Wetmore: Twins should seek to deal veterans before waiver deadline
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The MLB nonwaiver trade deadline came and went Thursday, with a flurry of activity around the league. The Twins made a trade (a good one), but several veterans in the final year of their contracts remain on the team.
Just because the nonwaiver deadline has passed, though, doesn't mean the Twins can't continue to make moves. The rest of the season can and should be about the 2015 roster and beyond, so players like Josh Willingham and Kevin Correia should be moved to clear the way for younger players to get plate appearances and innings.
Any player traded in August would first need to clear waivers, or be traded to the team that claims him. There are revocable waivers, so teams often try to put players through, even if they have no intention of trading that player. The waiver trade deadline is August 31.
Last season there were nine trades in August, including Alex Rios, Kurt Suzuki, Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau.
The Twins traded Morneau to the Pirates last season on August 31 for Alex Presley and Duke Welker. Welker was then traded back to the Pirates in November for Kris Johnson, who has made three starts this season for the Twins. The Twins exposed Presley to waivers this spring and he was claimed by the Houston Astros.
Phil Mackey made a strong point Friday during Talkin' Twins on the morning radio show. Handing Correia another start, he said, serves no purpose. He's right. If the Twins can get anything for Correia or other veterans who likely will not be with the club next year, it makes sense to do so.