With the Twins creating roster space, trades could be on the way

Minnesota has just 36 players on its 40-man roster.
Author:
Publish date:
48221410381_06a9ce0882_k

Prior to their four-game series against the Oakland Athletics, the Twins made another roster move, designating reliever Matt Magill for assignment. 

Magill is the third pitcher in the last five days to be designated for assignment, as Adalberto Mejia and Mike Morin were also outrighted off the roster.

That puts Minnesota's 40-man roster at 36 players, which opens the door to many possibilities.

To clarify, a team's 25-man roster and its 40-man roster are two separate things. A team's 25-man roster is its active big league roster that takes the field every game.

Whereas the 40-man roster is a group of players who are eligible to be added to the 25-man roster. Those players could be on the injured list, paternity leave, on assignment in the minors or a collection of minor league players – mostly in Triple A – who could be called up and added to the 25-man roster.

Now before we get too excited about incoming trades, Minnesota does have three players on the injured list in Byron Buxton, Willians Astudillo and LaMonte Wade. So those three players do not currently count towards its 25-man roster.

With all due respect to Wade, he's not an everyday player and unless there's another injury in the outfield, he'll likely be sent down after being activated. However, Buxton is an everyday player and Astudillo has played the majority of 2019 season with the Twins, but he might be destined for the minors after the emergence of Luis Arraez.

If the Twins were to activate just Buxton to their 25-man roster, that means they'd have to just create one spot on its active roster, which probably means Jake Cave being sent down or even Jonathan Schoop – who's day-to-day with an abdominal strain – being placed on the injured list.

So to bring this back full circle, there's still four vacancies on the 40-man roster. Suggesting the Twins are on the cusp of doing one of three things.

  1. Adding players from their minor league system to its 40-man roster.
  2. Acquire players via trade or waivers to fill it out.
  3. A combination of both.

It's no secret the Twins' front office recognizes the position they're in to be buyers at the trade deadline.

And even thought the deadline is less than two weeks away (July 31) there hasn't been a ton of moves around the league. Which suggests it's a sellers market and teams that are looking to buy (like the Twins) are currently reluctant to give up what teams are asking for in return.

Minnesota has been reportedly linked to such pitchers as Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles. Meanwhile, other prominent writers have suggested the Twins should go all-in on Noah Syndergaard or Trevor Bauer.

Obviously the Twins need pitching help primarily in the bullpen, but another arm in the rotation would be a bonus too.

We don't know when – or if – the Twins will make a trade but Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have created multiple roster spots to put themselves in position to add.

And now, all fans can do is wait.

Related: Should the Twins offer top prospects for Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard?

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Shayne Munich

Minneapolis police appeal for help finding missing man

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Related

Kirby Yates

6 targets the Twins should trade for by the deadline

Minnesota needs bullpen and starting pitching help.

collage

Report: Twins scouts watching Bumgarner and Syndergaard

Both pitchers squared off against one another on Thursday.

Marcus_Stroman_2015

Report: If the Twins want Stroman, it will cost top pitching prospect

The Blue Jays have a hefty asking price for their starting pitcher.

29544375143_dbcf8b6e6b_k

The Giants could be an ideal trade partner for the Twins

San Francisco is heading in the wrong direction.

Luis Arraez

5 Twins prospects who are most likely to be traded

Minnesota will have plenty to offer at the trade deadline.

Bumgarner

Reports conflict Twins’ trade interest in Giants’ Bumgarner

Bumgarner and Will Smith are reportedly on the team's radar.

Blake_Snell,_Wilson_Ramos_(41371609524)

Twins and Rays would be ideal trade partners this winter

There's multiple starting pitchers Minnesota could trade for.