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Minnesota Twins’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Minnesota Twins Top 5 Trade Assets

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The Minnesota Twins are having a rough season once again. For the third straight season, the Twins are seemingly out of contention before the final month of the campaign. The 2013 season has not been kind to the Twins are they find themselves in fourth place in the American League Central and 11 games out of first place.

Not having won a division title since 2010, Ron Gardenhire and the rest of the organization is growing restless with this team. There are stars on the Twins in Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, but they can only provide so much and Morneau hasn't quite been the same since his concussion symptoms started to surface a couple years back.

Sure, the Twins used to be one of baseball's elite when Torii Hunter roamed center field and Johan Santana was the ace, but those years are long gone and this team is still in the rebuilding process.

It has to be tough on the fans who were so used to seeing this team excel both on offense and pitching, but are now seeing them in the bottom third of every major pitching and offensive category. The Twins have the league's second-highest ERA and the worst batting average against of any team as well.

There's no doubt that this team will be sellers when the trade deadline approaches, and they may have to rid themselves of some key pieces that keep them from being the worst team in the division.

Adding young talent and trading away veterans who still have some worth is the way to go these days for rebuilding teams. While it's still odd to me that the Twins aren't annual contenders like they used to be, it's only a matter of time before they get back to business.

Here are their top five trade assets.

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5. Chris Herrmann, C

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Chris Herrmann got some solid, but limited time in the majors this season, hitting .462 with a home run and four RBIs in seven games. That just may be enough to convince teams to go after him.

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4. Josh Willingham, LF

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I would be surprised if Josh Willingham's name didn't come up in trade talks in the next month or so. He has one of the best bats in the Twins' lineup, but he's having a bit of a rough season thus far. Many teams are looking to add a solid veteran bat.

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3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B

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Trevor Plouffe is just 27-years old and in his four major league seasons, he has shown he has the power numbers necessary to excel as a third baseman. He's hitting a career-high .262 with nine homers and 33 RBIs.

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2. Caleb Thielbar, RP

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With one of the lowest ERAs in all of baseball, Caleb Thielbar has become one heck of a reliever for the Twins. He boasts a 0.45 ERA with a 0.65 WHIP and 8.10 K/9. Oh, and he's just a rookie.

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1. Glen Perkins, Closer

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Easily one of the most sought-after closers in baseball, Glen Perkins is having a career year for the Twins. His 1.93 ERA and 20 saves are impressive, but his 0.77 WHIP and 12.40 K/9 innings may be just as impressive.