MLB Trade Rumors: Could Minnesota Twins Actually Be Buyers?

John BurkeContributor IJuly 26, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Michael Cuddyer #5 of the Minnesota Twins congratulates Alexi Casilla #12 on scoring against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning on July 17, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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With the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaching, many in baseball are wondering if the Minnesota Twins are going to be buyers or sellers.

As a Twins fan, I would love to see them as buyers. Nothing would make me happier than to see the team upgrade their talent level to make a run for the AL Central Division championship.

Unfortunately, I just do not see that happening. 

The Twins are seven games out of first place. The teams they are chasing are the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians, two teams they have not played spectacularly against this year, leaving me little hope that they will once again come storming from behind to steal the division. The fact that they are also behind the third-place Chicago White Sox doesn't help.

Last night marked the official posting of the "For Sale" sign in the Twins' window. In case you were lucky enough to not catch the game, the Twins gave up 20 runs to the Texas Rangers in a 20-6 loss.

The highlight (or lowlight) of the game was outfielder Michael Cuddyer being sent out to pitch the eighth inning. And while he did pitch well, a team should never have to send out a position player to pitch in a game that only lasts nine innings.

With yesterday's performance, as well as the team's 15-16 record in the last 31 games, it is evident that the Twins are not going to be buyers.

The Twins have a number of valuable commodities at the moment that could be moved for some much-needed talent. 

With the plethora of outfielders on the team, it is clear that at least one needs to make his way out of town. In exchange, the Twins could easily strengthen the bullpen or create a more talented middle infield. 

First, we have Denard Span. Already rumored to be on the move to the Washington Nationals, Span could be sent in favor of some much-needed bullpen help. After all, I would rather not see Cuddyer pitch again anytime soon.

Then, there's Cuddyer. While the team has been adamant in their refusal to deal Cuddyer, I cannot see why they wouldn't. He could be just the player a playoff team needs to make themselves a serious World Series contender. 

And while I would hate to see Cuddyer leave the Twin Cities, it is in the best interest of the team if he, or another outfielder, does skip town. 

So as a fan, it is hard to say this, but it is time for the Twins to sell. This season is lost, so it is time to look toward next year in hopes of creating a roster that can compete deep into the fall.