3 teams who'll be in desperation mode for Reds starter Tyler Mahle before the MLB trade deadline

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) sits in the dugout.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) sits in the dugout. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
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2. The Twins will be in desperation mode and could trade for Reds RHP Tyler Mahle.

It's quite surprising to see the Minnesota Twins so quiet as the trade deadline is now less than 24 hours away. The Twins lead in the American League Central is slipping away and President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey cannot afford to see Minnesota fall behind the Cleveland Guardians or Chicago White Sox.

If the Twins lose their lead in the AL Central, their chances of making a run in the postseason will take a tremendous hit. The American League Wild Card race is dominated by the AL East and even the Boston Red Sox seem unwilling to concede at this point.

Much like the aforementioned Philadelphia Phillies, the Minnesota Twins have the bats, but lack depth in their rotation. Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sonny Gray would likely be Minnesota's Game 1 starter if the Twins make the playoffs, but they'd have to turn to Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer, or Joe Ryan would be next in line for Rocco Baldelli's club. Neither of those choices are ideal.

The Twins are Reds already pulled off a trade earlier this year, so obvious the two front offices are on speaking terms. Don't be shocked if the Twins shell out some of their top prospects in order to make their path to the postseason a little easier with Tyler Mahle as their No. 2 starter.