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July 24, 2017

The Twins own the worst run differential in the AL Central and rank 12th in that category among the 15 American League teams. Which makes it strange that they’re still being discussed as viable contenders. But such is life in a weak division in which only one team—the first-place Indians—has scored more runs than it has allowed.

Recognizing its opportunity, and the fact that wins and losses are all that matter at season’s end, Minnesota has reportedly gotten close to acquiring lefty starter Jaime Garcia in a trade with the Braves (assuming the two teams can resolve a medical issue with a prospect that would go to Atlanta). If they’re going to try to pull off an unlikely run to an AL Central crown, this move actually makes sense for the Twins. With Garcia due to test free agency at season’s end but also sitting a level or two below the top commodities on the market, Minnesota (or any other suitor) likely wouldn’t have to give up a ton to get him. For a team with its best days likely in front of it as uber-skilled kids like third baseman Miguel Sano and pitcher Jose Berrios blossom into stars, keeping the future at the forefront of its plans is the obvious, wise course of action. 

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