MLB Trade Deadline Rumors: Surprising Twins are seeking long-term rotation help

The Minnesota Twins entered the All-Star Break 45-43 and just 2 1/2 games back of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. It's fair to write that the Twins have arrived to a competitive state a year or two earlier than anticipated.

The Twins' front office seems intent on making the most of their early landing, too. That's because the Twins are looking for controllable (read: long-term) starting pitching help, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

Obviously there's no telling if the Twins are seriously pursuing someone like Sonny Gray or Jose Quintana -- or even Dan Straily. But you have to appreciate Minnesota's willingness to consider a potential deal that can benefit them now (the Twins have the fourth-worst rotation ERA in baseball) and later. If the Twins were to add another above-average pitcher to their collection, that would give them a nice little trio comprising of Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios, and the addition.

The odds are against the Twins making such a move for the same reason the odds are against the Twins making the postseason -- other teams are simply better positioned. Minnesota's new front office isn't going to sell the farm -- not yet, and probably not ever -- and so, realistically, the available pitchers are more likely to land elsewhere.

All the same, the Twins are entering the deadline with a buyer's mindset, and that's not something we expected a few months back. That's cool. 

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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