Twins Willing To Trade Kevin Slowey For Relief

Now that they have decided on Scott Baker as their No. 5 starter, the Twins are willing to trade Kevin Slowey for a late-inning reliever, according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

However, the Twins don’t have many promising trade possibilities, since two of the teams looking for a starter, the Brewers and Mariners, don’t have relievers to spare. The Cardinals, Dodgers, Blue Jays and White Sox seem inclined to replace injured starters with pitchers already in their respective organizations, according to FOX Sports. 

Meanwhile, Pirates and Diamondbacks officials say they aren’t actively looking to trade for starting pitchers. As Morosi and Rosenthal point out, the Twins are able to consider moving a quality starter like Slowey because they have promising minor league starter Kyle Gibson.

Slowey didn't seem like a fit for the Blue Jays earlier in the spring, partly because Toronto already had a number of legitimate rotation options. Now that Brandon Morrow will start the season on the DL, the Jays could use the starting depth, but injuries to their relievers limit the likelihood that they can part with a late-inning arm.

Here's a list of other potentially available starters.


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106 Comments on "Twins Willing To Trade Kevin Slowey For Relief"


Tammy Rainey
4 years 5 months ago

Dotel and/or Villianueva and/or a fringe guy like Bobby Ray to Twins (not all 3) > Slowey to the M’s and ??? to Toronto…

Can’t say I’m aware enough of the Mariners’ system to know what would be appropriate…

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

What?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

So Slowey is supposed to go to the Mariners for nothing, then the Jays trade a non-eligible player and someone who can’t strike a guy out for Kevin Slowey. Hmm.

daveineg
4 years 5 months ago

You are aware Villanueva struck out 11.4 batters per 9 innings last year aren’t you?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

I was talking about Ray.

4 years 5 months ago

Villanueva is a decent pitcher when he is on his game. Villa’s command can be turned on and off like a lamp switch. You never know which Carlos Villanueva you will get.

grownice
4 years 5 months ago

Research

Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

What are you saying? I was saying Robert Ray doesn’t strike guys out. And he lacks stuff and doesn’t strike that many guys out. And I’m right. Unless you call a 7 K/9 with a lousy fastball and no second pitch good

4 years 5 months ago

You realize that Slowey has an even lower K/9 right? It’s not like the Twins are trading away some fireballer for Robert Ray.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

advantage bosh

Louie Schuth
4 years 5 months ago

And Slowey is a starter not a reliever. Starter>reliever. Advantage Spandemonium.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

Robbie Ray is a starter as well. good job.

BravesRed
4 years 5 months ago

I think I figured it out. Pick two from a list of Dotel, Villanueva, and a fringe guy like Bobby Ray to the Twins, Slowey to the Mariners, and the Jays get players back from the Mariners. In other words, it’s a three team trade.

Kolukonu
4 years 5 months ago

Slowey + mid-level prospect for Joba + low-level prospect.

4 years 5 months ago

No thanks

Jon McLaughlin
4 years 5 months ago

Not a chance.

4 years 5 months ago

What makes you Yankee fans so delusional that you always overvalue your players? Why would the Twins have to send back a higher prospect and a better pitcher for a worse pitcher and a worse prospect? I mean you Yankee fans are hilarious, you guys throw out some of the most retarded trade proposals on earth.

drcgull
4 years 5 months ago

Slowey for Joba-Who says no?

$1529282
4 years 5 months ago

Well let’s see, the Twins could get 60 useful innings out of Joba and the Yankees could get 160+ useful innings out of Slowey.

Or, the Twins could just keep Slowey and use him in the bullpen until one of the starters tanks (Blackburn) or gets hurt (Baker). Seems logical to keep Slowey, which means Smith will probably jump on a straight up trade for a reliever.

Comes down to Gardenhire not being a big fan of Slowey. So, he’s gone. Yet again, someone with some personality beyond “I’m a robot” is looked at as a clubhouse problem. I guess as long as Gardy has his Oklahoma buddy and team ace Nick Blackburn around, he’s content. After all, it’s not about winning, it’s about having fun with your buddies in the dugout, excessive amounts of grit, and battling your tail off… right Ron?

J.J. Hardy
4 years 5 months ago

This

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

You can always just hit like instead of typing “this.”

4 years 5 months ago

This.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

This.

4 years 5 months ago

Anybody else wanna get in on This?

MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

+1

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

This.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Ok. I’ll stop now.

4 years 5 months ago

I feel it was because JJ agreed about Gardy’s dislike for certain players (read: him) and wanted all of mlbtr to know it and not just as a like where his name could be hidden.

Mick_In_Ithaca
4 years 5 months ago

That.

4 years 5 months ago

This.

MSUcorner
4 years 5 months ago

Actually J.J. Hardy?

