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Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE REPORT: TWINS READY TO SELL OFF PARTS

By Michael Wong

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand was the first to break it but it appears that the Minnesota Twins are ready to tear it all down as their team continues to flounder of late.  Thus they are reportedly willing to listen on not only Jaime Garcia who they just acquired by also ace Ervin Santana who has been a revelation this year.  Closer Brandon Kintzler and second baseman Brian Dozier are also candidates to be moved as the Twins front office begins to accept that maybe their luck as a team has run out.

-It was over a week ago where I reported how the Houston Astros were the front-runners for Detroit Tigers closer Justin Wilson and they were on the verge of landing him before the Tigers pulled back.  Wanting to see if other teams would jump into the fray, the Astros I have been told directly still have the best offer on the table which was the one that nearly led to the trade in the first place.

-With Sean Doolittle already struggling, a Washington Nationals team source said they are still very much in on the available relief arms such as Wilson, Miami's A.J. Ramos, and the Baltimore Orioles trio of Zach Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O'Day.

-The New York Mets are desperate to try and drum up a strong return on their available players that include Addison Reed, Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson, and Asdrubal Cabrera and that has led them to try and put two in that group together so they can get their hands on a better prospect.  Right now the market is quiet on Granderson and Duda but Reed and Cabrera have a solid following of teams scouting them.  Don't count out the Los Angeles Dodgers bringing Reed aboard.

-Now for the A's-Yankees mess and it is a mess as they two sides continue to circle around one another.  I spoke to reps for BOTH teams and the center of the deal still resides on either Esteban Florial or Jorge Mateo.  They A's wanted BOTH which led to the first breakdown in talks a few days ago but now they also want two or three more prospects which could include Miguel Andujar and James Kapreilien.  The Yankees have stood on their original offer though and are trying to wait this out.  Meanwhile the A's want to get a deal done before Sonny Gray starts Sunday and risks injury.


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