MLB Trade Rumors: Twins reportedly look into Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi trades
The Twins need help in the rotation, and they may look to the trade market to find arms
The Twins are coming off a resurgent 2017 season in which they made the postseason. They have an impressive young core that consists of Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Jose Berrios, and they have some impact prospects on the way. If they're to remain relevant in 2018 and beyond, though, then they'll need additional pitching. The bullpen is an area of concern, but the rotation is the more pressing need this offseason. That's especially the case given that ace-by-default Ervin Santana is a regression candidate in the season to come.
On that front, the Twins Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, and they're one of the few teams for incoming free agent Shohei Ohtani. Also an option for the Twins is adding a starter or two via the trade market. The details from Mike Berardino ...to free agents
Gerrit Cole of the Pirates is going into his age-27 season. He's long had frontline stuff, and in 2015 he proved capable of pitching like a true ace. Consistency, however, has been an issue, as have occasional health concerns (although Cole is coming off a 200-inning campaign). Would the Pirates part with him? Quite possibly. Andrew McCutchen could be on the move this offseason, and that could signal an organizational pivot in Pittsburgh, if not an outright rebuild.
As for Jake Odorizzi of the Rays, he seems likely to be available at the right price. The right-hander turns 28 in March, and he's coming off a 2017 season in which he pitched to a 4.14 ERA/100 ERA+ in 143 1/3 innings. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 103 across parts of six big-league seasons. Durability and consistency have been concerns for Odorizzi, but he can give the Twins some swing and miss. That's something they've been lacking for a while.
Of these two options, Cole would seem to provide more upside and perhaps a bit more certainty. As such, though, the cost in trade figures to be a bit higher.
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