The Twins also have a chance to do something special this season. They’re putting together an outstanding campaign, currently 5.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians and holders of the 3rd best record in the AL. But to win the division, and to compete with the big dogs in the playoffs, they’ll likely need more.
Minnesota’s rotation has the 5th lowest ERA in MLB, though a few of their starters are trending in the wrong direction. Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi are pitching extremely well, but are the Twins confident in a shortened playoff rotation beyond those two? They would probably feel much more comfortable if Mike Minor was included instead of Martin Perez or Michael Pineda.
As for compensation, Minnesota has the 10th ranked farm system in baseball. Five of their top ten prospects are pitchers, which is the position that will peak the Rangers’ interests the most.
We’ll see if the Twins enter the Minor sweepstakes, and just how badly they want him. Their pitching has impressed this year, but it’s not exactly full of youth. They’ll either protect their prospect pitching and stay out of negotiations, or give up their prospect pitching in order to chase a 2019 championship.