The Twins' Trade Bait

Marty AndradeSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2009

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Joe Crede #24 of the Minnesota Twins poses during photo day at the Twins spring training complex on February 23, 2008 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

The trade deadline is fast approaching and the Twins need help. The Twins could use an infielder, a relief pitcher, and a solid starter. Of course, couldn't any team?

That said, here are some players the Twins should be shopping around to contending teams:


Joe Crede


The aging and hurting veteran has a big slugging percentage and an elite glove at third base. Any team could use him as a bench player and he does well as a starter too. The Twins don't have much to lose when it comes to Crede, top prospect Danny Valencia looks ready for the majors.

Brendan Harris


Harris is a classic "tweener." He's not a good enough glove to play consistently up the middle and not a good enough bat to man a flank spot in the infield. This makes him a good and versatile bench player. While the Twins are weak up the middle, Harris might bring enough value to make up for this fact. If it means getting a solid pitcher, the Twins should sell Harris.

R.A. Dickey


The "knuckleballer" has enjoyed a good half of baseball and he has basically cost the Twins nothing. Teams looking for an able back-of-the-rotation starter or someone just to eat up low-leverage innings and save other bullpen arms should be ready to part with something for Dickey. For the Twins, any something will be gravy.


Ben Revere


Yeah, that's right, I'd be looking to shop one of the Twins top prospects. Revere has been performing very well so far in the minors and if the price is right, the Twins can afford to part with the young center fielder.

Aaron Hicks


Ditto for Aaron Hicks. The Twins are heavy on outfielders in their farm system and short in other areas. Hicks is the Twins "top" prospect according to numerous online pundits. He could bring in some real swag. One caveat: I'd trade either Hicks or Revere, but not both.