver Wire Offers Options to Bolster Twins Rotation

The Minnesota Twins are a mess right now.

After sweeping the Chicago White Sox to claw their way back into the AL Central race and acquiring Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Oakland Athletics, the Twins have gone on to lose five of their next six games.

As such, the Twins currently sit four and a half games behind the Detroit Tigers in the division and two games under .500 on the season.

The Twins biggest issue this season has been—and continues to be—pitching.

Both Chicago and Detroit made major moves to bolster their rotations at the Deadline.

The Tigers brought in veteran southpaw Jarrod Washburn from the Seattle Mariners to strengthen an already imposing rotation that includes Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson.

The White Sox made arguably the biggest splash at the deadline by acquiring former San Diego Padres’ ace Jake Peavy for a collection of highly-talented young pitchers.

As a result of these moves, the Twins now find themselves playing catch-up in the pitching department.

The Twins starters have struggled mightily this season and things have only gotten worse as the season has worn on.

Only Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn have shown consistency of late. Beyond Baker and Blackburn, the options aren’t overly inspiring.

Kevin Slowey is out for the season. Glen Perkins and Francisco Liriano have both been ineffective of late and are in danger of losing their rotation spots.

Rookie Anthony Swarzak is suffering through Jekyll and Hyde performances that are expected of rookies, but due to the lack of depth he is being forced to do so as part of the Major League rotation, in the midst of a pennant race.

With that in mind, here are five starters that figure to go unclaimed on waivers and thus have the potential to be traded to the Twins for a final late-season salvo at the AL Central crown.

Read the rest of the article at BleacherReport.

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