Twins double up trade talks
By Howard Bryant
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Thursday, July 21, 2005 - Updated: 03:13 AM EST
Responding to a request by the Minnesota Twins to expand a potential trade, the Red Sox [stats, schedule] are in discussions to acquire starting pitcher Joe Mays and reliever J.C. Romero for third baseman Bill Mueller [stats, news] and first baseman Kevin Millar [stats, news], league sources said yesterday.
The move makes a degree of sense for both teams. The Red Sox need pitching, both in the starting rotation and the bullpen. The Twins are in a pennant race, but can't hit. They're tied with the Yankees for the wild card spot, but rank just 12th in the league in runs scored and doubles, 11th in total bases, slugging, left on base and RBI, and 10th in hits and home runs. In fact, they have just two players in the top 10 in any major offensive category. Millar and Mueller could help.
According to sources, the Twins aren't as willing to part with Mays as they are Kyle Lohse. Once one of the Twins' pitching stars, the 29-year-old Mays seems to have reached a plateau in Minnesota. He is 5-4 with a 4.03 ERA on the year and has given up 16 homers and 117 hits in 105 innings. Opponents are batting .285 against him. Most curious about Mays is his low strikeout-per-nine-innings average of 3.34. He is also expensive, earning $7.25 million this season.
At this point it's all just rumors. But they are saying a possible trade scenario would be:
Florida trades Lowell ($8mm, $8mm in 2006 and $8mm in 2007) and Burnett ($3.65mm)
Minnesota trades Mays ($7.25mm, plus $500K buyout) and Romero ($1.25mm, $2.20mm in 2006, plus $250K buyout)
Boston trades Arroyo ($1.85mm, arb eligible), Mueller ($2.1mm), Embree ($3mm) and 3 prospects
Florida receives Arroyo, Mays and Harvey Garcia
Minnesota receives Mueller, Embree, Brandon Moss and Jose Vaquedano
Boston receives Lowell, Burnett, Romero and $5mm in cash from Florida