June 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (16) celebrates with Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (33) after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field. The Twins won 11-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Minnesota Twins are looking to add pitching depth to their organization, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. Many expect the Twins to be sellers this summer and they have several veteran options that figure to appeal to other clubs, including Josh Willingham, Denard Span, Justin Morneau and Matt Capps.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Olney that Minnesota doesn’t have enough pitching, adding "We need pitching, and we need it bad."
Minnesota once again inhabits the basement of the American League Central, in large part due to their pitching, or lack thereof. On the season, Twins pitchers have posted the major’s second worst ERA (5.05) and number of quality starts, while maintaining the third worst WHIP in the game (1.41).
In order to infuse their system with talented young arms, the Twins will have to deal veteran pieces of worth.
Outfielders Denard Span and Josh Willingham, first baseman Justin Morneau and closer Matt Capps figure to be the club’s most attractive trade pieces this summer, while Minnesota also has underperforming starters Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano under contract.