The Twins have until 3 p.m. today before the MLB trade deadline hits, and all eyes are on a constantly changing rumor mill with nearly every contender in search of pitching, be it starters or relievers.
There is a bevy of talented relievers, including Padres closer Kirby Yates, whom the Twins have reportedly inquired about, but just a handful of higher-end starting pitchers: The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray, Rangers’ Mike Minor and Mets’ Zack Wheeler.
Will the Twins end up with any of them?
2 P.M. UPDATE
Twins trade for minor league pitcher
A report from The Athletic's Robert Murray says the Twins have sent cash considerations to the Brewers for minor-league pitcher Marcos Diplan.
Diplan, , has a 4.99 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 30 appearances (5 starts) at Class AA this season. He's struck out 63 batters and walked 37 in 57.2 innings.
12:56 P.M. UPDATE
MLB insider Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Yankees' discussions with the Diamondbacks about starting pitcher Robbie Ray are now dead.
12:10 P.M. UPDATE
Latest on Ken Giles
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Blue Jays hard-throwing reliever Ken Giles is picking up trade attention despite suffering from elbow inflammation. When healthy, Giles throws 100 mph and can be a dominant right-handed closer.
Latest on Tigers starter Matthew Boyd
Jon Morosi reports that nothing is close to happening with the Tigers' lefty.
Here's the latest as of 12 p.m. (check back for updates)
Noah Syndergaard not being traded, Mets could deal Zack Wheeler
Astros and Yankees inquiring about D-Backs lefty starter Robbie Ray
Meanwhile, Joel Sherman of the NY Post is indicating that the D-Backs are in no rush to trade Ray unless the price is right. That means the asking price is probably high.
Bullpen trades may go down to the final hour
Giants listening to offers for relievers, ace Madison Bumgarner
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Bumgarner's market: "The Twins, Nationals and Rays are the main contenders not on Bumgarner’s no-trade list; he can be traded to any of those clubs without restriction. Of those teams, only the Twins are believed to be in the mix."
The Yankees and Astros are also in on Bumgarner.
Cleveland not done making trades?