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MLB Trade Rumor: Alfonso Soriano to the Twins?

According to a recent MLB.com report, the Minnesota Twins have put in a waiver claim for Alfonso Soriano.  Have I lost you already?  Check out this waiver trade explanation so you can follow along.

Back yet?  Good.  The Twins have a couple of days to work out a deal Soriano.  We can pretty much rule out the Rangers giving Soriano away as a salary dump.  As you already know, any player on the Twins' 40-man roster who is traded for Soriano would have to clear waivers as well.  Who would the Rangers expect in return?

Before the first trading deadline, the Rangers were campaigning for Francisco Liriano.  Frankly, that trade would be idiotic for the Twins.  Liriano is 8-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 10.6 K/9.  He's Major League ready and will be very good.  In fact, we endorsed him earlier.  Liriano is on the 40-man, so it's a moot point.  It gives you some idea of the Rangers' silly expectations though.

Back when Soriano was rumored to be headed to the Mets, we weighed in on his fantasy baseball value.  The bottom line is that Soriano has plenty of value for his team but wouldn't be worth top young prospects for the Twins.

We expect the claim was simply made as an attempt to block any Twins rival from trading for Soriano.  The Twins do have a decent shot at the wild card, so maybe the move blocked a possible deal to the Indians.   

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