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Sure sounds like Twins will be sellers at July 31 MLB trade deadline

Sure sounds like Twins will be sellers at July 31 MLB trade deadline

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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7/18/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 24. Jim Souhan on trade deadline for the Twins
Jim Souhan joins the Sports Over Beers podcast for some plausible Twins trade scenarios. This episode was recorded at Brothers in downtown Minneapolis, and is sponsored by Shock Top -- Live Life Unfiltered. The Twins should be trade-deadline sellers, the question is whether or not they’ll realize that in time. Which players should the Twins look to trade? Josh Willingham, Kendrys Morales, Kevin Correia, Kurt Suzuki? Who are some that aren’t getting talked about much who could or should be moved? Trade candidates or not: Sam Deduno? Trevor Plouffe? Casey Fien? Souhan’s top-3 trade options. Can Josmil Pinto be the Twins catcher of the future or should the Twins extend Suzuki? -- Will Terry Ryan and Ron Gardenhire be here this time next year? What do you think about these roles: Paul Molitor manager, Tom Kelly bench coach. Robin Yount? -- The guys take a walk down memory lane with some obscure Twins from the past, including a story about a former ballplayer and potential drug dealer. How did the steroid era slip by largely unnoticed for a while? -- Outlining the Elbow Empowerment Program. What’s the next ‘Moneyball,’ or market inefficiency?
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Twins entered Sunday eight games below .500, in last place in the American League Central. Even with two Wild Card teams in each league, the Twins are 7.5 games out of a playoff position, and their best player is on the disabled list.

Externally, it seems a sure thing the Twins (44-52) will be sellers as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

General manager Terry Ryan on Sunday didn't go so far as to say that, but he strongly suggested it during a pregame session with reporters.

"Without coming out and saying it, until we get to .500 -- you're not exactly where you want to be at this juncture of the season," Ryan said. "We're not at .500, in fact we're way below .500, and that's not a good spot to be in."

Seen by some as a pivotal 10-game homestand, the Twins have tripped out of the gates from the All-Star break, losing two in a row to the Rays and not looking competitive Saturday against one of the best pitchers in the game. So, could anything happen in the 11 days leading up to the deadline to change the perception of the Twins?

"I've got a fair idea what we're doing and where we're at and who's ahead of us. We've got a lot of clubs to jump," Ryan said.

A reporter asked Ryan if he feels like he can't operate as a contender until the team shows him otherwise.

"I would say that would be accurate," Ryan said. "We've got to get to .500 before we can start being considered for that upper-echelon of being in some kind of Wild Card race. I'll leave it at that." 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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