Minnesota Twins: 5 Players They Need to Target Before the 2014 Trade Deadline

Minnesota Twins: 5 Players They Should Target Before the Trade Deadline

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The Minnesota Twins are contenders in a tightly packed American League playoff race right now, and they remain withing striking distance in the American League Central.

Last week's signing of Kendrys Morales is a signal the Twins consider themselves viable playoff contenders. To that end, here are five players they should target before July's trade deadline.

5. Randall Delgado, P, Arizona Diamondbacks

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5. Randall Delgado, P, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Delgado would be a quintessential buy-low right now, with a 6.67 ERA in 20 appearances (two starts) for the Diamondbacks so far this year entering Saturday. A change of scenery may benefit him, and at 24 years old Delgado would be another young arm that could have a place in Minnesota down the road.

4. David DeJesus, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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4. David DeJesus, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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If the Rays continue to struggle, other teams may call about DeJesus over the next month or so. He would be a solid fit for the Twins as an extra outfielder and solid all-around player.

3. Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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3. Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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The arrival of top prospect Gregory Polanco has pushed Tabata primarily into a bench role recently. He is still young (25), has experience playing all three outfield spots and could be another option for Minnesota as a center fielder of the future.

2. Bud Norris, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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2. Bud Norris, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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After his outing Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, Norris has allowed just one run over his last two starts (14.2 innings). With the looming return of Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman pitching well over his last two starts, the Orioles may see Norris as a tradeable asset.

1. Jason Hammel, SP, Chicago Cubs

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1. Jason Hammel, SP, Chicago Cubs

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Hammel has a 2.81 ERA with 76 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 13 starts (83.1 innings) this year. With the Cubs in the midst of another losing season, Hammel's status as free agent after the season would make him a solid short-term addition to Minnesota's starting rotation.

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