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Highly doubt it.

bomberj11
4 years 5 months ago

I’m praying you’re being sarcastic.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

no doubt about it

MSUcorner
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe JJ is mad about being dealt to the O’s and is taking it out on MLBTR message boards.

4 years 5 months ago

This

TwinsVet
4 years 5 months ago

You’re giving BS too much credit in thinking he’ll go for a reliever.

We both know he’ll jump at a Double-A reliever in his late 20’s.

$1639604
4 years 5 months ago

Kawakami for free. Best overpayed reliever in baseball!

4 years 5 months ago

Anyone have some thoughts on who might need some left-handed pop? I’m thinking maybe the Twins could package Slowey and Kubel together. This would allow the Twins to get more at-bats for Jim Thome and maybe keep Ben Revere on the 25-man.

Jon McLaughlin
4 years 5 months ago

I like this idea short term, but next year, when Thome has retired we don’t have the left handed pop. I think Kubel has to stick around.

4 years 5 months ago

Kevin Slowey for Matt Guerrier.

4 years 5 months ago

this is a joke right?

4 years 5 months ago

U MAD?

Gumby65
4 years 5 months ago

Throw in Ron Mahay and maybe this can get done.

disgruntledreader
4 years 5 months ago

Given the slop at the back end of the Padres’ rotation and the stunning lack of depth when a starter has an injury, not to mention their ongoing ability to conjure relievers out of thin air on a regular basis, I’d think they might kick the tires on this one.

Rashomon
4 years 5 months ago

Paging Luke Gregerson and Cole Figueroa. Your airport shuttle is waiting.

Amish_willy
4 years 5 months ago

Cole Figueroa was one of the four players sent to TB for Bartlett. Padres wouldn’t give up Gregerson for Slowey. As it is, either Leblanc or Luebke is blocked for the 5th spot. They’d give up Evan Scribner and Cedric Hunter for him, but that’s the kind of move that Twins fans wouldn’t be too thrilled about. A Leblanc/Slowey swap could work, but Leblanc isn’t a reliever even if he does offer 5-6m savings for the Twins over the next two years compared to Slowey.

disgruntledreader
4 years 5 months ago

Leblanc isn’t blocked. He’s simply not good enough to claim the job for himself…

J.J. Hardy
4 years 5 months ago

Me?

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

“Twins willing to trade Kevin Slowey for relief [pitching]”

Your reply to that is a short stop?

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

It wouldn’t be the worst response. The Twins currently have 2 all-star closers in the bullpen and two question marks starting at middle infield.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Why’d the Twins just trade him 2 months ago if they just planned on re-aquiring him? It doesn’t make sense.

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

The Twins haven’t done much this off-season that does make sense. To answer your question, the most likely reason (obviously unconfirmed by the FO) was to save money for signing Pavano/Thome. They clearly won’t get Hardy back, but the Twins could use infield depth much more than bullpen arms. If Mauer, Valencia, Nishioka, or Casilla get hurt or struggle, the Twins are in serious trouble.

TwinsVet
4 years 5 months ago

Not many teams have MLB-caliber depth behind their starters. Serious trouble if Valencia/Nishi/Casilla/Mauer go down? Sure, but most every team has the same problem if they lose a starting player.

Yanks are in serious trouble if ARod/Cano/Jeter/Posada go down… etc etc etc.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

Hardy has been in Baltimore for 3+ months and already wants out.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Link please. I have never heard that.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

May repeat from a moderator checking it..

It’s called sarcasm. Google is your website.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

I just googled it and nothing came up.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

Oh my… this genuinely gave me a laugh for all the wrong reasons..

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Wow.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

avatar is so appropriate

4 years 5 months ago

Joke?

4 years 5 months ago

I hate you JJ Hardy, I couldn’t have been more happy when we traded you. It was actually surprising we got something in return for you considering your horrawful.

j6takish
4 years 5 months ago

Classic Bill Smith move.

4 years 5 months ago

I actually think it’d be more “classic Bill Smith” if they moved Liriano instead.

AisoRed
4 years 5 months ago

The Brewers do have some depth at reliever…

TwinsVet
4 years 5 months ago

I asked earlier this week if you guys had the AA relief depth Smith would want.

I think people thought I was joking…

rico7961
4 years 5 months ago

I think Slowey could thrive in a “M Guerrier type role”. So why the Twins want to trade him is puzzling to me. The insurance he gives the Twins is worth keeping him, unless they can really get a stud reliever for him. I think all these rumors have more to do with Slowey’s relationship with management than anything else, in which case he will be traded for whatever they can get. Which means they will give him away for next to nothing just to get rid of him. (See JJ Hardy trade).

TwinsVet
4 years 5 months ago

Young, cheap pitchers are hard to find. He may have much more value on the trade block.

