Central Notes AL: Twins, Guardians, Blitzer, Ilitch, Tigers


The bullpen will be the center of the Twins approaching the trade deadline, even if “the lifter market (trade) is still the hardest to navigate and still the hardest to pin downChief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey told The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman and other reporters. “It all depends on what’s available, but this year we’ll be more open-minded to add whatever we think is something that will help us more towards the middle or back end, ideally..”

However, it doesn’t look like a trade could materialize quickly, as with a month still to go before the trade deadline, Falvey noted that many teams still haven’t decided whether to buy or sell. “You can’t really speed up this part of the conversation“, said Falvey. “Sometimes it’s ok, we’ll wait and see, we’ll classify you as interested in player X and we’ll come back if we head in that direction.’ “While the Twins could push the market with an aggressive offer, that only increases the risk of overpaying for a player now when they could get the same pitcher for less in a few weeks. Obtain at least one of Emilio Pagan Where Tyler Duffey Throwing well would greatly help Minnesota’s bullpen and trade leverage, but until that happens, the club may need to continue exploring outside options.

More from around the AL Central…

  • The Guardians figure to make midfield prospects available at the trade deadline, as The Athletic’s Zack Meisel writes that the club have such a surplus that some names may have to be moved by this off-season at the latest. In terms of timeout goals, Meisel thinks Cleveland will be looking to add in the bullpen and possibly at receiver, though rotation (for the first time in a long time) may also be an area of ​​need. Adding an extra quality starter would help bolster a rotation that has only been okay this season, rather than its normal above-average quality.
  • David Blitzer is now officially a minority owner of the Guardiansalthough General Manager Mike Chernoff told Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal and other reporters that “I wouldn’t expect our operating philosophy to change. The business model of the industry is what it is and so we know what our challenges are being a small market. We don’t fear them at all.” While the financial status quo will remain in place for now, it remains to be seen what might happen if Blitzer ultimately becomes the majority owner of the Guards – in six years, Blitzer has the option of buying a majority share of the franchise.
  • The tigers have a disappointing 29-46 record, but owner Christopher Ilitch is still “very happy with the progressof his team. “Despite a very slow start this season with our team, there’s actually some good progress with some of the young guys developing and so on.Ilitch told reporters, including Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. After years of rebuilding and a big off-season spending spree, the Tigers were set to take a big step forward this season, but Ilitch sees those struggles as another natural part of “a process that takes time.”

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