St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Blockbuster Winter Meetings Trades

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Minnesota Twins

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In their own small-market way, the Minnesota Twins have taken a win-now approach to 2016 in the wake of a surprisingly good 2015 season. Paying for merely the rights to negotiate with Korean superstar Byung Ho Kim (and ultimately signing him), the Twins showed they were willing to spend big (for them anyway) to help the team reach the promised land.

But they’ll need more than Kim. They’ll need an ace, preferably a young, financially controllable one. And if they want the St. Louis Cardinals to part with, say, right-hander Carlos Martinez, John Mozeliak would ask for — oh, I don’t know — Miguel Sano?

Sano came up through the Twins system just as the late Oscar Taveras was marching toward the bigs in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Both earned raves among scouts for their power potential, and the 22-year-old Sano is right on the cusp of delivering on it at the big league level, big time.

This is the kind of trade that will set bloggers on both sides of the table into a wild rage. Which means it’s a square deal.

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