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Twins trade rumors: Minnesota holding onto Josh Willingham

The outfielder will stay in Minnesota despite interest from teams like the Mariners and Yankees.

Ed Zurga

The Twins are planning to keep outfielder Josh Willingham instead of trading him before tomorrow's 4 p.m. trade deadline, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A baseball source agrees with that report, saying that the Twins "aren't going to give [Willingham] away" in a trade.

Willingham, who is a free agent after the season, has been linked to the Mariners, Royals, Yankees and others over the last couple of weeks as the Twins have declared themselves sellers on the trade market. He was thought of as one of the best right-handed power bats on the trade market along with Marlon Byrd and Dayan Vicieco, but appears to be staying in Minnesota and not joining a contender.

In 58 games with the Twins this season, the 35-year old Willingham has hit .222/.363/.422 with ten home runs and 30 RBI. He is a lifetime .254/.360/.468 hitter in eleven major league seasons.