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Updated: August 27th, 2013 11:57am
Twins place left fielder Josh Willingham on August trade waivers

Twins place left fielder Josh Willingham on August trade waivers

by Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Just as he did a couple weeks ago, national baseball analyst Peter Gammons broke news on his Twitter account that a prominent Twins position player has hit August trade waivers.

Last time it was Justin Morneau. This time, it's left fielder Josh Willingham.

All the same caveats apply with Willingham -- he has to clear waivers, or be dealt to a claiming team if a move is to be facilitated -- but there is one key difference: Willingham has a contract for 2014.

Willingham, who will turn 35 during spring training 2014, is signed for one more season at $7 million. While it may complicate matters a bit, it also gives Willingham more value than Morneau or any "rental" player might have down the stretch.

But it can also work against Willingham, who was off to a very good start before he was injured stealing second versus the Rangers in late April. On that day, he was hitting .254/.397/.542; he's hitting .205/.336/.357 since.

Willingham, who won an AL Silver Slugger award in 2012, is the biggest free agent signing in Twins history at 3 years, $21 million

Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for 1500ESPN.com. He has also contributed as a baseball analyst for Fangraphs.com and BaseballProspectus.com
Email Brandon | @Brandon_Warne
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