3. The Twins could be a surprise team to trade for Reds pitchers Luis Castillo or Tyler Mahle.
Might one of Sonny Gray's former teammates join him in the Twin Cities? The Minnesota Twins have gotten off to a red-hot start and with this being the only year in which Carlos Correa may be part of the organization, perhaps the Twins will go all-in and pursue one of the Cincinnati Reds starters.
Minnesota was underwhelming last season, but their front office shook things up over the offseason. The Twins inked star outfielder Byron Buxton to an incentive-laden contract extension, traded for the aforementioned Reds starter Sonny Gray, and landed the hottest free agent on the open market in Correa.
The Twins have seized control of the AL Central and by the look of things, may have the division well in hand by sometime in August or September. Baseball Reference is already giving the Minnesota Twins a 37.1% chance to make the postseason.
But, some questions remain about the Twins rotation. Will Sonny Gray stay healthy? Reds fans know all too well that Gray found his way to the IL three times in 2021. MLB.com is reporting that there's a chance fellow starter Chris Paddack may have to undergo Tommy John surgery. Another starter, Bailey Ober, has been on the IL since late April with a groin strain.
The Minnesota Twins have invested a lot into the 2022 season, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them increase their odds of winning the American League pennant by adding one of the two Reds starters.