The Minnesota Twins don’t have any glaring weaknesses at this point in the season outside of starting pitchers at the back of the rotation. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few positions they could stand to improve on to make a World Series run in 2019. The first is bullpen pitching and second is starting pitching. Let’s explore some Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Trades.
Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Trades
The starters for the Twins have been excellent as a group this season. Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, and Martin Perez all posting a sub-4.00 earned run average. The fifth starter is where there is a big hole in the rotation as Michael Pineda has struggled and has been injured. Devin Smeltzer did well in his first start in the major leagues but struggled in his second. Ideally, the Twins would pick up a potential ace or outstanding number two starter. With Jake Odorizzi currently putting up a 1.96 earned run average, he is penciled in as the staff ace at this time.
While the first four pitchers have exceeded expectations and are among the best first four in the league, there is little playoff experience on the staff. So, another area they’d like to improve is adding a starter that has experience starting in the playoffs.
With that in mind, here are the five starting pitchers that could be available for trade and could help the Twins make a deep playoff run. Trading for a starter, opposed to signing Dallas Kuechel, has an advantage in that they can start almost immediately whereas Kuechel may take a month or more to be ready.