Twins Willing To Talk Slowey Trade

With few options remaining on the free agent market, teams in need of starting pitching help may have to put Minnesota GM Bill Smith on speed dial. ESPN.com's Buster Olney (Insider-only link) hears that the Twins are "very much willing" to discuss trading Kevin Slowey these days.

This isn't the first time we've heard reports about Slowey's potential availability. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote during the Winter Meetings that the Twins would consider moving the right-hander, particularly if Carl Pavano re-signed with the club – which, of course, he eventually did. More recently, Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune said that the Twins were more likely to deal Slowey than Francisco Liriano.

Sporting a career high of 160.1 IP in the bigs, Slowey isn't the sort of innings-eating workhorse a free agent like Kevin Millwood would be. However, the righty is just 26 years old, remains under team control through 2013, and has displayed impeccable control (1.5 BB/9) throughout his career. If the Twins are open to fielding offers, I'd expect the Yankees and Cardinals to be among the handful of clubs to kick the tires.


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44 Comments on "Twins Willing To Talk Slowey Trade"


Guest
4 years 4 months ago

If I was an 80-something win team with a good outlook over the next few years and could possibly spare a valuable starter, I would *absolutely* float his name, just to see if I could get the Yanks or Cards to panic and overpay for him. Losing Slowey would hurt the Twins a bit in 2011, but a nice prospect haul could make up for some of that as soon as the second half, not to mention how it would help the long term outlook.

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4 years 4 months ago

What would it take to get him? He has afew years of team control still, he’s young, but he’s not much more then a 5 starter.

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Guest
4 years 4 months ago

I think the fact that he is a border line SPer (#5) makes this interesting for the Yanks & Cardinals. Going to the national league will make him a better SPer based on the strength of the lineups he will face.

Will the Yanks be willing to part with any of their top arms now when by potentially the All Star those same young arms could help the Yankees with higher upside.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

makes a lot of sense for the cardinals, but not much for the yankees. the difference in upside between him in the AL east and the other back-enders isn’t significant enough to give up the talent it’d take

the cardinals on the other hand should be all over this. could save their season

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Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Weird, I’m going to agree with you on this one. Maybe for Ramiro Pena, Brandon Laird and DJ Mitchell (solves three Twin issues SS, 3rd and fill in relief), otherwise, the Yanks pass.

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Jon McLaughlin
4 years 4 months ago

The Twins have their 3rd baseman in Danny Valencia (finished 3rd in ROY), Nishioka at SS. You’re right though, additional arms for the ‘pen would be very helpful.

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rootlinuxusr
4 years 4 months ago

Gardy has already stated that Super Yoshi will be a 2B.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 4 months ago

I agree completely. He would make perfect sense in St.Louis which is an even more “pitcher friendly” park along with not having to face a DH. With St. Louis it’s not even so much about him replacing anyone as much as it is that he should require much in terms of prospects which helps considering their farm (St. Louis) is a little thin right now.

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kayjoe
4 years 4 months ago

I WOULD PACKAGE SLOWEY& kUBEL FOR A YOUNG RIGHT-HANDED BATTER WITH POWER AND A GOOD OUTFIELDER .THIS WOULD SOLVE A SHORTAGE THAT THE TWINS HAVE ON RIGHT HANDED POWER AND GIVE US A RELIABLE OUTFIELDER SUD & RIGHT HANDED DH.

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buffalonichols
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t see Slowey and Kubel (who’s contract is up after this year) getting you a right-handed power hitter and a backup outfielder.

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Rabbitov
4 years 4 months ago

Slow(ey) but steady wins the race

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JB3
4 years 4 months ago

You’re trying too hard.

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4 years 3 months ago

Talks are probably going Slow-ey at this point.

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JB3
4 years 3 months ago

I’ll give you that one.

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spencer72
4 years 4 months ago

BREAKING NEWS: Baseball team willing to trade mediocre starter to amy other team willing to overpay

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dickylarue
4 years 4 months ago

Yankees would never trade for him. They have far better options already than a back of the rotation filler who can’t go 200 innings. They’ll get that out of Colon and Garcia and not even have to listen to the ridiculous bounty Bill Smith will try to extract for Slowey.