Minnesota Twins: Relievers Needed Badly in Minnesota

John BurkeContributor IJuly 25, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 26: Brian Duensing #52 and Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins walk in from the bullpen prior to the continuation of their rain suspended game from the night before against the New York Yankees on May 26, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game was suspended due to rain after the fifth inning on Tuesday and resumed on Wednesday. The Yankees defeated the Twins 1-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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In recent years, the Twins seem to have been content with making minimal moves come deadline time. Last season, we saw Matt Capps make his way north for Wilson Ramos. 

While many liked the move at the time, it is clear now that the Twins got the short straw in that trade. Capps is struggling, to say the least, in a Twins uniform and Ramos seems to be finding his own. 

This season it is clear the Twins need to do something with their bullpen. 

Glen Perkins has been the only consistent reliever in the pen, and if the team hopes to make a playoff push soon, that needs to change. 

There are plenty of relievers available, including Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Luke Gregerson, Michael Wuertz, Leo Nunez, Chad Qualls and Tyler Clippard.

For once, however, it appears as if the Twins are poised to make a deal that will allow the team to attain the help it so desperately needs. 

Just today, rumors were circulating that the Twins were contenders for Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara. In return, the Orioles are looking for a starting pitcher ready to pitch in the Bigs. With Kevin Slowey seemingly waiting for another chance, could he be the player that allows this deal to work?

Another rumor currently flying about involves the dealing of Twins OF Denard Span. The most likely suitor is the Washington Nationals, who were the other team involved in the Capps-Ramos trade last season. 

In that deal, the Nationals could offer Todd Coffey, Tyler Clippard or Sean Burnett, helping secure some late inning arms for the team. 

Regardless of where the deal is made, it is clear a deal needs to be made. 

The Twins bullpen simply does not have the consistency, nor talent required, to take the team to the playoffs.