Twins Stand Pat At MLB Trade Deadline; Denard Span Never Denied A Deal

The Minnesota Twins moved Francisco Liriano over the weekend, but didn't make any deals at the MLB trade deadline.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Could Josh Willingham Be Moved?

With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline already passed, attention is now set on the waiver trade deadline that expires on Sept. 1 at midnight, ET.

That means that teams are still able to trade players as long as they place them on the waiver wire at some point in August, which opens up all kinds of possibilities over the course of the next month.

On Friday, SB Nation's Grant Brisbee wrote a column detailing the three most interesting pieces that potentially could be moved in a waiver-wire deal.

The Minnesota Twins Josh Willingham was one of the three.

Via SB Nation:

He has a contract that's more than reasonable (two more years at $7 million) [...] But between the Royals and Yankees, someone will claim him. And they'll get an exclusive window to see what the Twins' price is. The Twins have said they aren't planning to trade Willingham, but they have to at least listen. They aren't just a plugged hole short of a functional rowboat, and Willingham could bring back two or three nice prospects.

Would you be willing to move Willingham in order to bring in pieces that can be used in the future?

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MLB Trade Deadline: Denard Span Denies That He Declined A Trade; Relieved He's Still A Twin

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed on Tuesday afternoon with the Minnesota Twins not making a deal but that doesn't mean things were calm inside the Minnesota club house.

As the deadline approached there was speculation from media outlets that Twins centerfielder Denard Span would be part of a deadline deal. The MLB Network would then report that Span used a no-trade clause in his contract to nix a trade to the NL Central Division leading Cincinnati Reds.

According to this report from 1500 ESPN, Span is relieved to make it past the trade deadline and remain in Minnesota, but he also denied using his no-trade clause to stop a deal.

"You start hearing crazy stuff from reporters," he said. "I don't want to say making stuff up, but miscommunication. That makes it worse. Social media doesn't help. It's the combination of a lot of different things that gets your nerves and adrenaline going. ...

"My brother texted me. I was in bible study. He texted me. This is after the MLB Network came out (and mis-reported) that I rejected a trade. He texted me to ask me how I was doing. I said 'I'm fine.' Then he goes 'Was it an easy decision?' I was like 'What are you talking about?' 'They said you just rejected a trade. What happened? I was like 'That's not true.' I had to explain to him that it wasn't true and all that. It was just a whirlwind."

That whirlwind is over now for Span, so after exhaling and returning to baseball, the centerfielder led off the bottom of the first inning for the Twins on Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox and singled in his first at bat.

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Denard Span Declines Trade To Cincinnati Reds, According To Report

With Tuesday afternoon's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, rumors had been swirling that the Minnesota Twins were fielding offers for outfielder Denard Span.

Span himself was aware that his time as a Twin could be coming to an end and even stated that if Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox was his last, then he wanted to go out in style.

However, while Span was willing to acknowledge that he may be traded, he evidently didn't want to be traded to the Cincinnati Reds.

According to a report by MLB Network, Span utilized the no-trade clause in his contract to decline a trade to the Reds.

With the Twins sitting in fourth place in the American League's Central Division and the Red sitting in first place in the National League's Central Division, it seems strange on the surface that Span would turn down a chance to seemingly go to the playoffs.

For now, at least, Span will remain in Minnesota.

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Twins Vs. White Sox: With Trade Rumors Swirling, Denard Span Made Sure To 'Go Out In Style'

Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span went out with a bang -- if, that is, he is actually going out.

Span has been the subject of trade rumors for the past few weeks. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 with a .356 on-base percentage on the season. He may have increased his trade value by hitting .438 in his last eight games.

But it was more than his bat that made an impression on Monday. Span had a leaping catch in the fifth that robbed what looked to be a potential two-run, go-ahead homer by Alex Rios. He received a standing ovation for his efforts. As an encore, he made a sliding catch on a would-be base hit by A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh.

The Twins are reportedly asking a lot for Span, so it's far from certain that he'll be traded. But after Monday night's game, he told reporters that, if a trade does go through, he wanted his last game as a Twin to be memorable.

From ESPN1500.com:

"I told myself tonight, if this is my last game (in a Twins uniform), I want to go out and have fun, and go out in style," Span said. "It was a lot of fun. We'll see what happens."

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Asked about Tuesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, Span said, "It's on my mind."

