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