Report: Twins expected to be aggressive buyers at trade deadline

By Matt Johnson
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As the calendar turns to June and contenders being to emerge in MLB, it appears the Minnesota Twins plan to take advantage of their positioning with an aggressive pursuit during the trade season.

According to The Athletic’s Jayson Stark, rival executives expect Minnesota to be one of the most aggressive teams in the next few months to pursue upgrades in their effort to contend for the World Series.

Minnesota enters the weekend more than 10 games up in the A.L. Central and atop MLB with a .679 winning percentage. While some expected the Twins to be contenders this season, this level of play was unexpected.

Now in a position to add pieces and strengthen a team with World Series aspirations, the Twins will be looking to take advantage of their deep farm system. Minnesota’s farm system is ranked seventh in baseball, according to FanGraphs pre-draft system rankings.

The club will reportedly be focusing on improving its pitching through upgrades to the rotation, bullpen or both in the coming months.

Minnesota could target the likes of Toronto Blue Jays starting pitchers Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez, Texas Rangers ace Mike Minor or San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner to strengthen its potential postseason rotation.

If the Twins address their bullpen, Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle or Giants relievers Will Smith and Mark Melancon could significantly strengthen Minnesota’s options in late-game situations.

The Twins appear ready to take advantage of their surprising start to the 2019 season. If they can add a few more strong pieces, this club could emerge as a World Series favorite later in the year.