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Willingham, Correia expected to hit market barring Twins turnaround

Will Josh Willingham soon be on the move? (USATSI)
Will Josh Willingham soon be on the move? (USATSI)

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The Twins haven't started their possible sale yet, but they are starting to tell teams that if they aren't contending later this month they'll make outfielder Josh Willingham and right-handed starter Kevin Correia available, as both are free-agent eligible after the year.

The Twins are expected to wait until after the All-Star break before doing any actual selling, as the game is at beautiful Target Field on July 15.

But once they do, Willingham could be an interesting trade target. While he tends to be streaky, he has been pretty productive, even playing home games in Oakland and Minnesota, two pitchers parks, as he's averaged 23 home runs over the last eight seasons. The right-handed power hitter might look especially good in a trade market lacking in many top offensive names, though he's hitting just .228 with seven home runs and 23 RBI this year.

The Mariners and Red Sox are among teams that might be looking to upgrade their offense.

Willingham is in the last year of a three-year deal paying him $7 million per year.

Correia, who is 5-10 with a 4.95 ERA, may be somewhat of a tougher sell in a solid pitching market, as he'd rank down the starters' list. He makes $5.5 million this year.

 
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