MLB Insider Names Twins' Single Biggest Trade Priority Ahead of Deadline

Devon Platana
An MLB insider has named the Minnesota Twins' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline.
An MLB insider has named the Minnesota Twins' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline. / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

After finishing dead last in the AL Central in 2021, Minnesota Twins fans weren't feeling too optimistic ahead of the 2022 MLB season. Fast forward to the first week of July and the Twins lead their division by 4.5 games, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Having said that, there's still a lot of baseball left to play and anything can happen. If the Twins want to solidify their divisional lead as the trade deadline nears, one MLB insider has one player that Minnesota should pursue above everyone else.

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ESPN's David Schoenfield is listing the Twins' bullpen as their biggest trade priority before Aug. 2. The one player that he sees potentially help Minnesota is veteran Chicago Cubs relief pitcher David Robertson.

A 17th-round pick by the New York Yankees in 2006, Robertson has been a treat to watch in his 14th MLB campaign. He's gone 2-0 in 30 relief appearances so far, pitching to a 1.89 ERA while racking up a 0.960 WHIP and 12 saves, the latter of which is his best total since 2017.

Robertson has made a career of retiring batters and the 2022 campaign is no different. He's averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, slightly above his career average of 12.2. Throw in his 2009 World Series and it's easy to see why he's an attractive option for the Twins.

The Twins bullpen has combined for a 3.81 ERA, ranking 16th-best across the Majors. That's not all that impressive if a World Series is the goal in mind, which is why Minnesota must beat out the competition when it comes to the Robertson sweepstakes.

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