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Kevin Slowey and the Twins are moving toward a trade

May 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Kevin Slowey

Kevin Slowey and the Twins have been heading in this direction since they demoted him to the bullpen during spring training despite a 4.42 ERA in 82 career starts and now LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a trade may be in the works.

According to Neal the Twins are talking to Slowey about accepting an assignment to Triple-A so he can get stretched out as a starter again, but “there are indications a different change of scenery is possible.”

Ron Gardenhire hinted about a trade during his weekly radio interview Sunday and Slowey did more than hint at the same thing:

I understand our situation here. I understand the starters we have here, and I understand that, even given past successes as a starter, this might not be the right fit for me anymore. It’s a difficult situation. I don’t think either party is thrilled about how it went down. Hopefully it is something we can come to a decision on and move on.

Slowey has struggled to adjust to a bullpen workload, often being unavailable for multiple games at a time because of arm soreness, and he was never particularly durable as a starter. However, with a 4.42 ERA he’s proven himself as a perfectly solid mid-rotation starter and while this stat is far more misleading than it is meaningful, Slowey has the second-highest winning percentage in Twins history behind only Johan Santana.

There should be a decent trade market for Slowey, as he’s a 27-year-old mid-rotation starter with a reasonable 2011 salary ($2.7 million) and under team control via arbitration in 2012 and 2013. If the Twins don’t want his 150 innings of 4.50 ERA pitching in their rotation, some other team will. My guess is they swap him to an NL team for a mid-level prospect.

  1. Erik Klemetti - May 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I would venture to guess the Red Sox might have an interest in Slowey. He’s likely better than Aceves if Lackey and Matsuzaka are out for a while.

  2. APBA Guy - May 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    He’s a perfect reclamation project for the A’s. With the bigger ballpark, his ERA will likely shrink, and his injury history will fit in well with the A’s. Also, there seems to be a couple of vacancies in the rotation just now, and a surplus of bullpen, which MN needs.

    • grover738 - May 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Do the A’s have an extra replacement level catcher? Ok, even less than replacement level would be great. Average defense, and an OPS of .550? That would be a huge improvement.

      • APBA Guy - May 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM

        They do, their back-up, Landon Powell. He’s built like Bengie Molina though, so be careful what you wish for. Still, he’s very good for the A’s in limited use.

        Currently at .658 OPS with a career of .671.

  3. mnsportsfan - May 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Would be a decent 5th option on a team. Has a good career record but can’t ever stay healthy.

    (http://minnesporta.wordpress.com)

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