Slowey is thought to be available in trade as he is battling Scott Baker for a spot as the Twins' No. 5 starter. The 26-year-old had a 4.45 ERA last season in 155 2/3 innings and has yet to show the durability to go 200 innings off of 32 starts.
Slowey, however, is very stingy with command and has solid strikeout numbers, so a breakout is possible but only if he can learn to limit his hits and last longer in games. Meanwhile, Baker reached 200 innings pitched in 2009 as a 27-year-old and while isn't stingy with his control to Slowey levels, has a career BB/9 of 2.1. Pair that with a 7.1 K/9, and Baker easily outdistances Slowey as the better pitcher.
The Blue Jays would be willing to part with relievers in any deal, which may not interest the Twins given they have a large portion of the payroll tied up in closers Joe Nathan and Matt Capps, but the middle- and backend of the bullpen could use some help.
Minnesota may have quite the demand for Slowey: the Athletics may be on the hunt for a starting pitcher as none of their options are making a case for the No. 5 spot. The Cardinals, of course, are trying to replace Adam Wainwright while the Yankees could also have interest. Slowey is young, cost-controllable and has shown he can hang in the majors with potential to grow. That's a valuable commodity to have, and teams in need of young pitching -- the Pirates spring to mind -- certainly will call as well.
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