Span was the subject of trade rumors last season, as well. There was speculation that the Twins might send Span to the Washington Nationals, but that deal never materialized.

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Minnesota Twins Still Have Locker Room Pressure Following Francisco Liriano Trade

Rumors have been floating around the Minnesota Twins for a while now regarding trades for bunches of players, with Francisco Liriano being the top candidate as the trade deadline approaches. Liriano was finally unloaded to the Chicago White Sox, but with two days to go until the deadline the pressure is still on the Twins and their players.

Understandably, the players are still a bit concerned that they may not be Twins by August. Specifically, Denard Span, Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham are the three big names that have been on the trade reports in the past month or so. The locker room pressure will likely keep going until the deadline has finally passed:

"I've only thought as far as today, wondering if today is going to be my last day or I'm going to be here for another two or three years," said leadoff man and center fielder Denard Span. "I don't know. I can't control it. Do I want to be here? Yes, but if something happens I'm going to try to accept it and take it with my best."

Fortunately, the deadline is only two days away, at which point the Twins can stop worrying about losing or gaining players and get their focus back on playing some baseball. They may be in last place, but they still have time to get back into the thick of the wide open AL Central with a few good runs.

As it stands, it looks like GM Terry Ryan doesn't know if they'll come up with another deal or not before the deadline finally hits:

Asked if he's done dealing -- he has until 3 p.m. on Tuesday -- Ryan said, "I have no idea. That's a tough thing to quantify. I don't know. I felt like this thing with Frankie was going to happen because there was interest in pitching and we didn't talk about an extension."

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Twins Trade Francisco Liriano To White Sox For Prospects Eduardo Escobar, Pedro Hernandez

In a stunning late-night move, the Minnesota Twins sent left-handed starter Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday in exchange for a pair of prospects according to the league's official Twitter account:

Liriano was scheduled to pitch Sunday's series finale with the Indians, but will now head to Chicago to join his new first-place squad and greet his teammates. While it was essentially assumed to be only a matter of time before Liriano was dealt, it's interesting that the Twins chose to trade him to a rival opponent, and a mere hours before he was scheduled to have a 'showcase' start for interested teams.

As far as the players the Twins picked up in the deal, 23-year-old infielder Eduardo Escobar is obvious prize as a slick-fielding shortstop with a quick bat. Tabbed as a top ten prospect in the White Sox organization in each of the past two years, Escobar grades out as a Gold Glove-caliber defender at short with above-average speed on the basepaths.

Also included in the deal is left-handed reliever Pedro Hernandez, who did not impress White Sox scouts by getting demolished for eight runs in his big-league debut earlier in the month. While Hernandez does not come with the pedigree that Escobar does, he was acquired by Chicago in the offseason as a sizable chunk of the Carlos Quintin deal and figures to play a significant role in the Twins' pitching staff in future seasons.

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Twins GM Has Spoken To Francisco Liriano's Agent Regarding Trade, But Nothing Is Set In Stone Yet

There have been rumors swirling around the Minnesota Twins for a while now regarding possible trades, and one of the biggest names involved has been starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. Liriano has been off and on in his short career after a great rookie campaign, but has shown great stuff in the past few weeks to boost his stock.

Still, no trade has been made and no real solid rumors have even started regarding Liriano with only four days remaining until the MLB trade deadline hits on July 31.

According to an article by Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune, GM Terry Ryan has spoken to Liriano's agent about a possible move, but nothing has come up yet. There are plenty of reasons why they could move Liriano though, specifically his likely move to free agency at the end of the year:

The issue with Liriano is if the Twins do not trade him, there's a good chance he could leave through free agency after the season, and because baseball has changed how it awards compensation for departed free agents, the Twins would only get a draft pick if they offered him a contract of about $12 million for 2013.

"When a player gets to this point in his career and they're this close to free agency, I would say that the chances are that they would like to explore the free agency and the market and all of the things that come with free agency," Ryan said. "That's not unusual. When they get close to six years and they've gone this far without a multiyear [deal] then they might want to explore beyond it."

They still have four days to come up with something before the deadline hits, and they'll need to if they want to avoid losing Liriano for nothing after the season has ended.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Minnesota Twins Want A Deal, But Only If It's Great

The Minnesota Twins have a lot of needs, and they're reportedly asking for high prices in possible trade scenarios as the trade deadline approaches.

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