5 Minnesota Twins Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

Minnesota Twins: Five Players Who Must Be Traded Before July's Deadline

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The Minnesota Twins have hovered around .500 over the first two months of the season, but six losses in their last seven games has them destined to be sellers between now and July's trade deadline.

Here are five players the Twins need to look to trade before the deadline.

5. OF Jason Kubel

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5. OF Jason Kubel

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Kubel is in the midst of an extended slump, as he's hitting just .179 (12-for-67) in May with just one RBI and zero extra-base hits all month. His solid start was reason for optimism, and perhaps another team that needs a left-handed hitter off the bench will latch onto that.

4. SP Kevin Correia

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4. SP Kevin Correia

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Correia has shown signs of life lately, going at least six innings in three of his last five starts. He is in the final year of his contract, so it would be nice to see Correia become a viable trade chip over his next handful of starts.

3. OF/1B Chris Parmelee

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3. OF/1B Chris Parmelee

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Parmelee earned his way back to the big leagues with a strong start at Triple-A Rochester (.305, seven home runs), but after going 7-for-16 in his first four games back he has just three hits in his last 36 at-bats. Parmelee is simply out of chances in Minnesota at age 26, but his left-handed bat and ability to play first base and the corner outfield spots may have value to another team.

2. SP Mike Pelfrey

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2. SP Mike Pelfrey

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Pelfrey is currently on the disabled list with a groin issue, and recently left his rehab assignment with shoulder soreness. Sure he was dreadful prior to being "injured" (7.99 ERA in five starts), but if he returns to action soon and puts together a nice outing or two the trade market for Pelfrey may ramp up.

1. OF Josh Willingham

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1. OF Josh Willingham

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Willingham missed significant time with a wrist injury, but recently returned and hit his first home run of the season on Thursday. If he can get hot over the next month, contending teams in the American League may have significant interest.

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