If Smith is going to get 1-year of a reliever, I say keep Slowey. But if you can get a couple years of a decent-priced player for him, you shop him.

PennMariner
4 years 5 months ago

No. He’s young, cheap, has brilliant command, and is relatively healhy. He has too much going for him as a starting pitcher to adjust to a “M. Guerrier type role.”

rico7961
4 years 5 months ago

I agree with everything you say but the Twins for some reason want Slowey in the bullpen. IMO it won’t take long and he will be back starting anyway, but in the meantime you might as well let him try handling a role like Guerrier’s. He is probably the best one of Baker, Blackburn and himself to try a role like that.

twins33
4 years 5 months ago

I’ve always heard that a starter going to the bullpen improves each stat by 17% (ERA-maybe more for this one, K’s…etc.) on average. So unless the Twins can get a guy who’s going to produce much better than what Slowey should produce it’s not worth it. Plus, Slowey is a spot starter. He has trouble going a full 6 innings, but he can still try and at times he does succeed.

I think Slowey still has a lot of value because the talent is there, the results haven’t been though. I’d rather see Slowey in the bullpen with better stats than to trade him for a reliever. Relievers are just too easy to find and Slowey could become a great one since he does better when only facing a lineup once or twice.

I agree with you though, dumb trades have been done before and they’ll be done again.

Heath Bell
4 years 5 months ago

ME!

user43211
4 years 5 months ago

Put Liriano in the pen. Start Pavano, Blackburn, Duensing, Baker, and Slowey. Use Liriano, Capps, and Nathan for the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. Problem solved.

TwinsVet
4 years 5 months ago

LOL @ your face.

ARod's Ring
4 years 5 months ago

ok…

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

:/

Ron Washington is that you??

4 years 5 months ago

Loe or Hawkins for Slowey, make it happen doug!

AisoRed
4 years 5 months ago

Not giving up Loe

twins33
4 years 5 months ago

Why would the Twins want Hawkins? He’s had one, mmmmmaybe two good years since he left the Twins seven years ago. He’s crap and ancient.

dbreer23
4 years 5 months ago

How about Braddock?

PhnxCrew
4 years 5 months ago

braddock doesn’t work for either side. Huge injury history but huge upside. Brewers shouldn’t give him, twins shouldn’t want him.

FreeBald
4 years 5 months ago

Don’t really want to part with KRod but if the Twins want the contract they can have the pitcher.

4 years 5 months ago

We’ll pass

atfm25
4 years 5 months ago

Wonder if they would consider Motte or Boggs for him

Redbirds16
4 years 5 months ago

Except that he’d just be slotted in long relief for the Cards now that KMac has got the 5th starter spot.

And if you’re thinking they’d have Slowey start and just push KMac back to the bullpen, that’s really going to mess with his head for sure.

If KMac hadn’t been so lights out last spring and this spring when auditioning for the starters spot, I’d agree and think a trade would have merit, but right now, no dice.

atfm25
4 years 5 months ago

Wonder if Boggs or Motte would get him

mozelpuffski
4 years 5 months ago

bluejays can use some more low level high ceiling prospects. say frasor – maybe as well mccoy (underrated)? to twins – seattle obtains slowey – we get prospect maybe Triunfel or Beaven?

mozelpuffski
4 years 5 months ago

april 1st is almost here!!!

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

So is March 31st.

wintwins
4 years 5 months ago

so is March 24th I win.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Not. That. Funny.

wintwins
4 years 5 months ago

WASN’T. TRYING. TO. BE.

mozelpuffski
4 years 5 months ago

to each is own; not excited for any club other then my own…

Mario Saavedra
4 years 5 months ago

Do the twins really need late inning relief? I thought they had 2 closers, and they released Pat Neshek, so they shouldn’t be desperate.

twins33
4 years 5 months ago

No, they don’t:
Nathan
Capps
Mijares
Slowey (at the moment)

then these five guys fighting for three spots: Hughes, Perkins, Manship, Hoey and Diamond.

And from everything I read, it sounds like Hughes is a lock. I feel like Perkins may be a lock as well. He’s pitching well and he’s out of options. I’m not a Perkins fan at all, but I think he’s earned it so far. That would put three lefties in the pen, but I don’t really care. If the Twins are smart, they’ll take the three best players regardless of which arm they throw with. And the Twins seem to like Manship..but I feel like Hughes and Perkins make it, not totally sure about the third guy.

4 years 5 months ago

Nathan
Capps
Mijares
Hughes
Slowey
Diamond
Manship/Hoey

That would be the bullpen I’d create. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Twins looked to continue to try and trade the Braves something so they could keep Diamond in AAA and have his spot filled by Perkins.

I would also say Hughes is a lock. He has looked tremendous this Spring….granted I know it’s just Spring, his pitches have been nasty so I’d say he’s got a spot.