By: Sam Ekstrom | KFAN.com
Despite swirling trade rumors for the past month, the Minnesota Twins only dealt one player at Wednesday afternoon’s 3:00 p.m. trade deadline: back-up catcher Drew Butera.
Butera spent time on the Twins’ roster for parts of the last four seasons, acting as a defensive-minded bench player.
The 29-year-old hit .182 for his career with five home runs and 41 RBIs. In return, the Twins will get a player to be named later or cash.
Minnesota was clearly selling as the deadline approached, but did not possess as many players with reasonable value as they’d hoped.
Josh Willingham – considered a prize trade asset entering the season – tore his meniscus mid-season and looks to be on the disabled list into August.
Justin Morneau has played decently in a contract season, but lacked the offensive punch of his pre-concussion self. Most teams would consider his remaining salary too expensive for a two-month rental.
An NBC Sports report indicates that Morneau may be shopped at the Aug. 31 waiver deadline as well.
Other veterans Ryan Doumit, Jamey Carroll, and Brian Duensing have been ineffective and would have merited little return on the trade market.
Arguably the most coveted Twin was All-Star closer Glen Perkins, but the Twins wanted too much in return for the locally-grown lefty. Perkins has been lights-out in his first full year as closer and is under team control through 2016.
Although the team had hoped to make a bigger deal, the Twins still have several of their best commodities – Willingham, Perkins, Doumit, etc. – under contract through next season or beyond. The only valuable player who could enter free agency and yield the Twins no return is Morneau.
As the Twins continue to rebuild into 2014, there may be a new chance to get some return on their assets.